Chrysler Australia is preparing to launch a new, slightly de-contented version of its 300 SRT8 performance sedan for the Australian market. The planned SRT8 model comes in response to feedback from Aussie buyers, many of whom have expressed interest in a car with the 300 SRT8's performance, but without all of the high-end features and the big sticker price.

The Chrysler 300 STR8 currently sells for around $66,000 Australian; the intended price for the new, stripped down version of the car is reported to be under $60k Australian. That would make the car an even stronger competitor for rear-drive, V8 powerhouses like the HSV Clubsport, which was recently reintroduced at $64,990 AU.

Russ Ruedisueli of Chrysler Australia tells the Brisbane Times that the lower-spec 300 will do away with things like adjustable suspension, adaptive cruise control and forged alloy wheels, while still offering the massively strong 6.4-liter Hemi V8. In fact, this "core" model SRT8 figures to be a bit quicker than the loaded version, thanks to a lighter curb weight.

SRT's Ralph Gilles has indicated that the core 300 SRT8 is being produced now, indicating that the models should be ready for Australian consumption by the middle part of 2013.


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      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      "expressed interest in a car with the 300 SRT8's performance, but without all of the high-end features and the big sticker price" Dodge Charger?
        Simplifythenaddbeer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        No Dodge Chargers in Australia. The only new Dodge on sale here is the Journey, but we recently had the Calibre, Nitro & Avenger. Such a shame, I reckon the Charger would do well here.
        lostboyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        What Kyle said is correct, also dodges are only in the NAFTA market, chrysler is sold everywhere in the world (except the UK, they are lancia themas there)
          Charles Houghton
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lostboyz
          Europe gets it as the Lancia Thema, the UK still calls it the Chrysler 300c.
      Kris O.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So when will they be coming stateside? Also what about a stripped down v8 challenger? It would be nice to ditch the $1k aluminum wheels without having to add a higher priced package. More importantly, where is the stripped down Jeep Rubicon models? Its a jeep, I dont need the carpet or the fancy stereo.
        Hoale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kris O.
        This ^^^ should be applied or at least considered for every car/truck. Should we make a high performance model? Should we make a stripped down base or performance mode? etc...Car companies probably already consider these options but I'm guessing it would eat away at profit margins.
          Fixitfixitstop
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Hoale
          I don't buy the argument that it eats at profit margins if the parts are all in the same factories. I really don't think it's not feasible that I can't, say, custom order a Subaru Legacy wagon when the same body is on the Outback.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't this where a Dodge Charger SRT come into play? Lower trim levels, but similar (or possibly even better) performance, but at a lower price.
        warren,
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yes.... but, well, no, because some people are going to prefer the looks and presence of the 300. I know I do. Don't get me wrong here, I think the Charger SRT8 is a fantastic looking car, but if I were at a dealership today, and you said I could have either for the same money, I'd buy the 300 without even thinking twice about it. Totally a personal preference of course.
        lostboyz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Currently, there is no dodge badge outside the US. The dodge journey is sold as a fiat freemont. So your only LX-SRT is going to be the 300-SRT. Does it make sense? Probably not, but that's why.
          Clutchey
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lostboyz
          Not true, you CAN buy Dodges here in Australia, unfortunately only the Journey and (until recently) the Caliber.
          Bo Mayid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lostboyz
          Sadly you are mistaken my friend; Here in the middle east we are very big on dodge, especially the RAM
          lostboyz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lostboyz
          by US I meant to say NAFTA, of course there are dodges in Canada and mexico
      truewhiteboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sooo...a Charger then?
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ragtopdodge
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares if it's cheaper. Offer a goddam stick shift for cryin' out loud!
      Kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's our 300 ACR? That's what I want to see stateside
        marchingcav
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kyle
        the same reason u will not see a e class "black series" amg. not worth the investment
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad it keeps the seats and the 8.4" big screen. The Super Bee loses too much in the decontenting game IMO. Base level 6-speaker audio, cloth seats with a silly stripe on them, no nav, etc for $45K.....yeah right. $32 maybe, not 45.
      rollie
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am 65 years old. I have had 2 'vetts, 2 GTO's, three big block cars, several "Hot-Rodded" sleepers and a smattering of forign sportscars. I always looked for one thing. The car with the most power. I didn't want fancy wheels, air conditioning "zones", anti lock brakes, stability control, power trunk lids, adjustable suspention, dolby surround sound, eight speed automatic transmission, "Corinthian Leather", power seats, or my car telling me that my tire pressure was low or that I needed to get an oil change. Please give me a car I can buy today without carpeting, delux steering wheel, and sixhundred other options that I do not need. Give me a fast, cheap car. Please.
      Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Same model year generation as Honda Ridgeline.
      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Truth be told, Australians are the world's REAL car guys.
      howzz1854
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should really bring back the Super Bee old days when people didn't really care about the extra accesaries and just want the core version of the car.
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @howzz1854
        They did that last year. It's called....ummm...hmmm...what's it call?....oh right, the SRT Charger Super Bee. ;)
          justgoawaymad
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          And it was a neet looking car that was a loaded up pig. I think you may have missed the point....less content less weight, less to go wrong.
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