by David Zatz • Posted on May 8th, 2013
An Allpar source in Auburn Hills has told us that the SRT team is busily working on a high-performance Durango. Much of the work on such a vehicle is already done, as the powertrain has been fitted into the similar SRT Grand Cherokee; however, the suspension on the Durango is substantially different, and the big Dodge SUV is longer and lower than Grand Cherokee, so it’s not a trivial task to carry over their work.
SRT vehicles go far beyond the old “Pontiac GTO” formula of “dropping in a big engine;” the brakes and suspension are also changed, to provide superior handling and stopping power, despite the added front-biased weight of the big 6.4 Hemi.
The SRT Durango might be merely in the planning or proposal stage; however, it would not be the first SRT to “semi-duplicate” a sibling. There are three SRT variants of similar platforms (Challenger, Charger, and 300C), and Durango is arguably “more different” from Grand Cherokee than Charger is from 300C. An SRT version of Durango would likely have somewhat smaller volume, but would still fill a different niche and would help increase awareness of Dodge’s “street-biased” version of Grand Cherokee.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...