2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 – 465-horsepower 6.4L V8 image

After they announced the introduction of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, the American automaker has unveiled today the new 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8.

Unlike the old 300C SRT8, the new 2012 300C SRT8 model has been influenced by the Italian design that went into the new 300C.

For starters, the exterior of the new 300 SRT8 has been sculpted to match its high-performance character. The front end retains Chrysler’s newly reshaed wing badge, but the SRT8 model gets a unique front valance and a blacked-out mesh grille.

The chassis is rounded out with an adaptive damping system, and enthusiasts can select auto or sport modes to determine the drive character of the car. Like the Charger, SRT engineers re-did the steering configuration for a more direct feel off-center. It rides on seven-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

Chrysler has kicked up the horsepower on the 2012 300C SRT8, courtesy of a larger-displacement 6.4-liter Hemi V8 rated at 465 horsepower. The power increase over the old model is 40 hp and 45 lb-ft (61 Nm) of torque. A screen in the IP includes a function to keep tabs on your personal 0-to-60-mph times, maximum lateral acceleration, and quarter-mile times, among other numerical bragging points.

The transmission is a five-speed automatic with AutoStick gear selector plus steering-wheel shift paddles. Though EPA figures aren’t out yet, Chrysler says the highway mileage increases by 25 percent over the previous model, which was rated 13/19 mpg city/highway.

Stopping power comes from 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers painted in a silver finish. Included as standard is the Ready Alert Braking system, which engages the electronic stability control pump to set the brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application when the driver quickly lifts their foot of the accelerator pedal.

Those seeking the luxury angle of the 300C SRT8 will find the updated interior from the regular 2011 300C a welcome change.

“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.

Interior upgrades include SRT-branded sport seats and steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim and racing-style pedals.

Look out for more updates from inautonews on the new 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 live from the New York International Auto Show later

The rear of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features a unique lower f

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

The front of the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 features an all-new gril

World-class stopping power comes from 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8