Fiat Chrysler’s Avenue and Racing Expertise (SRT) efficiency division has a black belt in cramming an entire lot of energy into the whole lot it touches. You are little question acquainted with its ridiculous creations just like the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats, 797-horsepower Challenger Redeye and wheelie-popping, 840-horsepower Demon.
However SRT is not nearly quick coupes and sedans. Whereas not fairly as power-packed as these supercharged hellions, the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 is an outrageous and entertaining creation in its personal proper — particularly when contemplating its sizable SUV footprint.
The outrageous bundle begins with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, which churns out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque underneath the hood of the Durango. No, it isn’t the supercharged Hellcat engine, however this naturally aspirated V8 nonetheless will get the 5,510-pound, all-wheel-drive Durango to 60 miles per hour in 4.Four seconds, and down the quarter-mile in a Nationwide Sizzling Rod Affiliation-certified 12.9 seconds. Did I point out this factor can even tow 8,700 kilos?
The acceleration numbers make the Durango SRT the quickest three-row SUV offered in America. It is quick by any normal, and a riot to blast round city in, or down the expressway with Sport mode energetic. Throttle response is fast, accompanied by ear-pleasing V8 rumbles emanating from the efficiency exhaust.
Energy is at all times accessible — stomp the throttle and you may pin passengers to their seatbacks till you hit the 6,400-rpm redline. The Durango’s eight-speed computerized transmission has a selected calibration for SRT obligation, and it presents rev-matching underneath downshifting. You’ll be able to swap gears your self by means of steering-wheel-mounted paddles, however shift response is lackluster and never very involving. Letting the gearbox do its personal factor supplies one of the best outcomes.
What is the draw back to the muscular drivetrain? Gasoline economic system scores, after all. The EPA estimates the 2019 Durango SRT will return 13 miles per gallon metropolis and 19 mpg freeway. Primarily based on my week with the automotive, reaching these figures requires a fragile proper foot. The attract of the ability and ear-pleasing noises made me observe a disappointing (however not stunning) 11.7 mpg mixed.
As spectacular because the SRT-tuned Durango is in a straight line, it isn’t too shabby whereas cornering, both. The all-wheel-drive system has SRT fingerprints everywhere in the tuning, leading to 65 % of the accessible torque going to the rear wheels in Sport mode, and as much as 70 % heading rearward in Observe. An digital limited-slip differential routes energy accordingly throughout the again axle to the wheel with probably the most grip.
Suspension upgrades embrace Bilstein adaptive dampers, stiffer springs and bushings, a thicker rear antiroll bar and 20-inch black wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tires. Clients in search of stickier rubber can possibility out a set of P-Zero summer season sneakers. Further stopping muscle comes from bigger Brembo brakes with six-piston entrance and four-piston rear calipers.
A dip into the Durango’s Observe mode proves too stiff and high-strung for avenue use, leaving Sport mode because the candy spot for spirited runs on again roads. The steering is weighty and pretty responsive, with the suspension preserving physique actions from being clumsy, but nonetheless possessing some give to easy out small impacts. You will by no means mistake the massive Durango SRT for a nook carver, however contemplating its heft and better middle of gravity, it will get round corners somewhat properly.
Most of my Durango driving occurs within the Avenue setting for a pleasant, compliant journey over the battered Michigan roads, complemented by lighter steering. Drivetrain efficiency can also be extra relaxed in Avenue mode, although dig into the throttle and you may nonetheless be capable of blast off from stoplights with ease.
Kind and performance
To visually set itself aside from run-of-the-mill Durangos, along with the aforementioned wheels, the SRT will get a unique entrance fascia with a mesh grille inserts, foglights, a useful hood duct, built-in wheel flares, bigger rocker panels and “392” fender badges. The modifications do give the massive Dodge a meaner look.
Heading inside, closely bolstered SRT entrance seats sport suede inserts, and preserve passengers snug and in place over the lengthy haul. A flat-bottom steering wheel, suede headliner and 180-mph speedometer full the SRT-specific alterations. On my check automotive, issues are jazzed up some extra with an non-obligatory leather-wrapped dashboard, carbon-fiber trim and crimson seat belts.
The remainder of the cabin carries over from different Durangos, which means it is constructed from respectable supplies and is sensible for large households. Passenger area in all rows is enough, and the third row is even appropriate to accommodate average-size adults. Cargo room ranges from 17.2 cubic-feet behind the rearmost seats and grows to 85.1 with each the second and third rows folded flat. Hauling the bounty from virtually any buying journey should not be an issue.
Caring for infotainment is Fiat-Chrysler’s well-sorted Uconnect system, with a vibrant and responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen. Navigation, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite tv for pc radio and each and Android Auto are all packed into my tester. Because it’s an SRT, Uconnect additionally options efficiency pages permitting for issues like timing acceleration runs and monitoring G-forces.
To maintain children in again occupied, there’s an non-obligatory dual-screen Blu-ray DVD leisure system. And no telephone or pill ought to ever go lifeless within the Durango, thanks to 5 USB ports, three 12-volt shops and a 115-volt, three-prong plug all accessible inside.
For security, SRT Durangos come normal with a backup digital camera with so-so picture high quality, and entrance and rear parking sensors. Superior options like adaptive cruise management, ahead collision warning with computerized emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping help can be found optionally.
How I might spec it
When constructing my superb hot-rod Durango, I’d start with a White Knuckle paint job, and splurge for the $2,495 SRT Inside Look Group as a result of I just like the extra premium look of the leather-wrapped dashboard and slick carbon-fiber trim. Since blind-spot monitoring is a must have security characteristic for me, I would like so as to add the Expertise Group that tacks on one other $2,495. All in, my Durango SRT’s backside line involves $69,380, together with $1,395 for vacation spot. The extra closely optioned Octane Purple instance pictured right here punches in at $76,445.
A do-everything SUV
The 2019 Dodge Durango SRT 392 simply will be the most sensible creation to put on an SRT badge to this point. It is acquired three rows of seats, can haul and tow, and is snug sufficient to be pushed day by day. Alternatively, it is able to laying down acceleration instances that can embarrass bona fide sports activities vehicles.
Actually, there’s nothing else fairly just like the Durango SRT, contemplating how a lot sport and utility it presents. With a base worth of $64,390, it isn’t precisely low-cost, however the baddest Durango of all of them could possibly be superb for these with an enormous household, massive toys and an enormous want for pace.