July 19th, 2017 by Steve Cypher

FCA’s Dodge brand has announced the starting price of its Hemi-powered, three-row, crossover sport utility vehicle.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT front 3/4 view

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

With its WK2 platform-mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, having had a Hemi-packed SRT version since 2011, it was really only a matter of time until Dodge was able to slap those three letters on the tailgate of a Durango. We’re frankly surprised it took this long.

First revealed at the 2017 Chicago Show in February, the 2018 Durango SRT will have a starting price of $64,090, which includes a $1,095 destination charge. For those keeping score, that’s $500 more than a 2017 Challenger Hellcat (before the Hellcat’s $1,700 gas guzzler tax), but nearly $4,000 less than a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT rear 3/4 view

Does than $4,000 difference mean you’ll be riding in the cheap seats if you pick a Durango over a Grand Cherokee? Not from the looks of things as Dodge has announced a number of standard high-end amenities for its top-shelf, three-row crossover including:

• “Widebody” exterior
• SRT hood with center air inlet duct flanked by heat extractors
• Front fascia and lower valence with cold-air duct and LED fog lamps
• Standard leather and suede interior
• Optional “Demonic Red Laguna” leather seats
• Carbon fiber interior trim
• SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters
• Heated and ventilated front and heated second-row captain’s chairs with embroidered SRT logos
• Electronic T-shifter (standard on all 2018 Durango models) with an Auto Stick selector gate
• Velour-bound floor mats with embroidered SRT logo
• Gloss black accented body-color SRT lower rear fascia
• 4-inch chrome dual round exhaust tips
• 180-mph speedo

2018 Dodge Durango SRT presentation at 2017 MAMA Spring Rally

Performance also takes a front seat with the following standard features:

• 392 cubic inch Hemi V-8 generating 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque
• Eight-speed automatic transmission
• Sport Mode reduces shift times by up to 50 percent (vs. Auto Mode), with up to 65 percent of engine torque delivered to the rear wheels
• Track Mode features 160-millisecond shifts with up to 70 percent of engine torque delivered to the rear wheels
• NHRA–certified 12.9 second quarter-mile time
• 0-60 in 4.4 seconds
• Brembo six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers with vented rotors measuring 15 inches (front-slotted) and 13.8 inches (rear)
• 20 in. x 10 in. low gloss black Goliath wheels wrapped with Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde all-season tires or optional Pirelli P Zero three-season tires
• Towing capability of 8,700 pounds
• SRT seven-mode drive system with Bilstein active-damping suspension
• Stiffer front springs (3 percent), rear springs (16 percent), and rear sway bar (18 percent)
• Tuned exhaust modeled after the Charger SRT

In addition to all this, all Durango SRT buyers will receive one full-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT side view

2018 Dodge Durango SRT availability

The 2018 Durango SRT will begin arriving at Dodge dealers during the fourth quarter of 2017.


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