Ever since it stormed on to the local scene around ten years ago, the Chrysler 300 has been a runaway success for those after a large luxury sedan with meaty American styling.
Fast forward to today and the range has been updated for the 2016 Model Year with fresh styling and new features.
From the outside, it’s hard to miss the latest range of Chrysler 300 models, which come with the option of two trim grades and one V6 engine.
A new, larger grille with LED daytime running lights headlines the changes at the front.
This one here is finished with great looking 20” alloy wheels…and Brembo brakes?
And around the back, strangely there’s a boot-lip spoiler with…oh hold on a second. That’s an SRT badge and they’re giant Brembo Brakes…this isn’t the V6 hire car that will pick you up from the airport, it’s a little more special.
With a mammoth 6.4-litre V8 engine under the bonnet, it produces 350kW of power and 637Nm of torque, which is up by 3kW and 6Nm over the previous one. Fuel use sits at a combined 13L/100km, making it one of the thirstiest performance sedans on the market.
It now also uses an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the old school five-speed from the last car.
All four corners are graced by 20 inch alloy wheels with four-piston Brembo brakes measuring 360mm at the front and 340mm at the rear.
With a 462-litre boot in the rear and plenty of leg room to stretch out back there, this hugging Alcantara/leather driver’s seat is the only seat you want to be in.
At $59,000 the entry level 300 SRT Core undercuts the more expensive and less powerful HSV Clubsport by a couple of thousand dollars. Drivers after some more luxury can opt for this, the more premium $69,000 300 SRT.
The more premium 300 SRT comes with a raft of features that include leather/Alcantara seats with heating, this awesome chrome clad steering wheel and a host of safety features that include radar cruise control, blind spot monitors, lane departure control and autonomous emergency braking.
On city roads the 300 SRT rides beautifully, partly thanks to the adjustable suspension that can be controlled to match the driving situation.
This 8-speed automatic is sensational and does a great job sitting in the right gear for the type of driving you’re after. There’s also neat looking paddle shifters attached to the steering wheel.
The steering is direct and now uses electrical assistance to reduce fuel consumption and help with feel in its different drive modes. But, you can sometimes feel the heft of this near 2000kg beast.
The centrepiece of the interior is this 8.4” UConnect colour LCD that controls everything from the infotainment to the car’s settings.
In here you will find the adjustable suspension controls that can be switched between Street, Sport and Track. The driver can also adjust gearbox shift speeds, exhaust note, steering feel and stability control intensity.
The SRT computer also comes with a lap timer, acceleration timer and this, an adjustable launch control system. Unfortunately we can’t test it out on public roads, we’d really need a race…track. This one will do.
All you do is press this button and follow the instructions on screen. We’ve hooked a VBox up too to make sure we keep Chrysler honest about how fast this really is.
Wow, that is seriously quick! We did the 0-100km/h dash in just 5.5-seconds — despite the fact it's incredibly wet out here at the moment.
With over 1/3rd of 300 models sold being SRT variants, there’s no doubt punters love this car. It’s not hard to see why, it sounds awesome, it’s big, it’s brash and it loves laying down rubber — speaking of which, it’s time for a bit more of just that.