Hellcat vs. SRT: What You Need to Know

Unpacking the letters, numbers, official model designations, and option packages for Dodge’s high-performance fleet is a monumental task. We’re unsurprised when someone, bedazzled by it all, wants a little clarity. We get it. Let’s see if we can unravel some of the mystery without creating more questions than answers if you’re going to buy a Dodge.

What Is Dodge SRT?

SRT is an acronym for “Street and Racing Technology.” A working group within the Dodge brand, SRT developed high-performance vehicles for Dodge and across the Mopar landscape (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram). SRT had a hand in vehicles as diverse as the Dodge Neon SRT-4, Chrysler 300 SRT-8, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8. However, SRT focused most of its efforts on the Dodge brand. Its roots trace back to the skunkworks group Team Viper, which developed the Viper that Dodge launched as a 1992 model.

Matriculating through a few letter designations before settling on the SRT moniker in 2004, this high-performance group even achieved status as its own division under the Chrysler umbrella in 2013. The Viper was marketed as the SRT Viper during the SRT division’s brief history. By 2014, Chrysler folded SRT into Dodge. 

PRO TIP: When an SRT badge appears on a vehicle, it signifies elevated performance. SRT is an engineering effort focused on enhancing specific models’ acceleration, braking, and handling. If a model doesn’t include SRT in its name, it’s not an SRT.

What Sets SRT Apart?

SRT-branded vehicles are more than ground-pounding engines. According to a Dodge spokesperson, they also display road-hugging handling, stop-on-a-dime braking, aggressive but functional exteriors, and jaw-dropping interiors. Moreover, they earned their SRT stripes with SRT-specific testing on drag strips, road courses, and city streets.

What Happened to SRT?

Officially, Dodge disbanded the SRT performance group as the company works on transitioning to electric vehicles from models with an internal combustion engine (ICE). However, fear not; the parent company, Stellantis, assures us that all the SRT engineers remain in the company, applying their performance craft within the Global engineering group. Although the SRT group is history, the SRT designation is alive and well within Stellantis, signifying boosted performance.

What Is the Dodge SRT Hellcat?

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat liftgate badge.

The Dodge SRT Hellcat was an SRT-enhanced version of the Dodge Charger (4-door) and Dodge Challenger (2-door). So, it really isn’t SRT or Hellcat at all. There was no Charger SRT or Challenger SRT model. Most recently, SRT created the Charger and Challenger versions known as the Hellcat and the Hellcat Redeye. They include SRT in their names and badging. In the past, Stellantis created other SRT Charger and Challenger models.

Dodge took the Charger and Challenger, as we have known them, out of production at the end of the 2023 model year. With them went their SRT versions, as well. Dodge recently announced an all-new 2-door 2024 Dodge Charger powered by an all-electric, two-motor powertrain or a 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder twin-turbo engine.  

PRO TIP: Although Dodge discontinued building the 4-door Charger and the Challenger beginning in 2024, new 2023 models remain available at many Dodge dealerships.

SRT Cars, SUVs, and Trucks

We’ve compiled a list of 12 SRT vehicles, past and present.

Model Run SRT Vehicle
2002-2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4
2004-2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10
2011-2015 Chrysler 300 SRT-8
2015-2018 Dodge Charger SRT 392
2015-2018 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
2017-2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
2015-2023 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat/SRT Hellcat Redeye
2015-2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat/SRT Hellcat Redeye
2014-2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

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