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The snobby older brother of the Charger SRT8, Chrysler has revealed a high performance version of its full-size sedan, the 300 SRT8. Powered by the very same 6.4-liter V8 engine it makes 465-hp and an outrageous 465 lb-ft of torque to deliver a 0-60 mph time below 5.0 seconds.
Absent is the brand’s new 8-speed auto, in favor of a trusty 5-speed auto-box from the previous gen. It does offer two transmission modes, however, with an optional Sport mode for aggressive driving.
With some aggressive yet still stylish bodywork including a custom front fascia and blacked-out grille the 300 SRT8 sits half an inch lower and rolls on 20-inch wheels. A Black Chrome package adds on some extra black trim pieces as well as some mean black wheels. Hinting at the power hidden under the hood are massive 4-inch exhaust tips.
To help keep this massive sedan stuck to the ground in the corners is an Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system that takes into account variable like vehicle speed, steering angle, brake force and even lateral and vertical gs. And to slow the big machine there’s a massive set of Brembo brakes with 14.2 inch rotors up front and 13.8-inchers at the rear.
Inside the cabin is upgraded with real carbon fiber trim, plus there’s the 8.4-inch touch screen display that allows you to access many of the car’s tech functions and even measure performance data like 0-60 times, and lateral g-forces. And in case the V8 rumble isn’t enough for you Chrysler does offer an optional 900-watt 19-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.
Look for live photos from the car’s reveal at the New York Auto Show today.
GALLERY: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
Rumors had indicated that Jeep would unveil a high-powered version of its Grand Cherokee at the New York Auto Show this week, and a new report by Automotive News seems to confirm as much. But the Grand Cherokee SRT8 won’t be the only heavyweight to hit the stage in New York, with the Chrysler brand also preparing to unveil a more potent version of its 300 sedan.
With both models expect a lower and stiffer suspension, plus some more aggressive bodywork, not to mention larger wheels and upgraded brakes.
Look to the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 for what will power the beasts, with that car making use of a new 6.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 465-hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Both models should be able to do the run to 60 in under 5.0 seconds.
Look for full details and photos from the live reveal in the Big Apple, with AutoGuide’s 2011 New York Auto Show Coverage here.
[Source: Automotive News]
It was a near certainty and now Chrysler has confirmed it: the SRT8s are coming. Sources inside the automaker have said the new SRT8s are currently in the works, meaning we should seem them soon.
No specifics have been given on what models will get the SRT8 treatment, but considering Chrysler’s past we can all but guarantee an SRT8 Dodge Charger, as well as a Jeep SRT8. While Chrysler is eager to position the new 2011 300 model as more of a luxury car than a performance car, it’s likely to get the big V8 too. Another possibility includes the new Durango SUV.
Like the already released 2011 Challenger SRT8 392, all models should get close to 470-hp and 470 ft-lbs of torque using a new 6.4-liter V8 engine. Also look for larger wheels, lower and stiffer suspensions, custom bodywork, upgraded brakes and some interior trim changes. It’s not yet clear if the new SRT8s will get Chrysler’s upcoming 8-speed automatic, but that would certainly help deliver some even more impressive performance without the tremendously bad fuel economy we’re used to.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]