Chicago SuperDodge ‘will rock high-performance world’

  • Cue Western music – Durango at Chicago show
  • Seven-seat wagon can run 1.29 quarter-mle
  • Fat rubber, tow hitch, on ‘fastest SUV’ 
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA

CHICAGO, Illinois – The Dodge and SRT brands are claimed to be CHICAGO, Illinois – The Dodge and SRT brands are claimed to be “rocking the high-performance automotive world” with what the automaker calls “a huge burst of power, acceleration and best-in-class towing capability in the three-row SUV segment”.

Subject of the superlatives is the all-wheel drive 2018 Dodge Durango SRT – “the fastest SUV in its class” – with a claimed 4.4sec 0-100km/h sprint, 12.9sec quarter-mile and the promise in the US of a full-day session at a high-performance driving school.

2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA

The seven-seater, eight-speed auto, will be launched on February 9 2017 at the Chicago auto show with a 355kW / 6423cc Hemi V8 engine.

NO LISTED TOP SPEED

The auto has seven modes for road or off-road driving with ‘Sport’ halving shift times to 160m/s, ‘Auto’ sending up to 65% of the V8’s torque to the rear wheels and ‘Track’ delivering 70% of torque to the rear axle “for the most pronounced rear-wheel-drive experience”.

Deliveries to US dealers will start towards the end of 2017.

Dodge doesn’t list the wagon’s potential top speed – probably socially incorrect in the US? – but the speedometer, for those of you concerned with such things, reads to 290km/h.

Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat cars in the US, told The Corner in a media release: “The Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful, most capable three-row SUV. It’s what you get when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT.”

2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA

The package includes a Dodge SRT exhaust, huge Brembo high-performance six-piston 380mm front and four-piston 350mm rear calipers and vented rotors, Pirelli 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde all-season ori P Zero three-season tyres, leather and carbon-fibre trim, SRT steering-wheel, paddle shifts and heating for the front two rows of seats.

‘OUTSTANDING’ HIGH-SPEED STABILITY

Also standard are cruise control, electronic stability control interaction and temperature, a “rev match” function uses the engine controller to blip the throttle and so benefit gearchanges and launch control.

The three-metre wheelbase, Dodge says, gives “outstanding” stability during high-speed cornering and the suspension adjusts resistance according to the selected drive mode.

2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA

Vehicle static and customisable moving data is displayed on a 19cm TFT screen while a 21cm touchscreen houses audio, video and satnav displays – the audio coming with a 506W amplifier.

Crash avoidance and protection stuff includes all-speed traction control, trailer sway control, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, blind-spot cover, active head-restraints, full-length three-row curtain crashbags and front-seat side thorax bags.

It’s unlikely that the Durango will be available in South Africa. The Corner just thought we’d give a something to dream about… have a great day!

2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
2018 DODGE DURANGO: Image: Newspress USA / FCA
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