The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is changing the way we look at luxury and performance, and combining these two items with solid fuel economy is only the beginning. How does the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 stack up against the Porsche Panamera S? Quite well, and for about half the price.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 (MSRP $48,470) carries on a storied tradition of luxury and power, and boasts one of the greatest performance values going. No other car can offer as much luxury and power for less than $50,000. Not only does it offer incredible value, but it can even outperform cars costing twice as much, like the 2012 Porsche Panamera S (MSRP $90,300).
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that produces devastating power – to the tune of 470 hp and 470 lb/ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission, and acceleration is absolutely neck-snapping: zero-to-60 in a mere 4.5 seconds, and the quarter-mile in 13 seconds flat according to Motor Trend. Braking is equally impressive; the 300 SRT8 goes from 60 back to zero in a mere 114 feet thanks to its massive four-piston Brembo calipers.
By comparison, the 4.8-liter V8 in the Porsche Panamera S only generates 400 hp and 369 lb/ft of torque. The 5.2-second zero-to-60 time of the Panamera S is no match for the 300 SRT8.
The 300 SRT8, with more than 70 hp and 101 extra lb/ft of torque on tap than the Panamera S, features Fuel Saver Technology. It can run on four cylinders when full power isn’t needed, resulting in the nearly the same fuel consumption as the Panamera S – 23 mpg highway compared to the Panamera S’s 24 mpg.
Want to time yourself to see how quickly you can accelerate? No problem. An Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) in the 300 SRT8 keeps track of a number of performance metrics––such as lateral and longitudinal g-forces, zero-to-60 acceleration, eighth-mile and quarter-mile times and 60-to-zero braking distance––and displays them on Performance Pages you access via a new 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch™ touchscreen in the instrument panel. The 300 SRT8 also features a Garmin navigation system and Uconnect Voice Command. You won’t find these features in the Panamera.
The team of SRT engineers at Chrysler tuned the suspension and steering on the 300 SRT8 so well that the car responds immediately and athletically to every input. The Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS) has two settings, “Auto” and “Sport,” which change the 300 SRT8 from a compliant freeway cruiser to a taut, athletic, back-road carver with the push of a button.
After hot lapping in the 300 SRT8, the pure exhilaration of driving this American wondercar will put a grin on your face.
The 300 SRT8 wears a new front fascia that balances timeless American luxury-sedan looks with a modern, aggressive appearance featuring LED headlamps and black chrome surrounding the grille. Standard 20-inch wheels are a full two inches bigger than the standard wheels on the Panamera S.
By comparison, the exterior aesthetics of the Panamera are confusing. Is it a luxury sedan? Is it a 911? It’s hard to tell. While the look of the Panamera is polarizing, nobody will deny the attractive, award-winning appearance of the 300 SRT8.
The 300 SRT8 interior strikes a perfect balance between luxury sedan and muscle car. Drivers are welcomed with a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel that’s contoured perfectly to the hands. Not only does the 300 SRT8 steering wheel look the part, but its paddle shifters and tilt-and-telescope adjustment help you get the most of the car’s performance potential. The Panamera simply can’t compete.
The leather-upholstered, heated and ventilated seats are heavily bolstered to keep your body in place as g-forces try to yank you from side-to-side, while carbon fiber trim accents lend an added touch of sport and sophistication typically found on cars costing thousands more. For that ultra-premium look and feel, the 300 SRT8 is available with Poltrona Frau® “Foligno” leather door trim, instrument panel and center console panels. The Panamera S, in contrast, uses partial leather for its seats.
Buyers of the 2012 300 SRT8––like buyers of every Chrysler wearing the exclusive SRT badge––receive one day of professional driving instruction from SRT Track Experience held at selected race tracks across the United States, a satisfying treat you don’t get with the Panamera.
Even if both vehicles cost roughly the same, the Chrysler 300 SRT8 would still compete against the 2012 Porsche Panamera S. When you consider you could buy his-and-hers 300 SRT8s for the same price as one V8-powered Panamera, there’s no contest. When it comes to value and performance, the HEMI-powered 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 wins by a long shot.
Because the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 is limited production, don’t waste any time. Stop into our showroom today and get behind the wheel of this American icon before they’re all spoken for.