A 475-horsepower Hemi V8 can enhance absolutely anything, and it’ll quickly achieve this for the Dodge Durango.
Fiat Chrysler Cars (FCA) is taking its SRT efficiency lineup in a brand new and fascinating path on the 2017 Chicago Auto Present.
Jeep has provided a Grand Cherokee SRT hot-rod SUV for a number of years, however there has by no means been an SRT model of the associated Dodge Durango. Now, after months of hints and rumors, Dodge has lastly unveiled one. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is the household hauler from hell.
The Durango SRT packs a 6.four-liter Hemi V8, the identical engine utilized in the “SRT 392” versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger, in addition to the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It produces the identical 475 horsepower and 470 pound-ft of torque because the Jeep. Dodge says the Durango SRT will do zero to 60 mph in four.four seconds, and run the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds, a time it says was licensed by the Nationwide Scorching Rod Affiliation (NHRA). Dodge didn’t quote a prime velocity, however the Durango SRT’s speedometer goes to one hundred eighty mph.
The Hemi is coupled to an eight-velocity automated transmission and normal all-wheel drive. The SRT mannequin additionally will get stiffer suspension with Bilstein adaptive dampers, launch management, upgraded brakes from Brembo, and 7 driving modes: Road, Sport, Monitor, Snow, Tow, Valet, and Eco. Monitor mode is probably the most aggressive, dialing up suspension stiffness, dialing down stability management, quickening shifts, and sending 70 % of energy to the rear wheels. Valet mode places a muzzle on the V8, deploying a software program map that mimics a Dodge Charger V6’s energy settings.
The outside additionally will get an aggressive makeover, with a brand new entrance fascia and hood that visually tie the Durango to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, plus wheel flares, aspect skirts, and four-inch twin exhaust ideas. The inside options heated and ventilated entrance seats and second row captain’s chairs, all trimmed in nappa leather-based and suede. The Durango SRT additionally will get the excessive-finish model of FCA’s Uconnect infotainment system, with an eight.four-inch touchscreen, navigation, SRT Efficiency Pages, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT goes on sale within the fourth quarter of this yr. Pricing might be introduced nearer to the launch date. As with all new SRT fashions, a one-day driving class on the Bob Bondurant Faculty of Excessive Efficiency Driving will probably be included within the Durango’s buy worth.