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2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 - Click above for high-res gallery

After learning that General Motors would be disbanding its High Performance Vehicle Operations team to focus on less performance-oriented projects, our thoughts naturally turned towards Ford's SVT and Chrysler's SRT groups. Would Detroit's other automakers follow GM's lead and kill off their fellow speed divisions? Apparently not. Ford has gone on record stating that the SVT program will continue on in its current capacity and now Chrysler has announced that it will continue to develop SRT versions of its volume sellers.

In a posting on Chrysler's Red Letter Dodge blog, Steve Bartoli, Chrysler's vice president for global product planning, had a few choice comments regarding the future of the Pentastar's SRT models, saying, "We are working on a sedan as we speak. We will look at many styling options." Admittedly, that's short on detail, but it does portend good things to come for fans of big HEMI engines and fat rear tires.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Rumors continue to swirl that they will be dropping the 392 HEMI into future SRT models. I think it's great to keep SRT alive. I mean just because some people want more fuel efficient cars doesn't mean you should ignore those who don't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was going to buy a Challenger last weekend. Then I got laid off! :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're luckier than you think, you could of had a Challenger (blah) in your driveway with payments.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SRT isn't all HEMI, they're also responsible for Chrysler's modern turbocharged four cylinder engine in the Neon SRT4 and Caliber SRT4 (which is nowhere near as good or popular as the former, but I digress).

      SVT just released the Raptor F150 and refreshed Mustang GT500.

      Many of GM's performance cars were already part of their respective vehicle programs and regular engineering like the Camaro SS (so they claim, it was tuned on the 'Ring where PVO operates) so they aren't affected.

      GM has already just released quite a few different performance vehicles too so they aren't in danger of running out in awhile. In fact GM will probably cease to exist as we know it before those product cycles are up.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I keep waiting for the new Camaro, but a TorRed six speed SRT Challenger is looking mighty good.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If dealers are willing to actually deal, hopefully you will be able to get a good deal on a leftover '09 SRT8 model as the 2010 models come in around mid/late summer or so.