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    I will need to get a new car in the next couple of (6-12) months. I have had a 2005 Chrysler 300 C 5.7 and now a Genesis 4.6 2009.

    I always buy a newer used car 1-2 years old with 15K miles or less and my two choices are a used 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT 8 fully loaded for around $40K or used 2012 R spec for $36K.

    I may wait for the 2014/15 new Genesis, as my biggest compliant is you can get more options on an Azera currently (pano sunroof, BSM, Cooled passenger seat).

    My downside for SRT 8 is gas mileage and the 5 speed trans which may be update to 8 in 2014.

    The 300 SRT seems to be a pure muscle car sports sedan where as the R spec is a quick sleeper luxury car.

    Even though I really like my 2009 Genesis I am leaning towards the SRT 8. I have had good luck with both my Chrysler 300 C and Hyundai 4.6 when I have owned them.

    Anyone cross shop and test drive both these cars or run up against one (2nd generation SRT8) on the street, if so share your thoughts.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    based on those two options I would say the 300 might be better. In 12 months, the redesigned genesis will be revealed, for better or worse. It might even be on sale. I wouldn't expect any significant visual differences between the '12 300 and the '14 or even '15, so the car will be the current gen instead of the previous gen.

    That said, at least right now, you can get a BRAND NEW R spec for only a little more (39-39.5k).

    I would also recommend using caution when getting a used SRT8. Those are not cars that are bought to just run around town. Most people wanting the extra grunt will pick up the 5.7. I would suspect there are a lot less R spec sedans proportionally that are being run as close to the limit as SRT8s.
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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    I think you made your own case.. Based on what you said, the Tau 5.0 is what you are leaning towards. And IMO, I agree.

    And you already have experience owning both (with less powerful engines). Which one still seems fresh when you get in it? Newer versions both have slight refresh inside/out and drivetrain.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    Putting an 8-speed trans in a car like the SRT will not make it SRT worthy anymore. More gears = slower acceleration.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    300's are a dime a dozen. Too many of them around. Go with a Genney.
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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    The 300 is a very tired design and needs updating.
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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

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    The 300 is a very tired design and needs updating.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    Quote Originally Posted by homeofstone View Post
    The 300 is a very tired design and needs updating.
    I agree with most of this statement. The original 300 was a better-looking car than the current one that's been tweaked. To me, anyway.

    There was just something simple yet classy about that design. The new one's been Audified (especially in the headlights), and Lord KNOWS what's been done to that rear. I don't care for it at all.

    HOWEVER, if you're gonna spend most of your time inside your car, rather than appreciating the exterior... or want crazy power, go with the 300. If you want to admire your car every day, and have others do it also, go with the Genny.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    What really irks me about the entire SRT line-up, is no more Mercedes design and/or parts. Those E55 rear ends were damn near bullet proof.

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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

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    a used 2012 R spec will be closer to 30k in 6-12 months, and if the new Genny is any good, it will drop even further.
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