Aug 02, 2012
Company Announcement: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Offers the Ultimate Combination Of World-Class Luxury and PerformanceBack
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The success of the modern Chrysler 300C launched in 2005 can be attributed to its broad appeal. People of all ages, incomes and lifestyles were attracted to the sedan’s dramatic styling, power and performance. “The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 adds high-performance hardware to the elegant proportions and head turning design to provide the ultimate combination of world-class luxury, power and handling. With 347 kW and 631 N•m of torque, the 300C SRT8 is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline-filled excitement, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and style. This is another SRT car from the Chrysler stable that looks like heaven and goes like hell” said Guy Franken, Head: Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Chrysler South Africa and Fiat Group Automotive.
2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8
Even with the elevated power numbers, a 21-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. The proven five-speed automatic transmission features new, standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the centre console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission.
In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen – either “Normal” or “Sport”. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness. In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Sport” mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full control of the shifting schedule.
Outstanding ride, handling and capability
Aggressive and functional exterior
Race-inspired and high-performance interior
For the high-performance look, real carbon fibre interior trim pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel and new racing style brake and accelerator pedal pads are standard. The new full-colour graphic EVIC with exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-100 km/h, 200 m and 400 m times, 100-0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal g-forces within the touchscreen display.
The new instrument panel’s 8.4-inch colour touchscreen display – the segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to include steering angle, power and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background. The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active headrests with the SRT logo embroidered in the seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort. Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on armrests to match the seats. The interior package includes Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather-wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and centre console side panels. Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and centre console armrest.
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