SUV or muscle car. Can’t decide? Thanks to Dodge you don’t have to.
The automaker doesn’t seem to believe in compromise and will unveil the high-performance nearly 500-horsepower Durango SRT at the Chicago Auto Show this week.
It’s no joke when it takes on the SRT tag. The model packs the epic 6.4-liter HEMI V8. As a result, it gets 475-horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Dodge says it makes it the most powerful and fastest three-row SUV. It goes to 60 mph in a sports car fast 4.4-seconds.
Furthermore, it gets a National Hot Rod Association score of a 12.9-second quarter mile. So take that other three-row family haulers. A carpool throw-down on the track is something we’d like to see.
Dodge doesn’t want it to just blend in as any other SUV. It has a unique SRT hood with functional air ducts flanked by heat extractors. It’s also wider than the standard Durango. Plus it has a new front fascia and lower valence to house a new cold-air duct and LED fog lamps. It’s all designed with performance in mind.
It gets the Charger SRT rumble. Dodge retunes the exhaust system to make sure of that. Plus, the springs and rear sway bar are stiffer for faster cornering along with new Brembo high-performance brakes. Round it all off with newly tuned performance AWD system.
“This is what you get when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT,” says Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, FCA North America.
The luxe cabin offers new Laguna leather upholstery and carbon fiber trimmings. Furthermore, out with a standard round steering wheel for a flat-bottom SRT one with paddle shifters. No surprise then that the speedometer shows top 180 mph speed.
The Durango SRT will go on sale in the fall. It will give the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT a run for its money. That said, pricing hasn’t been released. Likely it will fall in the $60 grand zone, though.
Dodge caps the deal with an unusual buying bonus. It throws in a complimentary full day class at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona. Sweet.