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2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Preview

4/8/2013
Fast Facts:
  • Full-size car
  • High-performance model
  • IIHS "Top Safety Pick"
  • New driver-adjustable adaptive damping suspension
  • Launch control added as standard
  • New exterior colors: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pewter Grey Pearl Coat, and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl

Introduction
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is a high-performance version of the brand's flagship car. It is a full-size 4-door sedan with rear-wheel drive and V-8 power. Compared with the main-line Chrysler 300, the SRT8 has a performance-tuned and adjustable suspension, larger brakes, quicker steering, standard 20-inch wheels, and unique styling.

The Chrysler 300 SRT8 competes most directly with the Ford Taurus SHO and the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, though it can also be considered a rival for the Audi S6, BMW M5, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Exterior Features
Compared with the Chrysler 300, the 300 SRT8 features a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes, a gloss black brick pattern grille, exclusive body-color side sill cladding, unique rear fascia, rear spoiler, 20-inch 7-spoke wheels, and 4-inch round dual exhaust tips. It also has self-dimming and steering-linked adaptive bi-xenon headlights with black bezels, LED daytime running lights and taillamps, and front fog lights.

Interior Features
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 seats five on standard leather and suede-covered seats. The trunk has 16.3 cubic feet of cargo space and that can be expanded with a standard split-folding rear seat. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, interior air filter, 12-way power-adjustable front seats with lumbar adjustment, heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, power-adjustable pedals, cruise control, 180-mph speedometer, electronic vehicle information center with Performance Pages, ambient lighting, heated power mirrors, power windows, power door locks, keyless access and starting, Uconnect 8.4-inch touch screen with navigation system and voice recognition, AM/FM/CD Alpine audio system, satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror, compass, outside-temperature display, and a theft-deterrent system.

Optional Features
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is available with summer performance tires, a black-painted roof, higher-grade leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, and a 900-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system. Chrysler also offers a Black Vapor Chrome package with body-color fascias with black chrome accents, a black chrome and gloss black grille, and black chrome-finish alloy wheels.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 comes with just one engine and one transmission. The 6.4-liter V-8 delivers 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine features cylinder deactivation that shuts down four cylinders during cruising to save fuel. The transmission is a 5-speed automatic with manual shift capability through the gearshift or steering wheel paddles.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 are:

  • 300 SRT8: 14/23/17 mpg (city/highway/combined)

Safety
The 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 has standard safety features, plus a driver's knee air bag, active front head restraints, front and rear obstacle detection, rearview camera, hill-start assist, brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution. An optional SafetyTec package includes a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-path detection, and forward-collision warning, among other non-safety features.

Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not specifically tested the 300 SRT8, it does provide crash test ratings for the structurally similar Chrysler 300. The Chrysler 300 received 5 stars (out of 5) in the front and side crash tests, 4 stars in the rollover test, and a 5-star overall rating. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) testing, the Chrysler 300 received the Institute's highest rating, "Good," in the moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and rear crash protection tests. Those results qualified it as a "Top Safety Pick," but it was not subjected to the new small front overlap test, so it could not be named a "Top Safety Pick Plus."

Technology
The Chrysler 300 SRT8's Uconnect infotainment system responds to voice commands or inputs through the 8.4-inch touch screen. It comes with a USB port with iPod control, auxiliary input jack, and an SD card reader, as well as Bluetooth connectivity for cell phones and streaming audio. A navigation system is also standard, and it features NavTraffic real-time traffic information and SiriusXM Travel Link that provides fuel prices, sports scores, movie theater information, and stock quotes.

The 300 SRT8 also has a vehicle information center that shows the usual trip computer information, plus Performance Pages, which provides readouts of 0-60 mph, 1/8 mile, one- quarter mile and 60-0 mph times, as well as current and peak g-forces and current horsepower and torque usage figures. The tire-pressure monitor display is found here, and so are an engine hour meter, and displays for the oil pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature, and transmission oil temperature.

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