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SRT: Core, Header Orange, more

The Super Bee experiment (cutting some frills but leaving the performance intact) has apparently worked; all three large SRT cars will be getting a lower-priced variant for 2014. The Challenger SRT 392 will be accompanied by the SRT Core, slashing $5,000 from the price; Charger SRT will have SRT Premium and SRT Super Bee, the latter at $3,000 less; and buyers can special-order a Chrysler 300C SRT Core, saving $4,000 off the SRT Premium. Dealers have been warned not to buy an SRT Core 300C for their lots — it’s custom order only.

(All SRT prices quoted here include gas guzzler tax of up to $1,000, but not destination, which is $995.)

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

The SRT Challenger comes with a manual transmission standard; an automatic transmission is a $1,200 option. The other SRT cars, except Viper, all have automatics. The two Dodges have similar pricing for the standard SRT models ($45,159 for Challenger, $46,895 for Charger), while the Chrysler is a bit higher ($49,495). The next leap upwards is to the Grand Cherokee at $64,195.

Challenger SRT Core strips out the HID headlamps, leather upholstery, adaptive damping suspension, stripes, and forged wheels to slash the price; it remains a strong muscle-car value, and Dodge/SRT expect about half of sales to be this version. Charger Super Bee gives up the HID headlamps, leather, adaptive damping, forged wheels, and vented hood. Seats remain SRT style, but in cloth. For both, the first cars will be painted Header Orange, with more colors coming later.  The seats are covered with cloth, but are still the SRT style with extra support.

For 2014, Charger SRT Premium will have an optional Laguna leather interior in sepia, the same leather used in Viper. Super Bees can be purchased with optional 8.4” stereos and paddle-shift steering wheels.

300C SRT Core eliminates the fog lamps, HID headlamps, heated/cooled leather seats, adaptive damping, and forged wheels; instead it comes with the SRT cloth seats and dark grey/black interior trim. The 8.4” stereo is standard as are 20” cast aluminum wheels. It, too, has the Laguna leather option… on the premium model only.

For 2014,  the Black Vapor Chrome package includes the trim around the side windows; black tail lamps are standard.

Grand Cherokee SRT8 was announced separately; and there is no word on changes to Viper, if any.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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