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.
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Alfa Romeo will launch the second new car in its attempted comeback next year, on the brand’s 105th anniversary. Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (roughly, Lombarda car making company) — or ALFA — was born on June 24, 1910. Their next car will be unveiled on June 24, 2015. While Alfa Romeo’s leader, Harald Wester, has said that the company is creating all [...]
The Challenger Hellcat is a hot image car for Dodge, and the brand’s leader has already said he wants to get as many out to the public as possible, suggesting to dealers that they not tack on $10,000 (or higher) surcharges as they did to hot cars in the past — from Vipers to PT Cruisers. While his calls may [...]
The 2015 Chrysler 300C has been inadvertently revealed by Chrysler itself, in an optional image for its navigation systems. As Allpar sources predicted, the car has dropped the chrome underneath the headlamps and moved the Chrysler wings to the top of the grille, but otherwise is rather similar to the current model. The grille has grown to be Audi-oversized in this [...]