ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — So you’re one of a vanishing breed: An all-American performance car aficionado with a penchant for V-8 rumble and neck-snapping torque.
Problem is, the family’s growing and your Dodge Challenger just won’t fit them all in any more for those old-school summer highway trips.
If you’re ready to submit to a crossover utility vehicle (for added room) powered by a wimpy-sounding four-cylinder (for fuel economy), then read no further.
But if you still crave muscle-car manners, but with family-friendly SUV accommodations, here’s your dream machine: the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.
Got a V-8? Oh, yeah. And not just any V-8. The SRT flaunts a rip-roaring, 6.4-liter Hemi performance-tuned to deliver 475 ferocious horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
Even at idle, the dual exhausts emit a deep, dark burble that might unnerve the neighbors. Underway, as the revs rip toward redline, the rumble morphs into a howl.
A solid-shifting, shift paddle-equipped eight-speed automatic tranny drives all four-wheels, clad with massive 245/45ZR/20 tires wrapped around low-gloss black alloys. Four-wheel traction control helps keep the rubber in contact with the road.