The Cat Is Back: 2023 Dodge Durango SRT® Hellcat — Most Powerful SUV Ever — Returns to Dodge Lineup

The Dodge Durango SRT® Hellcat is back for 2023 model year and ready to reclaim its rightful mantle as the most powerful SUV on the planet.

The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat loses nothing in its rebirth, once again fueled by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. The Durango SRT Hellcat, first introduced as a one-year-only model for 2021, storms back to life thanks to enthusiast demand and remains the perfect choice for SUV muscle enthusiasts with families.

“The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has generated a crazy amount of enthusiasm and demand since it was introduced in 2020 — we even extended its initial production run — so it seemed appropriate to bring back the most powerful SUV ever as part of our historic 2023 model-year Dodge lineup,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. “Muscle enthusiasts also have families, and the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat can get those families where they want to go and has the ability to tow 8,700 pounds.”

The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was revealed at M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan, during the first day of the three-day Dodge Speed Week event, featuring announcements on current Dodge products. Dodge Speed Week will include additional announcements on Dodge Gateway Muscle and Future Muscle products on August 16 and August 17, respectively.

The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has numbers to back up its performance claims: the Hellcat can move from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, click off a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph.

Dodge Durango once again joins Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger in offering SRT Hellcat models. The Durango SRT Hellcat also expands the Durango lineup to six models, joining the Durango SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel and SRT 392.

Orders for the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will open in September 2022, with the Hellcat scheduled to arrive in dealerships in early 2023.

Heart of a Hellcat — Revived

The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat remains Dodge to its core, starting under the hood where the heart of a Hellcat continues to beat. SRT engineers developed and tested the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 Hellcat engine to optimize it for the Durango. As with the previous Durango SRT Hellcat, key engine performance features and components include:

  • Dedicated cooling circuit for the charge air coolers integrated in the supercharger housing, including a pump, coolant reservoir and heat exchanger, designed to keep air flowing into the engine cooler than 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Twin-screw rotors in the supercharger set close to minimize air leakage and ensure maximum performance
  • Integrated electronic bypass valve regulates boost pressure to a maximum of 11.6 psi (80 kPa); the 2.38-liter supercharger uses a drive ratio of 2.36:1 and has a maximum speed of 14,600 rpm
  • Cast-iron engine block with water jackets between the cylinders for optimal cooling
  • Forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces
  • Specially tuned crankshaft damper, burst tested to 13,000 rpm
  • High-strength, forged-alloy pistons
  • Powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like, carbon-coated piston pins
  • Piston-cooling oil jets
  • Heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads
  • Sodium-cooled exhaust valves, hollow-stem intake valves and steel-alloy heads that stand up to temperatures as high as 1,652 degrees Fahrenheit (900 degrees Celsius)
  • Cold-air scoop in lower front fascia helps feed the supercharger and the Hellcat engine’s 92-mm throttle body
  • Exhaust system tuned to deliver a throaty Dodge DNA sound
  • TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission includes steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual-style shifting and has seven available Drive modes – Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Eco and Valet.

The Durango SRT Hellcat inherits distinct Dodge DNA, with bold styling including a front fascia featuring a chin splitter, engine oil cooler duct, air guide and snorkel for cold air induction. The rear spoiler provides aerodynamic balance and a significant measure of rear downforce of 140 lbs. @ 180 mph.

Durango’s forward-leaning profile includes LED low/high headlamps, LED daytime running lamp (DRL) signatures and a sculpted hood and grille. The front end creates a wide cross-car read. SRT Hellcat fender badges stamp the Durango as a Hellcat.

Inside, the driver-oriented cockpit is refined, upscale and high-tech throughout, featuring an available 10.1-inch touchscreen angled 7 degrees toward the driver. Unique to the SRT Hellcat are red-accented gauges and standard heated and ventilated Nappa leather with suede front seats with an embroidered SRT logo.

Additional Durango SRT Hellcat model highlights include:

  • Standard electric power steering (EPS) with selectable steering tuning for increased grip
  • EPS and SRT drive modes accessible via the 10.1-inch Uconnect infotainment screen, allowing drivers to choose their behind-the-wheel experience by controlling inputs such as shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction, all-wheel drive (AWD) and suspension
  • Unique Uconnect features for Durango SRT models include:
    • “Smoke Show” start-up animation
    • Climate control page features Dodge stripe adjustable climate control icon and “Mode person” with race helmet
    • Unique Serpentine font used throughout the Durango display system
    • Vehicle icon on the home page “category bar” features Durango graphic with SRT logo
  • SRT Drive modes with settings for Street (Auto), Sport and Track, and a Custom setting so drivers can choose individual preferences
  • Launch Control feature is easily accessed from a toggle switch in the cockpit, managing tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration
  • Launch Assist uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and in milliseconds adjusts engine torque to regain full grip
  • Excellent braking performance thanks to massive Brembo high-performance six-piston, two-piece (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15.75 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear)
  • Durango-specific tuning, weight distribution, wheelbase and reduced understeer equals more grip and improved cornering 

Customize the Cat

Enthusiasts will have more options to personalize the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat with available Plus and Premium packages that deliver even more content. The Plus package for the Durango SRT Hellcat includes high-performance Laguna leather seats, trailer tow group, a power sunroof and adaptive and advanced safety features.

The Premium package adds to the Plus features with red seatbelts, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, carbon fiber interior accents and a Harman Kardon 19-speaker sound system.

The Durango SRT Hellcat revealed at M1 Concourse showcases the available Blacktop package, which includes Gloss Black badging, Gloss Black mirror caps and 20-inch Black Noise wheels.

27 Comments

Hellcatforever

I feel bad for those who bought a last year run and now they are making more, but I love that Dodge continues to defy the New Green Deal and is continuing to give all of us what we want, more Hellcats!


Durahell

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LastCall_807

The DHC Cry Babies in here are ridiculous… Your the ass clowns that pay these ridiculous dealer markups for limited run models and ruin it for the rest of us… If every consumer banned together and refused to pay any sort of dealer markup then the dealerships would be forced to play by the rules and sell them for MSRP… The more of these vehicles that are produced the less likely they are to be marked up by greedy dealerships… I’m on the list for a last call Redeye Charger for msrp at one of my local Dodge dealerships… and if Dodge changes their minds and decides to build and sell them for another five years than that’s great!! More HP for everyone!!


sfrimmel

I’m sooooo excited about the new Hornet!! My first car was a 1974 AMC RED Hornet, it was identical to the one in the James Bond movie!
Wish I still had it!! Can’t wait to see a 2023 red one!! Maybe my next new car!!!


OZARKBULLY

Well, I plan on ordering mine in a few weeks, and the dealer said he’d take my '22 R/T Plus!


Chicarcas

Let me try it and I’ll let you know


samuelsaiz

This is total crap. I purchased mine because of the rarity that it was supposed to have and now dodge is making them in 2023 with no limited number. I feel lied to and ripped off. I like the comment about a lawsuit for fraudulent advertising, I’d join that lawsuit.


dsb

From the narrative it looks like the 2023 Durango Hellcat may not even the last model year, and there will be a 2024 model. Dodge is redesigning the Charger and Challenger for 2024, so it makes no sense the 2024 Durango will be redesigned as well. So it is natural that there will be the 2024 DHC same as the 2023. What if one year later Dodge makes a 2024 Redeye or Jailbreak Durango Hellcat, can’t imagine what feeling the 2021 and 2023 owners will be…


Assclown

ANY LAWYERS ON HERE? The 2021 was marketed as a single year production only. Seems to be fraudulent advertising. Class action lawsuit maybe? I’d join one.


SweeterT

I got this Durango because it was supposed to be a unicorn, rare gem, only 2k made. Now it’s just another Hellcat, nothing rare about it. I would have kept my Trackhawk if I would have known that this car wasn’t gonna be as special as I thought it was.


1970RR505

Will it come in Sublime and Plum Crazy???


ARD

Here goes one model year. Dodge, not cool. So big “one year only” Durango Hellcat was a typical marketing bullshit statement from Dodge? Zero respect… No I did not get mine for resale, but don’t like to be lied to.


AjRambert

Def a durango fan… Sitting in this 03 3rd gen ram its def time to replace the old guy. Id love to put a hellcat in the garage in replacement of my 4.7ram


retroman

I picked up a 2003 Durango AWD for $600 recently. Body looks great, but the Magnum is beyond tired (hence the price). Should I stuff a Hellcat in it?? If I did, what should I call it? Hellrango??


jmiles

Where can I go to get on the order list😁


frankherche

I would buy one if I weren’t retired with a fixed income. I’ll keep my 2017 Citadel.