The Heritage of Street and Racing Technology
Performance vehicles are a Chrysler tradition. In the 1950s, an elite team of Chrysler engineers set out to extract extreme amounts of power from existing engines. The team crafted new intake manifolds featuring long-tube intake runners. The innovative design helped engines ingest more air, translating into improved performance. The new induction system was called “Ramcharger,” and the team behind the technology adopted that name. The Ramchargers’ new engines produced enormous amounts of power, leading to success on the drag strip during the 1960s and 1970s.
Fast forward to the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Dodge amazed crowds with its sleek Viper concept car. The project, initiated by then-company president Bob Lutz and Carroll Shelby, was described as the successor to the AC Cobra. Penned by Tom Gale, its simplistic yet muscular shape paired with a merciless 8.0-liter V-10 instantly thrust the Viper into the spotlight. People raved. The Viper was approved for production just weeks later.
With the dawn of the V-10 powered supercar emerged a group of devoted engineers. Team Viper worked to hone the supercar for the street and racing, which would lead to endurance race victories in the late 1990s.
Meanwhile, a separate, dedicated team completed work on the 1993 Plymouth Prowler concept car. When the first Prowler rolled off the assembly line four years later, Chrysler integrated the two specialty groups into a single entity: Special Vehicle Engineering. At last, Chrysler’s elite teams worked together under a single roof to create eye-catching niche vehicles.
In 2002, Chrysler made an announcement that would forever change the enthusiast landscape. Lead engineer John Fernandez and Viper guru Herb Helbig took to the auto show stage to announce the creation of Performance Vehicle Operations. The newly formed group leveraged existing resources to improve Chrysler’s high-performance focus. PVO celebrated by unveiling the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT10, flanked on the show floor by the Dodge Neon SRT4 concept and Viper SRT10.
All PVO creations wore Street and Racing Technology badge. In 2004, Chrysler internally renamed the development team “SRT”.
Five key benchmarks must be met before a vehicle can wear the SRT badge. Awe-inspiring powertrain, outstanding ride, handling and capability, benchmark braking, an aggressive and functional exterior and a race-inspired and high-performance interior are the hallmarks of an SRT vehicle.
Since SRT’s inception, ten vehicles have earned the SRT badge.
With the help of a dedicated fan base and uncompromising engineers, SRT looks forward to a future of class-leading performance vehicles.
Dodge Caliber SRT4
The Caliber SRT4 formula matches a powerful four-cylinder engine to a stout six-speed manual transmission to result in strong, reliable power. Aggressive styling cues inside and out are backed up by capable power, precise handling and phenomenal braking ability. Despite its short production run, the Caliber SRT4 enjoys a following as loyal as all others in the SRT® family.Look back at the Caliber SRT4 page »
Chrysler Crossfire SRT6
From the moment the original Crossfire concept took to the stage at the 2001 North American International Auto Show, the car captivated fans all over the world. Chrysler has earned a reputation for bringing radical concept car styling to market with minimal changes in rapid time, and the production Crossfire stayed true to its form.Look back at the Crossfire SRT6 page »
When it comes to trucks, hauling and heavy lifting instantly come to mind, not sheer speed and world records. Don't tell that to the SRT® designers and engineers. With the idea of shaping a strictly performance-based truck, the Ram SRT10 was born. At the time of its creation, the SRT10 was the fastest production truck in the world.Look back at the RAM SRT10 »
Today's current SRT® vehicle lineup owes a debt of gratitude to a legendary Chrysler Group nameplate — the Chrysler Prowler. While not officially badged an SRT, the Prowler was crafted under Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) – the predecessor to SRT. Nonetheless, Prowler is the sire of important strands of DNA that can be traced to the current crop of SRT vehicles, and aspects of its production remain an important ingredient in the modern-day SRT recipe.Look back at the Prowler »
Bold. Innovative. Powerful. Brash. The Viper symbolizes the pinnacle of performance and style—the point where lavish good-looks meet unabashed American muscle. The ultimate combination of engineering prowess, aesthetic vision and courageous design. The Viper is equal parts beauty and beast, muscular, untamed, a predator in its natural habitat. The Viper is truly an American icon.Look back at the Viper »
Chrysler 300 SRT8
The 300 SRT® truly was born at the race track. And to this day, it combines the best attributes that make it a pleasant daily driver while remaining a menacing presence at the track. With a target market of folks who drive to and from work every day, who also want to stretch their legs at the race track on the weekend, a small, tightknit group of designers and engineers used a grassroots-type effort in 2005 to launch the SRT variant of the iconic luxury sedan.Look back at the Chrysler 300 SRT8 »
Dodge Charger SRT8
After the successful introduction of the 2005 300 SRT®, the first SRT version of an LX platform vehicle, the timing was perfect to continue to build the segment. Using many of the already-proven attributes of the 300 SRT, the 2006 Charger SRT was launched with the intent to deliver the historic muscle car look and feel that made the Charger iconic in the 1970s.Look back at the Dodge Charger SRT8 »