Chrysler has introduced new versions of its 300 and Dodge Charger sedans for 2011 but there won’t be any high-performance SRT8 models to go along with them, according to latest reports. This means that in 2011 there will be just one of Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology prepped vehicles, the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

Speaking with Inside Line, Chrysler spokesman Jiyan Cadiz explained that the automaker was shrinking its performance lineup to focus on more mainstream models, or the “meat of the market”.

"Based on our launch cadence, we wanted to attack the meat of the market," Cadiz said. "(The SRT8 models) traditionally have been the most expensive (in the lineup)."

Reflecting this strategy was yesterday’s pricing announcement for the new 2011 Chrysler 300, which comes onto market with a lower starting price than the 2010 model and just four trim levels: the Chrysler 300, 300 Limited, 300C and 300C AWD.

Fans of the SRT division shouldn’t be too saddened, however. Last year prototypes for a Dodge Charger SRT8 and a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 were spotted, suggesting that new performance models are in the works but not due until sometime next year or beyond.

[Inside Line]