Alongside the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" , Chrysler also brought a “Core” version for the 300 SRT8 to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Just like the Challenger model, the new 300 SRT8 Core version is also considerably cheaper than the standard 300 SRT8: $43,995 vs. $47,995.
Just like with the Challenger SRT8 "Core" version, the new 300 SRT8 Core has also been inspired by models like Charger SRT 8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The new 300 "Core" Edition receives special badges on the front fender, a set of upgraded wheels and on the inside, seating surfaces with the same "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.
The $4k difference in the car’s price is given by the lack of all those fancy features you may have been used too, as the new Core editions were specially designed "with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind."
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core.
Distinguishing a the new Core version from the standard 300 SRT8 model will be a little bit difficult, mainly because the biggest difference is the special "6.4L" badge on the front fenders and a new set of wheels with black-painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers.
Customers can choose between eight exterior colors: 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 and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.
A few updates have also been made on the interior and they are limited to the addition of new seating surfaces, featuring the same premium "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper. There will also be dark slate gray "Axel" cloth bolsters, door bolster inserts and a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel.
Just like with the standard 300 SRT8 version, the new Core Edition is powered by a 6.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 470 horsepower and a peak torque of 470 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a standard manual transmission or an available automatic one.
Being a HEMI engine, this 6.4-liter V-8 has been equipped with an advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam for an impressive fuel economy of 23 mpg.
|Engine||6.4-liter HEMI V-8|
|0 to 60 mph||4 seconds|
|0-100-0 mph||16 seconds|
|Quarter mile||12 seconds|
|Top Speed||175 mph|
|60-0 mph||120 feet|
The new Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core Edition is priced at $43,995. It will be put on sale later in the summer.
The list of competitors for the new Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core Edition remains pretty much identical to that of the standard 300 SRT8.
The CTS-V sedan is a far more impressive sedan than the 300 SRT8, but it is considerably more expensive: $64,290. Still, you have to know that for the money you will get a car powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 with an output of 556 horsepower.
When it comes about the look, the CTS-V also has a big advantage, but then again with a $20k difference between the two models it had better look good.
A sedan delivering performance numbers closer to the 300 SRT8 is the Lexus IS-F. It is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine rated at 416 horsepower - a little bit less than in the 300 SRT 8. Also, the IS-F is a little bit more expensive than the 300 SRT8 - $61,750 - but this model also offers an impressive level of luxury on the inside.
The new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the right car if you want a $4k cheaper SRT8 model. For this money, however, you will have to drop comfort features you may have become used too. Still, the new “Core” edition is the car for you if you wanted just for the simple driving pleasure.
- A little bit cheaper
- Quite powerful
- Looks very cool
- No real upgrade
- No changes under the hood
Gallery Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core
The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model features a 6.4L badge on the front fenders – a first for the 300 SRT8 – 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (also available in red).
On the inside of the new “Core” model, black seating surfaces use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. Various matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.
Under the hood of every Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. 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.
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.
Eight exterior colors are available throughout the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 lineup, including 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 and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.
The starting U.S. MSRP for the new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model is $43,995 (plus $995 destination).