The Dodge Durango SRT is Finally Unleashed
The Dodge Durango SRT is finally unleashed. It’s still hard to imagine. A three-row SUV with a powerful V8 engine could spell trouble. When the Dodge Durango R/T came out, it was the first SUV in Dodge’s lineup to be given a little more power for the road. Now with the SRT 392 HEMI V8 engine, things are about to get a little crazy.
You know, we were just talking about the the sneak peek of the Durango SRT floating around the internet last week. Now, here it is! The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT was officially announced by FCA. Oddly enough, there is no mention of the shaker hood that the masses speculated about based on the spy photos. Maybe that’s still in the air before mass production? We don’t know for sure, but here’s what we do know.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will be America’s fastest, most powerful three-row SUV in its class. We’re talking about the legendary 392 cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine getting a new home under the hood of the Durango. Able to generate up to 475-horsepower, it’s not too far off from the Hellcat. This SUV means business – bolting from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds-kind of business.
Like most vehicles that get more power, the Durango SRT also gets a new look. It’s exterior design now incorporates a wider body, a functional SRT hood, a new front lip, LED fog lamps, and a new cold-air duct. When we hear cold-air, we always think of the cold air intake modification used to increase horsepower. That’s exactly what this does; it pumps cooler outside air into the engine to keep the powertrain cool and maximize performance on the road and the track. Oh, and the new all-wheel drive (AWD) system Dodge released on the Challenger GT will find its way onto the Durango SRT for unsavory driving conditions.
Enough about the powertrain and exterior, let’s talk about the inside. A new SRT seven-mode drive system has been installed to give the driver freedom and control for maximum performance or comfort. For the first time in a Durango, Laguna leather and carbon fiber seating trim is offered as an option, and SRT paddle shifters have been integrated into the steering wheel. The interior also gets a new look – although still three rows, the second row is occupied by two heated captain’s chairs, embossed with SRT logos (front row seats are heated and ventilated).
The SRT modes are: Auto, the default setting, for relaxed driving conditions; Sport, for increased performance capabilities and a 23 percent increase in gear shift response for gears 1-4 and electronic stability control for better handling; Track, a step up from sport, increasing response time to 50%; Snow, for setting the ideal configuration for driving in the snow with 50/50 AWD torque distribution and second gear replacing the first; Tow, for the best stability when towing a trailer and setting the torque distribution to 50/50; Valet, which as it sounds, limits the Durango to a shell of what it can really do so the valet just parks it; and ECO, for maximizing fuel economy.
Along with all that, over 60 safety and security features will be available to improve driver and passenger safety at all times. In addition, all customers who buy a new model SRT are supposed to also receive a one full-day session of high-performance driving with professional instruction. It’s a great way to learn how to handle all that power.
So there you have it. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is finally out in the streets.