What else could the Hellcat V8 be used for?
Dodge has cemented itself as America's high horsepower brand. It's not a coincidence it's defined itself as the "House of Power" with ads featuring the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger burning lots of rubber. The 707 horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8, which some industry analysts figured would be nothing more than a niche engine, has since expanded to three vehicles, the Charger, Challenger, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Could there be a fourth model? You know, like the Durango? It's looking increasingly possible with this latest video, released only a day after the official Fast 9 trailer.
Narrated by Vin Diesel (because who else?) and with clips from the new movie included, the video also shows the familiar Hellcat-powered vehicles but, if you look closely, there's a hidden teaser here, too.
At the 18-second mark, you'll see the Hellcat logo attached to what appears to be the Durango's front quarter panel. A very brief second or so later you'll see the heavily shaded rear end of an SUV. Could it be the Dodge Journey? No way. It's not even a possibility (or even mechanically possible).
That leaves us with the Durango, the Grand Cherokee's corporate cousin. Both ride on the same unibody platform and share an assembly line. It makes an awful lot of sense for the Durango to be Dodge's next Hellcat target. Currently, the most powerful Durango you can buy is the Durango SRT, powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 totaling 475 horsepower. Swapping that engine out for the Hellcat means an additional 232 hp, at the very least.
Unfortunately, the video provides no other information, but we can't say we're surprised. Durango fans have been asking Dodge for this engine for a few years now and it's about time the automaker finally complied. Dodge oftentimes like to do spring and/or summer time reveals, and with both the Detroit Auto Show and Woodward Dream Cruise happening in June and August, respectively, it's certainly possible the ultimate Durango will finally arrive at either venue.