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(from Chrysler Press
Release) 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8® Offers the Ultimate
Combination Of World-Class Luxury and Performance
• All-new Chrysler
300 SRT8® with its 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 offers ultimate
combination of world-class luxury and performance in Chrysler’s
most powerful, best-handling sedan ever
• Fuel Saver Technology with all-new active valve exhaust system
improves fuel efficiency by an estimated 25 percent on the
• New, exclusive SRT heated steering wheel features mounted
paddle shifters for hands on the wheel shifting both on road and
at the race track
• New, two-mode adaptive damping suspension allows for
selectable suspension tuning and also automatically adapts to
road and driver inputs for optimal vehicle control
• 19-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system with innovative
GreenEdge® technology is available with 900 watts of power
• Newly formed SRT brand led by President and CEO Ralph Gilles
will continue to build benchmark high-performance vehicles for
the Chrysler Group
July 15, 2011 , Auburn
Hills, Mich. - The success of the modern Chrysler 300 launched in
2005 can be attributed to its broad appeal. People of all ages,
incomes and lifestyles were attracted to the sedan’s dramatic
styling, power and performance.
As the king of the E-segment lineup, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8®
adds high-performance hardware to the elegant proportions and head
turning design to provide the ultimate combination of world-class
luxury, power and handling. With 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470
(637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque, the 300 SRT8 is targeted at customers
that seek heart pounding, adrenaline filled excitement, but don’t
want to sacrifice comfort and innovative features to get it.
“The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the no compromises king of the hill in the
300 model lineup in 2012, featuring the ultimate combination of
world-class luxury and performance in our most powerful,
best-handling Chrysler brand sedan ever,” said Olivier Francois,
President and CEO — Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing,
Chrysler Group LLC. “Engineered and built for those customers who
live for the sport of being first, the 300 SRT8 brings a much larger
power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance
attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are
passionate about performance driving.”
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
The Street and Racing
Technology (SRT) performance engineering team builds upon the
all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan already executed for a world-class
luxury experience, to deliver Chrysler’s most powerful and best
handling model ever.
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.
The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evokes a
strong comparison to the original high-performance production car of
its time – the 1955 Chrysler 300. Known for simple, strong lines,
excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding
performance with the first modern American V-8 engine to produce 300
horsepower, the first Chrysler 300 (C-300) was styled by Virgil
Exner, who radically redesigned the entire Chrysler line and created
what they called "The Forward Look" in 1955. Without much chrome on
the sides, his designs were simple, but strong. Exner is credited
with creating the illusion of fast, forward movement.
The Chrysler C-300 won on both the road course and the “flying mile”
at Daytona in 1955. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events
again. In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR competition in
1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship in both years. A
legendary and luxurious performance car was born. The “letter cars”
quickly became the most desirable of the Chrysler lineup and became
known as the “Beautiful Brutes.”
Under the hood of the
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 makes its debut
in the Chrysler brand product lineup delivering 470 horsepower (351
kW) and 470 (637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque, up 45 horsepower and 50
lb.-ft. over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.
The improved torque output – including an additional 80 lb.-ft. at
2,900 rpm – allows for inspired standing starts and improved
straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned motor mounts
improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active
intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides
maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.
Even with the elevated power numbers, an estimated 25-percent fuel
economy increase on the highway is achieved by use of a new-for-2012
active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver
Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range.
The new active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid
and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.
The proven five-speed automatic transmission features new, standard
steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the center console
mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on
both the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the
ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.
In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the
vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode
chosen – either “Normal” or “Sport”. Fully adaptive electronic
control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while
In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to
use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Sport” mode adds a hold
function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full
control of the shifting schedule.
Outstanding ride, handling and
New for 2012 is an
adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system that is tuned specifically
for the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to offer a compliant and comfortable ride.
In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as
vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque,
throttle position and lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically
tune the suspension for specific conditions.
In “Sport” mode, the damping system rebound and compression is
locked to the higher damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between
settings to quickly change the shock damping and harshness
characteristics from “Auto” for everyday commuting to “Sport” for
more spirited driving situations.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system also has
been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to
give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and
available three- or four-season tires provide great looks with
fun-to-drive performance and handling.
SRT vehicles are well
known for their world-class stopping power and the 2012 Chrysler 300
SRT8 features 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted
rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted in silver finish.
The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver quickly
releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake
stop, after which the electronic stability control pump engages to
set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required
for full brake application.
Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of
wind-tunnel designed brake cooling ducts that direct airflow to the
vented rotors for consistent stopping power.
Aggressive and functional exterior
An exclusive new front
fascia has a modern, yet timeless appearance that is carried through
with the all-new grille and new Chrysler wing badge. The new black
chrome upper and lower grille surrounds, rear valance strip and
wheels are part of the Black Chrome Package (late availability).
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 sits a half inch lower than non-SRT
models and features new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in
matching body color for the “planted” look of a true sports sedan.
Standard wheels are seven-spoke, 20 x 9 inch, fully forged aluminum
with polished face and painted sparkle silver. The available fully
forged, Black Chrome aluminum wheels are the same seven-spoke, 20 x
9 inch design.
The rear includes a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, new
4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 decklid badge
with new black accent.
Race-inspired and high-performance
The all-new interior
environment combines world-class luxury accommodations with
performance-oriented technology and appointments.
An all-new leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel
features a unique satin chrome rim section with a flattened bottom
surface showing the SRT logo. Standard paddle shift controls flank
both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible
from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.
For the high-performance look, real carbon fiber interior trim
pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel, door spears and
shifter bezel and new racing style brake and gas pedal pads are
The new full-color graphic EVIC with exclusive Performance Pages
includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile
times, 60-0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal
g-forces within the touchscreen display.
The new instrument panel’s 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the
segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same
Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to
include steering angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along with
engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable
The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active head
rests with the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs. Rear seats also
are heated for passenger comfort.
Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent
stitching on arm rests to match the seats.
The interior is available with two-tone black and Radar Red
treatment including Radar Red door armrests, center console armrest
and Nappa leather seats with Axis perforated suede inserts and
silver accent stitching throughout.
The available Premium Leather Interior Package offers Poltrona Frau
“Foligno” leather-wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel,
cluster brow and center console side panels. Nappa leather covers
the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.
Safety and security
The all-new 2012
Chrysler 300 SRT8 features more than 70 advanced safety and security
features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic
stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking
and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle
handling and performance.
Chrysler brand’s signature SafetyTec Group is available on the 2012
Chrysler 300 SRT8 and packages many first-time-available features
including adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge
(HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling,
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive cruise control (ACC),
Blind-spot Monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection,
ParkSense® front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear
fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard
full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard
front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant
protection to passengers in the event of a collision.
Connectivity and Infotainment
Uconnect® Touch 8.4N system provides all of the next-generation
mobile infotainment and multimedia items to keep passengers
connected between any destination. With the segment’s largest
standard touchscreen display (8.4-inches), the easy-to-use system
delivers world-class functionality with an intuitive user interface
that was benchmarked against the best E-segment sedans from Europe,
Asia and North America.
Segment-exclusive Garmin® navigation on the premium Uconnect Touch
8.4N model provides easy-to-use maps, lane guidance and more than 6
million points of interest. SIRIUS Travel Link on the premium
Uconnect Touch 8.4N provides real-time weather, fuel prices, sports
scores and movie theater information to make any trip more efficient
and fun. SIRIUS Traffic provides real-time traffic reports where
Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Touch, steering-wheel controls and
familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the
experience intuitive and simple for the driver.
New for 2012, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 features an available 900-watt,
19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from
Harman Kardon®. The system offers world premier innovation,
featuring a 32-volt TPS (Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel Class D
amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and brings
multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
The new system uses GreenEdge® speaker and amplifier technology to
offer superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs
with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone
outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent,
representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases.
The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched
to the amplifier output.
The system’s 19 GreenEdge high-efficiency speakers include:
• Seven 3.5-inch
Unity Coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters
located in the front dash, rear doors and rear deck
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
• One 10-inch subwoofer in the rear deck
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler
Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving
instruction from the Richard Petty Driving Experience as part of the
SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge
and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the
year at selected tracks.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 will be built at the Brampton Assembly
plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has
delighted customers with distinctive designs, groundbreaking
technology, craftsmanship and intuitive innovation – all at an
extraordinary value – since the company was founded in 1925.
The Chrysler brand continues that tradition in 2011 with a
rejuvenated, stylish, well-crafted product lineup. Every 2011
vehicle the brand sells is all-new or significantly redesigned and
engineered from the ground up. This succession of innovative product
introductions propels the brand's standing as the leader in design,
engineering and value. “Design with purpose” puts the premium for
the Chrysler brand in the product, not the price.
The new Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the best-selling minivan in
the United States in 2010, leads the way with a new powertrain
offering best-in-class horsepower; an all-new, exquisitely crafted
interior that includes improved Stow ‘n Go® seating; an updated,
elegant exterior design and over 40 standard safety and technology
features on every model, including SafetyTec which includes blind
spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, ParkSense® rear park
assist, ParkView® rear back-up camera, rain-sensing wipers and
SmartBeam headlamps. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan has won the
R.L. Polk Loyalty award an unprecedented 10 times in-a-row.
The new 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan and Convertible offer elegant
styling within a vehicle segment often noted for its “sea of
sameness.” A stylish new exterior and all-new interior will wow
consumers with its craftsmanship, high-quality materials and
understated elegance. The new powertrain and major suspension
overhaul provides a confident, spirited driving experience. Every
safety feature is standard on the 200 sedan and 200 Convertible, and
all models are packed with standard features at a price that offers
customers a remarkable value.
With its elegant proportions and head-turning style, the all-new
2011 Chrysler 300 takes the “most award-winning new car ever” to new
heights – combining the best of the nameplate’s 56-year history with
world-class craftsmanship, execution and upscale materials.
Unmistakable proportions with added design, refinement and a more
tailored appearance provides the all-new Chrysler 300 sedans with
distinctive styling. By combining world-class accommodations with
American style, the all-new Chrysler 300's interior features an
expressive and elegant design with authentic materials, passenger
comfort features and precise fit and finish. The 2011 Chrysler 300
sedans deliver grand-touring performance and world-class handling
with efficient powertrains and new second-generation E-segment
chassis architecture. Customers will feel connected, comfortable and
secure with state-of-the-art connectivity, infotainment and more
than 70 safety and security features. The iconic vehicle of the
Chrysler brand sets the new standard for American sedans.