Test Drive: 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core Car Pro Review

I said on the air last Saturday on the Car Pro Show that I was always in car heaven with a big, rear-wheel drive, fast car. This week, I have for you the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 version. Attentive listeners may remember that I reviewed the 300 SRT8 just last year, so normally I would not have the same car this soon. Alas, it is not the same car…introducing, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core, an entry-level version if you will.

The horsepower for 2013 has been slightly bumped to 470 amazing horses, and with 470 lb-ft of torque. Bear in mind that the car has a 6.4-liter V8 Hemi that is naturally aspirated, meaning it does not have a super or turbocharger. Generally speaking, most cars approaching 500 horses have some sort of blower, not the case here. This is a VERY large car with a cavernous back seat and trunk. It weighs 4350 pounds, which makes the above performance numbers even more amazing. It has a 5-speed automatic that shifts smoothly and is very responsive, and it comes with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

This Core Edition SRT8 is $5000 less than the regular SRT8 Chrysler 300. Given that, you would expect that some standard features were cut out, and that is true. However, this is still a very well-equipped car. It comes with premium cloth interior instead of the leather/cloth combination, but these seats are very comfortable. Carbon-fiber is very attractive on the center stack and there are a lot of cubby holes, a feature I really like.

Even with the price cut, this 300 has a lot of really nice features, most of which operate from an 8.4-inch color monitor that makes it simple to operate the radio, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and the SRT performance pages. The SRT track pages software logs real-time performance data including 0-60 times, quarter-mile times, 60-0 mph braking distances and lateral acceleration figures.

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 COREThe exterior is terrific with a small rear spoiler and 20” SRT aluminum wheels. It has halo lights in the front, reminiscent to that of an Audi or Lexus. My tester is Billit Silver Metallic Clearcoat and is one of the best paint jobs I have ever seen from a factory car.

This large five-passenger sedan drives and handles great, it does not lumber like you might expect a car of this size might. The performance-tuned steering combined with the electronic stability control make this 300 responsive in quick turns, cornering, and normal driving.

Chrysler is smart to make a more affordable 300 SRT8. Most people would find this Core Edition to be extremely nice. If you like old-time raw horsepower, a lot of room inside a car, and a car that turns heads, this is the one for you. Stomp the accelerator one time, and you’ll be hooked.

What I liked most: Performance and price.

What I would change: Give me a six-speed automatic.

MSRP: $45,395

Fuel Economy: 14 City/ 23 Highway, but do you really care?

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 in a few words: Sizzling performance sedan with styling.

Warranty: 3 year/36,000 bumper-to-bumper, 5 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance.

Car Pro Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars.

Dealers: If you want to purchase a new Chrysler 300 SRT8, we have dealers in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Manufacturer’s website: http://www.drivesrt.com/2013/300-srt/

  1. Jeff bailey 4 years ago

    Just wondering why you gave the 300 SRT8 5 out of 5 stars and the Charger Daytona and the Challemger R/T 4 out of 5 stars? Is it the extra 100 HP of the 6.4 L?

    • Jerry 4 years ago

      Half of my rating system takes into consideration the value proposition of a car. In other words, how does the car stack up to other cars in the same segment that it competes with. I found the SRT 300 to be an outstanding value versus similar sized large sedans.

      Thanks for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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