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How Bad Is This News?

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Mopar fans may need to sit down for this one, as allegations claiming that the disbanding of the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) engineering team have been confirmed. The news comes just a few weeks after FCA officially merged with France’s PSA Groupe, in order to form a constellation of automotive brands known as Stellantis.

“All of the core elements of the SRT performance engineering team have been integrated into our company’s global engineering organization”, a spokeswoman for Stellantis told Mopar Insiders. “This action will have the two-way benefit of ensuring that our brands’ SRT and performance-focused product offerings continue to meet the highest quality standards and expectations while delivering key learnings from motorsports and other high-performance-technology applications across a wider mix of our company’s product lines”.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Image copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

And yet, it seems that with the dissolution of the high-profile performance engineering team doesn’t actively mean that there won’t be future Dodge//SRT-branded products.

“These products have delighted enthusiasts for nearly two decades, and Stellantis will continue to sell and develop the next generation of Dodge//SRT-branded vehicles, as well as Jeep and Ram vehicles that utilize high-performance SRT technology,” the spokeswoman continued in the report.

When internal shakeups affecting performance teams happen, word tends to get out. And it tends to make enthusiasts worry. Recall last year’s news that General Motors reassigned many members of the Corvette engineering team to focus on electric vehicles. Or, prior to that, when leaders of the Chevrolet Camaro engineering team were pulled into other programs.

Perhaps engineering team members of the division moving to other Stellantis programs could help improve products across the board, leaning into some of the knowledge that comes along with developing performance muscle cars like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Maybe this means the Chrysler Pacifica will eventually get a Hellcat V8. We’re joking, of course, but here’s to hoping.

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Dodge Durango SRT, Dodge Charger SRT, and Dodge Challenger SRT. Image via Stellantis.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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  1. Horrible news on the surface. Can only hope this is later seen as a positive with higher horsepower across more vehicles.

  2. Say goodbye to your fake news SRT is alive and well the engineers are needed in other groups for new designs thier expertise is required. SRT vehicles will still be available. You don’t need the same people to make the same formula

  3. Must be the new green deal. Unless people band together the collector car sell off will be worse than the 1929 stock market crash. The elites want all of us to ride around in micro cars.

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