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VIDEO: First Look – First-Ever Dodge Durango SRT on its Way for 2018

Dodge Gives Us the Fastest Three-Row SUV on the Market

Feb 7, 2017
Surprise! After a few months of teasing and speculation, Dodge pulled the wraps off the all-new Durango SRT, a vehicle it calls a three-row muscle car.
Photo 2/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Exterior Front Quarter 01
Photo 3/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Engine Bay
Powered by the company’s 392ci (6.4L) V-8, the Durango SRT boasts 475 hp and 470 lb-ft, backed up by an eight-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. Dodge also claims the Durango SRT is the fastest, most capable SUV in its segment, backed up by its NHRA-certified 4.4-second blast to 60 mph and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. Furthermore, the big Hemi gives the Durango SRT a towing capacity of 8,600 pounds, outstripping just about every SUV available today. Dodge also says the new member of the SRT family is also the most powerful SUV in its class, but we’re not sure we can corroborate those numbers, as the more expensive three-row Mercedes-AMG GLS63 produces 577 hp. Nevertheless, the Durango SRT is still faster than the big Benz, if Dodge’s performance numbers prove to be accurate.
As the first Durango to ever receive the SRT treatment, Dodge saw fit to equip it with a widebody exterior that hides 11.6-inch–wide tires mounted on massive 20-inch “Goliath” wheels. Stiffer front and rear springs and a stiffer rear sway bar will provide surefooted handling in quick driving, and Dodge touts the Durango SRT’s longish 120-inch wheelbase as a boon for high-speed stability. A short-long-arm front suspension, specially tuned multilink rear suspension, and adaptive-damping Bilstein shock absorbers should provide responsive handling. A Brembo brake system features six-piston calipers mounted on massive 15-inch slotted and vented discs up front, with four-piston calipers squeezing 13.8-inch vented discs in the rear.
Photo 4/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Exterior Wheels And Brakes
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT makes a powerful visual statement, with a Hellcat-aping front bumper and grille treatment dominated by a massive lower air intake. The regular Durango’s crosshairs grille is gone, replaced by a large mesh insert above a little mail-slot opening. A functional vented hood includes a bold, front-facing NACA duct flanked by two heat extractors, combining elements from both the Charger SRT 392 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Nickel-chrome exhaust tips peek out through an aggressive lower valence that also recalls the Grand Cherokee SRT.
Photo 5/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Exterior Hood Vents 02
Inside, standard Nappa or optional Laguna leather covers the seats, and the dashboard is hand-wrapped as well. Suede inserts in the seats will keep bums planted in high-speed driving, and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters will help the driver maintain control over the Durango SRT. Luxury niceties include premium velour-bound floor mats, custom seat stitching and embossing, a redesigned digital instrument panel, and Dodge’s excellent Uconnect infotainment system.
Photo 6/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Interior Cockpit
The SRT brand’s signature drive-mode-select system is standard, featuring seven different performance levels that control transmission and throttle calibration, suspension settings, stability control sensitivity, and all-wheel-drive torque management. In addition to the transparent Auto and laughable-for-an-SRT Eco modes, the drive-select includes a Sport setting for brisk on-road driving, a Track setting for closed-road performance driving, Snow for ideal traction in inclement weather, Tow for hauling large loads, and Valet—limiting performance to V-6 levels, locking out first gear, performing early upshifts, and engaging full stability and traction controls until the mode is disengaged by a responsible party.
Photo 10/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Interior Uconnect Display 02
Pricing is still unannounced, but judging from Dodge’s pricing strategy elsewhere in the SRT lineup, it’d be fair to expect a price jump of about $17,000 over the Durango R/T, so we anticipate the Durango SRT to start at less than $60,000, though the smaller Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT demands $66,895. Regardless, new owners of the Durango SRT will be invited to the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, the official driving school of Dodge/SRT for one day of fast driving and professional instruction. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT hits dealers this fall.
Source: Dodge
Photo 11/40   |   2018 Dodge Durango Srt Exterior Front View In Motion High

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