“With their previous tune, the SUV produced 706 horsepower with 627 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, undoubtedly increasing the stock 3.5 seconds 0-60 time, which could be substantial if your kids are late for school,” Zac from the publication writes.
“Now the Michigan tuner has added a complete flex-fuel into the mix, which allows for even grander numbers,” he adds.
It is known that premium gasoline is often more beneficial when preserving the vehicle is a top priority. But Zac adds that “93 option yields impressive numbers despite being easier on the engine with almost 200 additional horsepower and close to 180 lb-ft of torque, giving the Durango around 770 horsepower.”
He continues: “Alternatively, with the E85, the tune adds nearly 300 horsepower from stock with over 220 lb-ft. of torque, putting the Durango at over 1,000 horsepower, and Livernois wasn’t expecting such substantial results.”
If one can live with slightly less power in their Hellcat, “this tuning still allows for the 93 octane fuel, but honestly, if you bought a Durango Hellcat, you probably want to get all the power out of it that you can, not to mention E85 is cheaper.”
Have Six Grand to Spare?
For those who are short on time, a little over $6,000 will help make sure that the Durango is tuned to top-notch results.
“The package includes an install, so Livernois Motorsports will do all the tinkering for you and ensure you obtain the highest performance available for your supercharged Dodge Durango Hellcat,” Zac notes.
Trim Levels and Interior Changes
According to Sebastian Blanco at Car and Driver, there are also plenty of trim levels to choose from.
“The SRT trims are all-wheel drive only, but the other models offer either rear- or all-wheel drive, with the latter choice costing an extra $2,600. The Citadel trim takes care of the luxury side. It can be optioned with either the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque or a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 that produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft,” he writes.
“The Durango Citadel comes with the trailer-tow Group IV equipment package and Platinum chrome door and mirror accents as standard. Safety features including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist are also standard on the Citadel,” he continues.
Keep in mind that there are also some notable changes to the vehicle’s interior, “including a new instrument panel and a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect 5 infotainment system. But that size of screen is an option, and the standard equipment that comes on the SXT and GT trim levels is an 8.4-inch screen.”
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington state-based Science and Tech Editor who has held posts at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.
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