Is it wrong that every time we fired up the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, we got a vivid mental image of our entire family screaming while we attacked a decreasing radius off-ramp, a gleeful cackle on our lips as the Dodge’s rear end hung out wide? It takes serious restraint—restraint that we’re not sure we have—not to antagonize passengers with this 710-hp, SUV-shaped mass driver. Or perhaps it would thrill them—your passengers might be more amenable to physics experiments than some of ours. Either way, do everybody a favor and ask first.
Whoever’s in the Durango Hellcat and whatever their interest level in testing the limits, there’s no denying it’s a formidable machine. Maybe absurd is more accurate. It’s not like there’s something novel about the Durango’s mechanicals—it’s standard Hellcat stuff, with an all-wheel-drive system closely related to that in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk—but it feels awfully novel to roll around with the knowledge that this family hauler can run an 11.7-second quarter mile at 117.3 mph. The bizarre juxtaposition of drag-strip prowess and strip-mall practicality makes it all infinitely more entertaining. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.