Chrysler 300 SRT8: The most modern muscle car

Chrysler's 300 model, in SRT8 trim, boasts a powerful, big engine, but also a number of tech surprises. Adaptive cruise control, Garmin navigation, and an active suspension weren't available in 1965.

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
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The current 300 SRT8's engine might share the pushrods of the original Chrysler 300 models, but the big touch screen, adaptive cruise control, and active suspension certainly weren't available in 1965.

Like an old muscle car, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 starts up with a roar from its 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, then settles down to a low rumble that makes the car shiver as if alive. At the same time, an 8.4-inch touch-screen makes useful features such as navigation and a Bluetooth phone system easily available to the driver.

When reviewing the car, we found a largely successful mix of classic power and new electronics.

Of course, the bold exterior styling of the 300 has contributed to its success. Not many cars have a horizontal roofline these days.

Read CNET's review of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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