The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is the ultimate Durango. There'll never be a more powerful version. That's because the current generation Durango doesn't have much time left. Its Jeep Grand Cherokee corporate cousin will be all-new for the 2022 model year and a redesigned Durango probably isn't too far out. And the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 is bound to find its way under the hood at some point. Horsepower-loving buyers are fully aware of this and wasted no time placing orders to get one of the 2,000 planned examples. We reported last month Dodge decided to increase production numbers to satisfy demand.
That's great news for one now-former Durango Hellcat owner who somehow managed to crash theirs after just 479 miles.
Its totaled remains are now up for auction on car salvage site Copart. With an estimated listed value of nearly $90,000 (some dealership markups pushed prices over $100k), the highest bid, as of this writing, has reached $53,000. But if it's totaled then where's the value? The engine.
Though it's difficult to see based on just a single image, it appears the Hellcat V8 suffered minor damage following the accident that took out the driver's side front end. The front left wheel is now separated from the rest of the SUV and the left rear wheel is just barely hanging in there.
It must have been a serious enough crash because several airbags deployed, though it seems the driver and front passenger airbags didn't. The rest of the damage is limited to the entire front end. The grille, hood, and bumper will all need to be replaced. Technically, it's probably possible to get this 710 horsepower rig back up and running, though it'll require plenty of skill. Finding Durango Hellcat-specific replacement parts could also prove to be challenging.
Anyone interested in placing a bid should decide fast because the auction is slated to end tomorrow, May 7. The SUV is currently located in Chicago, Illinois and the buyers will have to arrange transportation.