When it comes to the realm of high-performance automobiles, few names evoke as much excitement as SRT8 and SRT in general. These acronyms, synonymous with speed, power, and precision, represent the pinnacle of performance engineering within the Chrysler division of Stellantis N.V. Let’s dive into the world of SRT and SRT8, understanding their significance and exploring some of their best-known models.
SRT, which stands for Street & Racing Technology, is a division dedicated to transforming regular production vehicles into exceptional machines that push the boundaries of speed and handling. The SRT badge signifies a commitment to exhilarating performance, track-worthy capabilities, and aggressive styling.
One of the hallmarks of SRT vehicles is their impressive powerplants. Whether it’s a muscular V8 or a high-output V6 engine, SRT models are designed to deliver jaw-dropping acceleration and heart-pounding speed. These engines are paired with advanced suspension systems, upgraded brakes, and cutting-edge technologies that enhance handling, responsiveness, and overall driving experience.
SRT vehicles not only deliver exceptional performance but also make a statement with their bold and aggressive designs. From distinctive body kits and sculpted hoods to aerodynamic enhancements and larger air intakes, SRT models exude a commanding presence on the road, leaving no doubt about their performance pedigree.
Unleashing the V8 Powerhouse:
Within the SRT lineup, the SRT8 designation holds a special place. The “8” in SRT8 signifies the mighty V8 engine that lies beneath the hood, symbolizing unbridled power and performance. These models take the already potent SRT formula and elevate it to new heights.
Through the last two decades, we have seen many models with the “SRT” badge. So, let’s take a quick look at their key specs:
Although we are mostly associated with V8 SRT models, there were also small performance cars with just four cylinders back in the day. We are primarily talking about the performance version of Dodge Neon, which was introduced in 2003. That version featured a 2.4-liter turbo-four engine with 215 horsepower. Two years later, the model received an update and went up to 230 horsepower.
In 2008, we saw an SRT4 version of the Dodge Caliber, with the same but significantly upgraded turbo-four engine, which was good for 285 horsepower.
There aren’t many SRT models with six cylinders in the company’s portfolio. Practically, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 is one of the rare models. This Mercedes-Benz-based sports car features the German 3.2-liter V6 with a max output of 350 horsepower. It made it able to hit 60mph in just 4.8 seconds. That model was active in 2005 and 2006.
Of course, models with eight cylinders have always been the most common. It all started with the first generation of Chrysler 300c. Back in 2005, the company introduced the SRT8 version, with a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 engine, which offered a max output of 425 horsepower. The same engine was in the Dodge Magnum, while the legendary Charger received the same treatment a year later. The same but slightly detuned variant of the engine, with 420 horsepower was used for the SRT8 variant of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Newer generations of these models, as well as the revived Challenger, got a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 470 horsepower, which is still in use.
When it comes to 10 cylinders, things are pretty clear. We are talking about the Viper, the iconic sport that received the SRT10 version for the first time in 2003. That model used a naturally-aspirated 8.3-liter V10 with a max output of 500 horsepower. In 2008, the engine got an upgrade to 8.4 liters and the output went up to 600 horsepower. The final version was in production between 2013 and 2017 and featured a max output of 645 horsepower.
What’s a less known fact is that the SRT10 badge was also used in Dodge Ram. The full–size pickup got this badge in 2004 and it used the same 500-hp V10. However, it was in production only for a couple of years.