Very good write up..as I am a tech for Dodge and have driven them all plus I own a 2010 SRT. Its really hard to justify trading a 2010 SRT for a 2012 or 13, there is some nice refinements but not enough to take a huge hit trading it in.You can do some small mods to the 6.1 to make it run almost as strong as a 392 aka exhaust,tuner,180 stat,and CAI will help it a ton
Everything you have said here is FALSE (IMO).
I traded from a 2010 SRT to a 2012 392 and it was the most worthwhile trade-up i've EVER made with ANY of my cars!
While I'll agree, taking a "huge hit" is not a good idea (depending on what your definition of "huge" is and what kind of deal you can arrange).
If you can make the switch but you're going to lose a couple grand or whatever, it's still worth it.
As far as modding the 6.1 to make it run "almost as strong" as the 392... I had a true CAI (long tube, fender drawn air) 3" cat-back, diablosport predator with 93 Octane tune, throttle boost cranked to 20, 180 tstat and while the car was improved it was still LEAGUES behind the 392 (which is why I got fed up and traded it once and for all).
I did months of research and came to the conclusion that the only thing that was going to boost performance anywhere near where I wanted it to be consisted of tearing apart the engine and either camming it, polishing and porting everything and I wasn't willing to put that kind of money into it or tear a motor apart with warranty.
Even if I had spent the money to upgrade, I still would miss the keyless door handles/trunk, the new steering wheel, the redesigned cluster, the updated myGIG, the changes to how the seats fold forward, the WPA sexy-time wheels and my love affair with Header Orange.
Like I said, most worth-while thing i've ever done and you couldn't pay me to go back to a 6.1L.
Disclaimer: I'm not saying 6.1L's are BAD so don't take offence.