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by Brett Davis

A range of reports to come out of the US recently, particularly worldcarfans.com, have captured a test mule of the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 out on public streets. The details viewed in the images give clues as to what sort of specifications the range-topping 300C SRT8 will include.

The car captured was seen wearing a large Brembo brake package very similar, if not exactly the same, as the package featured on the Dodge Charger SRT8. This brought some speculation about the new car’s engine. According to a number of reports, the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 will feature the same 6.4-litre HEMI V8 as the Charger, with cylinder deactivation technology.

If this is the case, we could expect the new 300C SRT8 to slash previous 0-100km/h times from 5.6 seconds down into the four-second range with help from the new engine. In the Charger SRT8, the engine outputs 347kW of power and 630Nm of torque – easily out-powering the current 300C SRT8’s offering of 317kW and 569Nm.

Other revisions expected to appear on the new model include Chrysler’s adaptive damping suspension system. The technology electronically takes into account a number of inputs – including speed, steering angle, throttle position and lateral force – and adjusts the suspension damping accordingly for optimum support.

Another feature that is also rumoured to appear on the new model is a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with paddle-shift control. However, a five-speed auto with paddle shifters may remain in place as the standard choice.

Like the existing model, a range of sporty elements will also be included in the new model such as 20 inch alloy wheels, various chrome trimming details including exhaust outlets, a rear diffuser and slight revisions to the body and front bumper bar.

The new 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 isn’t expect to hit the showrooms until some time next year and could be unveiled at the 2011 Los Angles Auto Show in November. We’ll keep you updated.