Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The Dodge Durango SRT SUV offers a stonking 475 horsepower courtesy of a huge 6.4 liter V8. Dodge also claims performance numbers of – 0-60 mph (0-97 km/h) in 4.4 seconds for the SRT Durango. Now that’s seriously quick – approaching luxury ultra- performance vehicle performance from the likes of Porsche and Mercedes that cost more than twice the Durango’s price! In fact Dodge claims the SRT as North America’s fastest seven-seater SUV!
The full-size four –door Durango still offers three row of seating, but has been massaged with the aforementioned 6.4-litre V-8, and a quick eight speed auto transmission. The exterior receives the SRT treatment with functional air scoops, ducts and vents in the hood and front valence. Nicely flared fenders are filled by 20-inch black-finished alloy wheels wrapped in fat Pirelli 295/45ZR20 tires. Stopping power is also uprated to cope with extra horsepower in the form of high performance Brembo brakes. An uprated suspension with Bilstein adaptive shocks round out the package. .
Interior wise, there is an optional $3,250 SRT Interior Appearance Group comprising carbon-fibre details, suede trim, SRT badging and other bit and pieces On the road, the Dodge Durango SRT offers blistering straight line performance You can also tune and customize the performance parameters by choosing one of the seven Drive Modes. The remapped 8-speed automatic transmission delivers blazingly fast transitions and if it takes your fancy, you can use the paddle shifters for manual type gear changes. Traction and road holding is superb thanks the fat rubber, handling package and quick steering. The full-time all-wheel drive can send up to 70 per cent of drive rearward. Yes it is fast, but the SRT Durango is still a well-mannered comfortable cruiser in and around town. For the power output and performance nothing can touch it. A must for muscle truck performance V8 fans who need space and utility.
2018 Dodge Durango SRT Price from $72,495 – $82,860 with options.