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2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8: Heart-Pounding Performance, Unbeatable Value

All-new 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 with 425-horsepower HEMI® priced at $39,995 including destination

With an additional 85 horses - 25 percent more power - Chrysler 300C SRT8 offers the ultimate performance sedan at a head-turning price

Zero to 60 mph in low 5-second range, quarter-mile time in the high 13-second range, 0-100-0 mph in mid 16-second range


Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan 03, 2005 -Even more HEMI® horsepower.

That’s what happens when HEMI meets Chrysler 300C meets Street and Racing Technology (SRT). The result is American muscle, wrapped in a stunning sedan and delivered by Chrysler for $39,995, which includes $625 for destination.

Chrysler announced pricing today for its all-new 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8, powered by an SRT-engineered 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 producing 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, and equipped with a host of performance upgrades and premium amenities. The 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 arrives in showrooms this spring.

"With the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8, we’re delivering the ultimate performance sedan," said Jeff Bell, Vice President, Chrysler Marketing. "No other manufacturer can bring together the incredible combination of the HEMI, the Chrysler 300C, and SRT. Chrysler does just that with the 300C SRT8, all at an unbeatable value.

“For less than $40,000, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 delivers world-class handling, benchmark braking, functional exterior enhancements, race-inspired interior appointments and a jaw-dropping 425 horsepower,” Bell added. “No one else comes even close to delivering the Chrysler 300C SRT8’s combination of performance and value.”

The 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is capable of remarkable performance times: 0 to 60 mph in the low 5-second range, quarter-mile time in the high 13-second range and 0-100-0 mph in the mid 16-second range.

HEMI Power

The heart of the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is its SRT 6.1-liter HEMI engine, which generates 85 more horsepower than the 5.7-liter version with more cubic inches, higher compression ratio, faster engine speed and better engine “breathing” through special cylinder heads and manifolds. The 6.1-liter HEMI engine was strengthened with components including a reinforced engine block, forged steel crankshaft and high-strength connecting rods.

The result is an engine capable of 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque -- the highest specific-output V-8 engine ever offered by the Chrysler Group, whose horsepower-per-liter exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 Street HEMI.

2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Features

The all-new 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is equipped with many SRT-tuned performance upgrades, including larger-diameter anti-sway bars, specially tailored spring rates, Bilstein dampers, Brembo four-piston disc brakes at the front and rear, and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels shod with Goodyear F1 three-season tires.

Standard features of the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 include front seats equipped with heat and memory functions, clad with performance suede inserts that secure occupants during spirited driving. Other features include an adjustable pedal cluster, “technical” leather trim on the steering wheel, shifter and door pulls, and special finishing on interior trim such as the center stack. Full instrumentation includes a 180 mph speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges.

Premium amenities include a standard AM/FM stereo radio with six-disc CD changer powering a seven-speaker Boston Acoustics speaker system, with steering wheel-mounted controls. Also available are SIRIUS® Satellite Radio, which offers hundreds of commercial-free channels, and a UConnect™ hands-free communications system with Bluetooth™ technology. This system recognizes up to seven different Bluetooth-equipped cellular phones and responds to voice commands, utilizing a microphone in the rear-view mirror and the stereo system’s speakers for hands-free conversations.

Functional SRT Exterior Design Cues

The 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8’s exterior styling combines premium elegance with functional performance enhancements. Redesigned front and rear fascias include unmistakable SRT cues, such as air ducting for brake cooling, as well as the specially designed rear decklid spoiler, which increases rear downforce without increasing drag. Other touches include a body-color grille insert with chrome collar, body-color mirrors and door handles, and unique SRT badging.

Available exterior colors for the 2005 Chrysler 300C SRT8 are Bright Silver and Brilliant Black. The interior is offered in a Light Graystone/Dark Slate combination.
 

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Cadillac salesmen, notwithstanding their fine V-series, must be swearing up and down - $39.9K indeed!
Huzzah!
 

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Grabbed this information from another board of mine. Looks like the February motor trend has a comparison of the CTS-V, SRT-8, and new GTO. The SRT-8 had the fastest speed through the slalom :eek:

Price:
GTO: around 34 K
CTS-V: 51,295
SRT-8: 43,295

Weight:
GTO: 3765
CTS-V: 3875
SRT-8: 4190

0-60 times:
GTO 5.0
SRT-8 4.9
CTS-V 4.7

Quarter mile:
GTO 13.3 @ 107.5
SRT-8 13.2 @ 108.1
CTS-V 13.1 @ 109.8

Braking 60-0:
GTO 121 ft
SRT-8 113 ft
CTS-V 111 ft

200 ft skidpad:
GTO 0.85g
SRT-8 0.88g
CTS-V 0.90g

600 ft slalom:
GTO 63.6 mph
CTS-V 66.8 mph
SRT-8 67.3 mph
 

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I need a Chrysler dealer that will gurantee, in writing, MSRP on the new SRT-8. I am getting some shakey feedback from a local dealer I thought would do it.

Doesn't the SRT-8 sound awesome!! I have the Motor Trend and they have some great comments about the SRT-8 in the article that are definately worth reading. It is everything the 300C is with a touch more here and there.

Todd
 

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Todd,

Call Bill Pemberton at Woodhouse Dodge.. I bought my SRT-4 from him, and he is doing the SRT-8's @MSRP... very reputable dealer, and a sponsor of the SRTforums.com website.

Bill Pemberton, (402) 426-4127 -- please let him know you heard about him at the 300Cforums.com website.
 

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Todd,

Call Bill Pemberton at Woodhouse Dodge.. I bought my SRT-4 from him, and he is doing the SRT-8's @MSRP... very reputable dealer, and a sponsor of the SRTforums.com website.

Bill Pemberton, (402) 426-4127 -- please let him know you heard about him at the 300Cforums.com website.
Thanks for the info!!! I may be up for a little drive after purchasing such a sweet machine, anyway!

Todd
 

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WhiteDiamond said:
Thanks for the info!!! I may be up for a little drive after purchasing such a sweet machine, anyway!

Todd

hey hey! Pflugerville ey!?

i went to school at Baylor and had several friends from there...nice looking high school on I-35

and i ate at that IHOP many a times! :)
 

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I would jump at the chance to pay MSRP. I've already had a dealer say they are not taking any less than $15,000 over MSRP for the SRT-8.
 

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Invoice is $36,708. There are four options on this car.

Sunroof = $874
Radio Upgrade (7 speaker system w/subwoofer) = $216
Option Group 1 = ~$600 (forgot to write down before I forgot)
Option Group 2 = ~$1800 (forgot to write down before I forgot)

I don't yet (and the dealer didn't yet know) what is in option group 1&2 but I had them add everything for now and we'll try to mod it later if there's soethign I don't want.

My order is in the system. Unsure yet as to delivery time frames since the dealership does not have allocation yet.

If anyone gets a confirmation of exactly waht is in option group #1 or #2 post it please.

-dq
 

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Invoice is $36,708. There are four options on this car.

Sunroof = $874
Radio Upgrade (7 speaker system w/subwoofer) = $216
Option Group 1 = ~$600 (forgot to write down before I forgot)
Option Group 2 = ~$1800 (forgot to write down before I forgot)

I don't yet (and the dealer didn't yet know) what is in option group 1&2 but I had them add everything for now and we'll try to mod it later if there's soethign I don't want.
-dq
Option Group 2 looks like DVD Navigation. The press release stated Sirius and Uconnect was availalbe so maybe Option Group 1 are those two plus something else.

All Season tires, 245/45/20 front and back is a no cost option.
 

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Is $36,708 US the actual price? Because if it is, that only works out to $44,390 Canadian which would be mean the SRT is cheaper then the AWD 300C.
 

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I am not sure about this List Price. It is my understanding that the MSRP is $39,995.00 with a fully loaded price of $43,585.00. I for one would like to see a confirmed MSRP of $36,708.00. What dealer has it at that price?
 

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I think we're looking at over $60,000 for the Canadian SRT-8. The Crossfire SRT-6 is priced at $64,000 CDN so im guessing it'll be around the same price or higher.
 

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Did the dealer have or know the Gas Guzzler Tax on the 300C SRT-8? It may be around $1800 or $2k.
 
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