Dodge has officially released the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT ahead of its reveal this week in Chicago. The long-rumored performance variant of the Durango is packing a beastly 475 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI V-8, making it the ultimate family vehicle we think.
In SRT guise Dodge is offering only an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending power to a performance-tuned all-wheel-drive system. The setup, Dodge claims, will send the SUV from zero to 60 mph in a swift 4.4 seconds. For comparison, that’s similar to a BMW M5.
All that power yields bigger Brembo brakes at all four corners of the Durango, which are under firmed up suspension.
Drivers can opt between seven driving modes on the Durango SRT to adjust the feel of it. For example, Track Mode sends 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels and reduces shift times.
Although less important, the SRT team has given the Durango the typical SRT design updates. Frankly, it looks rather sinister with body color trims and flatted design attributes. Perhaps the most notable design update is the very aggressive hood, which reminds of the Viper. Around back the Durango features twin four-inch exhaust outlets and a fairly radical air diffuser.
Inside SRT has added Laguna leather, real carbon fiber trim (a first for Durango) and silver stitching to make owners feel special. An SRT-spec flat-bottom steering wheel and ventilated seats round out the changes to the interior.
There’s no word yet on when the Durango SRT will go on sale or for how much.