Following the introduction of the updated 2015 Chrysler 300 range last month, the local division has now just launched the hot SRT performance versions in SRT Core and SRT form.
The Chrysler 300 SRT remains as one of few proper muscle cars currently on the new-car market. Under the bonnet the same 6.4-litre HEMI V8 resides as seen in the outgoing version, however, the model update sees output lifted to 350kW and 637Nm (from 347kW/631Nm).
Perhaps the biggest – and best – news to hear is the fact the engine is matched to an eight-speed sports automatic. The old five-speed auto it replaces was in desperate need of an update to make better use of the engine’s insane credentials.
Aside from the performance benefits, the transmission unfortunately doesn’t see an improvement in fuel economy. It continues to consume 13L/100km on the combined cycle.
Being the flagship 300, the 300 SRT Core comes with plenty of impressive features as standard. Buyers get sports cloth-covered seats, dual-zone climate control, sports suspension, a neat bodykit with spoilers, black-painted Brembo brakes, a mechanical limited-slip diff, and 20-inch dark alloy wheels.
Jumping up to the 300 SRT – non Core – version gets you a leather trim, a 19-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision and blind-spot warning, and 20-inch forged alloy polished wheels.
Both variants come with an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen with the cool SRT Performance apps including special acceleration timers, live engine output readouts, and various adjustable driver settings.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT Core and SRT are on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs). Prices have jumped $3000 (both) compared with the 2014 model.
2015 Chrysler 300 SRT Core 8spd auto – $59,000
2015 Chrysler 300 SRT 8spd auto – $69,000