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Old 02-17-2011, 09:31 AM   #1
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Chrysler’s second-generation 300 sedan is mostly a reskin of the original, rather than a completely new car. While an entirely new car is often the better solution, the latest 300 was changed where change was needed—the interior, specifically—while the competent chassis was largely left alone. But there’s another way to effect notable change: adding power. Enter the SRT8 version, caught here out for a drive wearing its winter coat.

We got a good preview of the mechanical bits destined for this car with the unveiling of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. The two cars have historically been nearly identical underneath, and that won’t change. That means the 2012 300C SRT8 will pack Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, making around 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, the figures from the Charger. The last 300C SRT8 we tested, which had 425 horses from its 6.1-liter Hemi, hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, so figure a tenth or two off of that time for the 2012 model.

The five-speed automatic returns, and, like the Charger SRT8, should come with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles; later, an eight-speed auto will replace it throughout the 300 lineup. Where the SRT8 Charger and 300C have differed in the past is in their suspension tuning; the Charger was a bit stiffer and should continue to be. And since the new Charger SRT8 will offer a two-mode adaptive suspension, we predict a similar setup for the 300C.

As is the case with the current car, this SRT8 will not look markedly different from the regular-strength 300C. Although hidden behind the white mesh here, a different grille treatment is a given, as is a more aggressive lower front fascia. We’d be okay if the designers toned down some of the 300C’s chrome—the fact that this car wears body-colored door handles as opposed to the C’s shiny pieces has us hopeful. Updated 20-inch wheels are expected, and a diffuser-like insert in the rear provides plenty of space for some big chrome exhaust tips. Other than those small details, though, it should be 300C business as usual.





Did we know this car was coming? Sure we did. Does that make it any less cool? Not a bit. The 300C SRT8 should bow at a major American auto show later this year, i.e. in New York this spring or Los Angeles in the fall. It will hit dealers toward the end of the year, along with the Charger SRT8, as a 2012 model.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #2
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Isn't that "competent chassis" now over 20 years old?
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:02 PM   #3
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A manual option would really be nice.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:07 PM   #4
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A manual option would really be nice.
Buy a CTS-V, RS4, or M3.

Even a 335 and S4 are better cars than this is going to be.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #5
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I don't get Chrysler. It is supposed to be a premium/luxury brand, but it is just a cheap looking dodge. Badge engineered, with poor materials. This can't compete with ctsv or any other premium. Just the charger????
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:31 PM   #6
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For the cost I think it's pretty nice. RS4's and CTS-V's are a lot more than a 300, 300C, etc...
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:12 PM   #7
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Buy a CTS-V, RS4, or M3.

Even a 335 and S4 are better cars than this is going to be.
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For the cost I think it's pretty nice. RS4's and CTS-V's are a lot more than a 300, 300C, etc...
charger SRT-8 is more like it.... all the aforementioned cars are a big step up from 300 in terms of price.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:40 AM   #8
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Buy a CTS-V, RS4, or M3.

Even a 335 and S4 are better cars than this is going to be.
Sadly they'd also be twice the price.

Okay, maybe that's a little extreme, but I was going for the rhyme, y0!
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:46 AM   #9
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Don't know the price jet, but I think new Genesis 5.0 would fit somewhere in between.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:04 AM   #10
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We all know that Chrysler had been known to make some of the most woeful and unrefined automobiles in the last decade or so and the only models that seemed to charm in some way shape or form were the SRT8 models. The original Chrysler 300 SRT8 was one of them and we absolutely loved it for its memorable driving experience and performance bang for buck. But after the corporate restructuring and the recent trend in cracking down on fuel economy and efficiency, one was not wrong to question where the fate of the SRT line would go. But you don’t have worry any more.


Spies spotted a new 300 SRT8 rolling around Michigan donning some traditional test dummy camo. This is great news after spy photos of the newJeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 were also leaked earlier in the year. The SRT8 division is far from dead. And there’s no room for question when looking at the spy photos as it clearly is a Chrysler 300, except with massive seven-spoke wheels and huge brake rotors and calipers that suggest four or even six-piston calipers. More aggressive air intakes and a revised front fascia are clearly visible as well as bigger tail pipes at the back.
Click here for more news on the Chrysler 300.
Engine wise, the old 300 SRT-8 6.1L HEMI was good for about 363 horsepower. After observing the new 6.4L powerplant found in the newChallenger 392, we can expect to see the same engine to be equipped to the 300 with something to the tune of 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, mated to an all new 8-speed automatic.


While the new 300 is just starting to hit dealers, we wouldn’t expect the new SRT8 model to hit the showrooms until 2012, but lets hope that it gets here earlier because folks, this should be a good one.


Refresher: The 2011Chrysler 300 is offered in rear and all-wheel-drive configurations with the base model carrying the new Pentastar V6 making 292-hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 2011 300C will be powered by the same 5.7L V8 HEMI with Fuel Saver Technology producing 360-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Prices start at $27,995.
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Old 03-19-2011, 07:50 AM   #11
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:47 PM   #12
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RS4, CTSV, M3, etc....mucho more $$$....mucho less size.

While it doesn't speak to me, many 'muricans like size and power at a comparatively reasonable price.

And the new interiors are a step up...not great, but ok.
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Every SRT8 300 I've seen has been ruined by the owner with giant 24" chrome or bigger wheels
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That's because the 300 appeals to a certain demographic, just like some Mercs do as well.
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That's because the 300 appeals to a certain demographic, just like some Mercs do as well.
Throw Chevy Avalanches in there as well. My neighbor had both a 300C SRT and an orange Avalanche, both with really horrible looking gigantic chrome wheels. A couple of summers ago, he was trying to keep the Avalanche from getting repoed so he had it parked in the back yard. Pretty funny

Uh, and as for the "demographic" let's just say this guy is a Bubba Sparks wanna be. NOT that there's anything wrong with that
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Old 04-06-2011, 04:56 PM   #18
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Update 4/6: The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has now been caught completely free of camo, which makes a New York auto show debut in a couple of weeks likely. The theme here is menace, backed up by a blacked-out grille, blacked-out headlight surrounds, a black-chrome grille frame, black-chrome wheels (hiding Brembo-emblazoned brake calipers), and a black rear "diffuser." The exhaust tips are now fully round cannons instead of the regular 300C's oval exits, and there is less chrome slathered around the exterior; the front bumper adornments and taillights are among the de-zooted pieces. The interior has been shot, too, and the photo reveals the flat-bottomed steering wheel from the Charger SRT8, confirmation of wheel-mounted shift paddles, and trim that may or may not be actual carbon fiber. Read on for more of what we already know about the car; we'll bring you official photos and full info just as soon as they become available.

Original story: Chrysler’s second-generation 300 sedan is mostly a reskin of the original, rather than a completely new car. While an entirely new car is often the better solution, the latest 300 was changed where change was needed—the interior, specifically—while the competent chassis was largely left alone. But there’s another way to effect notable change: adding power. Enter the SRT8 version, caught here out for a drive wearing its winter coat.

We got a good preview of the mechanical bits destined for this car with the unveiling of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. The two cars have historically been nearly identical underneath, and that won’t change. That means the 2012 300C SRT8 will pack Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, making around 465 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, the figures from the Charger. The last 300C SRT8 we tested, which had 425 horses from its 6.1-liter Hemi, hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, so figure a tenth or two off of that time for the 2012 model.





The five-speed automatic returns, and, like the Charger SRT8, should come with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles; later, an eight-speed auto will replace it throughout the 300 lineup. Where the SRT8 Charger and 300C have differed in the past is in their suspension tuning; the Charger was a bit stiffer and should continue to be. And since the new Charger SRT8 will offer a two-mode adaptive suspension, we predict a similar setup for the 300C.

As is the case with the current car, this SRT8 will not look markedly different from the regular-strength 300C. Although hidden behind the white mesh here, a different grille treatment is a given, as is a more aggressive lower front fascia. We’d be okay if the designers toned down some of the 300C’s chrome—the fact that this car wears body-colored door handles as opposed to the C’s shiny pieces has us hopeful. Updated 20-inch wheels are expected, and a diffuser-like insert in the rear provides plenty of space for some big chrome exhaust tips. Other than those small details, though, it should be 300C business as usual.

Did we know this car was coming? Sure we did. Does that make it any less cool? Not a bit. The 300C SRT8 should bow at a major American auto show later this year, i.e. in New York this spring or Los Angeles in the fall. It will hit dealers toward the end of the year, along with the Charger SRT8, as a 2012 model.




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That tail looks pretty tall. But overall, it looks very good.

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The car should have black-chrome window surrounds, with a completely blacked out b-pillar. If the wheels aren't even chrome, the window surround trim shouldn't be either.

The front bumper cover is a bit off for the tuxedo styling of the car. The lines are too soft compared to the rest of the body, and it looks like a de-facto generic "sport" aerokit that could be for any car. I do like the dark headlights, and dark mesh grille.

The tail lights should be similarly darkened. dark-chrome, red-out, or clear and smoke tinted with red LED elements... something. The remaining chrome trim on the car, while the headlights, grille, and wheels are darkened, and the body is monochrome painted, makes the car look like the SRT dress-up is un-finished.

I kind of wish the spoiler extended off the back of the trunk lid, rather than making the high trunk lid even higher by being mounted on the top. It may have blocked the CHMSL, but it could incorporate an LED strip itself, and plug into that socket.

The interior is an improvement over what Chrysler has done recently. Maybe not perfect, but not as bad as it was.

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not bad....but base grill looks better.
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not bad....but base grill looks better.
That is an interesting comment. the stock grille with slightly fewer slats, and darkened, with the wider gaps showing wire mesh behind them, would be kind of cool. I do like the dual-contour effect on the new 300C's grille, too.
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5 speed auto gotta go. 8 speed cant come soon enough
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that's a huge step backwards in style in my opinion. the previous 300c srt8 looks FAR better.
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