By Patrick Rall
According to the folks at Automobile Magazine, Chrysler
Group CEO Sergio Marchionne has indicated that the next era of Street and
Racing Technology (SRT) vehicles will include the Dodge Journey SRT6 in
addition to the Dodge Dart SRT4.
Little is known now about the Dodge Journey SRT6 right now
but with the introduction of a new platform featuring both front- and all-wheel
drive for the Journey CUV, SRT will take their shot at making a rare high
We would expect that the Dodge Journey SRT6 would feature a
V6 engine, most likely a highly tuned version of the Pentastar V6. I have
spoken with an individual with access to engine testing with the Chrysler Group
and he has confirmed that there has been testing with the Pentastar V6 with a
supercharger, a single turbocharger and a twin turbocharger induction setup. He could not provide any concrete power
numbers but he assured me that the twin turbocharged Pentastar would make a
great deal more power than the 3.5L EcoBoost twin turbo V6 that makes 365
horsepower in a variety of Ford and Lincoln products.
Should the Chrysler Group have a twin turbocharged Pentastar
V6 that makes somewhere in the area of 400 to 450 horsepower, the Dodge Journey
SRT6 would be in a class all of its own.
Combined with the advanced all wheel drive and suspension system used in
the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, this boosted Pentastar could make the Journey
SRT6 a crossover that could take on competitors from BMW’s M division and
Mercedes Benz’ AMG division – at a fraction of the price.