Shaker hood and Viper seats in an SUV? You got it!

Launched in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the third-generation Durango arrived in showrooms a full year after Dodge discontinued the nameplate. The relaunch brought a significantly redesigned SUV with a more upscale interior. While the 5.7-liter V-8 soldiered on with updates, the 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by the 3.6-liter Pentastar, and the 4.7-liter V-8 was dropped from the lineup. The SUV received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2014 model year, when it gained sportier features, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and redesigned taillights.

Praised for its spacious third-row seats, reliable infotainment system, solid performance of the V-8, and strong towing capacity, the third-gen Durango has been doing quite well sales-wise since the facelift. Although figures aren’t as good as the early 2000s, the Durango sold more than 60,000 units a year in 2014 and 2015, prompting Dodge to add more features with each model year. More recently, rumors of a high-performance version surfaced the Interwebz, backed by spy shots of a more aggressive looking SUV. The production model has yet to be unveiled as of November 2016, but Dodge showcased a higher-performance Durango concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Dubbed Durango Shaker concept, it features an array of Mopar accessories, as well as elements usually offered on muscle cars, including the Shaker hood. Dodge didn’t say whether the concept previews an actual road-going SUV, but it’s presence in Las Vegas will definitely get Mopar fans excited. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dodge Durango Shaker concept.


The Durango Shaker is equipped with so many aftermarket parts that it’s impossible not to notice that it’s far from being a standard model. Significantly more aggressive looking than the Durango R/T, the concept stands out by means of a blacked-out, honeycomb open grille instead of the usual crosshair unit, a redesigned lower bumper with larger side vents, a honeycomb center intake to match the one above, and a big splitter. All these features are finished in Satin Black, while the headlamps have smoked lenses.

The Durango Shaker is equipped with so many aftermarket parts that it's impossible not to notice it's far from being a standard model.

More importantly, the front end also gained a custom engine hood with the functional Shaker. This is a first for the Durano, as well as the first time a Shaker is being offered outside and Challenger and Charger range. Both the hood and the Shaker are finished in Satin Black for a rich contrast against the B5 Blue paint. The latter is also borrowed from the Challenger.

Moving onto the sides, we can see B5 Blue mirror caps, Satin Black side sills, and black 22-inch Mopar wheels protected by body-colored, custom fender flares. The SUV also sports a custom Dodge Challenger fuel filler door, of which Dodge says it was "cut from the quarter panel of a Challenger and transplanted to the Durango." From the side view, we also see that the SUV sits three inches lower than usual thanks to a custom suspension lowering kit.

More upgrades are visible around back, starting with the revised bumper that now includes a diffuser-like element and incorporates a pair of center-mounted, chrome exhaust outlets. These are connected to a new Mopar cat-back exhaust system. The SUV’s rear fascia is rounded off by a B5 Blue tailgate spoiler and smoked taillights.

This is by far the most menacing Dodge Durango ever built!


The Durango’s interior is regarded as one of the best in its class, but the Shaker Concept proves there’s plenty of room for improvement. Arguably the most eye-catching addition are the track-oriented Dodge Viper seats. And I’m not just talking about the front seats, but all three rows! That’s right; in this Durango, you ride in a Viper seat no matter what row you’re in. It’s not clear whether the SUV retained its seven-seat configuration, but it’s safe to assume that the Viper transplant turned it into a six-seater. Not that it bothers me. This is a Durango with Viper seats, and my only thought right now is "shut up and take my money!"

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Note: Standard Dodge Durango interior shown here.

Arguably the most eye-catching addition are the track-oriented Dodge Viper seats.

Once you take a deep breath and get used to the idea of an SUV with track-ready seats, you’ll notice than they’re also wrapped in high-quality Katzkin leather with B5 Blue stitching. The blue accents are also present on the center console and dashboard as bezels for the infotainment screen and other features. Speaking of which, a unique console shifter replaced the standard rotary knob. The standard steering wheel was also removed to make way for a flat-bottom unit borrowed from the Dodge Charger SRT. Finishing touches include a range of Mopar accessories such as remote start, an EVTS system, bright door sill guards, wireless charging, sports pedals, and an emergency kit.


I know what you’re thinking, but no, this Durango doesn’t hide a supercharged Hellcat engine the hood. But, there’s no need to be disappointed as Dodge actually dropped an engine bigger than anything you can have in a standard Durango from the factory. To be more specific, the SUV is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, a powerplant usually available with the SRT 392 and Scat Pack Challenger and Charger models. Dodge didn’t reveal the output of the V-8, but it’s safe to assume it’s identical to the Challenger and Charger, which means that the wheels are fed a whopping 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.

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The SUV is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, a powerplant usually available with Challenger and Charger models.

That’s 125 horsepower and 85 pound-feet more than the range-topping Durango R/T powered by the 5.7-liter V-8! The extra oomph should also make it significantly quicker than the R/T, which needs 6.2 seconds to hit 60 mph. I’d say that the SUV is now good for a 5.7-second sprint, while top speed should increase from 120 to at least 130 mph. The transmission remains the standard eight-speed automatic, but the concept benefits from a Mopar cold-air intake and enhanced stopping power from SRT six-piston brakes and rotors.


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Oh man, where do I begin? The Durango Shaker is like a dream come true for enthusiasts who have been asking for a high-performance Dodge SUV,. And, even though it doesn’t have the mighty Hellcat engine, it’s still quicker more powerful than anything the company has released thus far with a Durango badge. The aggressive exterior and muscle-car-based features and paint are also a nice touch, while the Viper seats give it an exotic feel. Unfortunately, this is nothing more than a concept car and chances that Dodge will put it into production are very slim. If recent spy shots are any indication, a higher-performance Durango is indeed underway, but I have strong doubts that it’ll have a Shaker hood and Viper seats. I also doubt it will get the Hellcat engine, but the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is definitely a given. On the flipside, with Jeep already working on a Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee, a supercharged Durango might not be such a wild idea at the end of the day.

  • Leave it
    • Just a concept car
    • Production model might not look so wild

Press Release

As if the already aggressive styling, performance and driving dynamics of the Dodge Durango aren’t enough to make enthusiasts quake, Mopar “shook up” the Dodge Charger of the SUV segment for SEMA by creating the Dodge Durango Shaker concept.

The B5 Blue three-row SUV gets in your face fast with a custom-fabricated, functional Shaker Hood — the first-ever for a Dodge Durango — embellished with matte-black graphic accents that run from the hood to the roof. In the performance department, the custom Shaker hood feeds a 6.4-liter HEMI engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with further upgrade courtesy of a functional Mopar cold-air intake. In another Dodge Durango first, the rumble of the Shaker is delivered by customized chrome Mopar cat-back dual exhausts located in the center of the vehicle, replacing standard side exhausts. SRT six-piston big brakes and rotors, cooled by functional brake ducts in the front, rein in the Dodge Durango Shaker.

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The Dodge Durango Shaker, dropped 3 inches closer to the street courtesy of a custom lowering kit, sits menacingly on concept Satin Black 22-inch x 10 1/2-inch Mopar wheels protected by custom fender flares. The crosshair grille is replaced with an open grille design for better breathing, and an aerodynamic Satin Black chin splitter projects out from the fascia.

Additional modifications include Satin Black side sills, B5 Blue mirror caps and a B5 Blue custom rear spoiler that helps plant the Durango’s rear to the pavement. The Durango Shaker turns to a sibling from the Dodge brand lineup for a unique closing exterior touch — a custom Dodge Challenger fuel filler door, cut from the quarter panel of a Challenger and transplanted to the Durango.

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The interior also boasts what is undoubtedly another first for Dodge brand’s SUV – three rows of Viper seats, trimmed in Katzkin leather with B5 Blue stitching. The performance flat-bottom steering wheel comes from a Dodge Charger SRT. The center console and entertainment center console bezels are also colored B5 Blue, and a unique console shifter replaces the standard rotary knob. Mopar accessories include remote start, EVTS system, bright door sill guards, wireless charging, pedal kit and an emergency kit.

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