Stellantis and its CEO Carlos Tavares have undertaken a major restructuring of the various brands. A new report reveals that the famed SRT team that developed the ultra-resistant Hellcat models has been disbanded.
But before we plunge into the land of doom, there is hope that these powerful machines will continue to exist in the future. According to insiders at Mopar, the team responsible for building these performance models will be integrated into a broader global development organization.
What does TRS Command do?
A 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR | Dodge
Team SRT, or Street and Racing Technology, dates back to 1989. According to Mopar insiders, the team was originally called Team Viper because it had the noble task of bringing a front-engined V10 sports car to market. In addition, Mopar Insiders reports that the team has also upgraded the Plymouth Prowler.
In 2004, the team was given its current name, SRT, which is why we still see the badge on all new Dodge, Jeep and Ram products. However, Mopar Insider reports that these performance models have become a luxury brand in their own right in 2012. The first car from this new brand would have been the 2013 Viper SRT. After some wanderings, the brand was finally purchased by Dodge in 2014.
SRT is busy these days, putting the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine in almost everything, including huge SUVs. But that may soon change with restructuring and pressure to electrify certain models.
Why did Stellantis pull the plug?
A 2021 white Hellcat Redeye SRT Charger Dodge for 3/4 | Dodge
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While it may sound a little ominous to hear that such a great team has disbanded, the members of this team aren’t going anywhere. According to insiders at Mopar, the dissolution of the SRT team means that these engineers will now work on other projects under other brands of Stellantis. This could soon lead to more tangible, performance-based benefits for everyday vehicles not equipped with a control system.
For now, though, it looks like Stellantis hasn’t put an end to these Hellcat games and models. This is mainly because these TRS models sell very well. Take Durango, for example. According to Mopar Insiders, the company therefore plans to continue offering these products under the current SRT brand.
Unfortunately, this announcement from Stellantis is not quite the big relief that fans expected. A few weeks ago, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis announced that the days of the Hellcat V8 are numbered. The CEO stated that the future of the brand is likely to depend on performance EVs.
Are the Hellcat’s performance and models at risk?
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon | FCA
At this stage, it seems that the SRT and Hellcat models hold promise for the future. But that doesn’t mean they won’t change massively to stay relevant. In the same interview, Kuniskis also explained that electric and hybrid cars have great performance potential. Given the number of fast Tesla models we’ve seen, there’s certainly an argument to be made for the Hellcat EV.
On the other hand, it means that these tough cars and powerful SUVs will continue to run and will only get faster over time. Fortunately, it seems that this restructuring of TRS is not yet complete, at least not yet.
frequently asked questions
Is the EPA faster than a Hellcat?
Paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the Challenger SRT reaches 100 mph in just 4 seconds. … The Hellcat SRT is powered by a 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V8 engine that produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The Challenger SRT accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
Which SRS is the fastest?
SRT calls the Hellcat Redeye the most powerful and fastest production sedan in the world, thanks to a supercharged Hemi V8 engine with 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. The top speed would be 203 mph, and SRT recorded a 10.6-second quarter that ended at 129 mph.
AreSRT and Hellcat the same thing?
SRT®? The biggest difference is in the performance. The R/T is powered by a 375-hp 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, while the Hellcat SRT® is powered by a 6.2-liter HEMI® SRT® V8 supercharged engine.
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