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by Tim Beissmann

The stripped-out Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core has been unleashed, offering all the performance of the flagship SRT8 at a significantly lower price.

Developed specifically for the Australian market, the $56,000 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core is $10K cheaper than the SRT8 on which it’s based.

Despite the lower pricing, the 300 SRT8 Core delivers the full 347kW of power and 631Nm of torque from its 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine, giving it a serious bang for your buck advantage over the highly specified range-topper.

The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core’s sharp pricing sees it undercut the all-new HSV Gen-F ClubSport by almost $5K. The Canadian-built muscle car also outguns its Australian rival by 30kW and 81Nm.

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SRT8 Core customers are asked to make a number of sacrifices from an equipment perspective to justify the $10K saving, however.

The Core misses out on the flagship SRT8’s two-mode adaptive damping system, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, rear cross-path detection system, and satellite navigation, as well as its heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled cupholders, and boot cargo net and mat.

The 300 SRT8 Core also gets a basic audio system, with the number of speakers reduced from 19 to six; cloth upholstery rather than Nappa leather with perforated suede; and ‘All-Season’ rather than ‘Three-Season’ performance tyres.

Fiat Chrysler Group Australia says the Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core will be a permanent addition to the range, designed to offer a “more accessible 300 SRT option for dedicated performance enthusiasts”.

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