Chrysler 300C 2010 Review
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WHAT IS IT?
This is the high performance version of Chrysler's near iconic 300C sedan. It has a larger capacity 6.1-litre petrol V8 engine, huge 20-inch wheels and plenty of goodies inside like leather clad sports seats, a 0-100kmh timer and this time around, a limited slip differential.
Priced at &74,990, the SRT8 leave little to be desired. Chrysler is pretty well on top of the latest gadgets and luxury developments and it shows inside the SRT8.
WHAT ARE THE COMPETITORS?
HSV's Clubsport R8 and FPV's GT are close on price and have similar engines and power output. But the SRT8 isn't as hard core as these two, it's more of a quick cruiser rather than a road going sports sedan.
WHAT'S UNDER THE BONNET?
Power comes from a 6.1-litre, Hemi V8 with overhead valves. It aint the latest artillery but is good for 317kW/569Nm output that propels the SRT8 in the way you'd expect - fast. It drives the rear wheels via a sequential five speed auto.
HOW DOES IT GO?
Like a train _ we used the built-in 0-100kmh timer and clocked a 5.35 second split. A hotshot would do better. Has a pleasing rumble from the wide spaced dual outlet exhaust and plenty of kick in the mid and high rev ranges.
IS IT ECONOMICAL?
It's OK, drive with an egg foot and it will do 12.0-litres/100km, boot it up and the sky's the limit. Chrysler claims a combined average of 14.0-litres/100km.
IS IT 'GREEN'?
IS IT SAFE?
Has all the necessary kit - multiple air bags, stability control so goes close to a five star crash rating. Inherently safe with big Brembo brakes, large tyre contact patch sports calibrated stability control. Weighs in at just over 1900kg. Look out little cars.
IS IT COMFORTABLE?
Superbly. Despite being the "sport" version, has comfy and controlled ride, minimal noise intrusion, large soft seats and plenty of interior room _ a "first class" travelling experience. Also scores a monumental Kicker 13 speaker audio system, the latest in 3D satnav, a 20gigabyte myGig infotainment system, leather, electric assistance everywhere, remote proximity entry, keyless go - you name it.
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?
Impressive. Not as sharp in the twisties as an HSV or FPV but still wieldy and fun to steer though the steering itself is a little too light and vague. rockets out of tight corners like a sports sedan should aided by that new differential. The Brembos as welcome given the power and weight of the SRT8. And all this in a pampered driving environment.
IS IT VALUE FOR MONEY?
You'll pay a bit more for the SRT8 but it's a bit different and more "bling" than the direct competitors. Value? Pretty good really considering the size of the thing and what you get. Beats a small European premium model for similar money every day.
WOULD WE BUY ONE?
Yep, the missus hates it but then what does she know. Hope she isn't reading this.
Range and Specs
|3.5 V6||3.5L, PULP, 5 SP AUTO||$11,990 – 12,500||2010 Chrysler 300C 2010 3.5 V6 Pricing and Specs|
|5.7 Hemi V8||5.7L, PULP, 5 SP AUTO||$13,990 – 16,990||2010 Chrysler 300C 2010 5.7 Hemi V8 Pricing and Specs|
|CRD||3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP AUTO||$13,420 – 17,600||2010 Chrysler 300C 2010 CRD Pricing and Specs|
|SRT8||6.1L, PULP, 5 SP AUTO||$19,690 – 24,860||2010 Chrysler 300C 2010 SRT8 Pricing and Specs|
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