Chrysler has added a more affordable option to its performance-focused 300 SRT8 sedan range, with the launch of the new Core model.
Entering at $56,000 plus on-roads, the new 300 SRT8 Core cuts $10,000 from the full-spec SRT8's price, coming in well under the Luxury Car Tax threshold.
This is no limited-edition model, either. Developed for Australia - where the new HSV Gen-F Clubsport has debuted at $60,990 - the Core arrives as a permanent price rival in the large performance sedan market.
Power in the SRT8 Core is provided by the familiar 6.4 litre Hemi V8, producing 347kW and 631Nm of torque, compared to the Clubsport's LS3 which offers 317kW and 550Nm.
To get that sort of power from an HSV, you'll have to move up to the 325kW $71,290 Clubsport R8, and then tack on the 340kW/570Nm $4995 SV pack.
The Core also gets all of the main SRT features, including an active exhaust system, hydraulic power steering and Brembo brakes.
On the outside, there's 20-inch alloy wheels with a twin-five-spoke design, a machined face and black paint treatment in the spoke pockets.
Eight colours are available: Gloss Black, Ivory tri-coat pearl, Billet Silver metallic, Jazz Blue pearl, Granite crystal metallic pearl, Deep Cherry Red crystal pearl, Phantom Black tri-coat pearl and Bright White.
In the cabin, there's 'premium' cloth black seat trim with white accent stitching and SRT logos embroidered, along with piano black bezels and matte carbon accents on the instrument panel and centre console.
There's also SRT performance suspension, launch control and the 8.4-inch Uconnect multimedia touch screen display system with SRT Performance Pages, which displays specific SRT performance data and information.
The 300 SRT8 Core is on sale now at Chrysler dealers around Australia with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $56,000.
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