The Hellcat engines found in the Dodge lineup are the stuff of muscle car dreams. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is pretty fond of them as well and even put one in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk giving us a 707-horsepower SUV. Now, they’ve tucked the Hellcat Redeye engine into a Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit so, bad guys, beware.
The good news for the bad guys is this is only a one-off concept for now. This monster will compete in the annual One Lap of America May 4-11. The competition covers 4,000 miles with eight tracks in seven states over seven days with seven challenges. The Durango will be defending its title after winning its class last year.
This is the 36th year of Tire Rack One Lap of America and it all starts in South Bend, Indiana with a wet skid pad challenge at Tire Rack’s headquarters. Contestants then travel in two-person teams to seven additional tracks for a variety of challenges before wrapping it up back in South Bend. The time driving between the tracks isn’t a timed race and everyone is expected to follow the rules of the road.
The Dodge Durango SRT Pursuit, nicknamed Speed Trap, gets its 797 horsepower from the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 found in the 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. That engine may be the standout feature of the Speed Trap, but that’s not the only modification engineers made to the Durango.
There’s a free-flow, stainless steel, Cat-Back exhaust system for a more aggressive exhaust note and concept springs that drop the ride height by half an inch. There are also custom 20-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero 305/35ZR20 tires pulled from the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody. The rules state these tires can’t be changed, but there is one spare for emergency use only.
Inside, the standard heated and ventilated front seats remain, but the second and third row seats were removed for weight savings. This also frees up room for transporting equipment between stops. Added to the interior are a four-point roll bar and five-point driver safety harness.
The outside gets a unique Durango Pursuit Law Enforcement livery and Ceridian Series lightbar with a low-profile design. There is also a low-profile speaker for warning folks to politely move out of the way, or perhaps to scare the daylights out of competitors. We’ll have to see how that plays out.
It’s only a concept vehicle, but we’re betting more than a few police officers would like to see a Hellcat version of the Durango Pursuit in their vehicle fleets. Maybe if they ask real nice?