The news on Chrysler just keeps getting better.
To quickly sum up, a blogger for Forbes says,
Fiat is firmly in control of the rebounding Chrysler, which on Tuesday reported a modified operating profit of $507 million, up 177 percent from a year ago, along with a 30 percent surge in revenues. Chrysler’s worldwide sales were up 19 percent in the second quarter and its U.S. market share rose to 10.6 percent, from 9.4 percent a year ago.
On top of that, its government loans are now paid off, CEO Sergio Marchionne says he won’t mess with the company’s American culture, and there are some exciting products in the pipeline coming down from Auburn Hills.
Yes, it’s good times all around under the Pentastar. And even better times are on the way for future performance-loving Pentastar customers.
With its SRT performance brand, Chrysler hopes to take on premium rides like Land Rover (with the Grand Cherokee SRT8), BMW (with the Charger SRT8), Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz (with the 300 SRT8) and even the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (with the Challenger SRT8). With improved interiors and performance levels hell-bent on keeping up with, and beating, the competition, Chrysler’s SRT proposition looks awfully good.
And apparently, it will only get better. The current SRT mill is a 6.4-liter monster that puts out 470 hp but, if the rumors are true, that’s not quite evil enough for the SRT masterminds at Chrysler.
Later this year, the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 will reportedly be available with a supercharger that will up output to somewhere around 570 hp.
Holy rubber-melting awesome…
It’s possible the option will come in kit form (we know Chrysler isn’t afraid of offering extensive modification kits) and could also feature a new 8-speed automatic transmission to help control all the extra grunt.
For now, this extra turbocharged goodness only applies to SRT vehicles riding on the LX platform, which means the Grand Cherokee SRT8 will be left on the sidelines.
If you were in the market for a Land Rover, BMW, Cadillac or Mercedes, would an SRT8 vehicle be on your list, too? What if it cost $20K less than the competition?