2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Elegant Performance


September 1, 2008 , Auburn Hills, Mich. -


A benchmark performance/value equation, premium amenities and race-inspired styling make the 2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 unique in the marketplace. Powered by the Street and Racing Technology-engineered, 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter HEMI V-8, the 2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 boasts performance-tuned, world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking performance and premium appointments.


The 2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 offers consumers the reknowned SRT performance:

0-60 mph in the low five-second range, 0-100-0 mph in under 17 seconds, 0.89 g on the skid pad, in an iconic, award-winning sedan loaded with comfort and style.


WHAT'S NEW FOR 2009


EXTERIOR

New front grille

New exterior color: Deep Water Blue Clear Coat, replaces Steel Blue

Sun roof now standard


INTERIOR

uconnect tunes standard

New front-seat head rest


POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS

New ABS and Electronic Stability Program (ESP) calibrations

New suspension tuning involving the knuckle, shock valve and ESP calibrations

Improved fuel economy results in a lower gas guzzler tax


DESIGN

The "face of Chrysler" sports an all-new front grille for 2009, resulting in a fresh face on the award-winning sedan. The 2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 also features a new color, Deep Water Blue Clear Coat.


The 2009 300C SRT8's exterior styling combines sophisticated, premium elegance with functional performance enhancements. Front and rear fascias include unmistakable SRT cues, such as air ducting for brake cooling, as well as the specially designed rear deck lid spoiler, which increases rear downforce without increasing drag. Other touches include body-color front and rear bumper inserts, body-color mirrors and door handles, and unique SRT badging.


ENGINEERING

The Chrysler 300C SRT8's 425-horsepower, normally aspirated, 6.1-liter HEMI produces 420 lb.-ft. of torque. The HEMI power is channeled through a five-speed automatic transmission with specially calibrated, driver-selectable Auto Stick, which offers fully automatic or manual shifting selection.


Chassis setup for the Chrysler 300C SRT8 is aimed at all-around performance, including SRT-tuned dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings, and large-diameter anti-sway bars. Revised front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height that's lowered one-half inch from the Chrysler 300C. For 2009, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) has been SRT-tuned and brake knockback mitigation software was added to the ABS system. The system senses lateral acceleration and effectively primes the system in anticipation of the next brake application.


Benchmark braking performance results from a four-wheel, disc-brake system featuring performance calipers developed by Brembo, each equipped with four pistons for even clamping. Up front, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 has 360 mm x 32 mm vented rotors, and 350 mm x 28 mm vented rotors in the rear. The result is 60 - 0 mph braking performance of approximately 110 feet. The SRT-exclusive braking system includes brake knockback mitigation software for even better track response. The system senses lateral acceleration and effectively primes the system in anticipation for the next brake application.


"The 2009 Chrysler 300C SRT8 was engineered to deliver customers outstanding performance to match the elegant design," said Kipp Owen, Director, Street and Racing Technology Engineering - Chrysler LLC. "With specific SRT-tuned ride and handling, ESP and ABS, and powered by the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine, customers will arrive in style after enjoying the ride."


PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Powered by a 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 producing 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the Chrysler 300C SRT8's powertrain and performance-tuned ride and handling offer a world-class performance sedan experience


Fuel economy has improved for 2009, resulting in a lower gas guzzler tax


Chrysler 300C SRT8 offers the ultimate in American sedan performance, and builds on the momentum of Chrysler 300C and HEMI


The SRT formula infuses the 300C SRT8 with sophisticated ride and handling characteristics, suitable for conditions ranging from everyday traffic to spirited driving on challenging routes


The Chrysler 300C SRT8 is part of a broad lineup of Street and Racing Technology vehicles developed under the credo "Race inspired, street legal"


SAFETY AND SECURITY

Please refer to the Safety and Security Glossary for descriptions of the following features:


Advanced Multi-stage Air Bag System

All-speed Traction Control System

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

Auto-reverse Sun Roof

Auto-reverse Windows

BeltAlert

Brake Assist

Brake/Park Interlock

Child-protection Rear Door Locks

Constant Force Retractors

Crumple Zones

Electronic Stability Program

Energy-absorbing Steering Column

Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS)

Height-adjustable Seat Belts

High-intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps

HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver

Inside Emergency Trunk Release

Interior Head-impact Protection

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)

Low-risk Deployment Air Bag

ParkSense Rear Park Assist System

Power-adjustable Pedals

Remote Keyless Entry

Seat Belt Pretensioners

Sentry Key Engine Immobilizer

Side-impact Door Beams

Standard Side-curtain Air Bags

Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) Display

uconnect phone


COLOR AVAILABILITY

Bright Silver Metallic

Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat

Deep Water Blue Clear Coat

Inferno Red


MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

2009 model year production start: July 2008

Production location: Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada

6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine: Saltillo Engine Plant in Saltillo, Mexico

Five-speed automatic transmission: Indiana Transmission I in Kokomo, Indiana


MARKET POSITION

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 exemplifies the SRT formula of all-around performance at an attractive price with expressive yet functional design, stunning performance and luxury refinement.


DEMOGRAPHICS

Gender: 75 percent male/25 percent female

Median Age: 35-50 years old

Median Annual Household Income: $100,000

Education: 45 percent to 60 percent college graduate

Household: 73 percent married; 16 percent with children at home

Occupation: 45 percent to 50 percent professional/technical/managerial


MARKET ADVANTAGES

Offers the ultimate in American sedan performance

Powered by an SRT-engineered, 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 producing 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque

Functional, performance-oriented styling

World-class ride and handling across a dynamic range

Race-inspired interior appointments

Benchmark braking

Benchmark performance at the best price


PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY


MODEL YEAR 2008

EXTERIOR

Deck lid with integrated spoiler

Taillamps

Bodyside moldings


INTERIOR

Available side-curtain air bags

Available SIRIUS BackSeat TV

Available KICKER premium surround sound system

SRT-exclusive Reconfigurable Display

New instrument panel cluster

New center console

LED lighting in the front cup holders and front- and rear-door map pockets

Dark Slate Gray interior color


POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS

Adaptive Cruise Control with special Electronic Stability Control (ESP) calibration

Tip start

Remote start


MODEL YEAR 2007


EXTERIOR

New colors: Steel Blue Metallic Clear Coat and Inferno Red


INTERIOR

Optional Rear-Seat Video System, including KICKER Mobile Surround Sound


PACKAGES

SRT Track Experience-Standard


MODEL YEAR 2006

Introduction of new high-performance version of the Chrysler 300 with new 6.1-liter HEMI engine featuring performance-tuned ride and handling and premium amenities


EXTERIOR

Colors: Bright Silver, Brilliant Black, Silver Steel, new for 2006

Modified front fascia with integrated brake-cooling ducts

Rear deck lid spoiler

Body-color front and rear bumper inserts

Body-color mirrors

Body-color door handles

Unique SRT badging

High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps


INTERIOR

Colors: Light Graystone/Dark Slate

Power adjustable sport seats: Seats have performance suede inserts, front and rear seats include heat and memory functions

Adjustable pedal cluster with memory

"Technical" leather-trimmed steering wheel

Trim includes special finishing on center stack, door pulls, door trim, shifter, steering wheel

Full instrumentation with 180-mph (300-kph) speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges. Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) display included in instrument panel

AM/FM radio with six-disc CD changer

Boston Acoustics speaker system

Steering wheel-mounted audio controls

Available 13-speaker KICKER Audio System with 322-watt amplifier and 100-watt subwoofer

Available DVD system with center console-mounted flip-up screen

Available SIRIUS Satellite Radio

Available UConnect Hands-free Communication System with Bluetooth technology

Automatic temperature control system with dual-zone controls and infrared temperature sensing

Advanced multi-stage air bag system

Occupant Classification System (OCS)


POWERTRAIN

New 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI engine

Five-speed automatic transmission

Specially calibrated driver-selectable AutoStick

Heavy-duty four-flange prop shaft

Upgraded differential and axles

Orange-painted cylinder block and black valve covers


CHASSIS

SRT-tuned dampers

Specially tailored spring rates

Specially tailored suspension bushings

Electronic Stability Program tuned for SRT performance handling

New 20-inch forged aluminum wheels

High-performance Goodyear F1 three-season 245/45/20 tires, front, and 255/45/20, rear, with asymmetrical tread

Available four-season tires

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Four-wheel Brembo performance disc brakes with four-piston calipers; 360 x 32 mm vented rotors, front; and 350 x 28 mm vented rotors, rear

Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)


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