The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has made its debut ahead of this week’s Chicago Auto Show, bringing Fiat Chrysler’s 485 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine to the Durango nameplate for the first time ever.
In the Durango SRT, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine is linked to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and Dodge’s all-wheel drive system, a combination that makes for a 4.4-second 0-60 mph sprint and an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 12.9-seconds. Additionally, the powertrain helps the Durango SRT achieve a max tow rating of 8,600 pounds, earning it the towing capacity crown in the three-row SUV segment.
The Durango SRT makers other motorists aware of its near-500 horsepower engine with performance-inspired exterior pieces such as small fender flares, an SRT hood with functional heat extractors, new front and rear fascias, a gloss black rear diffuser with integrated exhaust tips and an SRT grille. Rounding out the exterior changes are new 20-inch gloss black ‘Goliath’ wheels shod in Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tires.
Cabin occupants will be greeted by numerous sport appointments such as carbon fiber dashboard trim, an SRT flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters and Nappa leather SRT seats with suede inserts. Some of the standard luxury features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated second row seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster and a nine-speaker Beats premuim audio system.
Dodge worked on tuning the Durango’s suspension in transforming it into a true SRT vehicle, applying specially tuned Bilstein adaptive dampers, 3 percent stiffer front springs, 16 percent stiffer rear springs and an 18 percent stiffer rear sway bar. The AWD system was also specially tuned and can be adjusted via the seven SRT drive modes, which also change suspension, steering, throttle and engine settings. The modes consist of Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet, Eco and standard ‘Auto’.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will be available from Dodge dealers in the fourth-quarter of 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.