Fiat-Chrysler has dropped its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 engine into a handful of vehicles, but the Dodge Durango isn’t one of them. Yes, there’s the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, but that only provides 475 horsepower. What if more power is needed?
That’s where the aftermarket comes in. Motor Authority reports Plum Floored Creations, a Mopar shop outside of Phoenix, Arizona, undertook the challenge to build a Dodge Durango Hellcat. And, guess what? They did it.
It wasn’t an easy process. The donor Durango was a 2011 model, which features an older five-speed automatic and an old ECU. For the Durango Hellcat to come to life, these would need to be swapped out. The shop stuffed the standard-issue 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine into the Durango will ease, but the stock 2.3-liter supercharger unit was replaced with a 2.9-liter unit. This was needed since the standard supercharger wouldn’t play nice with the Durango’s stock ECU. Durango’s built after 2014 would be a simple swap.
The old five-speed auto was replaced with a six-speed ATS Stage 3 unit and power is still sent to the Durango’s factory all-wheel-drive system. Unlike the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which features a beefed up AWD unit, the shop didn’t need to upgrade the system. However, there’s no launch control.
Other various upgrades also included six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo brake calipers. Since the stock wheels wouldn’t clear the massive 15-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors, new wheels were fitted with 285/40 tires wrapping them. The shop also applied some custom graphics, including the Hellcat emblem on each side of the Durango.
What were the final results? 698 horsepower at the crank and 570 horsepower at the wheels on the dyno. Not too shabby for a full-size SUV. All the power isn’t cheap, though. Plum Floored Creations will replicate the swap for $40,000 plus the donor Durango.