SRT Viper to be refreshed in 2015, Dart SRT delayed until 2016
The information provided on the future SRT Viper and Dodge Dart SRT as part of the 2012 financial presentation offers a tremendous amount of information while being incredibly vague at the same time. However, with a little common sense combined with a look at what has gone on with the Chrysler Group in the past few years, we can formulate a few educated guesses as to what the future of the Street and Racing Technology brand could look like. Unfortunately, there are no new models planned for the SRT brand between now and 2016 so it looks as though the high performance Dodge Dart SRT could be several years from production.
The vague information on the future of the SRT brand starts in 2012 and continues up to the 2016 year beginning with last year’s launch of the 2013 SRT Viper. In 2013, this information lists the debut of the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, followed by three refreshed vehicles in 2014, one refreshed vehicle in 2015 and a new Chrysler-built SRT vehicle in 2016. Beyond that, no information is offered but based on the recent debuts, the popular rumors and a little common sense – we can predict what is coming.
First of all, the three refreshes planned for the SRT lineup in 2014 will almost certainly bring about the next generation of the Dodge Charger SRT, the Dodge Challenger SRT and the Chrysler 300C SRT. There are five vehicles in the current SRT lineup and with the SRT Viper being brand new and the refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT already introduced; the only vehicles left to undergo a refresh are the high performance versions of the Charger, Challenger and 300C. It has long been rumored that the Challenger is the next vehicle to receive a refresh in the Dodge lineup so the SRT Challenger refresh could be similar to the recent Grand Cherokee SRT refresh – which benefits from the facelift seen across the entire model. More importantly, there is a popular rumor that the SRT variant of the Charger, Challenger and 300C will be powered by a new 6.2L supercharged V8 that could offer as much as 550 to 600 horsepower. The current Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300C SRT8 were introduced in 2010 as a 2011 model year vehicle so having a refresh debut in 2014 as a 2015 model year vehicle would make sense. On the other hand, the Challenger hasn’t been significantly refreshed since being introduced in 2006 for the 2008 model year so a facelift for the brawny Mopar muscle car is well deserved.