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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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    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

    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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    Default Re: Genesis R Spec or 300 SRT 8

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruissimo View Post
    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.
    Well I have know driven both 2013 R spec and 2013 SRT 8. Hear are my thoughts:

    Both cars are very nice: this is a matter of opinion, Genesis is more sleek while the 300 SRT 8 has a Muscle Car look in a good way.

    The interior: The SRT had the leather upgrade package and was far superior to the Rspec the only negative for SRT8 was the back seat had less leg room. I got back in my genesis and it felt kind of cheap by comparison.

    The driver experience: The R spec felt very quick in a subtle way whereas the SRT felt very fast had had a more deeper audible sound.

    I will wait for the 2014 Genesis but if I had to buy right now I would go with the SRT 8
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    Well, let me chime in on this.
    I find the Chrysler 300 one of the ugliest cars ever. I have my beliefs about why Daimler bought them, (Chrysler), and producing great cars isn't one of them. Styling is SUBJECTIVE, and you might not agree with my tastes, but after looking at the outside I have trouble even getting in a 300. The more hopped up the uglier. The SRT 8 is the worst. On the other hand I think the retro-challenger is the best looking of the current crop of pony cars. So I do not "have it in" for domestic makes.
    I want a car that is fast and comfortable and I am not embarrased to be seen in. I have a rocket fast motorcycle for when the performance bug bites, and the Genny is perfect for my 4 wheel needs. My only likely change is to go to an R spec when the new wears off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billfz1 View Post
    Well, let me chime in on this.
    I find the Chrysler 300 one of the ugliest cars ever. I have my beliefs about why Daimler bought them, (Chrysler), and producing great cars isn't one of them. Styling is SUBJECTIVE, and you might not agree with my tastes, but after looking at the outside I have trouble even getting in a 300. The more hopped up the uglier. The SRT 8 is the worst. On the other hand I think the retro-challenger is the best looking of the current crop of pony cars. So I do not "have it in" for domestic makes.
    I want a car that is fast and comfortable and I am not embarrased to be seen in. I have a rocket fast motorcycle for when the performance bug bites, and the Genny is perfect for my 4 wheel needs. My only likely change is to go to an R spec when the new wears off.
    Bill
    Obviously you like the Genesis and so do I (I own a 2009 4.6) I want to see what the 2014/2015 redesign has in store. It is a shame that Hyundai Genesis does not come with Blind Spot monitoring, cooled passenger seat a Pano roof, paddle shifters and the seat are the same as the 3.8. You can get these options on a Azera.

    The Genesis was a step up from the 1st generation 300 however (that's why I bought the Genny) the 2nd 300 SRT 8 generation leapfrogged the genesis especially the SRT8 vs R spec. The R spec stearing wheel fells cheaper than mine in the 4.6. Hyundai is real close to making a great car and hopefully the next generation R spec will leapfrog the SRT and once again raise the bar.

    Maybe you should stop drinking your own Genny Kool-Aid

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    The Genesis R-spec is a disappointing effort from Hyundai. The powertrain is quite nice, with lots of power on tap, and there's a serious set of wheels and tires: nineteen-inch wheels and available Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position tires. You can power oversteer and have a little fun, but the steering is awful. It's completely wooden and totally lacking in linearity and precision. It's heavy without being accurate and it ruins the driving experience for me. It just demonstrates that Hyundai has come a long way but they are not quite to the point where they can build a serious sport sedan. They need to spend a lot more time driving and tearing apart BMW M cars, Mercedes-Benz AMG cars, Jaguar R-type cars, and the Cadillac CTS-V. They don't know how to do a car like this and have taken themselves too far, too soon. When I was driving the R-spec, the analogy that came to my mind is that you can take someone with average cooking ability, send them to the fanciest grocery store in town with lots of cash, and have them buy the highest-quality ingredients, but it doesn't mean they will be able to create a great meal. With this V-8 engine and these tires and other components, Hyundai also has a stellar list of ingredients, but it hasn't combined them into a five-star meal. It all still comes down to the execution, whether it's in a kitchen or an auto-development center, and Hyundai has not yet earned its master chef certificate when it comes to high-performance luxury.

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    Chrysler 300 SRT 8

    Usually, how a car drives, not how it looks, is what wins me over. Completely scratch that with the new Chrysler 300 SRT8. Even though the sedan's insane amount of Hemi power is intoxicating, its stunning looks are even more seductive. While I prefer white paint on this model, our black 300 still had me swooning. The front grille is like a black lipstick smirk on an attractive fascia. The car has a great stance, and rides on a set of black-mirror-chrome wheels that immediately grab your attention. Everything on the dark exterior is a turn-on. I wanted to spend as much time as I could gawking at this car, not driving it. 470 hp and I didn't want to drive? That's one good-looking automobile.

    Chris Nelson, Road Test Editor

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    Personally I don't hold these as comparable vehicles. The R-Spec is the same car as the 5.0 with different interior colors, larger rotors, a barely thicker sway bar, and different dampers. It's not a performance car and the transmission programming proves it. I hold the R-Spec as comparable to one of the special edition 300Cs with a 5.7L. Hyundai does not have a high performance offering that's meant to compete with cars like out-of-the-way-designed-for-performance AMGs, Ms, or SRTs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brfatal View Post
    Personally I don't hold these as comparable vehicles. The R-Spec is the same car as the 5.0 with different interior colors, larger rotors, a barely thicker sway bar, and different dampers. It's not a performance car and the transmission programming proves it. I hold the R-Spec as comparable to one of the special edition 300Cs with a 5.7L. Hyundai does not have a high performance offering that's meant to compete with cars like out-of-the-way-designed-for-performance AMGs, Ms, or SRTs.
    [sarcasm]But Hyundai has an R-Spec commercial displaying a guy driving an R-Spec in a helmet, on a race track.[/sarcasm]

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