Good news, Dodge fans: Ralph Gilles, head of Chrysler’s SRT brand (and former head of Dodge) has let slip that a replacement for the Magnum station wagon is a very real possibility. Built from 2004 through 2008, the Magnum shared Chrysler’s LX platform with the Dodge Charger and the Chrysler 300. Available with engines ranging from an anemic 2.7-liter V-6 through a fire breathing 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, the Magnum represented the rebirth of an American icon: the full-size station wagon.
Sales never lived up to expectations, and the Magnum was killed (along with the PT Cruiser Convertible, Crossfire and the Pacifica) in the early days of Chrysler’s bankruptcy. It turns out that the move wasn’t a popular one at Chrysler, and Gilles told the New York Times, “That vehicle was single handedly killed by one executive who is no longer with the company. A lot of people in the company still like that vehicle – a lot.”
Put both Mike and I down as fans of the SRT8 version, which could also make a comeback if Gilles is correct. The Magnum SRT8 is the Swiss Army Knife of the automotive world: it’s comfortable enough for a cross-country run, swallows an amazing amount of cargo and even laps racetracks at surprising velocities (for its size, of course). Bone stock, a Magnum will run a 13.76 in the quarter mile without trying particularly hard; I know, because that’s the time I turned in Mike’s Magnum SRT8 at Gainesville during this year’s One Lap of America. Plus, the Magnum has a personality that a lot of modern cars lack, something else that Gilles was quick to point out.
“With the Magnum, we owned the station wagon segment,” Giles 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.”
If Gilles is right, a whole new generation of owners may soon get that chance.
Source: New York Times Wheels