Dodge has become our main reference when it comes to extremely powerful vehicles and reasonable Price tags. For many years, the SRT badge has become a synonymous of absurd horsepower without necessarily breaking the bank. Now, at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, we discovered another model that will fit perfectly in this category.
The 2018 Durango SRT brings incredible specs we cannot simply believe in order to compete with highly expensive German SUV, models that cost a lot more than the American alternative.
This high-performance three-row SUV is the definitive proof that massive power doesn’t have to be beyond the US$100,000. It’s also a proof of the potential talent that Dodge has in hands right now.
Without losing more time, let’s get into the details.
Powerplant and Specs
The 2018 Durango SRT is taking the best from the Grand Cherokee SRT: a colossal 6.4-litre Hemi V8 powerplant. This engine is capable of generating up to 475 horsepower at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 470 lb-ft at 4300 rpm. In order to complete the setup, Dodge added an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Performance numbers are not clear yet. Nevertheless, the carmaker claims an acceleration around 4.4 seconds from zero to 60 mph and 12.9 seconds for quarter-mile times.
With the 2018 Durango SRT, we are getting a transfer case for the best torque distribution possible. The amount of torque distributed to each axle with heavily depend on the chosen drive mode. There will be eight different modes available: Street, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet, Eco, and Custom.
But not only the torque will be affected by these modes. The suspension is another solid point in this matter. The 2018 Durango SRT will feature control-art front suspension and multilink at the rear, optimized bushings, adaptive dampers, and stiffer springs. But pay attention to this matter; Dodge invested a lot of time in the suspension of this Durango, trying to achieve outstanding performance on the track.
The stopping power comes from high-end 6-piston calipers at the front and 4-piston at the rear, grabbing the massive rotors. And for maximum grip, Dodge added Pirelli 295/45R-20 all-season as standard and fantastic Pirelli P Zero as optional.
When Dodge puts the SRT badge on something, that something is meant to look unique and really unique. The 2018 Durango SRT is clearly that, a Durango, but there are clear, distinctive trails that put it aside, on a whole different level. Nevertheless, it isn’t how evil this SUV looks what gives it leverage in its segment but the numbers of fully usable rows.
The 2018 Durango SRT wants to be (and probably will) the most powerful three-row SUV in American and one of the most convenient choices in its segment. In fact, there is no serious competition from GM, which is saying a lot.
The badass hood completes the complex cooling system with its massive vents. The rest of the design follows the same line, somehow curvy but aggressive and incredibly modern. Everything completed by 20-inch wheels.
Inside, we found a spectacular premium upholstery and amazing bucket seats for the first two rows. Low-gloss carbon-fiber trimming is available as an option while the TFT screen is standard, where we can choose which gauges we want to see. The 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system from Fiat Chrysler comes standard as well.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is a superb three-row SUV that can easily beat more expensive German models in its segment, something unusual for American models. In the continent, it simply has no valid competition.
The price tag will begin at US$70,000.