Back in December of 2019, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot S.A. (PSA) came to an agreement to complete a 50:50 merger that would adopt the name Stellantis. With that merger now complete, the focus shifts to what will change within each automaker. Previously, Stellantis stated that FCA’s brands – Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep – would not be changing. However, that apparently doesn’t include the automaker’s performance division – Street & Racing Technology (SRT).
Rumors of the demise of SRT have swirled for some time now and were recently confirmed by a Stellantis spokesperson via Mopar Insiders.
“All of the core elements of the SRT performance engineering team have been integrated into our company’s global engineering organization,” the spokesperson said. “This action will have the two-way benefit of ensuring that our brands’ SRT and performance-focused product offerings continue to meet the highest quality standards and expectations while delivering key learnings from motorsports and other high-performance-technology applications across a wider mix of our company’s product lines.”
“These products have delighted enthusiasts for nearly two decades, and Stellantis will continue to sell and develop the next generation of Dodge/SRT-branded vehicles, as well as Jeep and Ram vehicles that utilize high-performance SRT technology.” Presumably, this means that SRT engineers will now work with performance engineers from PSA to develop products for every brand in Stellantis’ portfolio.
Ford has also had its fair share of performance divisions, including the former Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and current Special Vehicle Team, which is responsible for vehicles including the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, and Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, to name a few.
What this means for the long-term future of performance FCA vehicles is currently unclear, especially as more and more automakers devote their resources to electric vehicles moving forward.
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Nothing about any of this says that the performance is going away. In another article, it clearly states that FCA will be offering performance for both sides of the coin, people who want ICE performance and people who want Electric performance. FCA/Stellantis is moving towards actually trying to keep it’s customers happy by offering both. Not being stupid like Ford and only focusing on electric.
This appears to be good news. I recently purchased a 2020 Chrysler 300S 5.7L Alloy Edition to replace both my 2005 Mustang GT and 2004 Mercury Marauder. Will the 300 survive into 2022? No word yet. Last 300S SRT for North America was 2014 – 300S SRT is still sold overseas in a few markets I’ve read. Dodge SRTs are what keep the brand interesting here in North America IMO.
Stellantis? Who cares. I’m pretty sure I subscribed to’Ford Authority’. Not ‘Everything else Authority’.
God, I love it when people claim to have had a Marauder.
There can be several reasons for a company absorbing a group or division, usually it has to do with control, which has to do with finances, or to be able to more readily tap the resources of this group for broader applications. Guess we’ll have to wait and see…
Proud owner of a 2019 Dodge Durango RT. Really really love the car the best travel car I have ever owned and with the V8 hemi it has plenty of power to do what you needed to do up and down the mountains or anywhere you want to ride.I feel that it gets and can prove that out on the highway it will get 22 to 23 mi per gallon as long as you don’t run it over 77 mph. Please do not get rid of that 5.7 hemi I’m going to sign out is spokesman for the Vader mobile.
Very pleased with my car overall to date. Excellent performance and fuel economy. The modern/current Eagle 5.7L Hemi (345 ci) will make 320 RWHP on the dyno with 93 octane, 305 RWHP with 87. AllPar states the 440 ci E86 Commando motor only made 305 RWHP during the early 1970s and dropped all the way to 195 RWHP in 1975. 30mpg on the dash using cruise and staying at the speed limit. Consistent low 20s in city-urban-residential-industrial-rural driving.
Yup. And I get 35mpg in my 2006 Crown Vic P71
Time for Mopar to slap some turbos on their 4 & 6 cylinder engines.
Sheesh, maybe it’s ‘time’ for ‘Ford Authority’ to stop fielding comments from the FCA STELLANTIS MOPAR fans (another branch of Obama bail-out).
Ford. Built Without Your Tax Dollars. ‘Nuff said.
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I am driving a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat pack wide body since 2 years on German high ways. It is an unbelievable great car. Whenever I see it, it lets me smile. When I come back (like 5mins ago) to park the big car in the carpot – driven 160miles in one hour – I know that this fast car and Germany’s fast lanes are made for each other. The sound, the pure muscle and modern technology (Pirelli, Brembo, Etc) are overwhelming every hour I drive. Its my favourite car (and I owned 2 Porsche before and one BMW) for everyday, even in winter with smaller 275 pneus.
If Dodge is offering in 3 years still R/T or hellcat I will definitely buy a new one. If they just offer hybrid or full electrified Challengers – then my current Challi will be my last car!