Production of V8-powered Dodge Charger and Challenger models may have already ended late last year, but the bent-eight lives on at the American brand… if only for a few more months.
The company has confirmed it will wrap up production of all V8-powered Durango SUVs by the end of 2024, which will finally close the door on V8s at a brand that has become synonymous with them.
As with the Charger and Challenger, Dodge is sending off the Durango with a series of Last Call special editions.
The first of these is the Durango SRT 392 AlcHEMI, of which just 1000 units will be produced: 250 each in Diamond Black, Destroyer Grey, Vapor Grey and White Knuckle.
All feature 20-inch Satin Black forged SRT wheels, behind which sit yellow Brembo brakes.
Yellow accents can also be seen on the vinyl fender decals, on the edges of the stripes running across the vehicle, and in the stitching inside. The interior also features forged carbon-fibre accents.
Dodge currently offers the Durango with a choice of 5.7-litre and 6.4-litre Hemi V8s or a supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi Hellcat V8. It’s the last remaining Stellantis vehicle to offer the Hellcat engine.
The 5.7-litre pumps out 268kW of power and 529Nm of torque, while the 6.4-litre produces 354kW and 637Nm, and the blown 6.2-litre pumps out 529kW and 874Nm.
The Durango range opens with the familiar Pentastar 3.6-litre V6, with 220kW and 352Nm.
We never received the Durango in Australia, a close relative of the previous WK2 generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee with a longer body that allows for a third row of seating.
The current Durango entered production at the end of 2010, and Dodge has yet to announce when a replacement will come.
In the US, the newer WL-series Grand Cherokee considerably outsells the Durango. Good Car Bad Car reports Jeep sold 244,597 examples in 2023, making it the best-selling vehicle in its segment, while Dodge sold 69,195 Durangos – still enough to see it outsell the likes of the Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas.