2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
At the 2011 New York auto show, Chrysler's peeling back the covers from its new 300S, which strips off the chrome and wood and layers in some beats provided by Dr. Dre.
Essentially, this version of the 300 is the same as a matte-painted concept car shown to the High Gear Media hive mind back in November, during Chrysler's first-drive program. The S versions are a new aesthetic for Chrysler, dropping the more ornate trim and more traditional luxury bits in favor of piano-black and carbon-fiber-look trim, black chrome jewelry, and black or red leather trim.
The Dre touches are delivered in the 300S' Uconnect-powered audio system. Chrysler's big 8.4-inch screen and beautifully rendered graphics drive a new audio system centered on a 522-watt, 12-channel amp and unique equalizer algorithms developed by the Dr. and do-it-all music deity Jimmy Iovine. Sound gets pumped through 10 Beats Audio speakers and a trunk-mounted subwoofer.
Chrysler says the result is studio-quality audio--the best system in cars, period.
The 300S comes with either the 292-hp Pentastar V-6 or the 363-hp HEMI V-8, with luxury and all-wheel-drive packages offered. The 300S is one of the first Chrysler sedans to get the new eight-speed automatic transmission that's expected to boost fuel economy across the lineup.
The 300S hits showrooms in the fall.
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