The Dodge Durango Shaker Concept has debuted at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and whilst only a concept, we think the Mopar-made SUV might signal an SRT product yet to come.
The Durango Shaker’s centerfold is its 485 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine and accompanying ‘Shaker’ hood – the latter of which has been custom fabricated to fit the Durango. The engine has also been upgraded with a Mopar cold air intake and a center-mounted Mopar cat-back dual exhaust system (a la Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8) and is linked up to FCA’s eight-speed automatic ZF transmission.
Mopar has also given the performance treatment to the Durango’s suspension with a custom three-inch drop. Satin Black 22-inch Mopar wheels house Brembo brakes, which are cooled via functioning cooling ducts in the custom front fascia. The Durango’s crosshair grille has been replaced with a more open one for improved engine cooling, while an aerodynamic Satin Black chin splitter builds on the SUV’s aggressive appearance.
The interior features borrowed parts from other performance products in Dodge’s lineup. Seating is comprised of three rows of Katzkin leather trimmed Viper seats, which is joined by the performance flat-bottom steering wheel from the Charger SRT, a unique console shifter and a Mopar pedal kit. Other Mopar accessories include a remote start system, a vehicle tracking system, wireless phone charging and a roadside emergency kit.
Typically concepts are destined to remain just that, but with rumors that a Durango SRT is to arrive next year, we can’t help but think the Durango Shaker is a sign that FCA has given the performance SUV the green light. The production Durango SRT likely won’t feature a Shaker hood and three rows of Viper seats, but we can always count on SRT to deliver an exciting product.