Ralph Gilles

  • Ralph Gilles in "Abstract: The Art of Design"

    Ralph Gilles may be one of the most highly respected automotive designers of the modern era, but he's not just about drawing lines and shaping figures: he's a car guy. He's not just a car guy either, he's a motorsports aficionado and has quite the penchant for track days. An episode of the new Netflix documentary series "Abstract: The Art of Design" follows Gilles during the creative and design process of the Chrysler Portal concept. However, the documentary episode also dives into Gilles' motorsports background, according to Automotive News (subscription required). "I have an inner racer...

  • Chrysler Pacific Hellcat sketch - Image via Ralph Gilles
    Here’s How A Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat Might Have Looked

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has no plans to drop its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8, aka the Hellcat, into the engine bay of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, but the automaker’s top designer Ralph Gilles was game enough to draw up a quick sketch of how such a vehicle might be...

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    Ralph Gilles Named Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Design Chief

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has promoted its straight-shooting designer—and weekend racer—Ralph Gilles to the role of head of design for the group. At the same time, Gilles has also been appointed a member of FCA’s overarching Group Executive Council, led by CEO and...

  • Ralph Gilles Dodge Challenger Hellcat
    Ralph Gilles Runs Down CTS-V On Track With Challenger SRT Hellcat: Video

    Everyone who has even a little bit of blood still pumping through their veins is excited about the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It's a car with the greatest name, one of the most powerful factory-built engines on the planet, and it's wearing a sticker price that is a relative steal...

  • Ralph Gilles does a burnout in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
    Ralph Gilles Does Massive Burnout In 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat: Video

    He might not be running the SRT performance division anymore, but it’s good to see that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executive Ralph Gilles still knows exactly how to let fans know just what it means when a car is wearing the SRT badge. We’re talking about a burnout here… and a...

  • Ralph Gilles builds a Viper with Jim Lay and Tony Banks - image: Chrysler LLC
    SRT Boss Ralph Gilles Helps Build 2013 Viper

    If you needed more proof that Ralph Gilles, head of Chrysler’s SRT division, is a car-guy’s car guy, the above picture should go a long way towards settling the argument. Last Tuesday, Gilles joined the crew at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant to help build a 2013 Dodge Viper. While...

  • 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS

    It’s been close to three months since the new 2013 SRT Viper was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, and still it seems that the car is nowhere closer to reaching showrooms. That’s not entirely true as so far we’ve seen the build slot for the Viper bearing VIN #1 sell at auction, a pre-production version show up on Jay Leno’s Garage, and development of the car going ahead as planned. SRT is adamant that the car will go on sale this fall, but finding one up for sale at a dealer near you may prove difficult. Prior to its New York reveal, we said the 2013 SRT Viper...

  • 2013 Dodge SRT Viper GTS
    Interview with SRT Chief Ralph Gilles: 2012 New York Auto Show

    Chrysler stole the show in New York with the debut of the 2013 SRT Viper. The snake is back, but we wanted to know more. Ralph Gilles, CEO of SRT Brand and head of design for Chrysler Group, took the time to speak with us and answer some of our questions about the new Viper. Right off the bat, we...

  • 2012 Dodge Dart
    First Details On 2014 Dodge Dart SRT4

    The launch of the new 2013 Dodge Dart leaves the SRT performance division with a credible option to finally build a successor to the Dodge Neon SRT4 cult classic from the early 2000s. The boss of SRT Ralph Gilles has already hinted at such a car, and no, this one isn’t expected to be like...

  • 2013 Dodge Viper test-mule spy shots
    2013 Dodge Viper May Skip Detroit In Favor Of New York Debut

    The 2013 SRT Viper has been revealed. Click here for all the official details. We know the new 2013 Dodge Viper will bow in next year, we just don’t know exactly when. While most are expecting the new Viper to debut at Dodge’s hometown event, next month's 2012 Detroit Auto Show, we may...

  • 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 Dealer Exclusive Program
    2013 Dodge Viper Has Supplier Issues But Remains On Track For Debut Next Year

    The 2013 Dodge Viper, the third iteration of the iconic American supercar, is on track for a debut early next year, most likely at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The information was revealed recently by Ralph Gilles, the new head of Chrysler’s standalone SRT performance division and current...

  • 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10
    Ralph Gilles: 2013 Dodge Viper Inspired By “Naked Woman On The Beach”

    We already know that the Dodge Viper will return in the summer of 2012 as a 2013 model, packing a brand new engine and a softer and more forgiving chassis. However, apart from those tentative details there’s not too much else known about the latest generation of Chrysler’s homegrown...

  • 2011 Chrysler 300

    Chrysler is in a process of rejuvenating its product lineup, releasing new or updated versions of almost its entire lineup over the next couple of years. We’ve already seen significant new models like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 200 and stylish Chrysler 300 sedan, but there are several other models in the pipeline, the design of which are being overseen by Chrysler’s senior vice president of product design Ralph Gilles. One distinction the new models will have over current Chrysler products is that they will be riding much lower, aiding fuel economy, handling...

  • 2010 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR-X
    Ralph Gilles Confirms 2013 Dodge Viper

    The Dodge Viper died a quick and ignominious death shortly after Fiat partnered with Chrysler, though even then there was talk that the car would be revived for 2012. With production at the car’s Conner Avenue assembly plant finally coming to an end earlier this year, all eyes have shifted...

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