It’s not often that one reads a sentence containing the words “Dodge, Hellcat, and practical,” but I’ve already written the title, so here we are. Horace and John Dodge originally manufactured automotive parts for other companies at their inception. It wasn’t until 1914 that the Dodge Brothers rolled their first Model 30/35 touring car off the line. As is the case with the titular vehicle in this piece, Dodge’s main selling point was “more extreme”. The Model 30/35 had almost twice the horsepower of Ford’s Model T, an electrical system that was twice the voltage, and an all-steel body construction. I do feel it’s important and timely to disclose that both of the Dodge brothers died of the Spanish Flu in 1920 and the company was sold to Chrysler; this is mainly to remind you that no one ever learns anything, and you should buy that 710hp SUV while you still can. Now that our preamble is out of the way, let’s get down to the reasons why buying a Durango Hellcat is a practical choice for you and your family.
1. The Durango Hellcat is Comparatively More Practical Than a Challenger Hellcat
In 2019, the SRT team at Dodge released an update to the previous model year’s Demon edition, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. There’s a one dollar option to remove the backseat to save weight, it comes with a spare set of tires just for drag racing, and has only two doors. That might make it a hard sell to those with families, but, fortunately, the Durango platform has you covered. With the Durango Hellcat, you get the same engine and horsepower as the Challenger, but you also get four doors, in-headrest entertainment screens for the middle row, AND a third row of seats.
2. Speed and Storage
So, let’s say you are at IKEA picking up some furniture. Let’s also say this IKEA is around 100 miles from your home. Now, add in the fact that there’s about to be a Speed and Speed 2: Cruise Control double header marathon starting on TNT in exactly one hour. Sure, it’s the 21st Century, and you can probably stream those somewhere or program your DVR from the very same phone you are probably reading this on, but isn’t it more important to know that you COULD get back home in time if you needed to?
3. A Sitcom Style Rec League Basketball Emergency Could Happen at Any Moment
Imagine you are a coach of your child’s community center basketball team. If there is anything I have learned from watching television it’s that, at any moment, something that can go wrong will go wrong in the silliest way possible. If your team has a playoff game in the next city over, a tractor-trailer full of Vaseline will wreck across the highway causing major delays in both directions. You will wait in traffic for a while, because you’re a responsible citizen and a role model to these kids. They can’t see you go full road rage, but, as time inches closer and closer to tip-off, you get worried. Well, if you have the Durango Hellcat, worry no longer, because not only do you have over 700 buff ponies and a third row of seats for the team, you also have all wheel drive to get you through all of that petroleum jelly or simply take it off-road. And, with a top speed of 180mph, you won’t need to worry about missing warm-ups.
In conclusion, it wouldn’t just be impractical to not own the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, it would be nigh irresponsible. Just make sure you get one when it comes out because it doesn’t pass EPA emissions standards after 2021, and thus will only have one model year’s worth of production.