SRT Boss Ralph Gilles Wants Dodge Magnum Back

Harry Lay
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2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8. DG008_011MA

It looks as though Chrysler may resurrect the Dodge Magnum. The station wagon was one of several vehicles that got axed during the dark days of Chrysler’s bankruptcy and reorganization in 2008 and 2009.

“That vehicle was single-handedly killed by one executive who is no longer with the company. He’s retired. A lot of people in the company still like that vehicle — a lot,” said Ralph Gilles, the Chrysler design chief who helped style the Magnum. “A lot of things that weren’t possible back then, now are.”

Mr. Gilles also sees the potential for the new Dodge Viper as a likely choice for an SRT version. “Also, we know we need an entry-level vehicle of some kind.”

“With the Magnum, we owned the station wagon segment,” Mr. Gilles said. “It was always a pleasure to go to car shows and trade fairs and see the number of Magnums that owners had personalized with such obvious loving care.” When asked if a sketch for a next-generation Magnum might be found in one of his sketch pad, Mr. Gilles just smile. “Stay tuned,” he said. “Great things are coming. That’s all I can say.”

[Source: Wheels]

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  • Don Wynn Don Wynn on Jul 18, 2013

    Please bring back Magnum. A great Wagon. When I purchased one of the 1st 2005 in Red to match my 55 Nomad my wife took it over (stopped driving 04 Vette). When I found out 08 was the last. I got it. We will need another new one in one or two years.

  • Lorri K. Lorri K. on Oct 24, 2015

    I bought a 2007 Dodge Magnum a fews years ago. I feel in love with it!! I traded it in for a Dodge Ram 1500 with a Hemi. My license plate still says,"MAGLUVR" though.....I would luv a new Magnum with a Hemi and about 400hp. This girl doesn't ask for much. Pretty pleaease.....

    • Kevin Yeatts Kevin Yeatts on May 11, 2016

      I traded my 2005 Magnum for a 2013 Chrysler 300 MoPar Edition. I missed my Magnum it so much that I sold the 300 back to the dealer and bought another 2005 RT. It had 88,000 miles on it and drives like a new car. Everything I missed about my original Magnum is as good as ever in this one. Love my Magnum!