Durango SRT Hellcat gets yet another stay of execution
Leaked ordering guides reveal that the 710-hp Durango SRT Hellcat trim level, which was supposed to exist only in a limited 2000-unit run for 2021 and was resurrected for 2023, will be back for one more model year: 2024. For those of you wondering whether anyone really needs a 710-hp three-row that can tow 8700 pounds, you might be surprised at how balanced the whole package truly is. Reviews of Dodge’s muscly people-mover have been overwhelmingly positive.
In addition to the 710-hp version, the 475-hp version of the Durango, the SRT 392 trim, will be available for the 2024 model year. That naturally aspirated engine will also serve in the Wrangler Rubicon 392 for one more year.
The Ram TRX will also continue to use the supercharged 6.2-liter engine through the 2024 model year. (Production of the TRX will still end at the end of 2023, as we reported last week; the Final Edition trucks will be badged as 2024 models.) We’ve been fans of the TRX since day one, but the price of the Hellcat-powered off-roader has climbed quickly. When the supertruck debuted in 2021, its base price was a healthy $71,690. Today, it starts at $86,845. That price increase hasn’t come from any added content, either.
We remarked early on that the TRX would still be a ton of fun—and still be among the best-looking trucks on the market—if it were to offer the 485-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. With the 510-hp high-output Hurricane coming soon for high-end Rams, it seems likely that we’ll have an inline-six version of the desert-runner that will out-muscle the 6.4-liter V-8 and deliver improved fuel economy.
We don’t know what Ram plans on calling its Hurricane-powered off-roader—too bad the company has already used Warlock—or what the truck’s price tag will be. That said, there’s certainly room in the lineup above the Limited and below the TRX. Naturally, we’ll miss the high-powered Hemi V-8s when they’re gone, particularly the Hellcats. The supercharged mill is an absolute brute and sounds amazing, although the Hurricane will at least make us miss the 6.4 a bit less.
Does anyone have any suggestions on what a 510-hp inline-six Ram off-roader should be called?