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2018 Dodge Durango SRT: Chicago Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT fills a niche that might not have existed until now. It’s a high-performance 3-row crossover enabling six occupants to be driven around at speeds that should make a least one of them feel a little queasy.

SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology. In this version of the Durango, such technology means a muscular V8 engine making 475 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Bear in mind that 500 hp or thereabouts is more than enough automotive punch for any sane person. Dodge is being so old-school that it quotes this Hemi V8 engine’s displacement in cubic inches: 392. That’s 6.4 liters, by the way.

The company also claims that this is the fastest 3-row SUV, able to run the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds. Yet it can still tow 8,600 pounds. Accompanying all this power is a specially tuned suspension, all-wheel-drive system and 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as uprated brakes (from Brembo, one of the masters of stopping), aerodynamic additions, plenty of Pirelli rubber on 20-inch alloy wheels, and a sonorous 2.75-in dual exhaust system.

The interior comes with a carbon-fiber instrument panel, a flat-bottom steering wheel and second-row captain’s chairs that are heated and ventilated.

Everyone who buys a Durango SRT is entitled to a day’s instruction at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

How Much?

To be announced. Perhaps around the $70,000 mark.

When Can You Get It?

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT hits dealerships fall 2017.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

You’re not always doing the school run.

Other Cars to Consider

2017 BMW X5 M — If there’s one SUV that feels at home on a track, it’s this one. The X5 M is seriously amazing. Seating for five.

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR — Except that there are at least two SUVs that feel at home on a track. This is another. Uncannily quick.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S — Believe it or not, this 5-seater crossover SUV has even more power than the Durango SRT: 577 hp. Bear in mind that all three of these will probably be much more expensive than the Dodge.

Used Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG — This luxurious 550-hp beast is a 7-seater.

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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More about Colin Ryan

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