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First officially shown at the New York Auto Show on April 20, 2011, the 470-horsepower 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 matches rev with grunt, pounding out 470 lb-ft of torque; yet it gets 25% better highway mileage than its predecessor. One spotted car was red, one was titanium with a black chrome grille surround and black chrome wheels; the final car uses silver Brembo calipers, with 14.2 inch front and 13.8 inch rear vented, slotted rotors. A “ready alert braking” system sets the pads closer to the rotors to reduce lag time when the driver suddenly releases the gas pedal. Brake fade is reduced thanks to new cooling ducts.
Sales of this generation were relatively low, with around 2,300 2012 Chrysler 300C SRTs sold, including 269 in Canada. For 2013, according to source oh2o, they ran mostly exports, with around 700 selling in the US, and around 1,300 worldwide in 2014.
Launch Control: While at a complete stop, the driver presses ESC twice, pushes down on the brake with one foot, and applies full throttle briefly with the other. Launch control holds the engine at 1,825 rpm and waits for the driver to release the brake. Launch Control then achieves controlled (minimal) wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph). Some say dealers will be able to apply Launch Control retroactively to 2011 and/or 2012 SRT8s.
The 2013 Chrysler 300C SRT8 gained three-mode (rather than two-mode) adaptive damping for its suspension; and standard Launch Control for optimal straight-line acceleration. A black-painted roof became optional, as well. New for 2012 was an adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system which adjusts the suspension based on speed, steering angle and speed, brake torque, throttle position, and acceleration (vertical and lateral). A Sport mode locks the system into a higher damping rate.
The fully hydraulic steering system was upgraded with a heavier-duty pump and revised gearing for a more direct feel and better on-center response; the SRT8 also has new seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and three- or four-season tires.
The 6.4 liter “392 V8” has an unused-cylinder shutoff to bring gas mileage up; it also has 80 lb-ft of torque more than the 6.1 V8 and 2,900 rpm for greater instant-on responsiveness at regular driving speeds. The Mercedes five-speed automatic with paddle shifters has been confirmed; drivers can choose a fully automatic transmission in Normal or Sport mode, or go to Manual, which allows use of the paddles or conventional AutoStick. Manual plus Sport mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, providing full control.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core,” sold with all the performance gear but a $3,000 lower price, has a 6.4L badge on the front fenders (a first for the 300 SRT8), 20-inch wheels with black pockets, and black Brembo brake calipers (red is optional).
Matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console. Seats are covered in cloth (from the Viper Core). The base price is $44,990, including destination.
The car looks surprisingly similar to the Chrysler - Mopar 300 S shown at the Spring Festival, the main difference being the front spoiler/air dam.
Projected 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.
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evokes 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.”
New, 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. Highway gas mileage is expected to rise by 25% through a new active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range. The new active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.
Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor console. Both are mated to the proven five-speed automatic transmission.
Both methods give the driver the ability to manually shift the transmission. The transmission controller calibration in “Auto” mode prevents situations that might over rev the engine; while in “Sport” mode, it allows the driver full control of the shifting schedule.
The new Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system is tuned specifically for the Chrysler 300 SRT8; it uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs - such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral and vertical accelerations - to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions when necessary. In addition, drivers can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from everyday commuting to more spirited driving situations.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system also has been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and available three- or four-season tires provide great looks with fun-to-drive performance and handling.
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. Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of new underbody belly pan with integrated brake ducting.
The standard Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
A new front fascia is standard; black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip are part of the available Black Chrome Package.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is one-half inch lower when compared to the base car and has new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in matching body color for the “planted” look of a true sports sedan. The rear includes a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 decklid badge with new black accent. Rounding out the Black Chrome Package are the black chrome accent spear and exclusive black chrome wheels.
The new full-color graphic EVIC with 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 new 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, vehicle yaw angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.
An 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 (a full-grain, unsplit leather which normally has a specific tanning process that increases softness without sacrificing durability) covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.
The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active head rests with the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.
Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.
We expect the SRT8 to have zero-to-sixty times just below the five-second mark, with quarter-mile times in the low 13s.
An eight-speed automatic is waiting in the wings but will have to wait until either midyear 2012 or the 2013 model year (at least). The existing five-speed automatic maintains the same gear ratios, but the final drive ratio has moved on normal rear drive 300C cars from 2.82 to 2.65, as predicted; no word on whether that applies to the SRT8 as well. (Overall top gear ratios went from 2.34 to 2.20, and from 2.55 to 2.54).
Standard features include capless fuel filler, electric fuel door release, adaptive forward lighting, HID projector headlamps (both high and low) with levelling, halogen fog lamps, LED tail lamps and DRLs, heated mirrors with manual folding, spoiler, express open/close sunroof, speed-sensitive rain-sensing wipers, real carbon fiber accents, full LED interior lighting, noise-barrier carpet, dual-zone automatic climate control with filter and humidity sensor, black or red Nappa leather seats with perforated suede inserts, floor mats, 180 mph speedometer, SRT vehicle information center with performance pages, remote start, remote windows-down, satellite radio and traffic, SD card reader, voice command, 276 watt 8-channel amp (900-watt 19-speaker stereo optional), iPod control, twelve-way power front seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, paddle shifters, heated steering wheel, integrated rear window antenna, 226 mm rear axle, 3.06 axle ratio, and dual exhaust.
The SafetyTec group includes LED rear fog lights, turn signals on the mirrors, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, rear cross path detection, and adaptive cruise.
Colors (at launch) include bright silver metallic, bright white, deep molten red, black, ivory pearl “three coat,” and tungsten metallic. The 392 SRT8 starts production in July 2011 as a 2012 model.
See Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 for engine details and 2011 Chrysler 300 for interior specifications.
4.37 (111.2) – Front (Minimum)
Drag Coefficient (Cd)
Curb Weight, lb. (kg)
54% front /46% rear
Dual 2.75-in. active exhaust with dual 4-in. round tips
SRT tuned adaptive damping
Independent SLA with high upper “A” arm, coil spring over ADS Bilstein shock absorber, 30 mm. stabilizer bar, lateral and diagonal lower links
Five-link independent with coil spring, ADS Bilstein shock absorber and isolated suspension cradle, link type 18 mm. stabilizer bar
SRT tuned rack and pinion with hydraulic power assist
14.2 x 1.26 (360 x 32) vented and slotted
1.73 (44) Brembo four-piston fixed with aluminum housing
Front, 351 sq in (2,261 sq cm) rear, 316 (2,036)
13.8 x 1.10 (350 x 28) vented and slotted
1.26 (32) Brembo four-piston fixed with aluminum housing
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