2015 Chrysler 300 SRT road test and review.
The 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT gets looks… lots of looks. Perhaps it’s the imposing gangsta styling or the unrelenting burble of that gigantic 6.4 litre HEMI V8 petrol engine. For burble, read ‘thunder unleashed’!
It absolutely demands attention, and gets plenty of it from people of all ages. Men, women, teenagers who thought it was the coolest car they had seen in years, and petrol-heads drooling at the thought of taking it for a spin. I was even glared at by a police officer who took time out from booking the driver of a Nissan GT-R, to stop and stare. It’s that kind of car!
The 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT is a surprisingly entertaining vehicle with all the mod cons.
Yes it is thirsty… the big V8 guarantees that, and the car takes up a lot of room, but there’s much to recommend it.
Eight speed transmission, lane change departure warning systems, blind spot monitoring, cross path detection and 20 inch alloy wheels.
More? Active cruise control, heated seats and steering wheel, leather upholstery, a big boot… all this, and a look and sound you just can’t ignore.
When I was given the keys to the Chrysler 300 SRT, the car was parked in a warehouse. Dwarfing the other cars stored there, it looked amazing… gleaming paintwork, styling tweaks, and those fantastic wheels.
Time to get going, so I pressed the starter button. That sound! Glorious! I might just rev it again for the roar of it! Fearful I might accidentally perform a spectacular drift right there, indoors, before even getting it outside, I sedately headed for the exit.
Once on the street, time to put the foot down. Have you ever hit the accelerator and snapped the back of your neck on the head restraint? I did, not only on the first drive, but several times during my time with the 300 SRT.
Some lessons take a while to sink in, but eventually I learned to take it easy off the mark.. the V8 HEMI along with the 8 speed transmission gives you a take-out similar to a cruise missile. Corners were ok as well, that is the gently undulating ones. However, it’s not really designed for abrupt changes in direction on a slalom course!
Despite lashings of power, this car is quite sedate in city traffic, well mannered even, and a joy on the open road. Comfortable too.
A nicely finished cabin, plenty of room, especially in the front. Bright, boppy instruments and easy to read; an infotainment system that works well, and I very much liked the clear sat-nav graphics. Great sound system, and a host of safety features for added reassurance, as well as a rotary gear selector, and automatic high beam that actually works.
Thanks to social media, I have since heard from the owners of a Chrysler 300 SRT, who are big fans.
The mum of the family is the main driver, she reckons it’s her best-ever car, and all the family members agree that while it’s their first Chrysler, it certainly won’t be their last.
Because of its thirst and size, this car is not for everyone; but it’s attracting supporters among those who enjoy this sort of motoring and love a big V8.
Understated it isn’t.. but what the 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT-8 promises is loads of fun, especially if you like it loud and in your face.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT
Engine: 6.4 litre Hemi V8 delivering 350kW and 637Nm
Transmission: Eight-speed auto
Safety: Not tested
Price: From $69,000