Beyond that, there’s a 19-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system that pumps out 900 watts of audio power with minimal energy consumption thanks to the SRT’s innovative GreenEdge technology. Of course, thorough GPS and multimedia options come standard in most 2012 vehicles, but Chrysler wisely streamlines the process with Uconnect Touch and Voice Command options, all held together by the beautiful 8.4-inch color screen at the hub of the SRT’s interactivity.
Now, it takes no time to know that the car looks beautiful and houses some impressive technology, but how does the thing drive? You’ll be pleased to know that the SRT more than lives up to expectations in that department, as well. There’s a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 under the hood, resulting in 470 horsepower that you can feel as soon as you press the gas. The SRT blasts off with authority, going from 0 to 60 in just over four seconds, and all of this without draining your tank thanks to new Fuel Saver Technology that increases efficiency by 21 percent on the highway. To boot, “manual” paddle shifters and an adaptive damping suspension system give the driver more control than expected from an automatic transmission vehicle.
Chrysler calls the 300 SRT8 its “most powerful and best handling model ever,” and after spending a week driving it everywhere from crowded city streets to the coast of California, we can confirm that the claims are reality and not just press release jargon. The car drives like a dream and looks like one, too, inside and out. If that’s what you want out of a ride, look no further.