The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model gets a 6.4L badge on the front fenders, marking the first time for the 300 SRT8 to have these features. In addition, it gets a set of 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (which also come in red).
The inside of the new “Core” model comes with black seating surfaces that use the same premium “Ballistic” cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.
On both sides, it has black “Axel” cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. The instrument panel, door bezels and center console are surrounded by different matte carbon and piano black accents. Each Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is powered by the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470hp (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) of torque.
Due to an active valve exhaust system, it can achieve up to 23 mpg on the highway. This enables the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. In addition, the active exhaust system permits straight-through mid and rear mufflers to get a throaty exhaust note under engine load. As a result, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in the high 4-second range. It takes 12 seconds to go a quarter mile.
Meanwhile, it can go from zero to 100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds and reach a top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet. The eight exterior colors offered in the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 lineup include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Gloss Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Ivory Pearl Tri-coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl. The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 “Core” model has a starting U.S. MSRP of $43,995 (plus a destination cost of $995).
Chrysler 300 SRT8 lives up to the SRT name in terms of stopping power as its braking system employs vented/slotted rotors – measuring 14.2 inches on the front and 13.8 inches at the rear -- with four-piston Brembo calipers in silver finish. A new underbody belly pan with integrated brake ducting helps improve brake cooling as well as fades performance.
This stopping power is complemented by a standard Ready Alert Braking system that could predict situations in which a driver could kick off an emergency brake stop and then engage the electronic stability control pump. This action sets the brake pads against rotors, thereby cutting the amount of time needed to fully apply the brakes.
Up front, the new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is defined by an all-new grille and a new Chrysler wing badge. The black chrome surrounds on the upper and lower grille as well as the rear valance strip come with the available Black Chrome Package. Compared to the base vehicle, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 rides half an inch lower and is provided with new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding in body color.
The rear end, meanwhile, comes with a characteristic lower fascia with chrome accent bar as well as modified SRT8 decklid badge with new black accent. The rear end also features new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips. Also part of the Black Chrome Package is the exclusive black chrome wheels and the black chrome accent spear.