Dodge accepted it will alone anatomy the Hellcat-powered Durango for six months. If you absence your adventitious to buy one, or if you appetite article a little rarer, a banker in Texas is affairs a first-generation Durango acquainted by Shelby.
Don’t let the anatomy kit and the chromed alloys fool you; this is not a “Pimp My Ride” prop. It’s one of the almost 300 units of the first-generation Durango that emerged from Shelby’s branch in the backward 1990s. Called SP-360, it’s powered by a supercharged adaptation of Dodge’s 5.9-liter V8, which produces 360 application and 412 pound-feet of torque, abundant for a 7.1-second dart from aught to 60 mph. The eight-cylinder spins all four wheels.
We can apprehend you from here: This behemoth has beneath ability than a 2021 Chrysler 300, and it logs the aforementioned zero-to-60-mph time as a Honda Civic Hatchback, so what’s so appropriate about it? Accumulate in apperception it’s old abundant to adjustment a pint, and a 360-horsepower V8 was rather absorbing in 1999, abnormally back it was anchored amid the fenders of a family-friendly SUV. Ferrari’s 360 Modena put alone 40 added horses beneath the driver’s appropriate foot.
Enthusiasts could calculation on a abeyance fabricated firmer and lower to accumulate the added ability in check, and six-piston advanced calipers were accessible at an added cost. What they couldn’t calculation on was befitting a low profile. Every SP-360 was accomplished in Viper Metallic Blue with allegory white stripes, a aggregate advancing by the boss Viper. And, the bling-tastic chromed alloys were complemented by a added advanced bumper, a specific awning with accompanying scoops, ancillary skirts, additional accompanying annular bankrupt tips that poked through a redesigned rear bumper.
Inside, Shelby added brazier seats for the cartage in the aboriginal and additional row (those built-in in the third row were ashore on a boilerplate bench), gauges army on the driver-side A-pillar, carbon cilia trim on the dashboard and the centermost console, additional a numbered applique abutting to the alteration case lever. Carroll Shelby alone active the one apparent in our arcade in February 2003, admitting its consecutive cardinal is not arresting in the images.
Dodge planned to advertise 3,000 examples of the SP-360, according to aeon documents, but it alone concluded up award a home for about 300. The one offered for auction in Texas has been adapted with a added advancing cam, a beyond burke body, and a high-volume ammunition pump, according to the affairs dealer. It has about 28,300 miles, it looks almost well-preserved, and it’s listed at $24,995. It’s absolutely not cheap, abnormally because Barrett-Jackson awash a 53,000-mile SP-360 for $8,250 in 2019, but back are you activity to acquisition addition one?
For context, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat packs a supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 710 application and 645 pound-feet of torque. It’s acclaimed as the best able series-produced SUV in the world, an account that earns it a abject amount of about $81,000.