Chrysler’s SRT brand could offer supercharged 2013 models

The 2012 SRT models including the Dodge Charger SRT8, the Dodge Challenger SRT8, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are just hitting the streets but an exciting rumor has Mopar lovers looking to next year as it has been whispered by the masses that the SRT brand could offer a supercharged package for the 2013 model year.

According to the folks at Motor Authority, they have an inside source who has informed them that late in the 2012 calendar year, the new SRT brand will launch an upgrade package that will use forced induction to boost the power of the 6.4L Hemi from 470hp to somewhere in the range of 540-570hp. This kind of power would afford the Challenger SRT8 to stand a much better chance against the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and with 570 horsepower, the Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300C SRT8 could certainly stand toe to toe with any performance sedans in the world.


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Lets worry about 2012 pricing first
I am waiting for a refreshed challenger especially with the upgrade and state of the art 8 speed paddle auto. I suggested to GM last year via email that they consider a auto for the ZL1 and as of last month its a go with the camaro getting the cadillac CTSV auto. I guess their marketing found many older guys want a auto. The mustang GT500 won't offer one anytime soon. I see alot of RT Challengers and with the lower msrp $31k base I see why. Challengers need a refreshed interior (two tone seats) and maybe a dual sunroof like the new Optima has.
Can anyone tell me why Chrysler wont put the 6-speed manual transmission in the 300 SRT8? Even as a performance option... Its the same drivetrain as the Challenger so it seems like it would be easy and inexpensive to do. Maybe it's my age showing but I would rather a manual tranny than paddle shifters..The cadillac CTS-V has a manual tansmission and they seem to want to go up against that.
MDS isn't compatible with the six-speed. I would also venture to guess that sales of such a beast would be minimal. I saw a video with Ralph explaining these reasons, as well as the line re-tooling that would be required for such a limited run. (I'd love a six-speed in my SRT Charger!)