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Old 02-07-2017, 12:27 AM   #1
 
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Default Welp... 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

0-60 in the 4s. Quarter mile in the high 12s.



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The playbook for*Dodge*right now is pretty simple. Wring as much power out of as many things as humanly possible. Now comes the 2018 Dodge*Durango*SRT. Packing 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, this seven-seat school bus will scoot to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds. Since the latest Durango launched for 2014, Dodge has unabashedly called it a three-row*Charger. This beefy SUV makes that aggressive claim even more legit.

"It does all the things we want a performance car to do," says Mark Trostle, head of performance, passenger, and utility vehicle exterior design. "It really is our three-row Charger."

The 6.4-liter (392 cubic inches) Hemi V8 is considerably stronger than the already-potent 5.7-liter Hemi V8, which is rated at 360 hp and 390 lb-ft in the most powerful Durango available now. The SRT powertrain includes the TorqueFlight eight-speed automatic transmission used in the lesser Durango models (and many other*FCA*US vehicles), though it's calibrated specifically to the sportier demeanor of the SRT model. A similarly retuned full-time all-wheel-drive system rounds out the powertrain. Despite the fact this is a hot-rod SUV, it can still tow 8,600 pounds with a trailer, 1,200 pounds more than the most capable 2017 Durango (the rear-wheel 5.7-liter variant).

The Durango SRT is an obvious move for Dodge. The*Jeep*Grand Cherokee, which is built on the same platform in the same factory in Detroit, already has an SRT model. With*rumors*of a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee swirling and another*Demonic Challenger*on the way, the Durango was overdue for an engine upgrade. "When we launched the Durango in 2014, this is the one we really wanted," says Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA US' passenger car brands.

There's no doubt this is an enthusiast-oriented SUV. Dodge even went to the trouble of certifying the Durango SRT's 12.9-second quarter-mile time with the NHRA and tested it a Virginia International Raceway. Buy a Durango SRT, and*you*get a full day at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. When's the last time anyone did all of that with a three-row ute?

It certainly looks the part. The hood bulges with new air-ducts to help keep the big Hemi chilled appropriately. There's a new front fascia with more air vents and LED fog lamps. Plus, the grille takes on a menacing new glare with a mesh pattern, and the body gets wider wheel flares. Click through the gallery, it really does look like a Charger from some angles. "It has a family of shapes that all of our SRT products have," Trostle says.

Dodge also stiffened the suspension; the springs are 3 percent tighter up front and 16 percent stiffer in back, which is said to improve cornering. It has Brembo brakes and two Pirelli tire choices, and the exhaust is tuned to sound like (you guessed it) the Charger SRT.

Inside, the Durango SRT version loses the knob in favor of a T-shifter meant to convey a sportier attitude, which works with the flat-bottom SRT steering wheel and SRT paddle shifters. It can be driven in up to seven (seven!) different modes, including Sport, Track, Snow, and Tow. The cabin gets standard Nappa leather dressed up with suede inserts, SRT logos, and a 180-mph speedometer (the top speed hadn't been certified as of this writing). Performance seats are also available with Demonic Red Leather.

Dodge wouldn't announce pricing or*fuel economy. Expect them to be SRT-ish, which is to say surprisingly reasonable. Debuting this week at the*Chicago Auto Show, the high-powered Durango goes on sale in the fall.
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Old 02-07-2017, 12:49 AM   #2
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i find these interesting from a sales/marketing perspective but don't really understand when they throw in the road course stuff around them like VIR or bondurant. if anyone really cared about that stuff would they be considering something 5500+ lbs with a high center of gravity?
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How much fuck these are cool.

Prolly dont weigh much more than a hellpig but have 3 rows of seats

Good thing it can tow 1200 pounds more than the regular durango finally something that can tow a hellpig thats not a diesel
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Awesome, but the expected 70k+ price tag put it out of my reach.
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that's fucking sweet. i love that chrysler is SRT-ing all the things, but at least giving them the PAH to back up the badge.

unlike GM a few years back slapping SS emblems on everything they could find and calling it good.
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Fuuuuuuuuuccccckkkkkk...... And they kept it AWD. Wasn't it rumored to be RWD? Abso-fucking-lutely IN.
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This thing is pretty awesome, but, it will cost as much as a Jeep SRT-8. Well out of my affordability range.

Stick with my R/T for several more years.
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This thing is pretty awesome, but, it will cost as much as a Jeep SRT-8. Well out of my affordability range.

Stick with my R/T for several more years.
Yeah thats a shame. The Jeep GC SRTs are so sharp too. But sticker $74k or more, LOLOL. Thats more than hellcat money.
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i thought 2017 was the final year for the Durangos ?
well, I will show this to my Dad... he wants to upgrade from his '13 R/T

if the current R/Ts are close to 50k, then this will definitely be 60 or 65K plus
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Awesome, but the expected 70k+ price tag put it out of my reach.
Plus it puts in reach of a Cayenne S, X5, etc. I'd rather have German and be a few tenths slower.
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Plus it puts in reach of a Cayenne S, X5, etc. I'd rather have German and be a few tenths slower.
That's what I thought, until I priced one out one night while having drinks with @Omicron

I think we got a Macon WELL into the lower 100's...lol
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Damn, that thing looks real good...and is damn quick
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FUUUUCCCKKKKKKK!!!!!

Might have to trade the wife's Explorer in for one of these!
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That's what I thought, until I priced one out one night while having drinks with @Omicron

I think we got a Macon WELL into the lower 100's...lol
Yeah, Porsche offers a ton of options and they all are expensive lol. You can basically personalize your interior - from the trim to the seat belt colors.
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Plus it puts in reach of a Cayenne S, X5, etc. I'd rather have German and be a few tenths slower.
Those are smaller. We looked at the X5 when we bought our Explorer, and the interior is much smaller, and at least at the time did not offer captains in the second row to allow easy access to the third row.

For us real men with plenty of kids...
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Those are smaller. We looked at the X5 when we bought our Explorer, and the interior is much smaller, and at least at the time did not offer captains in the second row to allow easy access to the third row.

For us real men with plenty of kids...
They are smaller in length, but might be packaged better for interior space. I haven't looked at the specs. Either one would be fine for my kids.
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Might have to trade the wife's Explorer in for one of these!
IDK, spend $1000 bucks on the Explorer Sport, and get damn near the same performance as the Durango, for probably $25K+ less. Not sayin, but just sayin
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