Following the introduction of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, it’s only right that Chrysler Group does an SRT8 version of the 2012 Dodge Durango.
While Chrysler won’t officially confirm anything, sources close to the project tell Inside Line that the Durango SRT8 is seriously being considered. However, one thing holding the project from moving forward is the slow sales of the 2011 Dodge Durango R/T, which is powered by a 5.7 liter HEMI V8.
Of the 30,227 Dodge Durangos sold since the R/T model launched in March, only 2,148 have been R/T models – just 7 percent.
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If the Dodge Durango SRT8 does happen – it will be powered by the same 6.4 liter HEMI V8 used in the Grand Cherokee SRT8, Charger SRT8 and the Chrysler 300 SRT8. The engine is good for producing a whopping 470-hp with a peak torque of 465 lb-ft of torque.
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Dodge Durango comes from two engine choices. Standard is Chrysler’s 290-hp 3.6L Pentastar V6 and optional is the 360-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 with fuel-saving, Multi-displacement system (MDS) 4-cylinder mode. The Pentastar V6 has a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds while the V8 can pull 7,400 pounds. Prices for the 2011 Dodge Durango start at $29,195.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Inside Line