2018 Dodge Durango Review

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It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that Dodge is taking the wraps off of a high-powered 2018 Dodge Durango SRT at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. After all, Dodge has made quite a name for itself stuffing in an absurd amount of power into its vehicles to yield lots of tire smoking fun. If you want proof, look at the regular Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT models, the 707-horsepower Hellcats and the upcoming Demon. Knowing that, a SRT-prepared Durango isn’t too much of a stretch.

Like the other base SRT models, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine producing 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control and rev-matching for manual downshifts routes power to all four wheels helping to get the 5,510-pound vehicle to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Covering the quarter mile takes 12.9 seconds, which is a certified National Hot Rod Association number.

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There’s also little doubt that the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT won’t sound like a proper member of the family with the 392 cubic-inch engine barking through an exhaust system tuned to sing a burbling note similar to the Charger SRT.

Sharper handling comes courtesy of suspension upgrades including Bilstein active dampers, stiffer springs and thicker antiroll bars. To slow the rig, a Brembo brake system with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers gets installed. The entire package rides on standard 20-inch Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tires, but customers can opt for the available Pirelli P Zero three-season tires if they desire more stick.

A SRT seven-mode drive system is also exclusive to the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT to tailor the engine mapping, gearbox performance, steering and four-wheel drive system to a variety of situations. For normal driving, the default Street mode returns a comfortable ride and relaxed drivetrain performance. The Sport and Track settings deliver quicker transmission shift, tighter handling, route more power to the rear wheels and loosen the grip of the stability control system for spirited driving.

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Being a full-size SUV, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT remains very capable with a max towing capacity of 8,600 pounds.

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