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In a car market full of clones (Jaguar
could bolster its earnings by suing for
every car model that is a pastiche of its
XF), the individuality offered by the
Chrysler 300 is welcome. Defiantly
different from its competition and its
predecessors when it was launched in
2005, the Chrysler’s appeal was
immediately obvious and the 2011
restyle was a logical progression that
lost none of the magic of the original.
Consequently, there’s still nothing else
like the 300 on sale today.
But the 300’s shape isn’t merely a
styling gimmick. Chrysler has fully
exploited the car’s unique proportions,
and despite being less than 200 inches
long, it has ample room for heads,
elbows, waists and legs. There are large
SUVs on sale today that are less
commodious than a Chrysler 300.
The SRT model is something else
again, though. It’s a genuine luxury
vehicle that has plush cabin materials,
beautiful dials that wouldn’t look out of
place in a Bentley and an interior that is
wonderfully quiet on a high-speed cruise.
But when you get the opportunity to open
the jets and unleash the power of the
6.4-liter Hemi, it flies through a standing
quarter-mile in just over 12 seconds.
But the 300 SRT is way more than
just a dragstrip hero. The steering is
weighty and accurate, and if you switch
the traction control off, you can
neutralize any understeer with a burst
of throttle. Also notable is how the
car’s supple suspension means that
mid-corner lumps and bumps on
The Chrysler 300’s interior is a
relaxing place to be, with plenty of
space for the tall and the broad. Only
the sports steering-wheel, the carbon
fiber applique and the distant Hemi
rumble hint at the car’s potency… In an era of multi-car teams dominating
NASCAR, Dodge pulled off a remarkable
feat in 2012, powering Brad Keselowski
to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in
the Penske Racing-run Charger. OK, so with
Roger Penske involved, Dodge couldn’t cast
itself as a David against Goliaths, but
considering the team ran just two cars, it
was still one of the the most memorable
championship outcomes in recent years.
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the road surface fail to knock it off
your chosen line.
To be honest, it will be rare that you
exceed the grip limits at either end of a
300 SRT unless you take it on track. Yet
that opportunity may arise sooner than
you think, when you consider that SRT
includes a Track Experience as part of
the purchase price of any new SRT model.
In terms of quality on the inside and
pace at the request of your right foot,
it’s hard to reconcile this with the
300 SRT’s MSRP of under $50,000.
For even better value, at $4,000 less,
SRT offers the Core model aimed at the
back-to-basics performance driver, with
cloth interior similar to the SRT Viper
and a simpler sport suspension.
However, SRT knows that not all who buy
the Charger are aspiring track rats, and so
it offers the Super Bee variant. This has the
same 470hp engine, but with some options
deleted, in the manner of the Core editions
of the Challenger SRT (see page 110) and
Chrysler 300 SRT. Super Bee decals and
stripes make it instantly identifiable and
celebrate the heritage of the Mopar
family. At $3k less than the SRT Premium
model, the modern Super Bee also follows
the tradition of its ancestor, offering
maximum muscle for minimal outlay.
There’s also a 392 Appearance Package
available which offers a Pitch Black roof,
hood power bulge, body side stripe and
rear spoiler, as well as 20in. five-spoke
Black Vapor Chrome wheels. Check out
driveSRT.com for full details.