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The Hellcat pack just added another member in the burly 2021 Dodge Durango, which will get a limited run with a supercharged HEMI V-8 engine that will dish out 710 horsepower.
The Durango SRT Hellcat, which is fortified with a retooled suspension, is just one piece of Dodge's portfolio planned for 2021. The brand also is upping the performance ante with a Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye that churns out 797 hp and the Challenger SRT Super Stock, which tops out at 807 hp.
Dodge, which helped usher in the minivan era, is now fully dedicated to muscle. The Journey utility vehicle and venerable Grand Caravan, the top-selling minivan in the U.S. last year, are gone after the 2020 model year.
With the Grand Caravan and Journey chapters ending, Dodge — once a mainstream brand with a broad car and truck lineup that stacked up against Ford and Chevrolet, and whose U.S. sales routinely topped 1 million as recently as the early 2000s — will be carried by its "Brotherhood of Muscle."
Tim Kuniskis, FCA's head of passenger cars for North America, said the automaker has kept the Challenger, Charger and Durango fresh through the years by continuing to deliver surprises and "embracing our strengths."
During a media briefing, Kuniskis said the brand has been "giving our passionate, engaged and very vocal performance enthusiasts exactly what they want: more performance."
"These three vehicles address the varying life stages of our consumers, three vehicles that can go from cool to crazy with just a single check of a box on the order form. If you step back a little bit and think about what we've been doing, we've been growing this brand by enabling our buyers to grow within it, to grow with us," he said.
The Durango, in addition to getting the Hellcat treatment, has been freshened for the 2021 model year with a new interior and a driver-oriented cockpit. The Durango is slated to be the second FCA model to hit the market with the Uconnect 5 infotainment system, after the 2021 Pacifica.
Ryan Nagode, who leads interior design for Dodge, said the upcoming Uconnect system is "a culmination of 15 years of design and development."
"It's really been about sharpening the needle, really getting in there and figuring out what customers are liking, and improve upon that," Nagode said.
The exterior gets an aggressive touch that includes a forward-leaning profile and a new front fascia. Dodge says the Durango Hellcat will be able to tow 8,700 pounds while featuring a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. Less than 2,000 are expected to be produced.
2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock
FCA says the Charger Redeye, along with the standard Charger Hellcat model, come with a newly designed, functional performance hood. FCA said the hood design "provides maximum air intake to the high-output supercharged powerplant."
Dealer orders for 2021 Chargers, including the Redeye, open this fall and are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships in early 2021.
"Now you have a big, comfortable five-passenger sedan that can run the quarter-mile in mid-10s; 0 to 60 in mid-3s; reach a top speed of 203 mph; and be your daily driver family car," Kuniskis said of the Charger Redeye.
The automaker said the Challenger Super Stock, which goes into production this fall, carries the "drag-racing, quarter-mile-crushing spirit" of the limited-production 2018 SRT Demon model. It will debut in the 2020 model year and continue to be "the ultimate Dodge drag-racing model in the 2021 model year," FCA said.
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye: With 797 horsepower the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world and features a newly designed, functional performance hood.
Dodge heads into the 2021 model year with some bragging rights as the first domestic automaker to lead the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Kuniskis said he knows some attribute Dodge's ranking to the fact the company has "had a lot of practice building these cars," but he thinks there's more to it than that.
"A lot of it has to do with Dodge staying laser-focused on the core attributes that our customers want. Over the last five years we've made substantial investments in our core products," Kuniskis said. "We've nearly doubled our horsepower levels. We've nearly doubled the number of gears in our transmissions, and we've added performance variants that appeal to a much wider range of customers."
Da ieri è terminata la produzione di Journey e Caravan, de facto Dodge è un marchio morto. Gli italiani si sono lamentati del trattamento che ha subito il marchio Fiat sotto Marchionne ma a Dodge è andata ben peggio.
Il marchio dell’ariete vendeva negli anni 2000 circa 1,5 milioni di auto l’anno, con una precisione chirurgica il marchio è stato svuotato. Prima è stata scorporata RAM, che non era mai stata un marchio autonomo, rubandole persino l’emblema. L’auto più recente è del 2010, la Dart lanciata nel 2012 come l’auto americana con tecnologia italiana è stata ammazzata dopo appena 3 anni. Dodge fu la prima a lanciare i minivan e Marchionne giustamente decise di lanciare la Pacifica come Chrysler. Dodge arriva a stento a 500.000 unità e con la fine di Caravan e Journey precipiterà a meno di 300.000. Veramente una fine orrenda.
700.000 ram più 500.000 dodge nel 2019.... Calato mooolto di più il marchio fiat rispetto agli anni 2000, in usa a parte ford e Chevrolet e forse cadilacc gli altri marchi han fatto quasi tutti fine peggiori di dodge.