2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Dodge calls it the America’s most capable, most powerful and
fastest 3-row SUV.  I am talking about the 2018 Dodge
Durango SRT that the automaker released in the eve of the 2017
Chicago Auto show. Believe you me; Dodge has a credible claim
as the model is packed with a V-8 mill that packs almost 500
horses. To back its other claims, the automaker has hooked up
the model with an array of performance upgrades to make the SUV
a fun-filled monster to drive. Read along to find out more
about this performance-oriented SUV:

2018 Dodge Durango SRT Exterior

The front fascia looks sportier. The fascia is characterized by
a smaller grille with an SRT badge at the center. The
headlights have been slightly revised to feature new indicator
lights that produce an orange light. There is also a wider and
larger air dam. The model also features LED fog lights. 
Below the grille, a thin air intake that runs almost the entire
length of the grille has replaced the previous ledge. The hood
looks more aggressive due to its functional heat extractors and
cold air intake.

The only new feature on the side profile is the new set of
wheels that look as if they were adopted from the R/T, but
unlike the R/T, they are finished in black. There is also a
“392” badge on each of its front fenders. The brake system has
also been upgraded and features red Brembo calipers.

At the rear, the only noticeable change is the fascia insert on
the exhaust outlets. The exhaust tips are also finished in
chrome. However, it is the SRT badge on the rear hatch that
helps the model stand apart from its siblings. The model is
offered in a wide range of exterior colors. It rides on a set
of 20-inch aluminum wheels that are wrapped in 295/45 Z-rated
performance tires. There is an option for Summer tires as well
as lightweight forged aluminum wheels. All wheels have a black
finish.

In terms of its exterior dimensions, the SUV stretches 189.8
inches long, 76.5 inches wide and stands at a height of 67.6
inches. It wheelbase spans 119.8 inches.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT Interior

Dodge has hooked the SRT with a host of updates to back its
status as the top dog of the lineup. The SUV is upholstered in
Nappa leather with Dinamica suede inserts. The front seats and
second-row captain seats are heated but the front seats add
ventilation. The headliner and windshield pillars are covered
in Dinamica. Demonic Red leather is the optional upholstery
material. Later on, buyers will be able to order their Durango
SRT’s with a genuine carbon fiber interior trim.

There is also a new SRT performance steering wheel with paddle
shifters. The dash is hand-wrapped and its leather upholstery
is hand-stitched which illustrates the level of importance
Dodge has placed on the model. On the floor, you will find
velour floor mats with “SRT” logos.

The instrument panel has been upgraded to feature a 7.0-inch
digital cluster with a 180 mph speedo’ and a Light Black Chrome
finish. It also has a Matte Reverse Chain trim.

Tech-wise, the model comes with an 8.4-inch infotainment system
with a navigation system Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio
as well as a SiriusXM Travel Link and Traffic updates. The
Uconnect system now features SRT performance pages that come in
handy in recording performance data when you decide to try out
your Durango SRT on the tracks.

For audiophiles, the model comes with a 9-speaker Beats Audio
system with a 506-Watt amplifier.

Engine specs and performance

Things get interesting under the hood. The automaker has fitted
the model with a 6.4 L, V-8 that cranks out a whopping 475
horses at 6000 rpm and 470 lb-ft of torque from 4300 rpm. The
engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. This
transmission system combines with a manual AutoStick gate,
electronic T-shaped shifter and a rev-matched downshifting to
make driving the driving experience of the model very exciting.

The package also feature a 2.75-inch dual performance exhaust
system that helps the model engine breathe out easily. It is
also mated to a performance-AWD system that distributes power
depending on the mode selected. Talking of modes, there are 7
in total; they are Eco, Snow, Auto, Tow, Valet, Sport and Track
mode. The Sport mode reduces shift time by a whole 50% and
channels 70% of torque to the rear wheels. The Track mode sends
the most torque (70%) to the rear wheels and provides
160-millisecond shifts.

These components combine to power the model to 60 mph in only
4.4 seconds. It completes a quarter-mile in only 12.9 seconds.
That is not all, the SRT can tow as much as 8600 lbs. Stopping
force comes from 6-piston front Brembo calipers and 4-piston
Brembo units at the rear along with 15-inch vented discs at the
front and 13.8 units at the rear. These enable the model to
take only 115 feet to come to a halt from a speed of 60 mph. An
adaptive damping suspension that has stiffer sway bars and
springs and a Launch Control system are standard for the 2018
Dodge Durango SRT.

Price and release date

Dodge has not announced prices of the Durango SRT but
considering the Durango R/T has a price of $42,095, expect the
SRT to attract a price tag of over $50,000 before destination
and other charges including extra options. The model will hit
dealerships in the last quarter of 2017.

 Competition

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will face rivalry from the BMW X5,
Mercedes–AMG GLS63 as well as GMC Yukon Denali.