2018 Dodge Durango SRT Is A 475HP, 12.9 Sec 1/4 Mile Three-Row SUV

Dodge has just unveiled its fastest ever full-size SUV with the launch of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT ahead of the Chicago Auto Show.

Although the model doesn’t feature the brand’s 707 hp Hellcat engine, it does utilize a 475 hp, 392 cubic-inch Hemi V8 delivering 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That provides enough grunt to propel the Durango SRT from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in a brisk 4.4 seconds and down the quarter mile in just 12.9 seconds.

Beyond its V8, the SUV includes a number of impressive features. For starters, it includes a new cold-air intake which helps feed the engine with cool air no matter the driving scenario. Additionally, the vehicle’s TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission has been specially calibrated for use in the Durango SRT and when determining the appropriate shift map, takes into account variables such as tire slip, engine torque gradients and longitudinal and lateral acceleration.

Additionally, the Durango SRT includes both a Sport Mode and a Track Mode. In Sport Mode, the transmission reduces shift times by 50 per cent compared to Auto Mode while sending 65 per cent of torque to the rear wheels. In Track Mode, that figure rises to 70 per cent while shifts drop to just 160 milliseconds. Other driving modes include Snow, Tow, Valet and ECO.

Found at all four corners of the potent SUV is Bilstein adaptive damping suspension combined with 3 per cent stiffer front springs and 16 per cent stiffer rear springs. The rear sway bar has also been stiffened by 18 per cent and six-piston Brembo front calipers and four-piston rear calipers are found hiding behind the large wheels.

When the order books for the Durango SRT open, customers will be able to choose from 11 different exterior colors that include Ocean Blue Clear Coat, Sangria Metallica Clear Coat and Vice White.

Inside, the V8-powered SUV includes an SRT flat-bottom performance steering wheel, heated and vented front and second-row seats, a 7-inch customizable gauge cluster and an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 5-year trial of SiriusXM.

Speaking about the model, head of passenger cars brands Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat for FCA North America, Tim Kuniskis said “The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV. This is what you get, when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car.”

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  • Bash

    now this is great! now the kidz can actually wake up 10min before their first class. lol

  • Vanishing Boy

    -> Hmm, ‘Durango //4’…does it mean that this SRT8 other than the Jeep SRT8 has AWD?


  • Craig

    I love this. Very sleek looking. And a sleeper. I might take the SRT badges off!

    • Bash

      why? I rather keep them, and have it all in black on black lol

      • Craig

        Without the SRT badges it would be a sleeper for sure! In fact – in might fun to replace those SRT badges with EcoDiesel badges and then race for money! lol You could play diesel engine sounds through the stereo!

        • Jay

          After a few races it would be hard to keep that up, unless you races at different places.

          • Craig

            Sure! Why not! Just avoid the really scary looking people and before you know it – your new Dodge Durango SRT is paid off! 🙂

  • Jay

    4.4 seconds from in this huge thing, I’m gonna start saving up now.

    p.s. I know the size and specs are pretty much the same as the Jeep SRT but the Durango always seemed like the bigger SUV.

  • Bash

    I’m really loving this…
    seriously im in love with it…. I might just consider it really.!

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Judging by the pictures, this will be GREAT for a post apocalyptic world. Finally! something we can get around in when the world collapses into anarchy and civilization ceases to exist. Watch here for the tuner upgrades with exoskeleton, missile launcher and espresso machine.

  • seriously

    great looking SUV

  • Dave Sturge

    What’s with the Mini Countryman grill?

  • Blanka Li

    Wonder what the first recall will be about . . .

  • Patrick

    they need to get rid of the rotary gear selector…

    • Phil Navarro

      It doesn’t have Rotary Gear Selector. Check photos

      • Patrick

        i had a 2015 citadel, just didn’t like the rotary, i just assumed this had it..thanks

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    I wish there were a few more pics of the front. I can’t quite tell what it looks like from that angle.

  • danno

    4.4 Seconds using NHRA methods and track surfaces.
    My guess is sub-6 second 0-60 and sub-14 second quarter mile.

  • psiqtas

    WOW – looks far more better than the Jeep SRT8!!! I’m, surprised – it’s the best looking version of it…

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