First officially shown at the 2011 New York Auto Show, the 470-horsepower 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 matched rev with grunt, pounding out 470 lb-ft of torque; yet it achieved better gas mileage than the 2011s.
Sales of this generation were fairly 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. The 300C SRT8 was never meant to be a high volume car, and its engineering costs were shared to a large degree with the Charger SRT8.
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 at launch was $44,990, including destination.
The 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 gained new seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and three- or four-season tires. The SRT used silver Brembo calipers, with 14.2 inch front and 13.8 inch rear vented, slotted rotors. A “ready alert braking” system set the pads closer to the rotors to reduce lag time when the driver suddenly let off the gas pedal; brake fade was cut by using new cooling ducts.
The 6.4 liter “392 V8” shut off unused cylinders when possible to bring gas mileage up, but still had 80 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm more than the old 6.1 V8, for instant-on responses. It kept the Mercedes five-speed automatic and added paddle shifters for manual control, along with a sport mode.
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.
New motor mounts smoothed the car at idle, while an active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing added maximum low-end torque without losing high-end power. A new active valve exhaust system allows four-cylinder mode to engage over a wider engine range, and allowed for straight-through middle and rear mufflers.
A new Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system used inputs such as speed, steering angle and speed, brake torque, throttle position, and lateral and vertical accelerations, to tune the suspension for specific conditions. “Auto” and “Sport” settings changed the shock damping and harshness.
In addition to a new front fascia, buyers could get black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip as part of the optional Black Chrome Package.
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 was one-half inch lower than the 300C, and had new SRT side sill cladding painted in the body color for a “planted” look. The rear had a lower fascia with a chrome accent bar, new four inch round dual exhaust tips, and a new black accent for the rear SRT badge. The Black Chrome Package had a black chrome accent spear and black chrome wheels.
The new EVIC with Performance Pages had 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 8.4-inch color touchscreen display, the largest in the segment, had the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, along with steering angle, vehicle yaw angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along with engine gauges.
An optional premium leather group had Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels. Nappa leather was used for the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.
Standard heated and ventilated front seats had active head rests with the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs; rear seats were also heated. The door trim panels were modified to have unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.
Other standard features included a capless fuel filler with remote release, adaptive forward lighting, HID projector headlamps with leveling, fog lamps, LED tail lamps and DRLs, heated folding mirrors, spoiler, express open/close sunroof, speed-sensitive rain-sensing wipers, 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, remote start and remote windows-down (the latter was 2012-only), satellite radio and traffic, SD card reader, 276 watt 8-channel amp (900-watt 19-speaker stereo optional), iPod control, twelve-way power front seats, integrated rear window antenna, 226 mm rear axle, and a 3.06 axle ratio.
The SafetyTec group included 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) included bright silver metallic, bright white, deep molten red, black, ivory pearl “three coat,” and tungsten metallic. The 392 SRT8 started production in July 2011 as a 2012 model.
300C • Specs • 2015 and 2018300 forum • 300C Review
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.
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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