NEWS: Chrysler SRT Chief Interested In Diesels; Should The Brand Pursue The Idea?

By Donny Nordlicht - May 29, 2012
2013 SRT Viper Front Three Quarter
Could Chrysler’s SRT brand be looking to add an oil-burning engine to its portfolio in the near future? If the recent tweet from brand CEO Ralph Gilles is any indication, the answer is “perhaps.”
User @ToddTowsend tweeted "AMG & M soon to offer the diesel love. SRT diesel in a possible future?" It's true – BMW's M brand recently unveiled the M Performance line of cars that includes the M550d, X5 M50d, and X6 M50d, which are powered by the same 381-hp triple-turbo diesel I-6.
So what does Gilles have to say about a future diesel SRT? "I am a fan, [but] we would cut our teeth in Europe first." That's not a no, but means that if an oil-burning SRT model does appear, it'll hit European dealerships before it makes it across the pond. Right now, SRT's lineup uses just two engines: the 465-hp 6.4-liter V-8 engine found in the Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8; and the 640-hp 8.4-liter V-10 in the 2013 SRT Viper.
What could be in store for an SRT diesel? Parent-company Fiat currently offers no performance-oriented diesels in its Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia lineups, so it's anyone's guess as to what engine could find its way into an SRT-branded model. The Lancia Thema (nee Chrysler 300) is sold in Europe with a 239-hp 3.0-liter V-6 and the Fiat Freemont (known here as the Dodge Journey) is offered with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 rated at 170 hp. It’s also unknown as to what sort of product an SRT diesel would be – could it simply be a sport-tuned, diesel-powered 300, but it could potentially be a version of the Grand Cherokee – another Chrysler Group product that’s already sold in Europe with a diesel engine underhood.
Do you think SRT should expand into diesel? If so, what kind of engine would you like to see, and in what sort of product?
Source: Twitter
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Front Three Quarter

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