The world already knows the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is fast. Despite being saddled with 2.5 tons of three-row seating, all-wheel drive, the latest technological gadgets, and lots of sheet metal, this sport-utility monster can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. Stay on the throttle and it will turn an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds. Aerodynamics begin to take a toll after that, but in the world of traffic lights this bruiser will dust notable machines like the Ford Focus RS, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Lexus GS F.
What the world hasn’t known is how many greenbacks it will take to buy such performance in a seven-passenger SUV that can still tow 8,700 pounds. The answer is $62,995, plus $1,095 in destination charges for a grand total of $64,090. We’re not exactly keen to call that a bargain, but when you consider the capabilities and performance of this family machine, it seems like a hell of a deal.
“The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV,” said Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles head of passenger cars brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat. “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, 8,700-lb.-toy hauling, three-row muscle car.”
The heart of the Durango SRT is of course the familiar 6.4-liter, 392 cubic-inch Hemi V8 that makes 475 horsepower. The power goes to all four wheels through a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic that Dodge says is specifically calibrated for duty in the mega Durango. Big six-piston Brembo brakes are up front with four-piston Brembos in back to corral the mass, while Bilstein active-dampening high-performance suspension works at the corners to keep the SUV on the straight and narrow.
Whether the brakes and suspension are up to the challenge posed by the big Hemi V8 is the only question remaining. With deliveries slated for the fourth quarter of this year we’ll have to reserve judgement on how Dodge’s amped-up Durango handles the power. Rest assured, when we get our hands on one we’ll not be holding back. It should be a heck of a show.
Gallery: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Dodge Announces Pricing for 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: America’s Fastest, Most Powerful and Most Capable Three-Row SUV
New Dodge Durango SRT starts at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $62,995 (excluding $1,095 destination)
New 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is the most powerful three-row SUV with its 475-horsepower legendary 392-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 engine
Fastest and most capable three-row SUV with a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)–certified quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds and capable of 0-60 miles per hour (mph) acceleration in 4.4 seconds
Durango SRT out-hauls every three-row SUV on the road with best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds
New exterior performance features include widebody exterior design and functional SRT hood with center air inlet duct flanked by heat extractors, as well as a new front fascia and lower valence to house new cold-air duct and LED fog lamps
Standard leather and suede, available high-performance Demonic Red Laguna leather seating and new carbon-fiber trim distinguish Durango SRT’s performance interior
All customers who buy a new Durango SRT will receive one full-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will start arriving in Dodge dealerships during fourth quarter 2017
The Dodge and SRT brands are rocking the high-performance automotive world once again, bringing a huge burst of American power, acceleration and best-in-class tow capability to the three-row SUV segment with the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT – the fastest SUV in its class. With the proven 392-cubic-inch HEMI® V-8 under its new functional SRT hood, the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, and a wicked fast time on the drag strip – from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.4 seconds, covering the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds as certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).
“The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. “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, 8,700-lb.-toy hauling, three-row muscle car.” Vehicles will start arriving in Dodge dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2017 with a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $62,995 (excluding $1,095 destination). The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is loaded with standard performance features, including:
Proven 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque and 4.4 second 0-60 mph times
New performance-tuned AWD system helps the Durango SRT set world-class performance marks
Standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission specifically calibrated for the Dodge Durango SRT to optimize shift points and deliver maximum torque to all four wheels
Massive new Brembo high-performance six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers and vented rotors at all four corners, measuring 15 inches (front-slotted) and 13.8 inches (rear)
Bilstein active-damping high-performance suspension
20 in. x 10 in. Goliath wheel with Low Gloss Black Noise finish
New Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde all-season tires or available Pirelli P Zero three-season tires
New widebody exterior brings the Durango SRT together as a true performance SUV
Newly designed SRT hood with a functional cold-air duct and heat extractors to cool the engine
and improve overall performance
New front fascia and lower valence to house new cold-air duct and LED fog lamps
New performance AWD badging on liftgate
New interior appointments including SRT flat-bottom performance steering wheel with SRT
paddle shifters, heated and ventilated front and heated second-row captain’s chairs with
embroidered SRT logos
New driver-oriented electronic T-shifter, standard on all 2018 Durango models, provides the
driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control
Premium velour bound floor mats with embroidered SRT logo
New SRT rear body-color lower fascia with Gloss Black accent surrounds the 4-inch dual round
exhaust tips finished in Nickel Chrome
New 180-mph speedometer
New SRT seven-mode drive system gives the driver the ability to precisely adjust drive
settings to maximize performance or comfort
New Sport Mode reduces shift times by up to 50 percent versus Auto Mode and delivers up to
65 percent of the 392 HEMI engine’s torque to the rear wheels
New Track Mode delivers maximum performance track driving with 160-millisecond shifts and
up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels for the most pronounced rear-wheeldrive
Sophisticated Active Damping System opens and closes the Durango SRT’s suspension’s
damper valves, according to which of the seven modes is chosen, giving the driver options for
any driving style
Stiffer front springs (3 percent), stiffer rear springs (16 percent) and stiffer rear sway bar (18
percent) give Durango SRT drivers outstanding high-speed cornering capability.
New exhaust system tuned to offer an unmistakably deep, high-performance Dodge SRT
exhaust note modeled after the Dodge Charger SRT
Available options include 20 in. x 10 in. split-five spoke wheels with Low Gloss Black Noise finish,
three season tires, trailer tow, power sunroof, Demonic Red Laguna leather seating, rear DVD
entertainment and technology group. Durango SRT also has an available premium interior, which
includes suede-wrapped headliner and A pillars, true carbon-fiber instrument panel and door bezels
(late availability), and a hand-wrapped instrument panel with live black and silver accent stitch.
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is available in seven exterior colors, including B5 Blue (late availability),
Billet Clear Coat, Bruiser Grey Clear Coat, Dark Black Clear Coat, Granite Clear Coat, Octane Red Pearl
Coat and White Knuckle Clear Coat.
Manufacturing: Built in Detroit
The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is built at the 3-million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant
(JNAP) in Detroit, which has been the site of Durango production since its introduction in the 2011
Official Driving School of Dodge/SRT
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, is the Official High
Performance Driving School of Dodge/SRT. All customers who buy a new model SRT will receive one
full-day session of high-performance driving with professional instruction and time on the track as part
of the Dodge SRT package. For more information, visit www.driveSRT.com.
About Dodge and SRT Brands
The Dodge brand is America’s mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and
consolidation with SRT, Dodge is focusing on its performance roots with every single model it offers.
The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their
own segments. Dodge is the mainstream performance brand and SRT is positioned as the ultimate
performance halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand
with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2017
models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew
of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, active exhaust, coldair
induction, 8.4-inch touchscreen Uconnect infotainment centers and 7-inch customizable gauge
clusters, to name a few. For the 2017 model year, the Dodge brand lineup features the 25th
anniversary Viper, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the new
Challenger GT, Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, as well as the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT
Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.
New for 2018, Dodge introduces the new 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the fastest
quarter-mile production car in the world and most powerful muscle car ever, as well as the 2018
Dodge Durango SRT – America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV.