Chrysler 300C SRT-8 – PistonHeads

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a big beefy 6.1-litre Hemi-powered for not much? Tom Stewart reckons the biz

There are affordable three-litre V6 or 3.5-litre V6 petrol models, or for who’re out to impress and don’t to count every penny a 5.7-litre, Hemi-powered version, available as either a saloon or estate. This big V8 pumps out a sinful 335bhp and delivers a 6.4 second 0-60 time and top speed.

But despite its under-bonnet even this Hemi leans more toward barge than street However, a saloon with a big is as good a place to start as any if aim is to create a genuine sports and so, with the assistance of Chrysler’s and Racing Technology division, the model has just joined the line up.

Grunt up 25 per cent

For starters, the new SRT-8’s Hemi generates 25 per cent more than the 5.7-litre lump. has been achieved by boosting to 6.1 litres, raising compression 9.6:1 to 10.3:1, re-profiling the and fitting new, bigger-valved per cylinder) heads with ports. There’s a new, intake manifold, while steel-encased exhaust header route to a larger-diameter exhaust and big bore (90mm) chrome pipes.

The SRT-8 motor boasts a reinforced engine with increased coolant a forged steel crankshaft, con rods, improved pistons, a sump and hollow, sodium-filled and exhaust valve stems.

is channelled via a five-speed auto sequential manual mode) to a prop shaft and an upgraded and rear axle. The bottom is 425bhp at 6,000rpm, with up from 387lb-ft to 420lb-ft at

True, certain German like the AMG E63 Audi S6 and BMW M5 all produce at 50bhp more, but this new is priced at a mere Ј39,040. The cost between Ј16k and more, and that’s before you ticking any option boxes. those Germans are all electronically (as standard) to a max speed of 155mph a showroom spec 300C will soldier on to a claimed of 168mph.

Aside from a of TVRs, few cars in current will nudge 170mph for Ј40,000, and certainly none as many doors and comfy

The new 300C’s acceleration figures are no impressive; the 5.7 Hemi manages in 6.4 seconds, but the SRT-8 manages the in five seconds …. also claims a standing quarter-mile time in the high bracket and 0-100-0mph in the mid 16s.


But, as any fule decent all-round performance to more than a simple of numbers. To that end Chrysler has its new SRT with tuned Bilstein specially tailored spring and suspension bushings, new front and suspension knuckles, larger-diameter bars and a 13mm lower height. 245/45 Goodyears are to 20-inch forged alloys the braking system now has enlarged discs (360x32mm front, rear) gripped by big four-pot calipers.

With specs like it wasn’t too surprising that had the confidence to launch this at the race track, the event I being at Hampshire’s Thruxton – the fastest circuit. I chose to myself with the car on the public first and soon found although this model’s may be firmer than that of 300Cs, it’s perfectly enough and recovers from and dips with greater It also sounds decently and leaves no-one nearby in any that there’s anything than a seriously beefy V8 the bonnet.

Chrysler 300C

My only slight grumble is there’s noticeable tyre on the SRT-8 and this takes the of a sort of hollow, ‘boinging’ for want of a better word. there’s obviously no shortage of the SRT-8 weighs in at just two tons and this, coupled a slightly resistant throttle means that it doesn’t from a standstill too energetically you really mean it to. There’s no escaping the fact that the 300 is a big car and so, all those suspension mods, and rack and pinion steering, the steering lacks the feel, response and speedy turn-in of other sports saloons.


That said, and acknowledging few production sports saloons for ideal trackday weapons, the is no duffer. On the track it can totally its five-plus metre length, metre wheelbase and 1,965 As you may know, Thruxton’s Church is a very fast, slightly right hander with an bump half way through. ordinarily expect the worst in a car of size, but the SRT-8 sails Church, lap after lap, fuss or drama.

There are more than a few sports cars which genuinely threatened the cleanliness of my here, and many more would fail to match big bruiser’s effortless turn of Thruxton is open and flowing and so particularly hard on brakes only used in earnest per lap) but the big Brembos proved and showed no sign of fade.

My real on-track criticism the suede-trimmed, eight-way power and heated front ‘sports’ which, though comfy on the lack the necessary lateral for track driving. I didn’t its on-track fuel consumption on the but one suspects it would have somewhat higher than the 20.2mpg combined figure.

More kit

Of course, track may not be every SRT-8 owner’s so it also has an impressive list of equipment which includes: a 280 MP3-compatible, six-speaker Boston audio system with CD, full screen satnav, climate control, cruise an electronic vehicle info load levelling rear brake assist, traction and ESP, tyre pressure multistage front airbags, curtain airbags, rain wipers, rear park and a sizeable, powered sunroof.

But what matters more is car’s very substantial presence, its blistering performance, its interior and, not least, its basement price. With 50 per year coming to the UK you may never see a SRT-8 on the street, but if you do spot check out the contented grin on the face.

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