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2013 LX cars: SRT8 damping, new editions

by David Zatz on

The Chrysler 300C SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8, and Dodge Charger SRT8 will all switch from two-mode to three-mode adaptive dampening suspension in 2013, according to Chrysler. The modes are now Auto, Sport, and Track. In “Track” mode, higher damping rates combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick. Chrysler wrote that the ADS system on the Challenger SRT8 392 features the fastest turn-in and most nimble handling characteristics of any SRT product (presumably excluding Viper).

Launch Control is also standard on the SRT versions of Challenger, Charger, and 300C. To use Launch Control with an automatic, the driver presses ESC twice while at a complete stop, 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 uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).

The manual transmission version on Challenger works in a similar fashion, but is activated by using the clutch rather than releasing the brake, and lets the driver choose one of several options for the starting engine speed.

The non-SRT Charger and 300C will be available with an optional “black roof” paint scheme for 2013.

For more information, see our pages on the 2013 Chrysler 300C SRT8, 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, and 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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