Chrysler considering the 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 21, 2011

Earlier this year, Chrysler Group introduced the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 but it appears that the American manufacturer is now considering a sporty version of the Dodge Durango. Yes folks, a 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8 is possible! The car would carry the same 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine found also on the other SRT8 models.

Of course, Chrysler didn’t comment regarding this report, but according to InsideLine, a source close to the project confirmed that fact that the Dodge Durango SRT8 is being seriously considered.

Still, there are some bad news: Chrysler is not satisfied by the sales of the 2011 Dodge Durango R/T, a sporty version of the current Durango powered by a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine delivering 370 hp. Apparently, Dodge sold 30,227 Durangos since March, but only 2,418 have been R/Ts.

Moreover, the Durango R/T is rear-wheel drive and the Durango SRT8 would be all-wheel drive. Regarding the price, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is priced at $54,470. If built, the 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8 will cost you almost the same amount.

Dodge could also be concerned that due to the economic instability, the car would cost too much and would simply miss the market.

Chrysler makes one of the few SUVs that provide extreme performance and versatility. The newest Dodge Durango has improved suspension system and technologies that are specially made for the higher segment.

The improved interior acoustics and fuel efficiency won’t be possible with the newly enhanced aerodynamics. This is far better by 14% as it boasts 0.35 coefficient of drag unlike the previous entry.

As for the engine, the new Dodge SUV is equipped with the powerful V6 (Pentastar) under its hood. This is the best engine that the Durango has ever had. It comes with a 62,000 lb trailer tow capacity, which is beyond what the V6 or a tiny V8 normally gives. Combining it with the 5.7L HEMI V8 Engine provides up to 7,400lb trailer tow. That is heavier than any trailer or 24foot boat if you can imagine.

The 2011 Dodge Durango is built with the unibody structure technology. This employs the suspension along the steel (structure) to offer better driving dynamics. Unlike the former SUV, the new generation is made with fifty two percent of steel. It’s even stiffer than Mercedes Benz’s GL model due to the 4,100mm arc welding and close to 5,500 welds on the structure.

For on-road manageability and comfort, the latest model is now equipped with long and short arm front suspensions. This side also includes the isolated rear and front cradles from the vehicle’s multi-link suspension at the rear.

The new Dodge Durango has impressive shocks to prove its superior handling on the curbs. At the same time, the standard electronic stability and electro hydraulic performance steering stabilise the tyre grip. Performance wise, you can’t go wrong with the new luxury SUV from Chrysler.

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