The three-row Hellcat has risen from the useless.
On Monday, the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was introduced with the identical 710-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 engine because the 2021 mannequin that the corporate stated could not meet emissions requirements. However how? It wasn’t magic. As a substitute, it took some effort by the engineering group.
“Similar energy, similar automotive, they obtained actual good and figured it out,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated at a background occasion for the automotive media.
When Dodge introduced the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat as a 180-mph household hauler in 2020, Kuniskis was clear with Motor Authority: The Durango Hellcat would reside for one single mannequin yr and die. The explanation was the Hellcat’s supercharged V-8 powertrain within the Durango’s platform would not meet new EVAP emissions necessities that have been set to get into impact for the 2022 mannequin yr.
And but, the car meets these requirements for the 2023 mannequin yr. Nothing has modified with the principles.
Dodge spokesperson Dave Elshoff instructed MA the engineering group “improved the gas system to satisfy LEVIII zero evaporative emissions, that are required for the 2023 mannequin yr and past.”
To do that, the group made mechanical adjustments to the gas tank, gas filler, and carbon canister.
2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Whereas Dodge needed to higher management the evaporative emissions from the Durango Hellcat, the gas techniques within the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, that are constructed on a special platform, have met laws. Similar goes for the Ram 1500 TRX.
When Dodge introduced the Durango Hellcat in 2020, Kuniskis stated it could solely be constructed for six months. That left sufficient time to screw collectively fewer than 2,000 items, making the Durango SRT Hellcat rarer than the Dodge Demon.
However Dodge ended up constructing 3,000 2021 Durango SRT Hellcats, which nonetheless made it rarer than the Demon however solely by 300 items. The automaker claimed it was capable of transfer some supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 Hellcat engines from different autos to make sure each “offered order” within the system obtained constructed.
Elshoff instructed MA the 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat is not going to be a quantity restricted mannequin, however the automaker will steadiness Hellcat quantity between this and the particular final version fashions. When requested if the the Durango SRT Hellcat would stick round past 2023 Kuniskis instructed the media “solely 2023 mannequin yr for now.” Elshoff instructed MA, “it is one yr, however we hope for extra.”
The final time we drove the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat we deemed it was in a category of 1. Now that class of 1 will reside a bit longer.
As for a way lengthy the Charger and Challenger Hellcats will final, Kuniskis confirmed to MA on the 2021 LA auto present, they’d die after 2023. “I’ll have this automotive (referring to each), this platform, this powertrain as we all know it by means of the top of ’23. There’s two extra years to purchase a Hellcat, then it is historical past.” He was referring to the Dodge Challenger and Charger. Each of which can die after 2023 and not get replaced with a V-8-powered car. An electrical muscle automotive will arrive in 2024 because the direct substitute.