Durango SRT Hellcat Returns; Last Call for Charger, Challenger

© Stellantis North AmericaDodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Today Dodge announced the return of the supercharged Durango SRT Hellcat SUV for the 2023 model year, alongside the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Dodge Charger Hellcat. The Durango Hellcat was initially intended for an exclusive run during the 2021 model year. However, Durango now returns powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.

© Stellantis North AmericaCrazy Enthusiasm, Demand
“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 at 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,” Kuniskis noted.

© Stellantis North AmericaDodge Speed Week
The muscle brand revealed the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat on the first day of a three-day Dodge Speed Week event at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan. Dodge plans additional announcements on future electrification of the lineup — dubbed Dodge Gateway Muscle — on August 16 and Dodge Future Muscle on August 17.

© Stellantis North AmericaSeven Special Editions
The current Dodge Charger and Challenger models are coming to an end with the 2023 model year, so fittingly Dodge also announced at Speed Week that the manufacturer will commemorate the outgoing models with seven special editions. In addition, the 2023 model year will offer the return of an array of heritage colors, an expansion of the Jailbreak models, and a commemorative “Last Call” brushed aluminum plaque under the hood of all 2023 Charger and Challenger models.

© Stellantis North AmericaEnd of an Era, Bright New Future
“We are celebrating the end of an era — and the start of a bright new electrified future — by staying true to our brand,” said Kuniskis. “At Dodge, we never lift, and the brand will mark the last of our iconic Charger and Challenger nameplates in their current form in the same way that got us here, with a passion both for our products and our enthusiasts that drives us to create as much uniqueness in the muscle car community and marketplace as possible,” Kuniskis enthused.

© Stellantis North AmericaSpecial Model to Come
Dodge did not actually reveal the Charger and Challenger special editions; at Speed Week the models were displayed under car full covers with graphics that offer indications of what the model might be. Six of the models will be connected to an iconic Dodge model from the past, including the muscle car era of the 1960s and 1970s. According to Dodge reps, the seventh model will be the last of its kind and will be revealed at the 2022 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, scheduled for November 1-4, 2022. Pricing and details of each special edition will be released later this year. Dodge also announced that all Dodge Chargers and Challengers for the 2023 model year will be allocated to dealers on the same day to allow customers to locate the car they would like to purchase via a list of dealerships on DodgeGarage.com.

© Stellantis North AmericaHeritage Colors
For 2023 Dodge is bringing back three namesake Heritage Colors: B5 Blue, Plum Crazy purple and Sublime green. Destroyer Grey, a popular modern color, will also be offered for 2023. The 2023 Charger and Challenger will each be offered with a total of 14 exterior color choices. In addition, the Challenger R/T and Charger R/T will feature “345” fender badges — a reference to the 345-cubic-inch HEMI V8 engines under the hoods of those models.

© Stellantis North AmericaJailbreak
Dodge will also expand the “Jailbreak” option for 2023, offered this year for Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody and will extend to Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models. Jailbreak allows buyer to customize their vehicle without restrictions on color combinations, and with additional exclusive content options.

© Stellantis North AmericaDirect Connection
For drag racing enthusiasts, Dodge also announced the availability of a Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak Rolling Chassis through Dodge Direct Connection. This factory-backed performance parts line will offer drag racing enthusiasts a platform for build their own drag cars. In addition, Direct Connection will offer a Dodge Challenger body-in-white kit, Direct Connection-licensed carbon fiber parts, a licensed vintage Dodge Charger carbon fiber body from Finale Speed, and licensed American Racing Headers for Dodge Charger, Challenger and Durango.

© Stellantis North AmericaChallenger Convertible
For buyers who would like to customize their Challenger to a convertible through third-party modification company Drop Top Customs, Dodge dealerships can now streamline the process by arranging to ship a Challenger directly from the assembly plant to Drop Top Customs. Once the convertible modifications are complete, the car gets shipped from Drop Top Customs to the dealer. The Drop Top Customs convertible modifications are priced starting at $25,999, with final pricing negotiated and confirmed by the dealer.

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