2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Rockets Into 2011 New York Auto Show

2011 New York Auto Show

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    2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Picture

    The 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 debuts at the 2011 New York Auto Show. The top-line 300 has been on a one-year hiatus. | April 19, 2011

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2011 New York Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The SRT8 version of the Chrysler 300 debuts at the 2011 New York Auto Show.
  • The Chrysler 300C SRT8 uses a 465-hp 6.4-liter V8 and a five-speed automatic.
  • It hits dealers in the third quarter of 2011.

NEW YORK — The 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 debuts at the 2011 New York Auto Show on Wednesday as the Detroit automaker continues to flesh out its SRT8 lineup. The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has been on hiatus since 2010; the new sedan will arrive in showrooms in the third quarter.

Pricing has not been announced for the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8, but expect it to exceed the $38,995 price tag on the 2011 Chrysler 300C.

Chrysler has kicked up the horsepower on the 2012 300C SRT8, courtesy of a larger-displacement 6.4-liter Hemi V8 rated at 465 horsepower. A five-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels. The company says 0-60-mph acceleration will land in the "high 4-second range," and the big sedan will have a top speed of 175 mph. Chrysler said fuel economy numbers will be introduced closer to vehicle introduction.

The automaker said the 2012 300C SRT8 has a 0.5 inch lower ride height than other Chrysler 300 models. Exterior details include new seven-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. An optional Black Chrome package includes black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip.

The cabin gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim and a new instrument panel with an 8.4-inch color touchscreen display. A new Harman Kardon audio system is optional.

Edmunds.com says: Chrysler is trying to get its mojo back by resurrecting key SRT8 models like the 300C. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent

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