The Hemi-powered Chrysler 300 SRT8 was produced from 2005 to 2014, using the same engine and platform as the Dodge Charger. This sedan introduced itself as a deluxe take on American muscle cars, implementing several interior conveniences.
It’s been eight years since the most potent version of the regular 300 sedans left the assembly line, and while the automaker is constructing the last Hemi version of the 300 C Sedan for the 2023 model year, the early-gen 300 SRT8 is still a sight for sore eyes. Let’s explore why.
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Is Furiously Fast
In 2005, Chrysler revealed its 300 sedans with a plethora of powertrain options, from a lackluster V6 to a range-topping 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that produced 340 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque in the 300 C. While it certainly got a good performance out of the vehicle, Chrysler leveraged its ever-powerful 6.1-liter Hemi engine and decided to pair it to its luxury sedan, ultimately birthing the 300 SRT8. This bad mama produced 425 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Overall, this vehicle could speed from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
In 2011, the company reworked the 300 car for its second-gen, flaunting an updated exterior and interior through another high-performance SRT8 variant. Only this time, this second interaction of the SRT8 was involved with the brand’s 6.4-liter 392 Hemi V8 engine. Once again, it shared the same engine as the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT8 variants, producing a maximum output of 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, allowing the vehicle to zoom from 0-60 mph in around 4.3 seconds. The new-gen of the 300 SRT8 also had a new and refined transmission, taking the form of an 8-speed automatic introduced in the BMW series.
The Second-Gen Chrysler 300 SRT8 Provided The Ultimate Bargain
The first-generation 300 SRT8 was a great executor of power. However, the cabin’s build quality didn’t embody the brand’s posh and refined reputation, especially since the interior was filled with cheap plastics and rubbers. The company quickly changed its tune with the release of the second-generation 2011 300 SRT8, providing it with suave styling, a high-end interior, along with some practical technological features.
From the outside looking in, the 300 models could be a sibling of the Dodge Charger, with the sole difference being less muscular body panels which made for a more upscale look. It came with LED headlights and taillights, and the SRT8 had a few refined touches like black chrome inserts, 4-inch dual exhaust tips, refashioned front fascia panels with body-colored inserts, and a decklid spoiler.
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Is Still A Gem Today
Around the time of its release, the second-gen Chrysler 300 SRT8 had a starting price of around $48,000 (plus destination fee), slightly less than its opulent Dodge Charger counterpart. Today, contingent on mileage and the overall condition of each example, one can likely obtain a 300 SRT8 between about $26,000 and $37,000. This is undoubtedly considered a bargain in today’s economy, mainly because it’s a luxury vehicle.
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