First comes word that a Magnum revival could be in the works, and now we hear that the SRT team over at Dodge is eager to add a C-segment brawler to its revitalized product lineup. That word doesn't come from the mouth of just anyone either, as Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of the SRT brand, tells Ward's Auto that it's "absolutely paramount" to add a sports compact to the family.

Dodge is already working on the non-SRT version, and it is expected to be underpinned by the platform currently employed on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. While a Hemi is highly unlikely for the upcoming compact SRT, we wouldn't rule out the idea of a turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engine.


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      EB110Americana
      • 3 Years Ago
      Things have been getting very interesting lately at Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep. Putting a young, hip, car guy like Gilles in charge is such a smart move. It makes so much sense it's a wonder other carmakers don't do the same--but we know they all have too much history, bureaucracy, and money riding on their brands to take that kind of "risk." This is something that could only happen with an underdog like Chrysler (and even then, only with real effect when it had nothing to lose) and Fiat, a company who loves to flirt with danger and take risks with its products. Ultimately, Dodge/Chrysler (and defunct Plymouth--remember, they sold the Neon too) have their work cut out for them in re-entering the compact and subcompact segments after a decade's absence. A high profile version like an SRT sport compact is probably one of the best bets they have for cracking into the market or at least getting on people's radar. With their track records for improvement, I'm sure even the non SRT models will be fun, attractive little cars. Oh, also note the strips of metal welded into the rear doors, roof, and centerline of the test mule, plus the wide filler panel in the rear bumper's middle. Clearly the car we are to expect will be notably longer, wider, and feature a longer wheelbase. To me that says it will look nothing like it's Alfa brethren, which is consistent with what Chrysler/Fiat have laid out in their general long term plans for each brand so far. I expect this will be a Dodge through-and-through even if it shares a few panels here and there, I doubt it will be a simple rebadge.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Hornet SRT or the like would be a great competitor to say the upcoming Focus ST or RS or whatever the USDM is getting.
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      With the way C segment sales have picked up a compact performance war can't be far behind. I hope that starting the development process with an Alfa Giuletta bodes well for the performance potential of this car. If you have to drive a compact you certainly hope it can be a fun one!
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      soundbargaming - Maybe in a standard (whatever they're going to call this.) But that's technology that needs to be proven in a Mopar package. You apparently don't have a feel what SRT means.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      This new compact is going to a huge hit for Dodge, an upper deck bases loaded homerun. The best compact car ever built in America will be assembled in Illinois, have an engine from Michigan and some seasoning from Milan.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Actually, it'll probably be manufactured in Italy. All of it, including the engine.
          ExoPlanet
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nope, built here. Alfa platform and (some) Fiat engines although I believe the SRT version is to have a 2.4L? Internally Code named "Tigershark" with multi-air and other goodies. Read something about it making 350 or 375HP and they weren't even breathing on it hard.
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      This will be by far the best small car Dodge has ever brought to market in "normal" form. The SRT version IS ESSENTIAL because Dodge is a performance brand. Can't wait to see the actual car in its own American-designed skin. They could leave the Alfa interior alone though, probably one of my favorite interiors on the market right now http://www.imperial2009.com/images/2011-Alfa-Romeo-Giulietta-Interior.jpg
      nd4spdsrt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought from the day that the Pentastar first came out that they should twin turbo it.. And lo and behold, Maserati will be doing just that! Now there is news of this new vehicle becoming an srt product.. hallelujah! its happening, midsize dodge with a stick and what (i can only assume) will be an amazing engine package! rwd/awd would be nice, but i suppose you cant have everything..
      • 3 Years Ago
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        MyerShift
        • 3 Years Ago
        You should go away. You don't like anything, anyway.
        Justin Campanale
        • 3 Years Ago
        And tantareanujellob's failed trolling continues...on another account!
        Robert
        • 3 Years Ago
        VWfailsagain's posts on AB are about as deep as a puddle on a sidewalk. Don't waste your time trying educate the guy, you will only waste your time. Ignore the troll.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Smiley
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone needs to stop Gilles soon. He has already destroyed the new charger SRT8 and Jeep SRT8, mostly ignoring owner input. He is working on destroying the Viper by making it more mainstream and user friendly, two things the Viper was known for not being. Now he is looking to expand his screw ups across the entire line. Gilles looks like a nice person but he's headed in the wrong direction.
        jayhawkjeeper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        The viper is gone dude...
          Robert
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jayhawkjeeper
          As has been reported here at Autoblog and many other sites the new Viper will be released in 2012 as a model year 2013. While nothing Smiley wrote is near the truth according to current auto journalists and people who have driven the new SRTs he is right about the fact Gilles is heading up work on the new Viper model. If his work on the other SRTs are any indication it will be a huge win for Dodge.
      boss hog
      • 3 Years Ago
      SRT really did a great job removing all those STI badges.
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet! The SRT model should drop the gas motor and do something high performance like a futuristic sounding and powerful AC induction motor.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        So who wants to put down a bet that Dan Hendrickson was banned and now this is his other name?
        soundbargaming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        So downrank instant torque? I'm glad Porsche didn't think like this blog when it was designing the 918 Spyder or Tesla when it designed the Roadster or Model S...
          m
          • 3 Years Ago
          @soundbargaming
          Want instant torque? Drop the clutch. While electric motors do generally have some response advantage over liquid fueled powerplants, this advantage comes NOWHERE CLOSE to making up for all their shortcomings. A slight disadvantage in response can be worked around with driving technique. A tremendous disadvantage in specific energy and specific power cannot be overcome. Electric drive has no place in a sports car. And before you ask: No, I don't consider the Tesla Roadster a sports car. If I can't take it to a track day and run at 9/10ths for a full session with full power available the whole time, it's not a sports car. It's a toy.
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        How about no.
          soundbargaming
          • 3 Years Ago
          @tinted up
          One ride in a Roadster will change your mind forever, believe me.
        DrSandman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        Hope you have a long extension cord.
          soundbargaming
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrSandman
          For daily driving it should be fine, charge it over night. Not a big deal.
          Ace Convoy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrSandman
          Evangelion comes to mind..........................*ahem*
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @soundbargaming
        This is a C-segment car!!! The Tesla Roadster and 918 Spyder are SUBSTANTIALLY more expensive than what someone would pay for a hotted up entry level vehicle. If you charge 30k+ you are wiping out the main core of the target market for this vehicle. The WHOLE IDEA is to have cheap speed and thrills. You put a HiPo electric drive train in the Speed3 for instance and I would bet it would be at least 10k more expensive than it currently is.
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