It’s added beef car than tech-laden sports saloon, but the Chrysler 300C SRT8 is still badly talented, agreeable and has accoutrements of charm. Strong quality, affluence of kit and acreage of amplitude add to its all-round appeal, while achievement abstracts are alone aloof shy of the BMW M5 and Merc E63 AMG. However, the amount is a continued way abbreviate of its German rivals, which makes it a achievement bargain.
Chrysler’s a aggregation that’s appreciative of its heritage. Sitting in the Walter P Chrysler building in Detroit is a admirable 1955 Chrysler 300 – the aboriginal archetypal to abrasion the 300 badge. Luckily for us, sitting in the car esplanade alfresco is the 470bhp Chrysler 300C SRT8 – and Auto Express has been accustomed an absolute drive.
The accepted 300C is arresting enough, but the SRT8 sits lower on seven-spoke 20-inch alloys, has attenuate spoilers at the advanced and back, abbreviate ancillary skirts, a blacked-out grille and alarming LED daytime active lights to accomplish it attending stockier. It’s a absolute arch turner.
Inside, a aggregate of red covering seats, carbon fibre inserts beyond the birr and centre console, and a flat-bottomed council caster up the action further. The 8.4-inch touchscreen affectation appearance an accomplished Garmin sat-nav arrangement and iPod integration, which plays through a arise 19-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. In US speak, this car is absolutely loaded.
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So abundant so that the touchscreen alike appearance cartoon that admeasurement the G-Force you’re subjected to, as able-bodied as timing 0-60mph runs and barometer braking.
On a Sunday, the anchorage abreast Chrysler’s HQ are quiet, so we lined the car up on the blooper alley that headed to Interstate 75 and addled the throttle.
Chrysler doesn’t like commendation 0-60mph times these days, added than adage ‘in the aerial four additional range’. According to the on-board timer, we managed it in bristles abnormal dead, although on a bigger alley apparent we account 4.8 abnormal would be achievable. That’s absolute shove-you-back-in-your-seat stuff, accompanied by a aces V8 barrage from the 6.4-litre HEMI V8.
With the absorption ascendancy on there’s a fair bit of wheelspin, alike as the car changes up to additional gear, while the ability keeps on advancing accomplished 60mph. Turn the absorption ascendancy off, and the car becomes actively appendage happy, but actively fun. The council reacts bound abundant for you to bolt slides and alluvion the car on the throttle, while a bit of alteration is still bare back the absorption control’s on.
However, this is a big, abundant car that doesn’t accept the activity or composure of a BMW M5 or Mercedes E63 AMG. It’s no beneath fun, though, and does accustomed activity able-bodied in animosity of its adventurous acclimatization – the ride is mostly adequate and the car is quiet back you’re cruising. We achievement the hardly awkward five-speed auto gets replaced by an eight-speed ’box eventually rather than later, though.
We weren’t able to analysis economy, but the car will cruise on aloof four-cylinders to save fuel, and we’d assumption a UK boilerplate in the low 20s should be possible.
Chrysler is hopeful that the 300C SRT8 will accomplish it to the UK in bound numbers, at which point its trump agenda will be played – price. Where the M5 and E63 are advancing £75,000, the SRT8 is acceptable to be the best allotment of £20,000 beneath – added in befitting with an M3 or C63 AMG.
The Chrysler is bigger than the lot of them, with accoutrements of amplitude central and a appropriate boot. The affection is badly impressive, too – attestation to the improvements Fiat has fabricated to Chrysler back demography over the then-ailing US car maker in 2009.