Dodge Durango R/T gets SRT's mean looks

Dodge Durango R/T gets SRT's mean looks

For the 2017 model year, the Dodge brand lineup features the 25th anniversary Viper, Durango, Grand Caravan, Journey, Charger and Challenger, including the new Challenger GT, Charger Daytona and Challenger T/A, as well as the 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Charger SRT Hellcat, the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

FCA's sporty division announced on Tuesday a few changes for its three-row SUV and two-door, retro-style muscle coupe that are more than just skin deep. Since the supercharged Challenger is notoriously poor at transferring its power to the pavement, the wider 305/35ZR20 Pirelli P-Zero performance tires allow for superior cornering and straight-line speed. A new electric power steering (EPS) system with SRT Drive Modes adds new selectable steering tuning for the first time on a Hellcat model.

All 2018 Durango models now feature a backup camera, a new sport steering wheel and new electronic T-shifter which provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and an Auto Stick selector gate. It doesn't get the full gamut of drag-ready features from the Demon, but the new Hellcat Widebody borrows from its unhinged big brother to deliver more grip and a meaner, more imposing stance. Dodge has your back on that one. For those who really want the Durango SRT but can't pull the trigger for whatever reason, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T will also be available in the SRT's bright, brash B5 Blue. But Dodge says the extra grip from the big rubber cut about 2 seconds in lap time versus a standard Hellcat over a 1.7-mile road course.

The Widebody starts at $72,590, including destination and a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. It will be offered with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic when it starts arriving at dealerships this fall.