Chrysler Adds Frills to No-Frill 'Core' SRT8s

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Chrysler's SRT high-performance Core models are no-frills versions of the 470-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Chrysler 300 SRT8 with fewer convenience options in exchange for a lower price. For 2014, Chrysler adds a new Satin Vapor Edition appearance package to up the base Core models' unassuming looks with satin black highlights.

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Satin Vapor Editions sit on 20-inch forged-aluminum wheels and wear a satin black chrome finish and satin black mirrors, a gray 6.4-liter Hemi badge and red brake calipers. Inside, they feature Nappa leather seating with suede inserts. Each package has its own unique cost and slightly varying content and is tied to certain exterior colors.

By Joe Bruzek | February 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8: More Photos

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When you hear a term like "American anachronism" from a car reviewer, you know it's got to be something good. And as unapologetic muscle cars go, according to Cars.com's Aaron D. Bragman, the 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is as American as apple pie. Heck, this full-size, rear-wheel-drive sedan's fuel will cost you a thousand bucks before you ever burn a drop due to the gas-guzzler tax that comes with its 14/23 mpg city/highway fuel-economy rating.

Rest assured: Such concerns will evaporate nearly as quickly as gas combusts for anyone seeking the sort of titillation peculiar to this nostalgic sweet spot of the automotive world. The SRT8's 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, with its 470 horsepower and 175-mph top speed, will see to that. The version Bragman tested starts at $50,445, including a $995 destination fee and that $1,000 gas-guzzler tax, but you can spend nearly $63,000 with options if so inclined.

Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Aaron Bragman.

By Matt Schmitz | September 13, 2013 | Comments (3)

What Kind of Mileage Does a 470-Horsepower SUV Get?

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The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a monster. If you peek through the functional cooling nostrils atop the lightweight hood, there's a massive 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine that's ready to unleash all 470 horsepower. Amid the changes and upgrades for the new model year, there's an Eco mode and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2014's EPA-estimated 19 mpg highway rating is an improvement over the 2013 model's 18 mpg.

Does the 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT get that highway number in the real world with all that Hemi power?

By Robby DeGraff | June 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Does This Insanely Awesome Button Do?

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The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is home to perhaps one of the most appropriate buttons we've encountered in the What Does This Button Do? series. Mysterious buttons are rarely spelled out as clearly as the Jeep SRT8's, or as fun to use.

By spelled out, we mean the whole word, "Launch," appears on the button to designate the 470-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Jeep SRT8's Launch Mode. There are no acronyms or guessing with this button. What the button does is also made clearer by the awesome depiction of a drag strip's starting-line lights, aka a "Christmas tree."

By Joe Bruzek | June 4, 2013 | Comments (6)

2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core: Photo Gallery

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SRT versions of the Dodge Challenger just got a little more accessible. Chrysler's high-performance brand unveiled the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core model at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show; it's a lower-priced version of the traditional Challenger SRT8.

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Power is unchanged: The new Core version uses the same 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Exterior features include a black grille rear spoiler, unique decals, 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets and black Brembo brake calipers. The biggest story is price: The Core version starts at $39,990, including the $995 destination fee. The regular Challenger SRT8 starts at $44,770, including destination. 

Check out the photo gallery of the Challenger SRT8 in Plum Crazy Pearl Coat below.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 8, 2013 | Comments (3)

New SRT8 'Core' Models Drop Features, Price

Dodge's and Chrysler's high-performance SRT8 models receive a substantial price drop courtesy of a new breed of high-performance trim levels called the Core models. Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models strip convenience features like leather, moonroof, high-power stereo and fog lights in search of a lower price discounted as much as $4,780 than their full-featured regular models.
 
The trend started with Dodge's special edition Charger SRT8 Super Bee that — compared to the regular SRT8 — used the less-expensive radio, standard hood, cloth interior instead of leather and ditched the adaptive adjustable suspension in favor of a fixed firmness suspension.

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By Joe Bruzek | February 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Jeep Adds More Attitude to 2013 Grand Cherokee SRT8

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Jeep's amped-up Grand Cherokee SRT8 is already loaded with attitude, but apparently it's not enough. Two aggressive-looking appearance packages will join the SRT8 lineup for 2013.

The white Alpine and black Vapor special edition models add a new Black Vapor chrome finish to the standard 20-inch wheels; a black-gloss exterior finish; new hood and door badges; and a unique grill, light bar and step pad.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Video

Those looking for the most versatile performance car money can buy should look no further than … Jeep? It may seem odd, but the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and it can tow 5,000 pounds and carry the kids and their friends to and from school. That's a lot to ask from an SUV, but the Grand Cherokee SRT8 delivers, according to Cars.com editor Joe Bruzek.

By Colin Bird | January 16, 2012 | Comments (4)

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Video

As Chrysler continues to expand on the Chrysler 300, for 2012 we get the SRT8 version. The package sports a stronger engine, but what has really changed on the model are the exterior and interior looks, which are understated and more tastefully done, says Cars.com Managing Editor David Thomas. You might think it’s a performance car, but it’s really not, he adds. Think of this as a four-door muscle car with an accommodating trunk.

By Colin Bird | November 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Dodge Debuts Charger, Challenger SRT8 Special Editions at 2011 L.A. Auto Show

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Two names from Dodge's past return for 2012 with the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee and Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket. Both are appearance packages with interior and exterior add-ons including exterior graphics and embroidered seats with nostalgic flair. No additional performance upgrades are part of the packages.

The Super Bee name originated in the late 1960s and made an appearance on the previous Charger generation. For 2012, Super Bee Chargers are available in Stinger Yellow or Pitch Black exterior colors with unique graphic appointments for each color. The outside of yellow Super Bees have satin-black hood graphics; black cars have charcoal graphics. Yellow models also get a matte-black rear spoiler and black cars’ spoilers are body-colored. Both color choices have 20-inch wheels with painted black highlights.

By Joe Bruzek | November 11, 2011 | Comments (4)

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