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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
by Dave Stall

09-27-2012-Chrysler-300-SRT8Anyone looking for a four door sedan that can haul the family down the road in a split second might want to take the 300 SRT8 out for a spin. This is a heavy sport sedan. The word heavy is not a negative; in fact it adds to the drive.

With 6.4-Liter V8 Hemi engine and Fuel Saver Technology under the hood, this monster Hemi engine produces 465 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. Yet it gets 14 MPG in the city and 23 on the open road. As usual, mileage varies with the drivers’ right foot pressure.

The car is backed by a high-performance W5A580 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission that provides an exceptional smooth ride and shifting, while reducing fuel consumption. There’s also an AutoStick driver-interactive transaxle shifter that provides clutch-less manual shifting. I am not a big fan of auto sticks, but this one worked flawlessly. Okay, so I’m old school – if I’m going to shift manually, I want a clutch pedal to challenge me.

The 300 SRT8 has Hill Descent, which allows the driver to sit on a hill at a light or stop sign, and while moving from the brake pedal to the gas pedal, the car waits for the transition. There’s also rain brake support and ready alert braking (these features and others can be explained in detail at www.chrysler.com).

The 300 SRT8 has a stylish exterior with sporty leather bucket seats and SRT8 stitched into the headrests. The front driver and passenger seats are ventilated, and the cup holders up front can be chilled. The 20-inch x 9.0-inch aluminum SRT8 rims are mounted on 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires and have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System to keep the car on the road. The steering wheel, with a shift knob, has a quality leather treatment.

The Chrysler UConnect Voice Command system with my Bluetooth phone hooked up with ease, and every time I got back into the car, my phone synched up with no problem. The voice commands were a real pleasure with no distractions for drivers.

Everything about this car screams comfort and perfor- mance, and the folks in the back seat get all the comforts of home. Need to go to the grocery store? Golf course, soccer practice? Baseball or football practice? There’s tons of room in the sedan.

This car does it all and for a base price of $47,170, or my tester at $55,225 plus tax and license, it will make any driver happy. One of the options is the Customer Preferred Package 21SX, that includes power folding mirrors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot and cross path detection, rear fog lights, exterior mirrors with supplemental signals, and exterior courtesy lights. This package is $19,995 and is well worth the price.

I don’t need the SRT8 300, but if it was up to me I would have the SRT8 and nothing else. I would build it at www.chrysler.com to make one bad ride. Check out the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 at a local Chrysler dealer today.
 


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