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

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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

antonio311
Considering Fiat is the company that invented the technology for every single 'clean burn' Diesel engine in every car these days it would only make sense. Chrysler it's self is a very innovative company & takes engineering to new levels & an innovator also. I'd love to see performance diesels from Fiat & Chrysler in the future!

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