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2018 Dodge Durango SRT: A 475 HP Family-Hauler

2018 Dodge Durango SRT: A 475 HP Family-Hauler

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.

 

 

 





 

About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Andrew_L
    Enjoy while gas it cheap!
    NoStopN
    We're just waiting to hear what color you will be ordering, Nick.
    nsaporito
    I admit, this looks a lot better than I expected.
    arutherford
    There is now no excuse to buy a minivan...
    NoStopN
    Oh, I'd have one. I love the look. Dodge has been living up to the quote that they were going to become a performance division within Chrysler.

    Also:

    https://youtu.be/EnWDN2jbcaU
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