For those who love their fast wagons (comeon, I know who you are) Christmas has come early this year with the arrival of Chrysler’s 300C SRT8 Touring Wagon. For a car that looks so mean and can turn almost any head, the 300C has been a revelation for the Chrysler image in Australia. Chrysler has sold almost 1,750 300C from the beginning of 2006 giving them 32 percent share in the large car segment (upper large under $100,000).
So whats so good about the 300C SRT8 Touring Wagon?
Well apart from the Audi RS wagons and Mercedes AMG series wagons, the, SRT wagon is ridiculously fast for what it is. At 317kW and 569Nm @ 4600rpm the SRT wagon goes from 0-100 in 5.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 265 km/h, faster than many lightweight sports cars on the market today, not bad for a wagon!
The question remains though, its good and all to get from 0-100 in 5.5 seconds, but how does it handle? American cars have never had the best reputation when it comes to ride and handling and unfortunately as I have not driven the SRT8, I am unable to give my opinion, but I would be very interested to know from current 300C owners about the cars agility and handling.
The newest variant of the 300C family, like the Sedan SRT8, is powered by the SRT engineered 6.1-litre HEMI V8,
Ditch the reindeer – this year for Christmas Chrysler is exciting driving enthusiasts with the fastest wagon under $150,000, the festive season comes only once a year, but with a gift like the 300C Touring SRT8 under the tree, for only $74,990, you’d have to say it’s worth the wait.
With its combination of jaw dropping performance and style this is surely the coolest wagon on the road. And it’s great for delivering presents in a hurry! We have been able to secure limited numbers of this vehicle for Australia thanks to the phenomenal demand for the 300C – it is a huge hit with the public,” said Gerry Jenkins managing director for the Chrysler Group in Australia.
If you excuse the lame and badly scripted response from Mr Jenkins, there are some interesting facts in there, he is right, for $75,000, the 300C Touring SRT8 Wagon is priced very competatively and with 20-inch alloy wheels, performance tuned suspension and Brembo brakes the overall package consists of some very interesting parts.
The SRT8 Wagon comes with a high level of standard safety equipment including Electronic Stability Program, anti-lock brake system and advanced multi-stage airbag system. The 300C SRT8 Touring is the fourth SRT branded vehicle to be sold in Australia, joining the high performance 300C SRT8 Sedan, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8.
The 300C Touring and Sedan now share the same potent engine line-up; a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, 5.7-litre HEMI V8 petrol engine, a Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre CRD turbo diesel engine, and the high performance 6.1-litre HEMI V8.
Below you will find Chrysler’s media release, and at the very bottom you will find all the specifications:
The heart of the 300C SRT8 Touring, like the Sedan SRT8, is the larger capacity engine, which takes the HEMI® to the next level with 25 percent more power than the 5.7-litre version. The 317 kW, normally aspirated 6.1-litre HEMI® engine is the highest specific-output engine ever offered by the Chrysler Group. Its 52.05 kW-per-litre rating exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 `Street HEMI.’ Torque is rated at 569 Nm at 4600 rpm.
Ride and handling
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s suspension and chassis are tuned for outstanding ride and handling across the broadest dynamic range that customers are likely to experience. Chassis setup for the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring is aimed at all-round performance with a number of enhancements, including tuned Bilstein dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll bars. New front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height lowered 13 mm compared to the regular model. And, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has been specially tuned for the SRT8’s performance handling characteristics.
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring connects with the road via a new wheel and tyre assembly consisting of 20-inch aluminium SRT performance wheels. Braking performance goes hand-in-hand with the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s outstanding acceleration and speed. The braking system was specially designed to slow and stop the car safely, predictably and with maximum stability. It was designed to provide benchmark braking performance, setting a new standard for wagons in its class.
Within each of the large diameter 20-inch wheels are high performance brake calipers developed by Brembo — well known in racing and high-performance circles — equipped with four pistons for unrivalled stopping performance. Up front, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring has 360 mm x 32 mm ventilated discs, with 350 mm x 28 mm ventilated discs at the rear.
Design and amenities
Befitting its high-performance character, the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring exterior styling is a sophisticated treatment that resonates with the Chrysler brand’s premium character. Modified front and rear fascias help direct air flow, particularly through unique ducts that help cool the brakes. In addition, a specially designed rear deck spoiler, while refined in appearance, is also functional — reducing lift by 39 percent without increasing drag.
Other unique touches to the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s exterior include body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, body-colour grille insert with chrome collar, body colour mirrors and door handles, and unique SRT badging.
Four exterior colours are available: Bright Silver, Brilliant Black, Midnight Blue and Steel Blue. The interior is offered in a Light Graystone/Dark Slate combination.
Standard interior features of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring include front seats equipped with heat and memory functions, clad with performance suede inserts that secure occupants during spirited driving. Other features include a`technical’ leather trim on the steering wheel, shifter and door pulls; and special finishing on interior trim such as on the centre stack. Full instrumentation includes a 300 km/h speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges.
Versatility and capacity with extended cargo bay
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring wagon shares all the major attributes of its Sedan sibling, but adds the customer benefit of a 545-litre load area which can be expanded to 1,602 litres with rear seats folded, plus easy access through the unique rear liftgate.
The body of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring shares the strong structure of the Sedan, but has unique rear side panels, roof and rear liftgate. The steel liftgate is shaped like an inverted “L,” and the hinges are set back over the load area so that the liftgate rises almost vertically and does not require the operator to step back from the vehicle. This unique liftgate architecture also allows for enhanced access to the rear cargo area. The liftgate, fitted with a two-speed wiper and wash system for additional customer convenience, can be unlocked using the button on the key fob and opened by the centrally mounted external handle.
Both the front and rear seats of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring are as spacious and comfortable as those of the Sedan — with near identical head, leg and shoulder room — but the trunk area is 25 percent larger than in the Sedan when the rear seats are up. The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring offers exceptional minimum and maximum cargo volume.
The load area features a removable, rollaway tonneau cover, large storage bins in each side panel, four cargo tie-down loops and a 12-volt power outlet. The load floor has a removable tri-fold panel that weighs just 7.25 kg and can be partially or fully folded, or completely removed. When used, small items can be stored below this floor panel. When removed, the maximum available load height is increased by 102 mm.
Additional cargo can be carried on the optional roof bars that come with two cross bars. Roof bar load capacity is 68 kg.
Safety and security features
Following are safety and security features available on the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring:
Street and racing technology (SRT)
The Street and Racing Technology team has created some of Chrysler Group’s most distinctive, performance-oriented products. Currently the SRT line up in Australia encompasses four models: Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 (Coupe and Roadster), Chrysler 300C SRT8 Sedan, Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring and Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8.
Like the entire Chrysler 300C family of vehicles that are sold in Australia, the 300C SRT8 Touring will be built at the Magna Steyr Manufacturing Facility in Graz, Austria.
The information shown is based on data available at the time of publication (December 2006).
Body and Chassis
Five-seater, five-door wagon, with all-steel unitary body chassis. Rear-wheel drive via five-speed automatic transmission.
6.1L SRT HEMI® SMPI V-8
Type: Eight-cylinder, V-type, 90-degree, liquid-cooled with hemispherical combustion chambers within aluminium cylinder heads
Capacity: 6059 cu. cm
Maximum power: 317 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum torque: 569 Nm @ 4800 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Bore and stroke: 103.0 mm x 90.9 mm
Camshafts: Pushrod-operated OHV
Valve system: OHV, 16 valves, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel system: Sequential, multi-port, electronic fuel injection
Materials: Cast iron, deep-skirt block with cast aluminium alloy heads featuring hemispherical combustion chambers
Maximum engine speed: 6200 rpm, electronically limited
Fuel recommendation: Premium Unleaded 98 RON
Emission controls: Close-coupled, 3-way catalyst with closed loop fuel control
Emission standards: EU4
5-speed Automatic W5A580
Description: NAG1 five-speed automatic – electronically controlled adaptive automatic transmission, brake/park safety interlock
Rear-wheel Drive: Two-piece driveshaft with subframe-mounted rear differential. Half shaft to each rear wheel fitted with two constant velocity universal joints.
Suspension and Damping
Front Independent: SLA with tall spindle, DLBJ, upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, shocks, anti-roll bar
Rear Independent: 5-link with aluminium knuckle, coil springs, shocks, anti-roll bar
Type: Hydraulic power-assisted rack and pinion
Overall ratio: 16.1:1
Turning circle: 11.9 m curb-to-curb
Gearing: 2.8 turns lock-to-lock
Traction control: 3-mode standard
Wheels and Tyres
Type and material: Forged-polished aluminium SRT design wheels,
Front: 20″ x 9″ – Goodyear 245/45ZR20 AS Performance Tyres
Rear: 20″ x 9″ – Goodyear 255/45ZR20 AS Performance Tyres
Overall length: 5015 mm
Overall width: 1880 mm
Overall height: 1462 mm
Wheelbase: 3050 mm
Track, front: 1600 mm
Track, rear: 1605 mm
Headroom: 983 mm
Legroom: 1061 mm
Shoulder room: 1510 mm
Hip room: 1421 mm
Headroom: 959 mm
Legroom: 1020 mm
Shoulder room: 1466 mm
Hip room: 1421 mm
Cargo Volume, cu. cm.
All seats in place 545L ISO
Curb weight – Est.: 1965 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2345 kg
Towing – 1650 kg (maximum braked)
Fuel Consumption (L/100 km)
0-100 km: 5.5 seconds
80 to 120 km (top gear): 11.5 seconds
80 to 120 km (top gear 1): 9.0 seconds
Top speed (km/h): 265