2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Review
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It came as no surprise to us that slamming the gas pedal resulted in tire squeal followed by neck-slamming acceleration.
Massive horsepower and torque numbers are nice. Adding luxury to that is nicer.
That's the thinking behind the Chrysler 300 SRT8. If the regular 300 isn't powerful enough for you, try the SRT8 on for size. Like all 300s, the SRT8 got a revamp for the 2012 model year.
We spent a week with the car, trying it on for size, because 470 horsepower is hard to pass up.
One of the things we liked about the SRT8 was that it was quiet at low RPMs, but the exhaust came alive as the engine entered its sweet spot. If you like to scare pedestrians, this car makes a great choice.
If you like taking corners with a healthy dose of oversteer, well, the SRT8 is great for that, too. Its tail will wag even with traction control on, should the driver prod the throttle deeply enough.
When pointed at a curvy road, the SRT8 behaved admirably, with stability and a solid-feeling chassis. Large cars aren't typical nimble, and the SRT8 isn't either. It was stable enough, without much flop or body roll, and the steering was relatively accurate, and the acceleration made quick work of the straightaways while the brakes brought the car down to cornering speed with ease. We'd never pick a 300 SRT8 as a handling champ, but that doesn't mean it's not competent enough to be more than just a straight-line wonder.
We like the flat-bottomed steering wheel and bolstered seats (although they can get tight for longer drives), and we found the car plenty roomy, as befits its size.
Fuel economy numbers aren't pretty at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, but that isn't exactly surprising now, is it, given the engine's 6.4-liter displacement?
Transmission: Five-speed automatic
Drive Wheels: Rear
Base Price: $47,670
Available Features: Navigation, rearview camera, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB port, front- and rear-obstacle detection, rear spoiler, performance suspension, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, adaptive headlights, leather/suede seating surfaces, heated front seats, remote start.