All it takes is a moment or two pondering Chrysler's high performance SRT lineup to put a smile on our faces. After all, the entire lineup was given a makeover in the past few months, complete with a new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that pumps out 470 pavement-punishing horsepower.

Newly named SRT brand CEO Ralph Gilles is lucky enough to have the best seat in the house to oversee the development of the brand. Gilles sat down in front of the cameras to talk SRT, and the good folks at Chrysler popped the results into YouTube for your enjoyment.

Hit the jump to check out the moving pictures. If you're not inclined to tune in for Gilles and his unbridled passion for all things SRT, then do it for the beautiful b-roll of Chrysler's performance lineup in action.



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      ACSRHS
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like Gilles. I admire the fact that he's an actual car guy and not some suited up exec who just cares about making money. I also appreciate that Chrysler is keeping RWD alive and kicking for the most part. Great cars man.
      JaredN
      • 3 Years Ago
      In general, I think the phrase "performance SUV" is a contradiction in terms. But of those four vehicles, I like styling of the Jeep Grand Cherokee the best.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JaredN
        How is it a contradiction? Why can't you have versatility with performance? Because that's what comes with the GC SRT/8. Being a new avid bike rider, I'd want this. I hate putting down the seats while trying to Tetris the bike into the trunk of my Mustang. So I would love to have something fast, but have enough room in the back to haul around stuff. It's also cheaper than it's German and British competitors (Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, ML63, BMW X5M, and Land Rover Range Rover Sport SC).
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          It's simply that time and time again you have shown that you are an uninformed moron. I haven't gone and "researched" your comments, but when I see your name, I subconsciously same to myself, "Oh, this will be good". No one wants to hear your dibble. Shut up and retire your keyboard...
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Leave it to TruthHertz to label someone a troll lol... By the way, how do M's balls taste?
      sqparadox
      • 3 Years Ago
      It all sounds like a great video with a great message but it somehow rings false when 3 out of the 4 SRT vehicles he is talking about are only offered with a 5-speed slushbox. I really hope someone tells me I'm wrong on this, but as far as I know only the Challenger SRT8 is offered with a manual transmission, on top of being the only 6-speed of the bunch. Gilles talks up rear drive as if it's the end all and be all but fails to make any mention of the gearbox sapping power before it even gets to the wheels. I know not all automatics are bad, but I am squarely prejudiced against them. I've just lived with terrible slushboxes long enough to be praying for the day of their eventual demise. I find any use an automatic in a performance car simply sickening. Even Austin Martin's use of automatics disturbs me. It wouldn't be nearly as bad if it was at least a 6-speed, and not trying to pass 8 year old tech as if it's new and innovative. Give me a good old manual, a dual-clutch, or even an SMG; your slushbox has no place here. I like SRT and think they make some good cars, I just don't get all the torque-converter love. If they can put the Tremec 6060 into the Challenger, why isn't it at least offered, if not the only option, in the Charger, 300, or Grand Cherokee, even though they all use the same engine? The 300 I can understand, even the Grand Cherokee, but what's the excuse for not offering the Charger with a manual? I can only hope that the upcoming Giulietta-based SRT will at least port over the platform's dual-clutch, or better yet offer a tried and true 6-speed manual.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sqparadox
        Chrysler will begin importing the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission in 2013. Most people who drive a Chrysler 300 SRT or a Grand Cherokee SRT prefer an automatic transmission. A lot of people who drive a Charger SRT have families and appreciate having four doors and an auto.
      mchlrus1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love watching the 300 drift, its almost magical. I think I'll trade in my 06 TL...maybe, for a Grand Cherokee v6 4x4 with all the goodies.
        mchlrus1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mchlrus1
        if anyone has been keeping track...yes we have 6 vehicles in totalé
      Tyler
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet lineup. I love Ralph :B
      Finklestein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take a company that exudes all the worst things about American cars (heavy, slow, bad fuel economy, unreliable) and fuse that with the well-known unreliability of an Italian car company like Fiat and voila! Welcome to the modern day Dodge/Chrysler. I know that Dodge is trying to pull off this whole tough guy, "look at me and my big Hemi" attitude but nothing is tough about having to be rescued by a company that makes the automotive version of a Vespa. Keep trying, Dodge, you still have no clue.
        Slaw
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Finklestein
        Oh I know! Fiat is SO TERRIBLE. I can't stand their Ferraris or their Maseraties! I would NEVER drive one of those cars. They're totally unreliable! I would absolutely hate driving an Alfa when I could buy an amazing Camry! Forget the Fiat 500, I'll take a Honda Fit! Gorgeous! Finkelstein, you sir, are a turd.
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Finklestein
        i think i've read this rant somewhere
      • 3 Years Ago
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        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        Go swallow a bowling ball and wash it down with antifreeze.
      Finklestein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take a company that exudes all the worst things about American cars (heavy, slow, bad fuel economy, unreliable) and fuse that with the well-known unreliability of an Italian car company like Fiat and voila! Welcome to the modern day Dodge/Chrysler. I know that Dodge is trying to pull off this whole tough guy, look at me and my big Hemi attitude but nothing is tough about having to be rescued by a company that makes the automotive version of a Vespa. Keep trying, Dodge, you still have no clue.
        Kyle
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Finklestein
        Chrysler is literally a completely new company, so comparing it do DCX or Chrysler under Cerberus rule is moot. And when's the last time you've stepped inside a Fiat? never? That's what I thought. I've got a feeling you're a bowtie fanboy who's jealous of all the positive attention Chrysler Corp. has been getting lately. And there's a reason Dodge wants to appeal to the emotions of the buyer.... people mostly make decisions based on emotions, not logic. Until you've actually been inside these vehicles and their few competitors, YOU have no clue.
          Lankysean
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kyle
          All the new Dodge/Chrysler cars look great, but I'm not sure 1 generation of goodness is enough to remove peoples memories of the last 10 years of crap they put out. But, if Ford can do it I have a feeling Chrysler and Dodge can make a comeback too. It's just going to take a LOT of work.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im sorry the Srt8 Cherokee looks like crap.
      Smiley
      • 3 Years Ago
      Vote my post down all you want. I've had two Vipers and some jeeps and Ralph is taking SRT in the wrong direction. The new SRT8 lineup is boring. The only exception is the 300. He is going to destroy the new Viper with nanny gadgets. When he was quoted as wanting to target Porsche and Corvette customers that was all I needed to hear. Car guy or not, nice guy or not, that is fundamentally against what the Viper stands for. The Viper was never an alternative to those cars. It was always in a class of its own. I really hope I am wrong. But after looking at the terrible wheels, heavy weight, and small HP bump of the Jeep SRT8 I don't hold much hope. Someone else mentioned it recently. bring Bob Lutz back. He didn't please the corporate bean counters. He was all business. Ralph seems like a nice guy but is too dorky.
        Mallard
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Destroy the Viper with nanny gadgets? Like what? Traction control and stability control? I got news for you, but these are not some idea Ralph came up with, it's mandated by NHTSA. To sell a car in the US they have to have it. Like all SRT products, there is a button to turn all of these 'nanny's' off. I, for one, love the new SRT products. The 6.4L is much more fun to drive than the 6.1L. After driving a 6.4 the old 6.1 feels slow. I think the Charger, 300, Challenger, and Jeep are all natural progressions of the originals, and all around much better cars.
          ACSRHS
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mallard
          Yes very well said indeed.
        edgardocamposmota
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smiley
        Stability and traction control are mandated by the government. Not Ralph Gilles. And you haven't even seen the Viper yet, so what makes you think you can judge a car that hasn't even came out yet.
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody wanna bet Ralph is driving one of those cars? After seeing how much he loves doing smokey burnouts in a Jay Leno's Garage video with the Challenge SRT/8 392, he seems like the typical car guy you would meet at a local car meet.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
        Want to bet Marchionne is driving several of these cars? I think they can make SRT stand as a premium brand of it's own. Chrysler has a far better chance of that than Ford does of resurrecting Lincoln especially if they can make these 3 or 4 of the C-Evo cars into good SRT's. BTW, these RWD SRT cars will be a great basis for future Maseratis
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          The 300/Charger are not and never have been an old Mercedes chassis. A chassis is not a steering column, tranny and rear suspension bits that had to be altered. There is nohting else that is interchangeable to Mercedes - not the brakes, floorpan, gas tank, exhaust, front crossmemeber, strut towers - nothing.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          I don't think Maser is going to want to use an old Mercedes-Benz chassis, even though it's been modified from its original form.
      Kristinn Jonasson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I´m saving up for all of them ! Now bring back a Neon SRT-4
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