The Chrysler 300C comes in a formidable line-up with Sedan and Touring versions both available with a potent engine range catering for everyone from the pure performance enthusiast with the 300C SRT8, to the fuel conscious with the state-of-the-art turbo diesel.
The four distinguished powertrains include the:
- Smooth 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine (183 kW, 340 Nm) - stupidly slow at 0-100 km/hr in 9.7 seconds
- Renowned 5.7-litre HEMI® V8 petrol engine with Multi-Displacement System which increases fuel economy up to 20 per cent (250 kW, 525 Nm) - 0-100 km/hr in 6.8 seconds
- Efficient Mercedes-Benz 3.0-litre V6 CRD turbo diesel engine with standard diesel particulate filter and fuel consumption of just 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (160 kW, 510 Nm) 0-100 km/hr in 8.6 seconds
- High performance 300C SRT8 powered by a 6.1-litre HEMI V8 – already available in the Sedan and arriving in the Touring late in 2006 (317 kW, 569 Nm) - 0-100 km in 5 seconds
Models are equipped with a comprehensive list of standard equipment and safety features including
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP),
- Emergency Brake Assist,
- All-speed Traction Control System (TCS),
- Four-wheel disc Anti-lock Brake System (ABS),
- driver and front passenger multi-stage front airbags,
- front and rear side-curtain air bags
- front seat belt pretensioners.
Its not just the looks and the power, but for a car built in Magna Steyr, Austria - the 2005 Chrysler 300C has been awarded five-star ratings for driver and front passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating in the U.S. government’s safety crash test program, conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Prices for the 300C start from $53,990 for the 3.5-litre V6 Sedan.
Since muscling onto the scene late last year the award winning 300C has been a run-away success in Australia, as it has been around the globe. With 200 registrations in August the 300C trounced the competition accounting for more than 50 per cent of total segment sales (upper large under $100,000), outdoing its nearest rival by a resounding 79 units to become the clear leader in this prized segment.