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2011 New York Auto Show: Chrysler 300 SRT8

2011 New York Auto Show: Chrysler 300 SRT8 image

Text: / Photos: Chrysler Press | posted April 25, 2011 19:41

A new powerhouse

Building on the new Chrysler 300 Sedan unveiled last year, Chrysler unveils the new SRT8 version of the venerable 300 sedan at the New York International Auto Show, heralding a new heir to the great SRT line up.

SRT stands for Street and Racing Technology, and gives the Chrysler 300 a thorough workout, with a new V8 engine, visual tweaks and improvements to the driving dynamics.

Under the hood of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 debuts the new 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 makes its debut, promising an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, up 40 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. over the outgoing 6.1-liter HEMI V-8.

Projected performance numbers include 0-100 km/h acceleration at around the 5-second mark (0-60 in the high 4-second range), with a quarter mile time in the high 12 second range and a top speed of 282 km/h.

Chrysler also claims an 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.

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 when needed, and stiffens up when demanded.