When Dodge breaks records, it celebrates that with a three-row SUV that hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. In late summer 2017, comes the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. With its 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, this seven-seat school bus will reach from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The latest Durango that was launched in 2014 was called a three-row Charger. This muscular SUV makes that vicious claim even more legit. It does everything we want a performance car to do, said Mark Trostle, head of performance, passenger, and utility vehicle exterior design. It is Dodge’s three-row Charger, indeed.
The 6.4-liter Hemi V8 is much stronger than the already potent 5.7-liter Hemi V8, producing 360 hp and 390 lb-ft and found in the most powerful Durango currently available. The SRT powertrain features TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission used in FCA US vehicles and the lesser Durango model, though it’s adjusted specifically to the sportier demeanor of the SRT model. The hot-rod SUV can tow 8,600 pounds with a trailer, which is almost 1,200 pounds more than the most capable RWD 5.7-liter 2017 Durango.
The Durango SRT is a great move for Dodge. The Jeep Grand Cherokee already has an SRT model. Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA US’ passenger car brands said that when they launched the Durango in 2014, having a model like this one is the only thing they really wanted. It is enthusiast-oriented SUV. Dodge tested it a Virginia International Raceway and certified Durango SRT’s 12.9-second quarter mile time with the NHRA.
To keep the big Hemi chilled appropriately, the hood bulges with new air ducts. It also has new front fascia with more air vents and LED fog lamps. In addition, the body gets wider wheel flares while the grille takes on a menacing new glare with a mesh pattern. It really does look like a Charger from some angles. The suspension is also stiffened; the springs are 3 percent tighter up front and 16 percent stiffer in back, It features Brembo brakes and two Pirelli tire choices, and the exhaust is tuned to sound like, of course, the Charger SRT.
It can be driven in up to seven, yes seven, different modes, including Track, Sport, Snow, and Tow. In the cabin, you can notice the standard Nappa leather dressed up with suede inserts, SRT logos, and an 180-mph speedometer. Performance seats are available with Demonic Red Leather. It’s your choice.
The pricing or the fuel economy is still a secret that Dodge wouldn’t tell. Its debut is at Chicago Auto Show, and it goes on sale in the fall.