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The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is going to turn heads and impress people who demand a lot out of their SUVs. Fortunately, not only does Dodge already have a great SUV on its hands, but the company is going out of its way to make it even better, which may be hard to believe. At the same time, Dodge is not rocking the boat and making huge changes. The one SUV with the biggest changes will be the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

For starters, the new Durango SRT will have a Hemi-V8 engine that generates an impressive 475 horsepower, and just as importantly, 470 lbs-ft of torque. With this power, the SUV can tow up to 8,600 pounds. The seven passenger SRT version is, according to Dodge, “the most powerful and capable three-row SUV”. With a 12-second quarter mile, along with a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds, the SUV is certainly quick, and it can even get up to 180 mph. With three rows of seats and plenty of towing capacity, most people will have no trouble picking up a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. The SRT comes with a bunch of special performance features that include:

– New Brembo high-performance brakes that make it easier to enjoy mountain roads
– Updated exhaust system tuned to offer high-performance exhaust, which is modeled after the Charger SRT
– Eight-speed standard transmission, which was specifically and specially calibrated for the Durango SRT
– SRT hood with cold-air duct and heat extractors, which cools the motor and helps with overall performance
– Newly designed and updated seven-mode drive system, letting the driver precisely and quickly adjust drive settings, maximizing comfort and performance

The interior offers heated and ventilated front seats, along with second row captain’s chairs, and they are all trimmed in Nappa leather and suede. The SRT also offers drivers and passengers more. With the high-end version of the FCA’s Uconnect information system. The Uconnect infotainment system offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility, navigation and SRT Performance Pages, all on an 8.4 inch touchscreen. To play around with the technology of a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, check one out, when available, at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

While not exciting, anyone who wants to be safe and have a safer driving expeirence, will love the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. With blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, rear cross-path detection and adaptive cruise control, drivers and passengers alike can feel safer while on the road. Given that the 2017 Dodge Durango got a four star overall rating, including five stars for side crash tests, and it’s easy to have confidence in the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

It’s easy to see why the Dodge Durango SRT is well-liked. Dodge has been going out of its way to create some of the highest end cars, trucks and SUVs with a lot of horsepower and torque. And for this reason, when it comes out in showrooms later in the year, buyers will probably snap them up in droves. While pricing details haven’t been released, it should be much cheaper than it’s higher priced counterparts.

FCA has just given an indication that the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon has been trimmed down and made even lighter than the Hellcat. That’s because Dodge has found a way to trim as much as 200 pounds off of the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon. That will allow it to usurp the company’s fast, powerful and wildly popular Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The company is in the process of resurrecting the Demon nameplate and using it on the Challenger’s top performance trim. The Demon name was used during the 1970s as part of the Dart performance coupes lineup, and it’s being given new life while Dodge is phasing out the Dart compact sedan.

Dodge announced the rebirth of the Demon a few weeks ago, and the company plans to roll out new digital ad spots every week while giving little bits of information at a time about what it’s doing with the performance line. The company has said that the New York Auto Show, which will be held in April, is where it will unveil the innovative new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The company released a 24-second teaser recently that had the title “Reduction”. In it, Dodge showed a translucent depiction of what the Challenger looks like as it sits on a giant scale being weighed. The teaser is set in a type of industrial hellscape. Dodge used this teaser as a way of announcing it has made numerous adjustments to the Challenger that are designed to make it leaner and meaner. The changes were made to the interior construction, the components, the brakes, suspension, steering and to the wheels. This has enabled the company to lighten the current version of the vehicle and make it 200 pounds lighter than the model that’s currently on the market. The Challenger SRT Hellcat that is available today weighs about 4,450 pounds. The soon to be released Demon will be about 4.5 percent lighter than that. To check out any Dodge Challenger, head on over to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas. By checking out a 2017 Dodge Challenger, you can see what’s in store for the 2018 version.

Although that is not a very large reduction by any means, with it, even if the company decides to keep the 6.2-liter V-8 engine that it is currently using in its 2017 SRT Hellcat, the reduction in weight will help drivers to get a lot more mileage out of it.

However, most automotive enthusiasts will be very surprised if as the company is making all of those changes that it does not tweak its current engine a little bit. Some people even think that Dodge may even do a full-blown overhaul of the engine. People that have a real interest in the new Challenger SRT Hellcat will have to stay tuned over the next few weeks for more updates.

The New York Auto Show will take place in April which is in about 10 weeks. At that time they will have the opportunity to see the new, 200 pounds lighter Demon up close. For people that are interested in the new Demon the next few weeks will be a very exciting time as Dodge keeps dropping hints.