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By Stephen Elmer Feb 07, 2017

The Dodge Durango is about to haul families around a whole lot quicker.

The American brand has released the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, packing three rows of seats and 475 horsepower from a 6.4-liter V8. The quarter mile time for this beast has been verified at 12.9 seconds, while the jump up to 60 mph takes 4.4 seconds. In case you’re wondering, that’s faster than the Ford Mustang GT, Volvo S60 / V60 Polestar, and Subaru WRX STI, among others.

A wide body design sets the SRT model apart, while a newly designed hood with a functional cold-air duct and heat extractors help to keep the powerplant cool.

The big V8 is hooked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, sending all 470 lb-ft of its torque on to all four wheels. Drive modes will help to tailor the Durango’s performance to a number of situations, including Track Mode, which sends 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels and speeds up shift times.

Each driving mode also changes the settings on the active damping system, while stiffer front and rear springs and a stiffer rear sway bar help to keep this big brute planted. The modes are: auto, sport, track, snow, tow, valet and ECO.

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Big 15-inch rotors with six-piston Brembo brake calipers help with stopping at the front while 13.8-inch rotors and four-piston calipers do the stopping at the rear. Connected to the ground are a set of 295/45ZR20 Scorpion Verde all-season tires, though performance tires are available as an option. Standard on the Durango SRT are five-spoke 20-inch wheels finished in black.

Looking inside the Durango SRT, there is a flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifts, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, SRT logos and even carbon fiber trim.

On top of all that fun performance, the Dodge Durango SRT is rated to tow 8,600 pounds.

All customers who buy a Durango SRT will receive one full-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving to make sure they get the best from their purchase. Pricing has not yet been announced.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will hit dealerships sometime in late 2017.

Check out this video of the SUV doing a burnout!


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