Should The Dodge Magnum Make a Comeback?

Ralph Gilles and his crack team of engineers over at Chrysler’s SRT division have just finished the roll out of three new SRT vehicles and already the team is back at it. While we already know that Dodge and SRT are busy at work on the 2013 Dodge Viper and on the development of a new entry level car, according to The New York Times, the brand might also be working on a replacement for the much-loved Dodge Magnum wagon.

The original Dodge Magnum was a Charger-based wagon that was built from 2005-2008 before being killed off just before Chrysler’s bankruptcy. According to The New York Times, many people at Chrysler still have much love for the original swagger wagon and the Magnum’s demise wasn’t something a lot of people were behind. “That vehicle was single-handedly killed by one executive who is no longer with the company. He’s retired,” Gilles told The New York Times at Willow Springs Raceway. “A lot of people in the company still like that vehicle -- a lot. A lot of things that weren’t possible back then, now are.”

The topic of the Magnum’s second coming arose when Gilles was discussing the odds of other vehicles joining the ever-expanding SRT lineup.  “The Dodge Viper, certainly, is a likely choice for an SRT version,” he said to The New York Times, “Also, we know we need an entry-level vehicle of some kind.” That’s when talk of the Magnum began.

“With the Magnum, we owned the station wagon segment,” Gilles said. While that may have been true back when the Magnum debuted in ’05, the high-horsepower station wagon segment is no longer vacant. Should the Magnum return, it would face stiff competition from Cadillac’s very good 556-hp CTS-V Sport Wagon. With the Caddy on the marketplace, an SRT variant of a future Magnum would be a must.

When The New York Times pressed Gilles further on whether he had yet designed a second-generation Magnum, Gilles reportedly smiled and said, “Stay tuned, great things are coming. That’s all I can say.”

We sure hope so, Mr. Gilles. And to find out more of what Gilles was willing to spill the beans of -- can anyone say SRT compact coming soon? -- check out our Q & A from last week.

Source: The New York Times

Toolguy
In my last comment I mean > they are NO longer available any more....
Toolguy
Yes .bring it back !!!!! I'm driving in Holland a Chrysler C300 5.7L touring (dodge magnum) model. In Europe they are longer available any more ...... because of a stupid emision regulation here in Holland. Now I want to import self a new touring model with a 6.4L hemi but I can't find a new touring.
John
Definitely bring it back ... Not everyone who needs versatility in a vehicle wants to drive a SUV ... I'm a high mileage drive and just purchased my 3rd Magnum ... On my '06 R/T, I logged 355,000 km without 1 single drivetrain repair .. Its a great driver, great looker, extremely versatile and one of the most dependable cars I've driven. With all the new Dodge interior / exterior upgrades, it would be another winner !!!
Dodge 4Ever
I am the original owner of a 2005 Magnum R/T 5.7L Hemi, and I currently have 138,000 miles on the vehicle. I still smile everyday when I drive my Hemi. I understand it's not an SRT8, but it still has cajones when I step on the throttle. I am on my 2nd set of brake pads front and rear, have done the routine maint, , used Mobil1 Synthetic with Mobil1 Filter since 3k mi, and it still get 23 mpg avg. Dodge should put this vehicle back in the lineup for 2012, but not stray to far from the original style and look. I am ready for a new car, and would surely wait if I knew one was in the making. Come on Chrysler, just do it!!!!!
Mopar Man
BRING IT BACK. They can once again bring the swagger back to the station wagon game. Anyone who says "No" is not listening to the streets these days. My friend has 2006 with 135K miles on it. He and his family love the car and want another one. For what some people are paying for a loaded 4 banger, people could roll in a small V8 with similar gas mileage. They could also get more style and attitude with it. Hook up the rear end with some LED lights like the Charger and there you go. Also begs to bring in the 300 Sport Tourer SRT to fight the CADDY V series wagon. Who doesnt' see this as a wagon for braggin?
kego53
BRING BACK THE MAGNUM! IT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN DELETED FROM THE LINEUP. ONE OTHER THOUGHT HOWEVER, SHOULD IT BE REINCARNATED AS A CHRYSLER INSTEAD? MOST OF THE "SPORTSWAGONS" ARE LUXURY OR NEAR LUXURY LEVEL VEHICLES.
btc909
NO. Dodge can I have two cooling fans, 2 sets of cylinders, a head gasket, a thermostat, coolant temp sensor, oh & a thermostat gasket. 2006 Dodge Magnum 3.5L, thanks in advance Dodge.
ken
absolutely not , your already dead why do you need a herst to go 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds
I.M.Flynn
Absolutely! I can't quite understand the logic of why that one particular executive at Chrysler chose to shoot down such a popular vehicle. I hope the newest incarnation of the Magnum will have the front fascia swagger of the 2011 Dodge Charger and the rear with a updated LED taillight assembly, not to mention a new great interior. Craft all these items into your next Magnum Mr.Gilles and you'll have another homerun on your hands.

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