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2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat delivers 710 horsepower, satisfying purr

Dodge is adding a Hellcat version of its SUV to the lineup for one year only.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Calling it a "Cat out of Hell," Dodge unveiled the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat today. The model, which builds on the Durango SRT, delivers the type of performance Dodge has become synonymous with in recent years. The model will be a single year offering.

"The Brotherhood of Muscle includes families of all sizes and the Durango delivers Dodge performance as the Charger of the three-row SUV segment," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "And new for 2021, we have raised the bar even higher. The 710-horsepower Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever. It's the last piece of the puzzle and, alongside the Charger and Challenger, completes the Dodge brand's performance lineup."

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat The model features nearly the same body styling as every other Durango.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

At the heart of the Durango SRT Hellcat is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. It achieves 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. There are seven drive modes – Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, and Valet.

The power plant features a cast-iron block with water jackets between the cylinders; a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces; a specially tuned crankshaft damper; 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.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Body stripes are available.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The SRT Hellcat has an aggressive new chin splitter, which takes advantage of the two-piece design for added downforce. The model is not available with fog lights. The lower front fascia of the SUV instead features a scoop to help cool the engine.

Dodge offers the model with dual-center exterior stripes, that cover the front and rear fascias, hood, portions of the roof, spoiler and the tailgate. Stripes are offered in five colors: black with Redline accent tracer, Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss (metallic finish) and Sterling Silver (metallic finish).

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Dodge is equipped the model with Brembo calipers.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

All-wheel drive is standard. Dodge is giving the model standard 20-inch machined faced wheels with mid-gloss black pockets. Pirelli Scorpion Zero 295/45ZR20 all-season performance tires are standard; Pirelli P-Zero 295/45ZR20 three-season tires are available.

The SUV comes standard with electric power steering with selectable steering tuning - that helps with grip, which is important in a top-heavy SUV. There are paddle shifters as well as two launch performance technologies. Launch Control is utilized via a toggle switch in the cockpit that manages tire slip while Launch Assist uses wheel speed sensors to monitor the SUV for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and works to modify torque should hopping occur in an effort to maintain grip. This function happens in milliseconds.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat The SUV delivers best-in-class towing.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

It takes just 116 feet for the Durango SRT Hellcat to come to complete stop from 60 mph. It features high-performance six-piston, two-piece (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers by Brembo and vented rotors at all four corners.

According to Dodge's calculations, the Durango SRT Hellcat runs zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, covers the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 180 mph.

The SUV has a best-in-class 8,700-pound towing capacity.

Dodge has refreshed the design of the interior of the Durango for 2021. All models get new cockpit styling, instrument panel, center console, and front door uppers with new relocated seat memory switches.

The new 10.1-inch infotainment screen is angled toward the driver and run by FCA's new Uconnect 5 system. The center stack is slimmer than before and there are now chrome-accented toggles and dedicated buttons for heated and cooled seats.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat The interior of the SUV was refreshed for the 2021 model year.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Dodge has given the Durango more small item storage, standard flat-bottom steering wheel on the Durango SRT Hellcat, and available wireless charging. A family entertainment system is available through Durango's Blu-ray video rear-seat entertainment system with two high-resolution 9-inch screens, one on each front seat back.

SRT Hellcat Durangos get forged carbon fiber interior accents, red-accented gauges, standard heated and ventilated Nappa leather with suede front seats with an embroidered Hellcat logo (available Laguna leather interior in black/Demonic Red).

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT starts at $62,995. Expect to pay around $70,000 for the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat when it goes on sale later this year.

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Toyota is mobilizing, putting its money where its mouth is to help Texas affected by severe winter weather.

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Winter Storm Uri impacted nearly every single one of Texas's 254 counties. North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged $1 million in relief for those affected by the storm. The aid is slated to serve both Toyota and Lexus customers and a variety of Texas-based non-profit organizations.

Over 60 Texas counties were part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recent Texas Severe Winter Storms (DR-4586-TX). It is currently categorized as an active disaster.

"We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms affected millions right in our back yard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal," said Sean Suggs, group vice president of Social Innovation, TMNA. "Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever."

The $1 million relief effort includes:

North Texas/DFW Metroplex

  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits to quickly distribute funds to grassroots organizations: $450,000
  • North Texas Food Bank: $100,000
  • The Family Place and Genesis Women's Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients: $30,000
  • Toyota employees will be able to support the needs of four North Texas community partners significantly impacted by the storms by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish Lists.

San Antonio

  • SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs: $100,000
  • Let's Help SA Fund to provide food, water and shelter: $200,000

Houston

  • United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund that supports local home repairs: $50,000
  • Houston Food Bank: $50,000
  • CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel: $20,000

Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofit organizations recovering from the storm.

Toyota and Lexus Financial Services customers who are looking for loan and lease payment relief, and were impacted by the storm, may be able to receive assistance under a new Toyota program that has a variety of options for clients.

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Vonlane typically runs luxury bus service to multiple high-priority locations in Texas and beyond.

Photo courtesy of Vonlane

Texas-based luxury bus company Vonlane is back on the road following the winter storm, offering limited routes to travelers among Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

"Upon conducting road tests around the state, we are confident that we can now deliver our normal exceptional travel experience," the Dallas-based company said in a February 19 email to customers.

A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Houston Downtown Hyatt Regency to Dallas Doubletree at Love Field or the Austin Hyatt Regency, beginning Friday, February 19.

Rates are $105 each way.

Routes to and from Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are not yet available.

Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing. Face masks and temperature checks are required.

Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like WiFi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, and leather seats.

Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.


The original version of this story can be found on AutomotiveMap's sister site, CultureMap.

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