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.
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
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 [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]