By Dave Ashton
We recently documented how the new Stellantis group would be to disseminate the SRT team to the various branches of the company. At first, this was bad news for all Dodge/SRT fans, but it seems that the change is more a re-organization of the group. The Street and racing technology section may no longer exist, but all of the engineers will be retained and integrated into the Stellantis global engineering department. They will also work on future SRT models.
The new Stellantis group is well aware of the particular heritage of SRT, meaning we are going to continue to see the SRT badge later on. The integration of the SRT group also means that their performance information is a valued asset. Moving forward, we’re able to see the SRT badge or at least the particular technologies on any of the 14 car manufacturers under the new umbrella.
The SRT division has been in existence in a single form or another since its creation in 1989. One of the standout advancements was the Dodge Viper, with other significant vehicles including the Dodge Neon SRT-4, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, Plymouth Prowler, plus Ram 1500 TRX. The SRT badge became its own brand this year but went back to being a growth team in 2014.
The SRT Future
Luckily, Carlos Tavares Stellantis ceo is a keen racer and ally of performance vehicles. This means that Avoid and SRT will likely continue their own performance heritage. However , echoing current words from Dodge CEO Bernard Kuniskis , the future of muscle vehicles is most likely to be electric.
This doesn’ t mean that the particular Hellcat V8 engine is going aside anytime soon. And at the least, we have a few reassurance that Dodge and the SRT brand are here to stay. stay tuned meant for future updates….
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