As the high-performance division of Chrysler, the SRT brand used the Chicago Auto Show to reveal new "Core" models for the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8. Similar to a move made by Chrysler in Australia, both of these new Core models will get a significant drop in price compared to the current SRTs, and each will get some new, exclusive styling elements as well. Both new models will arrive in showrooms this summer.

The Challenger SRT8 Core will start at $38,995 (not including $995 for destination), which is $5,780 less than the SRT8 currently on sale. Along with the lower price, this new configuration gets classic colors like Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat (shown at right), and all models get black accents on the grille, a spoiler, 20-inch wheels and Brembo brake calipers. The interior also gets some unique elements such as cloth inserts on the seats (also used on the SRT Viper) and a "mini-carbon bezel" on the instrument panel.

As for the 300 SRT8, the Core version has a new price of $43,995 marking a drop of $5,000 over the current 300 SRT8 base model. This car also gets similar upgrades – inside and out – as the Challenger SRT8, but it will also have plenty of matte carbon and piano black interior accents and the option of red-painted calipers. The finishing touch on this model is the addition of the "6.4L" fender badges, which is a first for the 300 SRT8.

It isn't clear what, if any, equipment has been de-contented to create this new lower price, but we're sure buyers looking to get behind the wheel of either one of these products will be happy. Scroll down to read more about the Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models.
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SRT Brand Adds New 'Core' Performance Models to 2013 Vehicle Lineup

-New models of Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 offer a back-to-basics performance recipe for the enthusiast customers who crave the core power, handling and capability features of their cars

-Newly added and historically significant exterior colors HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat, TorRed Clear Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat make return on existing Challenger SRT8 models and Dodge Charger SRT8 models

-New 300 SRT8 "Core" model is available in eight exterior colors

-New models expected to arrive in dealer showrooms this summer

February 7, 2013 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand is expanding its "Core SRT" vehicle strategy from the successful Charger SRT8 Super Bee and SRT Viper by offering new 2013 "Core" models of the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8.

"With exclusive content, including the standard premium 'Ballistic' cloth interior from the new SRT Viper, SRT-tuned sport suspensions and distinctive exterior accents, the new Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 'Core' models are designed and built with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC.

New 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" Model
On the exterior, the new 2013 Challenger SRT8 "Core" model features a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, unique black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers.

New exterior colors for the Challenger SRT8 "Core" lineup include HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, in addition to the existing color options, which include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black and TorRed Clear Coat.

Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl are exclusive to the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 models.

On the inside of the new "Core" model, seating surfaces use the same premium "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by dark slate gray "Axel" cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts and feature a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models are powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance throughout the rpm range.

An advanced active intake manifold along with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and high-end power while still delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models accelerate from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" model is $38,995 (plus $995 destination).

New 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 "Core" Model
The new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 "Core" model features a 6.4L badge on the front fenders – a first for the 300 SRT8 – 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and standard black Brembo brake calipers (also available in red).

On the inside of the new "Core" model, black seating surfaces use the same premium "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by black "Axel" cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts. Various matte carbon and piano black accents surround the instrument panel, door bezels and center console.

Under the hood of every Chrysler 300 SRT8 model is the 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 delivering 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) of torque. On the highway, up to 23 mpg is achieved by use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. The active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

Eight exterior colors are available throughout the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 lineup, including Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Deep Cherry Red Pearl Coat, Gloss Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Ivory Pearl Tri-coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat and Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl.

The starting U.S. MSRP for the new 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 "Core" model is $43,995 (plus $995 destination).

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
The 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee features a unique SRT badge with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot on the new split crosshair grille finished in Gloss Black. Both front fenders tout the historically significant V-8 engine with "392 HEMI" badges first seen on the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Flanking both rear fenders are the legendary round Super Bee graphics, which now include the wording "Powered by SRT" to commemorate the modern incarnation of this celebrated performance icon.

Returning from the 2012 model are the five-spoke cast-aluminum 20-inch wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers that provide a unique performance look.

New exterior colors now available on the 2013 Charger SRT8 Super Bee include the historically significant HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat. The Charger SRT8 Super Bee is also available in Bright White Clear Coat, Pitch Black Clear Coat and TorRed Clear Coat.

The Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is powered by the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 (637 N•m) lb.-ft. of torque. On the highway, up to 23 mpg is achieved by use of an active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wide rpm range. The active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

Performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in the high 12-second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds; top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

The starting U.S. MSRP for the 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee is $41,995 (plus $995 destination).

All 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Chrysler 300 SRT8 and Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee models are built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks. For more information, visit http://drivesrt.com.

About SRT
The Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand uses a successful product development formula featuring five proven hallmarks: awe-inspiring powertrains; outstanding ride, handling and capability; benchmark braking; aggressive and functional exteriors and race-inspired and high-performance interiors to remain true to its performance roots.

The SRT lineup in the 2013 model year features five vehicles that are world-class performance contenders and bring the latest in safety technologies and creature comforts. The Chrysler 300 SRT8, Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 are joined by the SRT flagship Viper and Viper GTS models, which are making their highly anticipated return to the high-performance sports car market.

Follow SRT and Chrysler Group news and video on:
SRT site: http://drivesrt.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/drivesrt or www.twitter.com/chrysler
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/drivesrt or http://www.youtube.com/pentastarvideo
Chrysler Connect blog: http://blog.chryslergroupllc.com
Streetfire: http://members.streetfire.net/profile/ChryslerVideo.htm
Corporate website: http://www.chryslergroupllc.com


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      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      How can you guys do an article on de-contented models and not list what was taken out. That's the main point of the article. I'm hard on you guys sometimes but please put more effort and research in. We depend on you guys
        Peter_G
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        "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." So take that $5800 bucks you save and swap in parts you would probably already change on the top model to begin with, like a set of KWs and your own choice of wheels. My right foot is my adaptive cruise control and I can get a heated seat wrapper online for $99 that plugs in to the cig outlet. I'm thinking this will outsell the higher model easily.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        Check out this Autoblog article, I am sure this is what we can expect too for a $7K reduction: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/12/20/chrysler-to-challenge-locals-with-less-costly-300-srt8-in-austra/
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Taint
        At quick glance on the Challenger side looks to also not have leather, navigation, sunroof, HID's. I think if you look at the Charger SRT8 Super Bee compared to the regular SRT8 I think that will show a lot of the same differences as that model has less options and is cheaper than the SRT. Even looks to have the same wheels.
          Peter_G
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          For a performance oriented vehicle, I think not having a sunroof would be a bonus. Most everyone has some sort of decent navigation app on their smartphone unless you are using Apple maps :) HIDs on the other hand, that might give some people pause who still live in parts where there are no or very few street lights. Given Mopar's design it shouldn't be that difficult to switch out just the halogen for xenon from the higher unit.
      protovici
      • 1 Year Ago
      392 c.i. next to the 5.0.... In the garage.... Yes, please!
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      In case anyone is wondering why there isn't a Charger SRT8 Core, that is because that slot is already taken by the Charger SRT8 Super Bee.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Super Bee is the tackiest vehicle I've seen in a long time. There is one I see on almost a daily basis, bright yellow with UGLY decals. It is worth paying more to get a vehicle that isn't so gaudy.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      *twitching* So...many...choices.....about....to make bad life choice. Put it in the bank or Charger....or 300C? I guess it is good to wait.
      EvilTollMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a great idea. If I was in the market for a ball to the wall muscle car I'd seriously consider this. I'm not really even a fan of the chrysler rwd cars.
      citidriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love this. Like when muscle cars started being offered in the 60's, they had just plain interiors, not that many luxury/comfort/convenience options but had the beefed up suspension/drivetrain, etc. bits. I think this is great and GM (Chevy, Caddy) should consider a bare bones, pure performance version as well. I would think there would be a tiny weight savings from decontenting. Most of the electronic options aren't that heavy and maybe a cloth interior and less sound insulation might help. In any case, they would be special cars.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They need to do a core version of the SRT-8 Grand Cherokee. That over $60,000 base price is a bit hard to swallow. Especially when the last generation started at under $45,000.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        While it is certainly very expensive it's not THAT bad when you consider that a fully loaded Overland or an Explorer Sport will run you over $50k. Those cars weren't as expensive back when the SRT started mid 40's. This generation is also leaps and bounds over the previous gen.
      GFB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler has done well stretching the old Mercedes Benz W211 platform. Gilles design has held up well over the years but it's time for a new look and some clarity as to whether SRT is another car brand or just a badge engineering/mod house exercise. It is notable that Chrysler hasn't floated any new design concept cars at recent auto shows. Seems as if the car guys in Detroit are holding their breath while Marchionne decides what to do with them. Not good!
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      41K for a 300 SRT8 is very competitive. Consider what a Cadillac CTS goes for with a V6.
      howzz1854
      • 1 Year Ago
      i think the price will have to be $8000 difference for me to make sense. $5000 just doesn't seem enough of a drop for a core model.
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @howzz1854
        @Karfreek: The article didn't say whether they were decontented or not, although I'd assume there's some cost-savings to the manufacturer somewhere. Either way, the difference between an SRT & R/T is hardly negiligble enough to say that there isn't enough justification to buy one over the lesser trim level at the newly advertised prices.
        Street King
        • 1 Year Ago
        @howzz1854
        If you need $8000 off it means you cant afford it, and wouldnt be able to insure it or even put gas in it, let alone maintain it. Not the car for you.
          Street King
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          Its not decontented. The car will still out handle an R/T and run mid 12\'s in the 1/4. Nav is still optional - what else does the R/T have besides leather? I\'d rather have the cloth SRT seats than leather R/T seats regardless.
          Street King
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          The SuperBee has more content than your punched 2006 Charger SRT8 though...
          Karfreek
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          Not true. I have no issue affording my $36k RT, I keep it insured all year round, and it sits 8 months of the year. I feel like the OP, the performance gains are not enough to make the leap from a very nicely equipped RT to a stripped SRT. For almost the same coin.
          howzz1854
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          that's why you're missing the whole point. it's about LESS content, same performance, at a lower price. that WAS the old superbee in the olden days. not the new one. the new one is just a content filled cash cow.
          Karfreek
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          Looking at the interior shots, it has the interior of a Challenger SE. It is missing a lot of the SRT bits from the inside. The SRT seats are the same as an RT seat on a challenger so no loss there. These Core cars are very decontented. The details are out on the forums. What I see is missing from pics: Leather Auto headlights HID/Projectors ( you want them on this car, trust me, I have them) Forged rims SRT stripes The differences may not sound big, but if you sat in a 2013 Super Bee and a 2013 SRT Charger, the differences stand out. This model is not my cup of tea. It stickers for $4k more than my RT Classic and I like the creature comforts that mine offers. But I bought it to cruise in, not race on Friday night. But, there's an A$$ for every seat.
          howzz1854
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Street King
          get your head out of your ass. i have a SRT charger, and it's fully insured and i wouldn't pay $4000 less for a core model, i would have to be lower for me to consider. if i remember correctly, the good old days of Superbee model was a lot less than top model.
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      HUGE price drop on the 300 SRT8! That's awesome news. I am guessing it will see a similar de-contenting to the 300 SRT8 model going to be offered in Australia. No leather, no heated seats, etc. That's great news for the price, but for a vehicle as nice as the 300, I'd want some nice leather thrones. I do have to say that the giant badges look a bit tacky on the side of the vehicle though. Hopefully they are just held on with adhesive so they can easily be removed by the owner if they choose to do so.
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Challenger desperately needed it. It's not even in the conversation with Camaro SS 1LE and Boss 302. It would still get stomped by those two, but at least not more expensive anymore. 300 SRT8 - it's really kind of in a class of its own (it's down a notch from the M5s, E63s and CTS-Vs), so maybe they're anticipating the Chevy SS Sedan?
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        Yes -- I bet there are some GM people with a lump in their throats. The SS was already going to struggle to compete on price -- now it'll have an even greater disadvantage.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          I'd imagine the SS will have an option manual so it would at least have that going for it for those who are.
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