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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8It's the brawniest, brainiest 300 ever.
Price was 300, always had that kinda big broad shoulder look to it. Then they bring out this next generation, and it's like steroidal. Everything's gotten more in every direction, visually, though it's based on the same sized car. Nothing sure of a Rolls Royce, looks bigger on the road. This is an SRT8. It means a big V8 motor, handling package, big boots, and as much Detroit as you can put on 4 wheels. You've got this very glitzy kind of big, massive, rolling kind of design in here, (pimped of this pattic?), full leap gauge layout with a nicely done color helper screen. But that's really an odds to my eye, with the Playschool Garmin Navigation System, and this the biggest screen in the business right now, with the exception of some really high end cars. 8.4 inch LCD. I absolutely love the touch response. This is one of the great, in terms of Chris (Ferraro?) response on the screen. Look at that, and that same clarity mostly goes for things like climate control, nice big buttons, pretty easy to figure out without the manual. Then there's player and radio. They break up media on to those two tabs. Player means anything that is on radio. So, you go to the source button here and you got, of course, your optical disk; SD card, not really popular; USB that will take thumb drives or iPad, iPhone; Auxiliary, of course is your vale safe backup and blue tooth streaming. Under Radio Standard Stock, AM/FM Satellite Radio. No HD Radio here. Serious brings in your traffic and weather information, which brings us to this screen. Here's our Serious Travel Link which has all those features, so you've got a fairly rich telematic system without having a full live Google search, which the best cars in the business have right now, but this is one tear down if you will. Oh, did you notice this? SRT Performance. You can turn on various sets of virtual gauges that are reading off the OBD Port that all cars have, but few cars surface. Now, on the phone screen, of course, blue tooth handsfree and phone book downloader, all that. Notice that you've got a static fixed set of functions down here. Kinda like your task bar in Windows. But that's good layout of information. I kinda always know where to look for my functions. They're basically always here, most of the time. Oh, check it out. Just got a text message. I can read that if I'm not moving, or since it's a car, I probably will be. I can have it read it to me. Hey, can you spot me 5 keys on credit doc? And I can reply with some canned messages. Now, the Gearbox is a little bit antiquated. 5 speed automatic. You've got a... A (Slapgate?) back here, for down shifts and up shifts, or you go to the cast aluminum paddles, which though they're mounted on the wheel, at least they're dedicated. One for down shift, one for up shifts. Oh, and right below those, are these weird little Chrysler, little rocker switches on the back of the wheel. They're totally hidden, buy there's a bump in the middle of each one, that let's you change selection. This one on the right is up and down for volume. The one on the left is up and down for track or selection. I don't think you don't ever need to take your hands off this wheel. Address. Not address in United States. 235 2nd Street, San Francisco, California. You say two (hun?)... One. Would you like to begin that? Yes. That's damn impressive. I'd rattle off the street address without saying individual digits, gave it city, gave it state and parts it all out, and did it no errors. It's not always perfect, but it's one of the best I've ever seen. Now, of course, the big part of the SRT8 story is the 8th, and that leaves in here. This big bastard is 6.4 liter, aluminum V8, that does it the old fashion way. No turbo, no blower, it's just big. 390 cubic inches of a... They really are to call it. This is sounds bigger to me. 470 horse... 470 foot pounds of torque, gets this big guy up to 60 in... About 4.9, maybe a little bit faster. The downside inch, you're gonna get 1423 MPG and that's on a good day, when you're not paying attention to the pedal on the right. Get into it more and who knows? In fact, this guy gets hit with a thousand dollar gas cover jacks, which I almost never see anymore. Let's go see what's worth it. The thing with a big displacement normally aspirated engine, has to do well, is half power ready all the time. There's absolutely no excuse. So especially at this price, of like 48,000 and this MPG of... I didn't wanna look. Average, 7.1. This is a car that has to deliver power all the time, or the point is missed, and this one does. Whether you're stop and go, whether you're getting on a free way, whether you're hammering it wide open and wanna go that much faster. The power is always there. The ride quality is firm all the time, even when I'm not is Sport Mode, it's got a ride that is definitely telling you, you're riding in a big car with super low profile tires and a lot of weight on the hook. And of course, in a lot of other cars, you'd hear me grouse about this being a 5 Speed Automatic, missing one, two, three, even four gears, compared to other cars today, but with this kind of cubic inches, it doesn't matter. It just overcomes whatever gear you're in. The SRT8 is a $50,300. Before you add, the (Doobie?) is $2,000 speakers or blind spot and adaptive cruise tech, that seems to guild the lily on a car like this. Instead, but it for what it is. A really fast steam roller with a downtown style, all it's own.