Durango R/T

Dodge Durango R/T

The Durango R/T came to life for the 2000 model year. It was available in all-wheel drive only sporting a single speed transfer case, so no off-roading here. The powertrain consisted of a 5.9L Magnum V8 boasting 250hp and 350tq. Other equipment includes 17″ wheels, wider tires, a re-programmed ECM which would give you a few more ponies if using premium fuel, plus firmer shocks. The doors also had script which said “Durango 5.9 R/T. On the inside, the front seats are embroidered with “R/T”. Out back you’ll find a ‘tuned’ muffler and a chrome exhaust tip. Back to the AWD system— the torque split is 48% front axle, and 52% rear axle, so a little oversteer is quite possible.
durango rt 2001
For 2001 the interiors were redesigned across the entire Durango lineup, and the R/T version was no exception. The dashboard and door panels were the most obvious changes.
durango rt 2002
For 2002, the badging on the doors dropped the ‘Durango’ portion, and retained only the ‘5.9 R/T’ script. The last year for the original Durango R/T was 2003.
durango rt 2003
durango rt 2011
Fast forward to 2011. The Durango and the R/T version are back! this time around with a 360hp Hemi equipped with variable valve timing and the multi-displacement system. Torque output was 390 ft/lbs. Backing it was a 545RFE 5-speed automatic transmission. For 2012, a 65RFE 6-speed transmission was standard. The ’13s were much the same.
2012 Dodge Durango R/T
durango rt 2013
For 2014, the Durango line received a slightly refreshed appearance. The bigger news was the standard 8-speed automatic transmission by ZF.
durango rt 2014

0-60 MPH: 8.1 seconds (’00-’03)

1/4 mile: 16.3 seconds @ 84MPH (’00-’03)

Skid Pad: 0.77G (’00-’03)

Fuel Economy: 12 city/16 highway (’00-’03)

Horsepower: 250 (’00-’03)

Torque: 350 ft/lb (’00-’03)


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