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Dodge Durango SRT revealed; fastest, most powerful 7-seat SUV

February 7, 2017

Looking for a new family run-around that’s also packing serious power under the bonnet? Dodge has just revealed the all-new Durango SRT V8.

Based on the Durango, which is a full-size family SUV sold in the US, this version is given a comprehensive makeover by the folks at SRT. It follows in the footsteps of other Chrysler and Jeep SRT models, coming equipped with amplified performance in almost every area.

This is, according to Dodge, “Americas fastest, more powerful and most capable three-row SUV” on the market. It comes with a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 that develops 354kW, translating to a quarter mile time of 12.9 seconds, and a 0-60mph time of 4.4 seconds.

Behind the engine is a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive, while stopping power is provided by 15-inch front and 13.8-inch rear disc brakes clamped by Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.

The Durango SRT rides on sports suspension with springs that are three per cent stiffer at the front and 16 per cent stiffer at the rear, with a stiffer rear sway bar, all helping to provide improved handling. Adaptive dampers are also used, with seven modes for the driver to select from.

Like other SRT models, the Durango SRT features a menacing bodykit with a unique front grille and bumber bar, big air intakes, and heat-extraction vents in the bonnets. There’s also a set of 20-inch alloy wheels wearing 295/45 tyres.

Inside are some Laguna leather-appointed seats, carbon fibre trimmings, a hand-wrapped instrument panel, specific SRT flat-bottom steering wheel, and a 180mph speedo, with plenty of SRT logos throughout.

Unfortunately for Australians this won’t be heading Down Under any time soon. It will go on sale in America though, during the fourth quarter of this year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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