One of the greatest things about the American car market is that engineers always seem eager to stuff big V8 engines into as many vehicles as possible. The latest example: Dodge may launch a Durango SRT next year, with the same 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine as the Grand Cherokee, Challenger, and Charger SRT models.

Automotive News says that when Dodge refreshes the Durango in 2017, the brand will add a high-performance SRT model. That’s not a totally outlandish idea given that the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which shares much of its underpinnings with the Durango, already is offered in SRT trim. The hottest engine currently offered in the 2017 Durango is a 5.7-liter V8, good for 360 horsepower (268 kw) and 390 pound-feet (529 nm) of torque.

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Expect killer performance from a Durango SRT. The Grand Cherokee SRT’s V8 cranks out 475 hp (354 kw) and 470 lb-ft (637 nm) of torque, which will rocket the 5,104-pound (2,315 kg) Jeep to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. Like the Jeep, we’d expect the Durango SRT to come with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and assorted braking and handling upgrades to match the added oomph.

Launching an SRT model shouldn’t compromise on the Durango’s utility, either. The Grand Cherokee SRT is still rated to tow 7,200 pounds (3,265 kg), and there’s no reason to suspect the Dodge version wouldn’t be able to tow a similar amount.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT received a subtle facelift for the 2017 model year, so the Durango SRT could follow suit. Look for the new model to have unique fascias with space for gaping air intakes and massive exhausts, plus larger wheels to accommodate stickier tires and beefed-up brakes.

Source: Automotive News

Gallery: 2017 Dodge Durango

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