Street and Racing Technology at MOPAR
In 1989, the Dodge Viper first appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Since that striking debut, the Dodge Viper was able to resuscitate the struggling brand and inspire the Chrysler brands to create what they call “SRT” or Street and Racing Technology. Fortunately for drivers who love extra power under the hood and more style inside and out, Chrysler has already announced that SRT will become its very own brand.
Chrysler offers a full line of automobiles with the SRT badge. The first one to wear it was the Dodge Viper, which began wearing the badge in 2003. The Dodge Viper SRT-10 is one of the fastest production cars ever to come off of the line, thanks to the 8.3L V-10 engine that delivered 510 horsepower. This speedy snake could go 0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds and run the quarter-mile track in 12.2 seconds.
Since the Viper SRT was such a success, Chrysler added SRT variations to its other lineups. The next model to wear the badge was the Dodge Neon, which was given the brand in an attempt to build its customer base, which at the time was mostly female. The speedy Neon was loaded with a 2.4L Turbocharged engine that went from 0 to 60 in 5.6 seconds in 2003, but dropped to 5.3 in the next two years.
Now, Chrysler has the SRT has become an expected add-on in many of the makers’ top sellers. To bring back the glory days of the muscle cars, the Dodge Charger and Challenger both have the badge. The Jeep Cherokee extends its off-road prowess with a massive SRT-8 6.4L V8 Hemi 392 with 470 horsepower that goes 4.8 second in 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds. For a stylish and fast sedan, the Chyrsler 300C looks good and goes fast with the 6.4L V8 Hemi. Dodge still loads the Dodge Viper, but instead of going 4.2 seconds, the new technology has dropped the 0 to 60 time to 3.3 second and the horsepower to a whopping 640!