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Dodge Durango slapped with the SRT stick


With the market for performance SUVs continuing to rise, Dodge has now followed the same recipe as sister marque Jeep with the unveiling of the hot Durango SRT.

Touted as the fastest SUV the famous ram logo brand has ever produced, the SRT boasts a model's specific bodykit, Bilstein adaptive damping, with stiffer front and rear springs, Brembo brake calipers, performance tuned all-wheel drive system, a new active exhaust derived from the Charger SRT and 20-inch Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season wheels.

In a another first, the SRT also comes fitted with a seven-mode drive selector able to adjust ride, throttle, and gearbox response with settings consisting of Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet and ECO. According to Dodge, shift times are reduced by 50% in Sport mode compared to Auto, while 70% of the power on tap is send to the rear wheels in Track mode.

Speaking of power, the Durango SRT is powered by same 6.4-litre Hemi V8 used in the Challenger, with ratings of 354 kW and 637 N.m of torque. Coupled to a re-calibrated eight-speed automatic gearbox, the SRT will dispatch the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) mark in 4.5 seconds, and the obligatory quarter mile in 12.9 seconds.

Featuring Launch Control as standard, interior changes consist of a flat-bottomed leather steering, seven-inch TFT instrument cluster, 8.4-inch UConnet touchscreen infotainment display, nine-speaker Beats Audio sound system, Nappa leather and suede upholstery, heated and cooled front and second-row captain's chairs, red stitching and SRT logos embossed on the seats.

No pricing has been divulged although it is highly unlikely that the Durango SRT will became available in South Africa anytime soon.

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