Chrysler Group has been on a roll lately. All brands are showing steady growth. And there is a lot of new or refreshed Chrysler product hitting the market this year. Now comes the news of the SRT brand getting their hands on the latest 3.0 liter diesel engine which just has been announced for the 2014 Ram 1500 and the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The word is that SRT will tune the EcoDiesel V6 engine to nearly 350 horsepower and around 550 ft-lbs of torque. Which SRT vehicle to get this efficient torque monster? The 2014 SRT Viper Diesel!
Yes, the CAFE fuel efficiency standards for fleets apply to all brands, even SRT. And the folks at the Street Racing Technology are addressing the pressing economy standards with a high performance diesel. Tuning diesels is nothing new, and diesels have been known to win a few races. Remember all the Le Mans victories by the Audi R15 TDI diesel racers? A Diesel Viper sounds like a strange proposition, but it could be a very successful marriage. The engineers at SRT will have to massage the 3.0 liter V6 turbo diesel and make it as short as possible, so that it fits under Viper’s hood. The V6 should sit closer to the center of the car, allowing for better overall weight distribution. Could it be possible that a diesel Viper would be an even better handler?
We can’t wait to learn more details about the 2014 SRT Viper Diesel. What will be the final power numbers? What will be the 0-60 MPH times and the MPGs?
Please enjoy this TFLcar video 0-60 MPH test of the 2013 SRT Viper.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or scouring the internet and other media for various automotive, mechanical, and computer related information.