You probably know it better as the acronym SRT—the Mopar Skunkworks that was born out of the original Viper’s R&D team, and has since become synonymous with a series of fire-breathing, high performance vehicles from Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep.
But don’t panic! As MoparInsiders reports, Stellantis says that the SRT folks are still around, absorbed into other wings of the company. That means the spirit of SRT remains part of the Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep brands. Considering the Durango SRT just began production this month and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is waiting in the wings shows us that Stellantis is still serious about performance.
So, as we say goodbye to SRT, let’s take a look back at 10 of our favorite vehicles to rumble out of SRT’s (probably) secret underground laboratory.
10. 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
This often-overlooked entry into the SRT catalog is perhaps the only SRT not to feature a Dodge/Chrysler-derived engine. (Yes, we know the Caliber SRT-4’s engine was partially developed by Hyundai and Mitsubishi, but can you think of any others?) Under the hood instead was a supercharged Mercedes-Benz AMG 3.2L V6 making 330 horsepower. The powertrain makes a lot of sense, considering the Crossfire shared much of its underpinnings with the contemporary Mercedes-Benz SLK.
9. 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
Obviously you’re going to see a few of the Chrysler LX/LC/LA platform cars in this list, so let’s start with the most practical. Say, hypothetically, you lived exactly 1/4-mile away from the grocery store and needed to pick up a gallon of milk and some Funyuns. This Hemi-powered station wagon could get you there in less than 14 seconds.
8. 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8
While the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk got a lot of buzz when it debuted in 2018, let’s not forget there was an SRT-8 model that preceded it by several years. And with its 6.4L Hemi, it was the most powerful factory Jeep ever (for a while, at least), so perhaps we can thank the Grand Cherokee SRT-8 for giving us both the Trackhawk AND the…
7. 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
With a supercharged 6.2L Hemi making 710 horsepower (yup, just a few more than the Trackhawk’s 707 hp), Dodge is calling this one the most powerful SUV ever. Maybe its limited production run (2021 model year only) foreshadowed the Stellantis decision to shutter SRT? Read more about the Durango SRT Hellcat here.
6. 2019 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker
Without taking anything away from this particular Challenger’s performance specs, we picked this one simply because it brought back the shaker hood. It was the culmination of all the rad retro styling cues and nostalgia that Dodge resurrected when the Challenger returned to the market in 2008.
5. 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10
What happens when you shove a Viper-derived V-10 engine in a Dodge Ram pickup truck? A lot of bald rear tires and stops at the gas station. We love the SRT-10 because it’s silly, tire-nuking fun. Oh, and the SRT-10 also set the record for World’s Fastest Production Truck with a 154.587 mph top speed. (But we have a feeling the TRX may have something to say about that…)
4. 2004 Dodge SRT-4
Don’t do it. Don’t call this a Neon. Because it’s not. When it debuted, it was a $20K pocket rocket that could rip off a 1/4-mile in 14.2 seconds. While that doesn’t sound like much nowadays, it was laughably close to Corvette territory at the time. This turbocharged 2.4L hot rod proved that SRT didn’t need displacement to make a statement. Just don’t call it a Neon.
3. 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Gearheads the world over remember 2015 as the year that introduced the word “Hellcat” into the automotive lexicon. While you could get your Hellcat in either Charger or Challenger flavors, we chose the four-door Charger here because it demonstrated that performance cars could now carry a lot of daily-driver practicality.
2. 2017 Dodge Viper ACR
We alluded to it above, but the Viper hatched out of what would eventually become the SRT division, so it’s a no-brainer that we’d feature a Viper on our list. We chose the ACR version because it’s, in no uncertain terms, a street-legal race car. A Viper ACR actually swung by one of Summit Racing’s Retail Stores a while back and we got a closer look, check it out here.
1. 2018 Dodge Demon
This. This right here. Peak SRT.
Dodge teased the Demon for what felt like an eternity. The automotive world anxiously awaited every fresh new detail: 800+ horsepower. Passenger seat delete. Banned from NHRA competition. Specially designed Nitto tires. The largest functional hood scoop ever offered on a production car.
And when it finally got here, we realized that the Demon easily deserved All. That. Hype.
It was truly a no-holds-barred performance car from the SRT folks and we’re glad Dodge gave the Demon a thumbs up for production.
Did we miss any other noteworthy SRT vehicles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.