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SRT Core launched: lower-cost performance

by David Zatz on

SRT8 Core cars

As Allpar predicted on December 24, 2012, the SRT brand has expanded its “Core SRT” car line with new 2013 “Core” models of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8.

The new cars strip out some of the standard luxury features of ordinary SRT8s to provide a stronger performance value. They include the standard “Ballistic” cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, while maintaining performance suspensions, brakes, and powertrains.

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core

The 2013 Challenger SRT8 “Core” has a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, unique black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, and black Brembo brake calipers. New colors for the car are HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, in addition to the existing Billet Silver, Bright White, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl, Pitch Black, and TorRed.

Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl are exclusive to the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 models.

Inside, the seats have dark slate gray “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts, with a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel. All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models are powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range.

An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or optional automatic transmission.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models accelerate from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

The starting U.S. list price is $39,990 including destination.

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core

The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” has a 6.4L badge on the front fenders (a first for the 300 SRT8), 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, and standard black Brembo brake calipers (also available in red).

On the inside, black seats use the Viper’s “Ballistic” cloth inserts with black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. Matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console. The engine is shared with the standard 300C SRT8.

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.

Eight paint colors are available on all 300 SRT8s: Billet Silver Metallic, Bright White, Deep Cherry Red Pearl, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Pearl, Ivory Pearl Tri-coat, Jazz Blue Pearl, and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.

The base price is $44,990, including destination.

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee

The Super Bee has a unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot on the new, gloss-black split crosshair grille. Both front fenders have the “392 HEMI” badges first seen on the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392; the round Super Bee graphics in the rear now include the wording “Powered by SRT.”

New paint colors include the vintage-based HEMI® Orange Pearl and Plum Crazy Pearl. The Charger SRT8 Super Bee is also available in Bright White, Pitch Black, and TorRed.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the 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. The base price is $42,990 including destination.

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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