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2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8

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The SRT8 version of the current-generation Chrysler 300 was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show and came up with a series of improvements over the base version. The most interesting part was, of course, the powerful HEMI engine, but next to it the SRT8 version also added a more aggressive exterior look, a lowered ride height, and high-performance suspension and brakes.

According to Chrysler , the 300 SRT8 pays tribute to the original 300 launched back in 1955: it is simple, features strong lines, excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding performance.

Still, despite what Chrysler may think, the 300 SRT8 looks outdated to some customers and its flaws simply stand out in the SRT lineup. The biggest flaw of them all is that very dated five-speed automatic transmission.

For the 2013 model year, Chrysler also offers a 300 SRT8 Core version, which deletes some content to help attract buyers with a tighter budget.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8.

Exterior

Chrysler 300 SRT8

Just like with any other SRT model, pbuyers can easily distinguish the 2013 300 SRT8 from the rest of the 300 lineup by its exterior look. It receives black-chrome upper and lower grille surrounds, rear valance stripes up front. On the rear, it features a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 deck-lid badge with black accent.

For the 2013 model year, customers will have nine exterior colors to choose from:

  • Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat
  • Bright White Clear Coat
  • Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat
  • Gloss Black Clear Coat
  • Granite Crystal Pearl Coat
  • Ivory Pearl Tri-coat
  • Jazz Blue Pearl Coat
  • Pewter Grey Pearl Coat (late availability)
  • Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl

Dimensions:

Ground Clearance - at curb weight - Running Ground Clearance4.3 In.
Overall Body Width74.2 In.
Overall Height58.2 In.
Overall Length200.3 In.
Overhang - Front34.5 In.
Overhang - Rear42.4 In.
Track - Front63.4 In.
Track - Rear63.1 In.
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Left38.9 Feet
Turning Diameter - curb-to-curb - Right38.9 Feet
Wheelbase120.2 In.

Standard Exterior Features:

  • Body-Color Exterior Mirrors
  • Dedicated Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Adaptive Bi-Xenon HID Headlamps
  • Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control
  • Fog Lamps
  • Center High-Mount Stop Lamp
  • Security Alarm
  • Black Headlamp Bezels
  • Bright Surround / Gloss Black Grille
  • Body-Color Fascias
  • Body-Color Door Handles
  • Lower Body Side Cladding
  • Chrysler Wing Badge with Black Accent
  • Rear Body-Color Spoiler

Interior

Chrysler 300 SRT8

For the interior, Chrysler combines luxury with performance-oriented technology. A 300 SRT8 driver enjoys a leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel with paddle shift controls for ripping through the gears comfortably as you tackle even the toughest of roads.

Customers can opt for carbon-fiber trim on the instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel, while an optional Performance Package adds timers for 0 to 60 mph, eighth-mile and quarter-mile times, 60 to 0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal g-forces.

The 300 SRT8 comes with a standard 8.4-inch color touchscreen display that shows details on the steering angle, horsepower and torque outputs. Buyers can order the interior in a two-tone black and Radar Red combination, while an optional Premium Leather Interior Package adds Poltrona Frau "Foligno" leather-wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels.

Dimensions:

Cargo Capacity (Trunk)16.3 cubic-feet
Head Room - Front38.6 In.
Head Room - Rear37.9 In.
Hip Room - Front56.2 In.
Hip Room - Rear56.1 In.
Leg Room - Front41.8 In.
Leg Room - Rear40.1 In.
Passenger Interior Volume106.3 cubic-feet
Seating Capacity - Maximum Seating5
Seating Capacity - Standard Seating5
Shoulder Room - Front59.5 In.
Shoulder Room - Rear57.7 In.
Trunk Lift-Over Height30.1 In.

Standard features:

  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
  • Performance Tuned Steering
  • SRT Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Tilt / Telescoping Steering Column
  • Remote Start System
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Paddle Shifters

Drivetrain

Chrysler 300 SRT8

Under the hood, the 300 SRT8 gets a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, which is a little "blah" on this type of car.

Fortunately , Chrysler fitted the 300 SRT8 with a few drive modes to help you better tune the way it responds in various situations. First of all, there are the two main transmission modes: "Drive" and "Manual." The former allows the transmission to shift exactly how Chrysler tuned it from the factory, which makes driving a more pleasant experience. Shifting the transmission into "Manual" mode activates the shifter paddles, allowing you to test out the entire rev band of that HEMI engine and push the 300 SRT8 to its limits.

For being a nasty naturally aspirated V-8 muscle car, the 300 SRT8 is relatively thrifty at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The latter number is thanks to Chrysler’s Fuel Saver Technology — disabling four cylinder under certain conditions — and a active exhaust valve system on this HEMI powerplant. Chrysler advertises the 300 SRT8 at "just under 5 seconds" to 60 mph, but independent testing puts it way under that mark at 4.7 seconds. Additionally, the 300 SRT8’s 175 mph top speed is something that few sedans in this price range will ever see.

Drivetrain Specifications

Displacement, cu. in. (cu. cm.)392 (6,417)
Bore x Stroke4.09 x 3.72 (103.9 x 94.5)
Valve SystemPushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with sodium-filled
exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves,16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips
Fuel InjectionSequential, multi-port, electronic, returnless; automatic features Fuel Saver mode
ConstructionDeep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps,aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio10.9:1
Power (SAE J2723)470 hp (351 kW) at 6,000 rpm
Torque (SAE J2723)470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) at 4,300 rpm
Max. Engine Speed6,400 rpm (electronically limited)
Exhaust TypeDual 2.75-in. active exhaust with dual 4-in. round tips
Fuel RequirementPremium 91 octane (R+M)/2 — recommended
EPA Fuel Economy mpg (city/hwy)14/23
Acceleration (0-60 mph)< 5 Sec.
Top Speed175 MPH

Suspension and Brakes

Chrysler 300 SRT8

The 2013 300 SRT8 is offered with standard 20-inch lightweight forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in three- or four-season Goodyear tires. A high-performance braking system with 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted in silver finish handle the braking duties. There is also a Ready Alert Braking system that anticipates when the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake stop.

Prices

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is priced from $49,250.

Options

Dual-Pane Panoramic roof$1,495
Black Painted roof$1,500
Black Chrome Group$795
Laguna Leather Package$1,495
Safety Tec$1,995
Harman Kardon Audio$1,995
Leather interior group$2,500

Competitors

Ford Taurus SHO

Ford Taurus SHO

The newest generation Taurus SHO was unveiled at the 2011 New York Auto Show and proved to be better than ever.

The 2013 Taurus SHO is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that produces 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

This output might be a little bit less than the one delivered by the 300 SRT8, but the Taurus SHO model is a little bit cheaper, as it starts from $37,995.

Hyundai Genesis 5.0 R-Spec

Hyundai Genesis R-Spec

The R-Spec is the most powerful version offered for the Genesis luxury sedan. It is powered by a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engine that produces 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

Despite delivering pretty much the same output level as the 300 SRT8, the Genesis R-Spec is considerable cheaper with a starting price of $33,800.

Conclusion

Chrysler’s recipe to develop the 300 SRT8 was pretty simple. It took a standard 300 and stuffed it with some SRT goodies, like that powerful HEMI V-8 engine, upgraded brakes and an impressive suspension system. The only problem is that the recipe is not the best mix available, as the 300 SRT SRT 8 lacks that aggressive look required by a SRT model and that five-speed auto is something you’d see in the mid-2000s.

LOVE IT
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Highly equipped interior
LEAVE IT
  • A little bit expensive
  • Not the best cornering capacities
  • Awaiting Chrysler’s nine-speed gearbox

Press Release

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 sedan is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline-filled excitement, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and innovative features to get it. With head turning designs inside and out, the 300 SRT8 provides the ultimate combination of world-class luxury, power and handling.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

Chrysler 300 SRT8

The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evoked a strong comparison to the original high-performance production car of its time – the 1955 Chrysler 300. Known for simple, strong lines, excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding performance with the first modern American V-8 engine to produce 300 horsepower, the first Chrysler 300 (C-300) was styled by Virgil Exner, who radically redesigned the entire Chrysler line and created what they called "The Forward Look" in 1955. Without much chrome on the sides, his designs were simple, but strong. Exner is credited with creating the illusion of fast, forward movement.

The Chrysler C-300 won on both the road course and the “flying mile” at Daytona in 1955. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events again. In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR competition in 1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship in both years. A legendary and luxurious performance car was born. The “letter cars” quickly became the most desirable of the Chrysler lineup and became known as the “Beautiful Brutes.”

Awe-inspiring powertrain

Chrysler 300 SRT8

Under the hood of the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque.

The high torque output allows for inspired standing starts and straight-line performance while performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.

On the highway, up to 23 mpg is achieved by use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. The active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

The proven five-speed automatic transmission is controlled through standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters or the center-console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.

In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen – either “Normal” or “Track”. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Track” mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the shifting schedule.

Outstanding ride, handling and capability

Chrysler 300 SRT8

New for 2013 is an improved adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system that is expanded to three modes and tuned specifically for the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to offer a compliant and comfortable ride on the street yet easily can be switched to handle on-track conditions.

In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and longitudinal/lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.

In “Sport” mode, the damping system rebound and compression is locked to a higher damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between settings with a press of a button on the center stack to quickly change the shock damping characteristics from “Auto” for everyday commuting to “Sport” for more spirited driving situations.

In “Track” mode, the higher damping rates combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick.

A new for 2013, standard launch control system helps maximize straight-line acceleration.

When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver engages the system by pressing the ESC button twice and then with their foot securely on the brake, quickly applies full throttle. Launch control holds the engine at optimal launch rpm (1,825) and waits for the driver to release the brake. Launch control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).

The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system uses a heavy-duty pump and unique gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

Seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and available three- or four-season Goodyear tires provide great looks with fun-to-drive performance and handling.

Benchmark braking

Chrysler 300 SRT8

SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class stopping power and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted in silver finish.

The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver quickly releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake stop, after which the electronic stability control pump engages to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.

Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of wind tunnel designed brake cooling ducts that direct airflow to the vented rotors for consistent stopping power.

Aggressive and functional exterior

Chrysler 300 SRT8

An SRT exclusive front fascia has a modern, yet timeless appearance that is carried through the grille and Chrysler wing badge. The black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds, rear valance strip and SRT-exclusive, Black Vapor Chrome wheels are part of the available Black Chrome Package.

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 sits a half inch lower than non-SRT models and features SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in matching body color for the “planted” look of a true sports sedan. Standard wheels are seven-spoke, 20 x 9 inch, fully forged aluminum with polished face and painted sparkle silver. The available fully forged, Black Vapor Chrome aluminum wheels are the same seven-spoke, 20 x 9-inch design.

Nine exterior colors for 2013 include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Gloss Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Ivory Pearl Tri-coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pewter Grey Pearl Coat (late availability) and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.

The rear includes a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 deck-lid badge with black accent.

Race-inspired and high-performance interior

Chrysler 300 SRT8

The interior environment combines world-class luxury accommodations with performance-oriented technology and appointments.

A leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel features a unique satin chrome rim section with a flattened bottom surface showing the SRT logo. Standard paddle shift controls flank both sides of the contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.

For the high-performance look, real carbon fiber interior trim pieces are integrated into the instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel and racing style brake and gas pedal pads are standard.

The full-color graphic EVIC with exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, 60-0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal g-forces within the touchscreen display.

The instrument panel’s 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to include steering angle, horsepower and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.

The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active headrests with the SRT logo embroidered in the seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.

Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on armrests to match the seats.

The interior is available with two-tone black and Radar Red treatment including Radar Red door armrests, center console armrest and Nappa leather seats with Axis perforated suede inserts and silver accent stitching throughout.

The available Premium Leather Interior Package offers Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather-wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels. Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.

Safety and security

Chrysler 300 SRT8

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.

Chrysler brand’s signature SafetyTec Group is available on the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and packages many available features including adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp.

In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.

Connectivity and Infotainment

Chrysler 300 SRT8

The state-of-the-art Uconnect Media Center 8.4N system provides all of the next-generation mobile infotainment and multimedia items to keep passengers connected between any destinations. With the segment’s largest standard touchscreen display (8.4 inches), the easy-to-use system delivers world-class functionality with an intuitive user interface that was benchmarked against the best E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America.

Segment-exclusive Garmin navigation on the premium Uconnect Media Center 8.4N model provides easy-to-use maps, lane guidance and more than 6 million points of interest. SiriusXM Travel Link on the premium Uconnect Media Center 8.4N provides real-time weather, fuel prices, sports scores and movie theater information to make any trip more efficient and fun. SiriusXM Traffic provides real-time traffic reports where available.

Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Media Center, steering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver.

The Chrysler 300 SRT8 features an available 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman Kardon. The system offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt Tracking Power Supply (TPS) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.

The system uses GreenEdge technology speaker and amplifier technology to offer superior sound quality and high sound pressure level outputs with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent, representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases. The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched to the amplifier output.

The system’s 19 GreenEdge ultra lightweight, high-efficiency speakers include:

Seven 3.5-inch Unity Coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters located in the front dash, rear doors and rear deck
Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
One 10-inch subwoofer in the rear deck

SRT Track Experience

Chrysler 300 SRT8

Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge, skills and safety on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $47,820 (plus $995 destination).

About SRT
The Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.



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