Diesel SRT Likely Admits Chrysler Performance Boss

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Chief Chrysler designer and boss of the newly minted SRT performance brand stirred the social media pot last night, polling the twitterverse on reaction to a diesel-powered high-performance Chrysler product.

Getting the conversation going amongst his 4,000 followers Ralph Gilles asked, “How many out there would roll in an Diesel SRT? Which type? Thx.”

While consumers have continued to be slow to warm up to diesel-powered passenger cars, Gilles’ many enthusiast and journalist followers chimed in with ideas, ranging from a rather practical Ram diesel, to a less-likely Dart diesel, to the most likely, a diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler has already announced it will bring to market a non-SRT diesel-powered Grand Cherokee for the 2014 model year.

“I am fascinated by Diesel,” said Gilles in one tweet, following up by extolling its virtues with the following, “Torque can be addictive to canyon carver to commuter a well designed Diesel can be a weapon in real world driving plus astonishing mileage!”

Commenting that the reaction he received made him want to head straight to the lab, Gilles made a diesel-SRT model sound like a near certainty. “I think we will see a SRT Diesel in this decade,” he said. “Between Fiat & Chrysler we have lots of Potential.”

But a diesel SRT might not be the only wild project going on behind the scenes at Chrysler with Gilles poking his hornets nest of followers once again by commenting that he’d also like to see a street version of Travis Pastrana’s Global Rally Cross Dodge Dart race car.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Tin Tin on Oct 11, 2012

    hope this SRT will pass the moose test this time.

  • ChoctawPhyl55 ChoctawPhyl55 on Nov 11, 2012

    Love a Disel sedan . Father had a Disel Cadillac in the 80's awesome car mileage beat the hybrids, most of them, had comfort loaded to the top!!! Like to see again. It was affordable and really hard to find words to describe it. How long our you car makers going to let a fuel that is cheap to make cleaner and far better . Let Goverment and fuel mongrels keep dictating what is and not you are loosing profits no matter what a special group of people say. Dig up !! Strap on those boots!!' Thigh ten the belt and push on you can do it!! Be the first and the best!! Prices don't have to be crazy high the more volume sold the more profit. A good product sales it's self or have you forgot that to?! Lets do and make America strong again.