We're completely smitten with Chrysler's latest hi-po Hemi, which displaces 6.4 liters and offers up to 470 horsepower and a matching 470 pound-feet of torque in the engine bay of such vehicles as the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Of course, not everyone can manage a two-door with limited space inside for passengers and cargo, which is why Chrysler has placed the massive lump under the hood of the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 as well.

Inside Line cites "a source close to the project" as saying the Grand Cherokee's platform sibling, the Dodge Durango, may also be in line for a 470-hp power infusion for 2013. It only makes sense, since the Jeep and the Dodge share major assemblies between them and both offer the same V6 and V8 engines (besides the range-topping SRT8, for now...) and since Dodge has historically been Chrysler's performance division.

Possibly tipping the scales in the opposite direction, though, is the fact that the Durango R/T, which features a 370-horse version of the Hemi mill, has reportedly not been selling up to expectations. IL also cites pricing as a possible roadblock, since the Jeep SRT8 already tops $50,000 and the Durango SRT8 would likely hit that figure as well, since it would use the same engine, all-wheel-drive system, adjustable suspension and massive Brembo brakes.

As for us, we can think of few better ways to shuffle yourself plus six passengers and their luggage than in a 470-horsepower Durango. And so we ask you: Should Chrysler offer a Dodge Durango SRT8?




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      Randy, Ran,RatedR,
      • 3 Years Ago
      If u build it they will come
      humhemi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not try something like this, a 2 door version of dodge charger, with the SRT8, that would be bad ass !
      dodie1990
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better hope they make it. Fiat(Chrysler) is required by the American gov't to offer mostly small mini-euro cars as part of the deal to take over Chrysler. Evetyually the gov't wants no v-8 engines or SUV's at all. Look at the replacement Explorer or the Chevy Equinox. Both are just front drive mini-vans that may on occasion drive a rear wheel, you have no control. Get your real SUV while you can because Chrysler's will turn to mini-van soon.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I'm a big fan of the Grand Cherokee SRT8, I love the new Durango. I think a truck of its size and ability to seat 7 should get lots of power, it will be just as ridiculous as the E63 wagon =)
      Rush Buckman
      • 3 Years Ago
      HELL YES Dodge should make the SRT8 Durango! This is the best looking Durango ever. THE REASON WHY THE 5.7L HEMI AND R/T ISN'T SELLING WELL IS BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T TAKE THE CONCEPT FAR ENOUGH! And it's still a bit anemic! I can go right now and buy a more fuel efficient Ford Explorer V6 with about the same room and towing capacity. Give us a reason to buy the Durango Dodge! Here's another good reason (hope you Dodge employees are reading this!!): SAFETY. Yes, safety. Most of today's SUV's have ANEMIC merging and passing power. As everyone knows, todays truckers and drivers are driving faster than ever, and are generally ruder than ever before. Road manners have declined and are in the toilet. I AM NOT going to tow my precious human cargo around taking chances of getting rear-ended due to insufficient merging or passing power. Although I have been in the market for a new big SUV for about 2 years, I have specifically NOT bought a new one for this very reason. I will continue to haul my kids around in a peppier car until a bigger SUV comes out with enough power in it. I've even considered supercharging one of the lame big SUV's like the Expedition or the Tahoe...too expensive. Dodge also has to remember, that those big SUV's price out at $55k or more loaded. So what's wrong with $45-50k? That will be an advantage, not a hinderance. SO HELL YES...build the damn SRT8 Durango!!!!!!!!!
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's will cost too much money to justify. Ever notice that there are a lot of trailblazer SS's on the road? Probably 10:1 ratio to srt8 cherokee's. That's because it cost 10 grand less, and in today's market, 10,000 bucks is alot of money. Don't get me wrong, i like the sr8 cherokee and i think it's a great performer, but i'd never pay 50k for it. Start the pricing just under $40,000 and i think the srt8 durango would sell, just not at 50.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        I have seen more GCSRT8s on the road than TBSS, but that's just me.
        Bill Burke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        I've never seen a Trailblazer SS on the road but lots of Jeep SRTs. I didn't even know Chevy made one and I don't think it could even be compaired with the Jeep IMO. Not even close really.
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        It's ten grand less because they shake themselves half to death. Seriously, they've got the SRT-8's outnumbered but they all have odd rattles and squeaks from the interior and chassis being torqued. Not to mention the SRT-8 comes packing another hundred or so horsepower on the SS...
      Matt Hopkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      I custom ordered a 2011 Challenger SRT8 with the 392. What a great car. I've owned a 1970 Roadrunner and a1970 Charger with the 440 six pack and this car will leave both of them in the dust and do it with the A/C on!
      Bill Burke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are you asking MoPar Willy if another SRT product should be produced ? Daaa, YES ! I'm sure there would be enough demand for an SRT Durango to justify development costs. I'm hoping that SRT division and Ralph Giles will have input in the development plans of the new compact and mid-size Dodges now in final development to produce three much needed vehicles for Dodge with SRT versions to follow shortly. 1- A compact coupe (Hornet Stinger) with a turbo 4 world engine and AWD 2- An Avenger coupe (Avenger Striker) with a turbo Pentastar V-6 and AWD 3- A compact sports car (Demon) with a turbo 4 world engine and AWD I believe there is a business case and a niche for all the above. Go to it SRT !
      dieselbear68
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dodge needs to build the DURANGO SRT8 with gas consumption a factor, supercharging it would help as well as bumping it mid to high 500 hp!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think a Dodge Durango SRT8 makes way more sense than a Grand Cherokee SRT8, but since the GC SRT8 isn't going away any time soon, I would say no, there doesn't need to be a Durango SRT8.
        alexr96
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        The GCSRT8 has a dedicated and loyal following but the Durango SRT8 would have made more sense initially. If I were the SRT product manager, I'd be spending a few sleepless nights questioning my decision to cancel the Durango SRT8 project. If I were the same manager, I'd be preparing something that could competently wear an SRT4 or SRT6 badge!
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @alexr96
          I took that in to consideration and agree 100%. In my perfect world, the GC SRT8 would be an off-road machine in the same vain as the Raptor or Rubicon, and the Durango SRT8 would be more of the road going SVT Lightening type.
      Jon Norman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm currently rolling a SUPERCHARGED 300c SRT8. If you need to ask how much fuel costs...then DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT OWNING ONE. This truck is THE BADDEST LOOKING SUV ON THE ROAD and an SRT8 engine WOULD EASILY SELL ME. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj2qrQRjLTs
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