Dodge Durango gets Hellcat Looks at Chicago Auto Show
New Mopar upgrades improve performance too!by Ciprian Florea, on
Still feeling disappointed that Dodge doesn’t want to build a Hellcat version of the Durango? Well, you will soon be able to buy an SUV that looks like a Hellcat. Sort of. The Durango is getting new Mopar parts at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and the visual upgrades are interesting to say the least.
In the absence of a beefed-up engine for the Durango, Dodge is dressing the SUV in a pair of custom stripes that run from bumper to bumper, over the engine hood and the roof
Classic Mopars may be recognizable due to their outstanding power and performance, but they also had appealing exteriors with flashy stripe packages. In the absence of a beefed-up engine for the Durango, Dodge is dressing the SUV in a pair of custom stripes that run from bumper to bumper, over the engine hood and the roof. The dual stripe is tailored to the signature NACA duct-hood vent of the SRT model and it’s also available for the R/T version. Priced at $1,195, the stripes are offered in five colors: Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss (metallic finish), Low Gloss Black and Sterling Silver (metallic finish). You can order them starting March 2018.
An interior upgrade is also available, but only for the SRT model. Called the SRT Interior Appearance Group, the bundle includes a premium-wrapped dashboard, Dinamica soft-touch headliner, accent paint on speaker trim rings, and carbon-fiber trim and door bezels. This options is available for orders starting February at $2,495.
Performance-wise, the Durango doesn't get a more powerful engine, but Dodge is adding a performance exhaust system to the R/T and SRT
Performance-wise, the Durango doesn’t get a more powerful engine, but Dodge is adding a performance exhaust system to the R/T and SRT. Tuned for improved flow and sound, the new exhaust is made from stainless steel and has four-inch tips for an aggressive. The upgrade costs $1,595 for the R/T and it’s available as we speak. If you want it on the Durango SRT, you’ll have to pay $1,850 and wait for the second quarter.
The SRT model also gets a lowering spring kit. Designed to get the SUV 15 mm (0.6 inches) closer to the ground, it improves cornering stability and reduces rear-end squat during acceleration, nose dive under braking, and body roll while cornering. Available starting March, the spring kit costs $325. Stay tuned for more info from the Chicago Auto Show.
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