2018 Dodge Durango Atlanta GA

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The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is an SUV that pulls a peerless quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds (National Hot Rod Association certified) and an astonishing acceleration time of 0-60 mph! To ensure that the Durango SRT keeps pace with the near-insanity of the engine, there are quite a few all-new performance accommodations, like both a Sport and a Track mode, a 'T-shifter', and performance-tuned all-wheel drive. That list keeps going with large brakes, a wide body exterior, and a lower valence/front fascia that incorporates both LED foglamps and a cold-air duct. A functional SRT hood is new and uses not only a cold-air duct but also heat extractors to keep the incredible engine cool and performing optimally. The 2018 SRT can tow more than many 3-row SUV's (if not all of them!) with its best-in-class towing maximum of 8,600 pounds. All buyers of the new Durango SRT procure for themselves a single, full-day class at the "Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving". Get ready to race around in a triple-row SUV, something most do not equate with one another, but somehow Dodge has bridged the gap!

Engine Performance

  • 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8
  • 475 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm
  • Customized TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection
  • Full-length 3-row side-curtain airbags
  • Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) availability

Vehicle Design

  • A flat-bottom steering wheel with SRT paddle shifters
  • 120-inch wheelbase (SRT only)
  • A new exhaust system uses resonators for deep sound

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How much power is there and how is it directed?

The Durango SRT sends an unheard-of 470 lb.-ft. of torque (at 4,300 rpm) to the wheels via 475 horsepower (at 6,000 rpm)-- all made possible by its 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8! This momentous behemoth of an engine is combined standard with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. This transmission is special-made for the SRT model and can adjust well for events such as kick-downs, tire slippage, engine torque gradients, longitudinal & lateral acceleration-- events often found in muscle-cars and race track situations. Inside there is an adjusted electronic T-shifter (standard) that is used for smart gear selection and that has an installed Auto Stick. Those looking for a fun to drive, responsive experience will enjoy the SRT seven-mode drive system, which utilizes a Sport mode to reduce shift times by nearly half (in comparison with Auto Mode) and gets as much as 65% of torque to the back wheels. Also, the Track mode enables 160-millisecond shifting speeds and, on smooth pavement, places an impressive 70% of engine torque to the back wheels! Track mode employs a steering gradient touch with hard suspension damping as well as a rear sway bar for unbelievable performance on corners at high speeds. An all-wheel drive system garners precision on otherwise slippery roads, something certainly essential for this type of driving.

What are some design elements that make the SRT version stand out?

New interior items and niceties are plentiful in the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, such as silver accent stitching on a hand-wrapped gauge panel, an SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with SRT paddle shifters, heated 2nd-row captain's chairs, a 180-mph speedometer, and ventilated front seats with embossed SRT logos. Gloss Black dual exhaust tips (4", round) are found out back (contoured in Nickel Chrome), plus, only the SRT Durango gets a 120-inch wheelbase and all-wheel drive badging shows up on the liftgate. Available late-season, real carbon-fiber makes its way onto the dashboard paneling/door bezels. There are eleven exterior color choices, some of which are Dark Black Clear Coat, Sangria Metallica Clear Coat, Vice White, Blu by Yu Pearl Coat, Billet Clear Coat, and Octane Red Pearl Coat. A nine speaker, BeatsAudio deluxe audio system is standard and has a subwoofer assisted by a 506-watt amplifier! A 7" thin-film transistor (TFT) digital instrument gauge cluster is new and allows drivers to custom-set one of several menu appearances and detail display formats. The Uconnect 8.4" touchscreen media center centralizes popular and helpful features like navigation, downloadable apps, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio, SiriusXM Travel Link/Traffic (w/five-year trial), and new SRT Performance Pages. The interior is absolutely not lacking for technology and entertainment!

Is safety included in the Durango SRT for 2018?

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT brings in a bevy of 60 potential safety and security points, like standard trailer-sway control and all-speed traction control. Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) becomes an option, as do features like Uconnect Access with 911 & roadside assistance, adaptive cruise control with stop, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, and Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection. The Durango has 7 airbags installed as standard, including front-row active head restraints, full-length three-row side-curtain airbags, and front-seat-mounted side thorax airbags! So, yes, Dodge included safety in its focus for the finish line, and drivers will undeniably benefit from their efforts here.

Final Thoughts on the 2018 Dodge Durango

Let's go over some of the other great modes for a second in this vehicle! The Auto mode adjusts the suspension and steering to a relaxed feel, as well as creates smooth shift times. The Snow mode sets second gear during launches to reduce wheel slippage, plus, stability control changes to 100%, and AWD works ideally with a 50/50 distribution change. Valet mode switches to a V6-level capability while the transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts quicker than usual; traction, plus, the steering wheel paddle shifters and launch control are disengaged. Moving on to a popular category, the Tow mode involves full stability control, AWD again goes for the 50/50 distribution, the Active Noise Cancellation system starts working, and trailer sway control works its magic. The last mode here is the ECO setting, which uses 2nd-gear starts coupled with an extended range of the Fuel Saver Technology. It additionally tweaks when the driver shifts towards more appropriate times for fuel conservation. With all these modes as well as the Track and Sport modes, you will be hard-pressed to find a stronger machine out there in 2018, one that can also effectively tow your stuff and transport your favorite people too. Check into this one as soon as you can!

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