What’s in a Name? Chrysler 300 S & Chrysler 300 SRT8 – Two Definitions of Performance

To hear someone mention the term “high performance,” it’s difficult not to call to mind a vehicle such as the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. A monstrous 6.4L Hemi® V8 engine producing an estimated 470 HP, a new two-mode Adaptive Damping Suspension, 20″ aluminum SRT design wheels, performance-tuned steering—it’s features like these that have the Chrysler 300 SRT8 quickly becoming a benchmark by which other performance vehicles are measured.

However, not every driver needs his car to go 0 to 60 in less than five seconds, nor does he expect to power through quarter miles in less than 13 seconds (two things the 300 SRT8 is capable of doing). Some drivers measure performance by different methods altogether—the car’s tendency to turn heads, for example, or its ability to combine get-it-done horsepower with excellent fuel economy.

For these drivers, Chrysler has the 2012 300 S, a sleek and luxurious vehicle that performs on a level all its own. Take, for example, the Beats by Dr. Dre® sound system that comes standard on the 300 S. Nowhere will you find a better sound experience and, thanks to the monochromatic exterior appearance, you certainly won’t find it in a more confident and therefore sexier-looking ride.

And while the 300 SRT8 is tuned for peak driving performance and the 300 S has curb appeal for days, both do more than hold their own in the opposite respect. That is, the SRT8 is as luxurious and good-looking as it is powerful, sure to turn heads with the best of them. As for the 300 S, with a four-wheel independent suspension, a standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 engine with eight-speed transmission (or the 5.7L Hemi® V8 engine available upgrade), it’s no slouch either when it comes to handling and power. The bottom line is this—no matter how you define performance, where you find it never changes. It’s at your local Chrysler dealer.

Compare the 300 SRT8 and the 300 S in even greater detail by using the Build-and-Price shopping tool at Chrysler.com.

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