But hopefully, its engine has survived.
This isn't the first totaled Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and it probably won't be the last, sad to say. It comes as little surprise things like this happen given how powerful these SUVs are. With 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque packed under the hood, the Durango Hellcat is not for everyone, especially those with lead feet. It's all fine and good to drive fast but only when the circumstances allow. Being an honest judge of one's driving skills is definitely necessary.
Unfortunately, the original owner of this now-totaled probably didn't heed that advice. These photos speak for themselves.
This wrecked Durango was posted to car salvage website Copart and, perhaps not so surprisingly, somebody bought it. We highly suspect they weren't interested in the SUV itself but rather its 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8, which appears to have survived the crash intact and ready for transplant. The amount of the winning bid is not listed but the estimated retail value is nearly $98,000.
Before it met its death, it had a total of 2,583 miles on its odometer, over five times the number of the last totaled Durango Hellcat we found. At least this one was actually driven somewhat. Still, it's a real shame seeing another of these SUVs meet an untimely end.
A total of only 3,000 units are being made and that takes into account the additional 1,000 units Dodge added due to high demand. Those lucky enough to snag one should do what we did during our week-long test drive experience: take this beast to the drag strip.
At least there you can experience its insane acceleration, all-wheel-drive traction, and glorious engine note with far less concern about crashing. It's just straight-line shooting. No slow traffic in your way. No cops to worry about. No potential road barriers. But not all owners will act responsibly and avoid doing dumb stuff on public roads. More incidents like this wasted example are bound to happen.