Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core lowers the price of entry; auto only though

For its new entry-level performance model, the SRT8 Core, Chrysler has stripped down the full-fat 300 SRT8, while dressing the new model up in some exclusive clothing.

Both 300 SRT8 models feature a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 with 347kW of power and 631Nm of torque bursting through to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission; there’s no option of a manual in either model, alas. Cylinder deactivation (shutting down 4 of the V8’s cylinders) helps fuel economy slightly, while there’s a Brembo brake package and lowered suspension standard on both editions.

Other features on the A$56,000 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core include self-levelling bi-xenon headlights, front and rear fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, power adjustment for the front seats with memory settings on the driver’s side, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless entry and start.

The audio system features 6-speakers, a 276W amp, 8.4-inch uConnect touchscreen interface, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, USB, voice control and auxiliary jack; sat nav is an optional extra.

Exclusive features for the SRT8 Core include plenty of 6.4-litre Hemi badging, SRT embroidered on the seats and blacked-out split five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

Upgrade to the A$66,000 SRT8 and you’ll gain two-mode adaptive damping, carpeted boot, heated and cooled cup holders, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and reversing camera. The entertainment system is upgraded with sat nav, a 900W amp and 19 premium speakers in total.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]