Chrysler’s exclusive stand alone specialty brand, Street and Racing Technology (SRT), is planning to unveil some new models very soon, including the 2013 Viper. In addition to the Viper, Motor Trend Report says that two other models will be unveiled in the very near future. Unlike other Chrysler SRT vehicles, these new models will have no match in the standard Chrysler Group lineup.
Motor Trend reports that one of the additional models will be the SRT Barracuda. The arrival of the Barracuda was announced in Automobile Magazine following their recent interview with Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. The model’s release in 2015 will coincide with the redesigns of competitors Mustang and Camaro. The Barracuda is meant to replace the Dodge Challenger, but chances are the Challenger will remain in the Dodge lineup until 2017. SRT is banking on the fact that Barracuda will provide strong competition for the top pony cars from Chevy and Ford brands. The platform for the car will be a smaller version of the same chassis used for the current Charger and Chrysler 300 and will be rear-drive. The Challenger, however, will remain as-is.
The third new model may possibly be a type of performance truck much like the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, but the possibility of a new off-road truck model is unlikely, sources say. What is more likely is a new roadster from SRT, and here’s why: a small two-seater roadster named the Dodge Demon has been something Chrysler higher-ups have been considering since before the company’s bankruptcy. The roadster would compete with the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and if Chrysler Group does go ahead with the idea, they might be using the platform of the next MX-5 chassis, which is owned by the parent of Chrysler group, Fiat. If Chrysler Group builds the roadster, SRT could possibly come up with its own high-performance version.
Other future models were discussed by CEO Marchionne during the Automobile interview. SRT plans to create sporty versions of both the Dart SRT4, which is a compact sedan, and the Journey SRT6, a crossover vehicle. The head of SRT Ralph Gilles told Automobile at the Detroit auto show that his division would make gutsier versions of just about any Chrysler Group model — with the exception of the minivans.
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