Dodge Is On Meth, Again

Dodge and Chrysler get a lot of justified hate: their cars are ugly, ostentatious in design and completely retrograde in engineering, built on decades old hand-me-downs, and are often piloted by complete rednecks.

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However, like a certain current President, they also have a tendency to double-down on their idiocy. Casie-in-point: the near-500hp 2018 Durango SRT.

Because a three-row people-mover is already a shame-fuelled purchase (by those to cowardly to buy a mini-van because they’re not sophisticated enough to opt for a wagon), Dodge has developed this for the intellectual man-child (and woman-child) shopping within the constraints of their family’s needs. Hence: a Hemi V8 pumping out 475/470 (dumb); a tachometer in the driver’s cluster (dumber); launch control (really dumb); and a 4.4 second 0-100km/h (actually, I’m starting to come around to this brand of lunacy.) However, since Dodge are the helmet-wearing child of the American auto manufacturers, this all passes through an eight-speed auto, helping to ensure that anytime you’re not flooring the pedal you’re instead waiting for the transmission to settle on a gear.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Which may be a good enough reason to floor the pedal at all times (dumbest.)

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