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Ability and feasibility aren't always harmonious. The former is usually in greater supply than the latter; denial and enabling fill the void. Final words before epic fail often go, “I’d be a fool not to do this,” “What could possibly go wrong?” or the two most potentially painful words on the subject, “Trust me.”
Will Ralph Gilles, Chrysler SRT division president and CEO, boldly say any of the above regarding a possible 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8? Maybe, according to Inside Line. He hasn’t yet, though sources suggest it’s on the table. Little wonder, since the rear-drive only 2011 Dodge Durango R/T with its 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 has found fewer than 2,500 buyers since its March debut.
What Gilles has said is that to make a 2013 Durango SRT8 happen, they’ll look to the current hot rod 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 for starters.
Then comes “decoupling,” Gilles‘ gentler way of saying stripping goodies for cost’s sake.
“We will look at decoupling some of the features in the future...we will start with...decoupling the DVD and sunroof,” Gilles explained in a web chat on easing the sting of pricing, which “has been sensitive,” he understated.
So yes, it would seem Dodge could easily do it. But should they, in this economy? The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 with its 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 rings in at $54,470. A 2013 Dodge Durango SRT8 packing the same heat would still close in on $50,000. Sure, it would be fun to drive, but even more fun to borrow--then give back before the gas tank runs dry.
Even with fewer convenience options, would Dodge still inherit Jeep’s trick all-wheel-drive system and Brembo brakes after decoupling? For the well-being of SRT8 drivers and of those living anywhere near curves in the road, let’s hope ability and feasibility join forces.