Dodge//SRT is making the Hellcat Daytona's 10-horsepower bump permanent.
America's second-fastest super-sedan, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, just got a little bit faster as it enters the 2021 model year. And sure, it's still overshadowed some by the recently-revealed 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, but with 717 horsepower on tap - 10 more ponies than before - the standard Hellcat is no slouch.
That power rating isn't strictly new to the Charger Hellcat lineup, being exactly the same level of output as achieved by the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 50th Anniversary Daytona Edition, and of course, the two-door Challenger SRT Hellcat has been rated at 717 horsepower for some time now. But it's also not the only change coming to Dodge's high-performance super-sedan for 2021.
In addition, the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat rocks an all-new hood with a big, functional scoop that supplies maximum airflow to the 6.2L Hellcat engine, according to Mopar Insiders. We don't have pictures of that hood just yet.
The same standard Laguna leather seat upholstery with silver contrast stitching, and "Light Black Chrome" interior accents, carry over, with Alcantara seat trim and a "Carbon / Suede Interior Package" continuing to be offered as options.
All right, so not much is changing apart from the power and the new hood, but happily, that extends to the exterior color options, which will again include Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, Frostbite, Smoke Show, and Gold Rush - all fan favorites that just recently joined the palette.
The subtly updated 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will reportedly hit showrooms in early 2021, after orders begin this fall. It's not a dramatic switch-up for the super-sedan, and certainly hardly enough to tempt anyone to trade up from an older Charger SRT Hellcat, but it's nevertheless an excellent example of what Dodge does best: rolling out incremental changes to popular, established products in order to maintain enthusiasts' attention.
And who are we to say "no" to an extra 10 horsepower?