The respectable Total Car Score earned by the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is indicative of the solid reviews it has received, as critics generally concede that it's one serious high-performance automobile.
As for the reasons why, much of the credit goes to the 470-horsepower Hemi V8 that hurtles the car from a standing stop to 60 mph in less than five seconds. Tweaks to the suspension, steering and brakes give the 300 SRT8 handling capabilities that are equally uncommon in full-size sedans. The fact that the spacious interior is filled with an extensive list of high-end standard features makes it just that much more attractive.
The 300 SRT8 does have a few drawbacks however, including relatively poor EPA fuel economy estimates in city driving. Visibility is also somewhat limited out the back, and the ride will likely be a bit too firm for some folk's tastes.
Having just been introduced, don't expect the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to get any substantial improvements for at least the next couple of years.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is a fullsize sedan that's available in a single trim level.
Under the hood is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that puts out 470 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and rear wheel drive round out the powertrain details.
Standard equipment on the 300 SRT8 includes 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, heated outside mirrors with driver's side auto-dimming, a rear spoiler, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front sport seats, heated second-row seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, keyless entry/starting, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a voice-controlled navigation system and a 276-watt premium Alpine audio system with satellite radio and six speakers.
Major options include a black chrome appearance package, a power sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim, adaptive cruise control, blind spot and rear cross-path warning systems and a 900-watt Harmon Kardon audio system with 19 speakers.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 are 14 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.
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