New SRT8 'Core' Models Drop Features, Price

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Dodge’s and Chrysler’s high-performance SRT8 model vehicles receive a substantial price drop courtesy of a new breed of high-performance trim levels called the Core model vehicles. Challenger SRT8 and 300 SRT8 Core models strip convenience features like leather, moonroof, high-power stereo and fog lights in search of a lower price discounted as much as $4,780 than their full-featured regular model cars.
The trend started with Dodge’s special edition Charger SRT8 Super Bee that — compared to the regular SRT8 Dodge — used the less-expensive radio, standard hood, cloth interior instead of leather and ditched the adaptive adjustable suspension in favor of a fixed firmness suspension.

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Dodge’s Super Bee formula stays the same for this 2013 Challenger model, and the philosophy is applied to the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 and 2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core models. SRT engineer Marty Jagoda says the Core model cars should perform nearly identically on a track side by side compared to their more expensive versions.

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