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This might upset some SRT owners, but I'm going to say it: The line is blurred because there isn't much of a difference. The SRT engineers are still behind the development of the R/T and Scat Pack models, particularly in the chassis. It's been that way for years. Nobody was upset that you could get Super track pack suspension (Bilsteins, sway bars, lower springs, etc) in a 2009 R/T 5.7L. Guess where those components came from? Now look at the 2019 R/T Scat Pack widebody. It's not called an SRT, but the SRT team made it happen, with further suspension upgrades, shock tuning, brakes, etc. They just think it will sell more if they call it an R/T.
Why is that? I think it's because in what was considered the Golden age of the muscle car, there was no SRT. From 1968-71, Scat Pack was the name that they put on the high performance Dodges. 426 Hemi, 440-6 Pack, etc. They were R/Ts and they were the top dogs. In a way, they were the SRTs of their time. Fast forward to today, things like R/T, Scat Pack, Shaker, heritage, etc. resonate with old school fans who remember that era, or are familiar with it. That's what Dodge has noticed, so they are playing the marketing game accordingly.
I'm a MOPAR nut, and I want Dodge's sales to do well. It benefits us because it gives Dodge a reason to keep investing in improvements in their lineup. The way I see it, SRT isn't a 392 engine, a hood, or even much of a brand. SRT is a team of people who make those improvements happen. Then things trickle down and improve the breed.
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// 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 392, TR-6060, Billet Silver, SPAG