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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Review

High-Performance Sedan

A three-quarter front view of a silver 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

In short: A powerful and luxurious full-size sedan.

The SRT8 edition of Chrysler's large luxury sedan packs a powerful punch with its sizable 6.4-liter V8 HEMI; however, horsepower isn't the only thing the 300 has going for it. Shooting from 0-60 in a blink-and-you-miss-it 4.5 seconds, the 300 SRT8 accordingly comes equipped with quick-to-action Brembo brakes and two-mode adaptive damping suspension for a fine-tuned ride that is both fast and smooth. Drivers can keep track of their car's performance with the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center, which records 0-60, one-eighth mile and one-quarter mile times, as well as 60-0 braking distance and g-force distribution.

Other innovative standard features include the Uconnect Touch infotainment system with DVD, satellite radio and navigation, 19-speaker surround sound and keyless entry and ignition. Advanced safety technology such as blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and the ParkView rear camera are aimed not only at passenger protection, but also active accident avoidance. Starting at just over $47,000, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 doesn't come cheap; however, its combination of high-performance engineering and 21st-century luxury accoutrements make it more than worth the sticker price.

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Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty; five-year/100,000-mile rust warranty; unlimited year/unlimited mile drivetrain warranty; three-year/36,000-mile roadside assistance


QUICK SHEET
Base Price: $47,170 / As Tested: $57,725

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine: 6.4-liter V8 HEMI engine with Fuel Saver Technology
Horsepower: 465 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 465 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,365 lbs
Wheelbase: 120.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 200.3/58.2/74.2 in
Turning circle: 38.9 ft

Brakes:
4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; rain brake support
Suspension: independent front and rear
Traction: 3-mode electronic stability control with all-speed traction control; hill start assist

Top Speed: 175 mph
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds

EPA City: 14 mpg
EPA Highway: 23 mpg

Safety:
multi-stage front airbags; front seat thorax side airbags; driver knee airbag; front and rear side curtain airbags

Likes: smooth; comfortable; somewhat value oriented

Dislikes: door swing angle too wide; obviously mpg

 

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