In little added than a anniversary in October, I had break to appraise the adverse ends of a 90-year amount of Dodge automobiles, from a 1928 Victory Six auto to a 2018 Durango SRT 392 SUV.
The Durango for the advancing year will action a new ability choice, a 475-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. It is able with performance-tuned steering, high-performance abeyance and adaptive damping.
Contrasting the application of the big Hemi block was that of the 90-year-old vehicle. The ’28 Dodge produced 68 application from its inline flathead-6-cylinder engine, 208 cubic-inch-displacement.
The old one was apparent to us by Don and Nadine Cassata; it belonged to Nadine’s father, the backward Maurice Nelson, and the Cassatas are because affairs the blooming four-door. The Victory Six is on a wheelbase of 112 inches. I heard it alpha and run – actual smoothly.
I already endemic a 1959 Dodge D100 pickup, which ahead belonged to my stepfather, Jim Ashby of Sterling. It was powered by the old flathead-6; the afterward year, 1960, Dodge and Chrysler Corp. alien their Slant-6 engine.
For the 2017 archetypal year, Dodge Durango purchasers advised options amid a 295-horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and a 360-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. Adding a third best for 2018 is the Durango SRT 392.
I spent a anniversary with the able SRT all-wheel drive (the 392 is apocalyptic of the cubic-inch displacement of the big block), and blinked a time or two at its sticker amount of $71,270. The alone added Dodges I’ve apprenticed of that amount ambit were the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the ’17 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Mated to an 8-speed TorqueFlite automated transmission, the Hemi will blow off the 0-to-60 time in 4.4 seconds; the agent bellows on takeoff. There’s annihilation quicker in its class.
Big brakes are accent with red Brembo calipers assuming through the wheels, shod with Pirelli Scorpion 295/45ZR20 tires. Improved assurance comes from lane-departure admonishing and guidance, adaptive cruise with beforehand brake-assist stop capability, forward-collision warning, blind-spot and cross-path detection.
Adding to the autogenous are a Beats exceptional complete arrangement with nine speakers, a subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier, and UConnect navigation, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability.
At 202 inches in all-embracing length, the Durango SRT weighs in at 4,900 pounds, seats six in three rows. During active assignment with me, it averaged 15.4 afar per gallon. Its EPA appraisal is 13/19.
— Bud Wells, a built-in of Wray, is a above Page 1 editor of the Denver Post and has advised automobiles for the accomplished 40 years. He can be contacted at [email protected]
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