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2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Review & Test Drive 28
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, Automotive, Chrysler, Chrysler 300, Chrysler 300 SRT8, featured, Test Drives on 12 28th, 2011

Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) group continues to inject astounding performance attributes into already excellent Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. Now, breaking off as a separate brand entity, the SRT group touts its most powerful HEMI engine found in new 2012 SRT8 performance vehicles including the all-new Chrysler 300 SRT8.

The new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the fastest sedan, along side of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, to make it off of the production line from the Chrysler Corporation. At the heart of the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is a monstrous 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine making 470 horsepower and a matching 470 ft.-lbs. of torque. The re-worked engine is a marvel in itself, which at the aid of technological advancements is able to still get 23 miles to the gallon on the highway.

At the point of diminishing return for all-things considered to be technologically advanced by today’s standards, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT still uses a prehistoric 5-speed automatic transmission. The new 300 SRT8 does, however, add shift paddles to a sporty flat-bottom thick-rimed steering wheel, quite possibly to give the driver a perception of added control with a limited amount of forward cogs. Though, having a 5-speed automatic mated to such a robust powerplant, the new Chrysler 300 SRT8 still delivers gobs of rear-wheel-grunt to the pavement even with widely spaced gear ratios. I had no problem painting the pavement with dark lines of Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber.

With the help of cylinder deactivation technology (Fuel Saver Technology), the new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is able to get 23 mpg on the highway. Not an excellent figure but it is an improvement over older SRT8 sedans. Unfortunately, the 300 SRT8 gets hit with a gas-guzzlers tax partly due to its low 14 mpg city EPA estimate. Possibly, a new 8-speed automatic, said to be in the works for next year, will improve fuel economy to at least avoid the extra taxation. During my city travels in the new 300 SRT8 I averaged 16 mpg. On the highway I saw a steady figure of 22.5 mpg traveling at 65 mph.

It is no denying that the new 2012 Chrysler 300 is a big vehicle. In the 300’s SRT8 trim level, the 6.4-liter 392 HEMI gets an excellent support network to compensate for the 300’s size and 4,365 pound curb weight. This “support network” is compromised of a beefed up suspension system with active-adjustable dampers, bigger disc brake rotors with Brembo calipers up front, forged 20-inch wheels shod in 245/45 Z-rated rubber, and revised front/rear fascias for a mean look.  The darkened grill, darkened headlights, rear spoiler and rear diffuser covering 4-inch chrome exhaust tips only add to the 300 SRT8’s performance oriented character.

Surprisingly, when you get down and dirty with the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 pushing it to its limits, it keeps its composure for such a large car. The rear suspension is very soft for a sedan that has 470 horsepower. However, a Sport mode hidden within the 300 SRT8’s 8.4-inch LCD touch screen controls menu will stiffen the dampers eliminating the float in the rear for better stability. Additionally, the sport mode will add weight to the hydraulic steering rack and change shift patterns for optimal performance.  The Dodge Charger SRT8, has a rear suspension setup that is said to be about 40% stiffer than it’s sibling the Chrysler 300 SRT8.  Suspension, exclusively tuned for the 300 SRT8, is one item on a very short list of unique characteristics that set the Charger SRT8 apart from the 300 SRT8. Otherwise, they share an identical drivetrain.

Performance mixed with a quant taste of luxury is where the Chrysler 300 SRT8 is positioned. When compared to the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, the 300 SRT8 blends a bit more luxury into the equation aside from virtually identical straight-line performance. When all of the performance attributes of the new 300 SRT8 are working in sync, you are able to reach 60 mph in a quick 4.5 seconds, run a full quarter mile in 13.0 seconds and have the confidence to throw it into sharp corners on a race track. Those figures will easily leave the BMW 550i glancing at the 300 SRT8’s LED taillights while listing to the HEMI’s rumble fade into a distant memory. Although the new 300 SRT8 won’t bite back at the Cadillac CTS-V, it tends to keep German competitors on their toes.

On the inside of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the cabin falls a little short of expectations on a vehicle just over $50 grand. This is not to say that the interior of the Chrysler 300 SRT8 is cheap by any means. After-all, the dashboard is wrapped in leather, the bright bluish cluster gauges instantly pop into focus, deeply bolstered heated and ventilated leather front seats with suede inserts are supportive yet comfy, carbon fiber trim laces the dash and shifter areas, and the touch-screen interface integrates most vehicle controls nevertheless proving to be user-friendly.

During our previous review of the 2011 Chrysler 300C, I took special notice to the new 8.4-inch screen and the upgraded Chrysler Uconnect system. The new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 takes the system even a step further by integrating vehicle performance data, something that the SRT brand has offered for a few years now in a much smaller two-tone screen in the dash cluster. This time, by allowing the driver to interact with SRT vehicle performance data via a “Performance Pages” option on the large 8.4-inch LCD touch-screen, the driver and passenger are better able to read and decipher data on the fly. For instance, the G-force meter is now an easy-to-see graphic representation in full color for metering g forces. Additionally, the SRT vehicle performance data screens allow the driver to record acceleration times and braking times. For those compelled to utilize this data for driver improvements, Chrysler throws in a one-day SRT driver school when you purchase a new Chrysler 300 SRT8. This is further proof that the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 may serve as a dual-purpose vehicle satisfying you on daily commutes as well as on the track.

Putting performance on the back burner, which is hard to do in the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, you may take notice to other excellent aspects of such a dynamic vehicle. For starters, the heated and cooled front cup holders are an intuitive part of the new Chrysler 300. Moreover, the optional dual-pane panoramic sunroof with a power shade adds a bit of functional elegance to the equation. My test vehicle’s adaptive cruise control (radar cruise control), collision alert, blindspot monitoring, rear fog lights, and cross-path detection, all part of an optional SafetyTec package, adds convenience and safety. The 900-watt 18-speaker system sounds good but suffers from abnormal vibration sounds from the rear panel.

The all-new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 beckons to be the only vehicle in your stable as it proves to be a capable performer on the track and at the same time, a favorable luxury vehicle for those long commutes or road trips. The SRT division has continued a tradition of being exceptional at offering performance versions of many vehicles that would otherwise require owners taking to aftermarket venders potentially costing thousands more. With that in mind, having an as-tested price of $54,430 I can honestly say that the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is worth every penny.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Chrysler 300 SRT8 $47,170 As-Tested Chrysler 300 SRT8 $54,430
  • Engine: 6.4-liter HEMI 392 V8 470 horsepower @ 5200rpm / 470 ft-lbs. torque @ 4200rpm
  • Wheelbase: 120.2in.
  • Total length: 198.6in.
  • Total width: 74.2in.
  • Total height: 58.2in.
  • Track: f/r-63.4/63.1in.
  • Weight distribution: f/r-52%/48%
  • Headroom: f/r-38.6/37.9in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.8/40.1in.
  • EPA interior room: 122.6cu.ft.
  • Trunk room: 16.3cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19.1 gallons
  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
  • EPA mileage specs: 14mpg/city, 23mpg/highway


2011 New York Auto Show: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Introduced with 465 horsepower 6.4-liter HEMI 20
Apr
Posted by Larry in 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, auto show, Automotive, Chrysler, Chrysler 300 SRT8, featured on 04 20th, 2011

It seems to be a trend with car manufactures pumping out some serious horsepower especially when it comes to the Chrysler Corp with the introduction of a 465 horsepower 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 at this year’s New York Auto Show. Chrysler already took the wraps off of another SRT8 product in the form of the new 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 sporting the same 6.4-liter HEMI V8 found in the 2012 300 SRT8.

All dressed up in tuxedo-like sheet metal, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 can be considered to be somewhat of a sleeper. Alongside of the 300 SRT8’s stablemate, the Charger SRT8, they will attempt to conquer the streets in a high-class fashion introducing advanced fuel saving technologies and a hot-rod attitude.

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Under the hood of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the new 6.4-liter

Hit up the lengthy press release below for all of the information on the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8.

Chrysler Brand Expands 300 Lineup With New 2012 Models Designed For Different Lifestyles

• All-new Chrysler 300 SRT8® with its 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 offers ultimate combination of world-class luxury and performance in Chrysler’s most powerful, best-handling sedan ever
• All-new Chrysler 300S Series brings a youthful and aggressive appearance with athletic style and sophistication
• With premium materials and world-class refinement, the all-new 300C Executive Series is the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
• Three all-new models bring uniquely distinct personalities to the Chrysler flagship sedan’s 2012 model lineup
• Available in Chrysler showrooms in third quarter 2011

The success of the modern Chrysler 300 launched in 2005 can be attributed to its broad appeal. People of all ages, incomes, and lifestyles were attracted to the sedan’s dramatic styling, power and performance. The 2011 model year brought the introduction of the all-new Chrysler 300, 300 Limited and 300C. For 2012, the Chrysler brand is expanding the appeal of its flagship 300 sedan even further by launching three all-new models, all with unmistakably bold American style, luxury and performance targeted at different owner lifestyles.

As the king of the lineup, the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8® adds high-performance hardware to the elegant proportions and head turning design of the 2011 Chrysler 300C to provide the ultimate combination of world-class luxury, power and handling. With an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, the 300 SRT8 is targeted at customers that seek heart pounding, adrenaline filled excitement, but don’t want to sacrifice comfort and innovative features to get it.

Appealing to younger, more urban-centric customers that want world-class sophistication combined with athletic-luxury and a more aggressive look, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S delivers. This 300 “street machine” features 20-inch aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, sport-tuned suspension, premium audio, black exterior accents and a monotone black or exclusive black with Radar Red interior environment.

Designed to be the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300C Executive Series with an ultra-premium leather wrapped cockpit, will appeal to customers looking to reward their hard work with a true American luxury vehicle that rivals the best the imports can offer.

“We’re bringing three new and distinct models to our 300 lineup in 2012 with the 300 SRT8, 300S Series and 300C Executive Series, each designed with specific consumer lifestyles in mind,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “More than an icon of simple American motoring, the Chrysler 300 is an icon of attainable style and performance. For those customers who live for the sport of being first, the all-new Chrysler 300 SRT8 is the no compromises king of the hill, featuring the ultimate combination of world-class luxury and performance in our most powerful, best-handling sedan ever.”

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) performance engineering team builds upon the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300 sedan already executed for a world-class luxury experience, to deliver Chrysler’s most powerful and best handling model ever.

Projected performance numbers include 0-60 mph acceleration in the high 4-second range; quarter mile in high 12 second range; 0-100-0 mph in less than 16 seconds, top speed of 175 mph and stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet.

Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving instruction from the Richard Petty Racing School as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.

The return of the 300 SRT8 to the Chrysler lineup in 2012 evokes a strong comparison to the original high-performance production car of its time – the 1955 Chrysler 300. Known for simple, strong lines, excellent engineering, high levels of luxury and outstanding performance with the first modern American V-8 engine to produce 300 horsepower, the first Chrysler 300 (C-300) was styled by Virgil Exner, who radically redesigned the entire Chrysler line and created what they called “The Forward Look” in 1955. Without much chrome on the sides, his designs were simple, but strong. Exner is credited with creating the illusion of fast, forward movement.

The Chrysler C-300 won on both the road course and the “flying mile” at Daytona in 1955. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events again. In fact, the Chrysler 300s dominated NASCAR competition in 1955 and 1956, taking the overall championship in both years. A legendary and luxurious performance car was born. The “letter cars” quickly became the most desirable of the Chrysler lineup and became known as the “Beautiful Brutes.”

Awe-inspiring powertrain
Under the hood of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8, the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 makes its debut in the Chrysler brand product lineup delivering an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, up 40 horsepower and 45 lb.-ft. over the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces.

The improved torque output – including an additional 80 lb.-ft. at 2,900 rpm – allows for inspired standing starts and improved straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed. An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.

Even with the elevated power numbers, an estimated 25-percent fuel economy increase on the highway is achieved by use of a new for 2012 active valve exhaust system that allows the standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm range. The new active exhaust system also allows for straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine load.

Specific fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction.

Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor console. Both are mated to the proven five-speed automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the race track.

Both methods give the driver the ability to manually shift the transmission. The transmission controller calibration in “Auto” mode prevents situations that might over rev the engine; while in “Sport” mode, it allows the driver full control of the shifting schedule. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

Outstanding ride and handling
New for 2012 is an Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) system that is tuned specifically for the Chrysler 300 SRT8 to offer a compliant and comfortable ride. The ADS system also uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral and vertical accelerations – to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions when necessary.

In addition, drivers can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from everyday commuting to more spirited driving situations.

The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system also has been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

New seven-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels and available three- or four-season tires provide great looks with fun-to-drive performance and handling.

Outstanding braking
SRT vehicles are well known for their world-class stopping power and the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted in silver finish. Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of new underbody belly pan with integrated brake ducting.

The standard Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.

Aggressive and functional exterior with available Black Chrome Package
An exclusive new front fascia has a modern, yet timeless appearance that is carried through with the all-new grille and new Chrysler wing badge. The black chrome upper and lower grille surrounds and rear valance strip are part of the available Black Chrome Package.

The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is one-half inch lower when compared to the base car and features new SRT-exclusive side sill cladding painted in matching body color for the “planted” look of a true sports sedan.

The rear includes a unique lower fascia with chrome accent bar, new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and a modified SRT8 decklid badge with new black accent. Rounding out the Black Chrome Package are the black chrome accent spear and exclusive black chrome wheels.

Race inspired and functional interior
The all-new interior environment combines world-class luxury accommodations with performance-oriented technology and appointments.

An all-new leather-wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel features a unique rim section with a flattened bottom surface showing the SRT logo. Standard paddle shift controls flank both sides of the new contoured palm rests while all audio and Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.

For the high-performance look, real carbon fiber interior trim pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel, door spears and shifter bezel and new racing style brake and gas pedal pads are standard.

The new full-color graphic EVIC with exclusive Performance Pages includes timers for 0-60 mph, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times, 60-0 braking distance, along with lateral and longitudinal g-forces within the touchscreen display.

The new instrument panel’s 8.4-inch color touchscreen display – the segment’s largest standard display – also has all the same Performance Pages data as the EVIC, and is further expanded to include steering angle, vehicle yaw angle, horsepower, and torque outputs along with engine gauges. The display is customizable to a driver selectable background.

An available Premium Leather Interior Package offers Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather wrapped upper door trim panels, instrument panel, cluster brow and center console side panels. Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest.

The standard heated and ventilated front seats have active head rests with the SRT logo embroidered in seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.

Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.

Safety and security
The all-new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features more than 70 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.

Chrysler brand’s signature SafetyTec Group is available on the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 and packages many first-time-available features including adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp.

In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.

Connectivity and Infotainment
New for 2012 is the available SRT performance sound system from Harman Kardon®. Producing the ultimate in sound quality, the 900-watt, 19-speaker system includes:
• Seven 3.5-inch Unity coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters located in the instrument panel, rear doors and rear deck
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
• One 10-inch subwoofer in the rear deck
• 12-channel, high-speed amplifier

The state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch 8.4N system provides all of the next-generation mobile infotainment and multimedia items to keep passengers connected between any destinations. With the segment’s largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inches), the easy-to-use system delivers world-class functionality with an intuitive user interface that was benchmarked against the best E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America.

Segment-exclusive Garmin® navigation on the premium Uconnect Touch 8.4N model provides easy-to-use maps, lane guidance and more than 6 million points of interest. SIRIUS Travel Link on the premium Uconnect Touch 8.4N provides real-time weather, fuel prices, sports scores and movie theater information to make any trip more efficient and fun. SIRIUS Traffic provides real-time traffic reports where available.

Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Touch, steering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver.

All-new Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Models Expand the Chrysler 300 Letter Series Heritage with More Personality and Style

• All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S series brings a youthful and aggressive appearance with athletic style and sophistication
• Chrysler brand redefines mobile audio experience with the world’s first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology on all-new 300S models, creating the high-definition sound experience the way the artist intended you to hear it
• With premium materials and world-class refinement, the all-new 300C Executive Series is the most luxurious Chrysler sedan ever
• Two all-new models bring uniquely distinct personalities to the Chrysler flagship sedan’s 2012 model lineup
• Available in Chrysler showrooms in third quarter 2011

With its dramatic styling and world-class power, the Chrysler 300 has appealed to people of all lifestyles since 2005. Now, with unique luxury and style appointments, the all-new 2012 Chrysler 300S and 300C Executive Series models broaden the appeal of the Chrysler brand’s flagship sedan with even more style in two uniquely appointed directions, while delivering world-class refinement, materials and grand-touring performance.

All-new 2012 Chrysler 300S Series
Adding an avant-garde appearance to the letter-series flagship sedans, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models take the American brand in a new direction with world-class ride and handling, discrete exterior styling elements, contemporary interior materials and state-of-the-art technology features.

“No chrome . . . no wood . . . matte carbon fiber finishes . . . unique black or Radar Red leather . . . our biggest wheels, and world’s first integration of Beats by Dr. Dre audio technology – the best standard audio system period. This is the new Chrysler 300S and it has an attitude that comes through loud and clear,” said Olivier Francois, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand and Lead Executive for Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC. “For the Chrysler brand, it’s not just about design, it’s about substance. And with the Chrysler team working with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine for months, I know the new 300S with its mapped sound waves, designed algorithms and unique Beats Audio components are a direct result from our model collaboration – a partnership between an OEM and the music industry – that makes the 300S perform with the power to play music as the artist intended it to be heard.”

With larger 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, wider all-season performance tires, touring-tuned (performance-tuned with HEMI® V-8 engine) second-generation E-segment chassis architecture with 25 percent quicker steering and 20 percent heavier on-center feel than the entry-level 300 model, the all-new Chrysler 300S V-6 and V-8 models are engineered for driving enjoyment.

Hinting that this Chrysler sedan was born with attitude and street-cred – unique body-color fascia accents and mirrors, and black-accented headlamp bezels with matching sculpted horizontal grille blades in black chrome replace bright chrome to give the 2012 Chrysler 300S a low-key street presence.

The interior of Chrysler 300S models exude an athletic-luxury theme with 12-way power driver and passenger front seats with large-bolstered and heated monotone cloth sport seats surrounded by an interior environment in black or Radar Red. Exclusive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing the enthusiast-designed interior are matte carbon hydrographic finished accents, replacing traditional burl wood.

State-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch 8.4 provides 2012 Chrysler 300S passengers with the segment’s largest touchscreen display (8.4-inch) and next-generation mobile infotainment, connectivity and multimedia features.

Uconnect Touch also controls the 522-watt 12-channel amplifier that integrates the heart of the Beats proprietary equalizer algorithm, creating the high-definition sound Beats Audio founders Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, require in their professional recording studios.

Behind the world’s first integration of Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ audio technology, the 2012 Chrysler 300S features a high-performance 10-speaker Beats Audio system. Delivering the mid- to high-range needed for studio-quality sound are three 3.5-inch speakers located in the instrument panel and two 3.5-inch speakers located in the rear doors. Two 6 x 9-inch front-door woofers provide bass, while two 6 x 9-inch speakers and a center-mounted 8-inch speaker located in the rear-shelf area provide full-range audio.

Maximizing how music genres from hip hop to Motown should sound and feel, an 8-inch Beats Audio trunk-mounted dual-voice coil subwoofer with sealed enclosure delivers tight, powerful, punchy bass.

[source: Chrysler]







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