Dodge is making a bold move by introducing a 475 hp V8-powered Durango SRT. Despite not using the Hellcat’s 707hp engine, the three-row full-size Durango SRT is its fastest SUV at the moment. It also packs up to 475 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to push the new SUV from zero to sixty in under 4.4 seconds before hitting a quarter mile within 12.9 seconds.
Apart from its 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 engine, the 2018 Durango SRT is built with exciting new features. To begin, the SUV is equipped with Track, Sport, Snow, ECO, Tow and Valet driving modes. The Sport Mode allows its transmission “shift times” to reduce by at least 50% than when using the normal Auto Mode. At the same time, the Sport Mode sends 65% of torque to the rear while 70% more torque is delivered when the Track Mode is applied.
The Durango SRT also features the latest cold-air intake that helps supply cool air to the engine at any driving condition. If there’s more, the SUV’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to accurately determine the vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral acceleration points, engine torque gradients, tire slip and other variables.
Dodge’s new SUV is made with Bilstein adaptive damping suspension with Brembo’s six piston and four piston calipers at the front and rear. Also, the front and rear springs are stiffer by 16% and 13 % respectively while the sway bar has become stiffer by 18%.
For its interior, Dodge has already equipped the SRT SUV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration units. To better enjoy the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with touch screen, clients can also avail the SiriusXM 5-year trial for free. The cabin is also decked with 7-inch customizable gauge cluster, SRT performance steering wheel plus the heated/vented seats both for the second row and at the front.
Expect the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT to arrive at the dealerships by the end of this year. As soon as Dodge is ready to take new orders, you will have at least eleven different body paints to consider.
The options include Vice White, Sangria Metallica Clear and Ocean Blue Clear Coat. For the upholstery, the high performance SRT variant will come with the latest carbon fiber trims as well as the optionally available Demonic Red Laguna leather seats. Buyers of the new Durango SRT will also be given a chance to sign up and attend the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving for the entire day.