The New 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Have you heard about the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT coming out? Instead of changing up the Durango’s look, Dodge made a new Durango, the Durango SRT. It’s a performance-geared SUV and replaced the vehicle’s engine with a much more powerful SRT-tuned engine.
History of the Dodge Durango
Although an SUV, the original Durango was first marketed as a truck-based SUV, primarily due to its towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and seating capacity of seven passengers. The first model debuted in 1998 and was built to replace the Dodge Ramcharger, which saw it’s last model year in 1993.
Production of the first generation Durango lasted until 2003 when Dodge decided to give the original Durango a new look; however, the second generation model ended up looking very similar to the original. The design was based off the look of the Dodge Ram Powerbox, a hybrid concept based on the looks of the 1999 Dodge Ram Power Wagon. Both were also built like the Dodge Ram Dakota, where the auto body was constructed separate from the frame and chassis. The first debut of the second generation Durango model was the Dodge Durango R/T, and the concept showed up at the 2003 Detroit Auto Show.
The second generation design of the Durango was still similar to past vehicles, but that changed when Dodge released the third generation model in mid-2010. People often get it confused with the Jeep Grand Cherokee because not only are the two in competition, but the third-generation Dodge Durango was built with similar design cues to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Power of the Dodge Durango SRT
Powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, the Durango SRT generates 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, and it has a towing capacity of 8,600 pounds (which is a 2,200 pound increase in comparison to a Durango with a 5.7-liter engine). That towing capacity is enough for a small boat. The engine is paired to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, and like many SRT vehicles, has a cold air intake via an air scoop on the hood of the vehicle to keep the engine cool and filter cooler air into it.
All that engine power and tech makes the Durango SRT one of the fastest SUVs on the planet. The Durango SRT can finish a quarter-mile in just 3.9 seconds, making the Dodge Durango SRT America’s most powerful three-row SUV. That’s just the start of power though. The drivetrain, braking system, and exhaust are also built from the same cloth of powerful SRT vehicles.
The 2018 Dodge Durango is equipped with an all-wheel drive system, like the Dodge Challenger GT, which allows the driver to select various drive modes (seven drive modes in total). One of which, Track, diverts 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels for improved acceleration and handling. Like other performance vehicles, the Durango SRT has the creme de la creme of braking systems, Brembo high-performance six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers with vented rotors. It also comes with a sophisticated active damping system, stiffer front and rear springs, and a stiffer rear sway bar (read about them in Performance Parts Explained).
That SRT Look
As a member of the SRT family, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT needs to look like a SRT, a vehicle of power, aggression, and dominance. What better way to make it look fierce than with a new aggressive widebody and stance, integrated wheel flares, and body-color side rocker panels, along with 20-inch five-spoke wheels (available in two options)? Plus, a signature SRT hood with a functional center air inlet duct and two heat extractors have been integrated into the new front fascia that houses the cold air duct intake to give the Dodge Durango SRT look a little more ferocity.
What to Expect on the Inside
First off, high-performance seats embroidered with the SRT logo (available in leather) that’s a given. The cabin has to be as stylish as the exterior. Which means a performance flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather with paddle shifters and a T-handle shifter with an AutoStick selector gate for intuitive gear selection and added control. A next-generation Uconnect system is available as are Uconnect Performance Pages. Be sure to look for the available heated and ventilated front and heated second-row captain’s chairs.
Ready for the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT? It’s available late-summer 2017. Stay tuned to our social media channels for its arrival date!