Wednesday, May 26, 2010

2010 300C SRT8. Chrysler's Ultimate Hot Rod Sedan

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has all the elements of an American muscle car wrapped in a four-door, luxury package. It's one good-looking, powerful cruiser whether you're prowling big-city boulevards are taking a trip in the country to see grandma.

The 2010 version of the 300 really stands out in a crowd, especially in SRT8 trappings with a racy, lower stance and huge wheels with bulging brake calipers peeking out. The high beltline, narrow greenhouse, minimal front overhang and pronounced wheel arches on the 300C SRT8 go a long way towards hinting at the model's performance potential. The 300's interior, on the other hand, isn't so grand—especially considering the near-$50,000 suggested price tag. But the SRT8 version makes up for it with fantastic front seats that are perfect for long hauls.

The top of the line 300 SRT8 is also very well equipped, boasting heated seats, sunroof,
dual-zone climate control and auxiliary input/iPod integration worked into Chrysler's UConnect navigation/infotainment system. Equally important, this is a pragmatic, roomy sedan with lots of room for four in total comfort.

Of course, you'll discover performance to be this car's real reason for being. All of the 300 SRT8's imperfections
are forgotten the first time you lay into the throttle and go blasting down a straightaway. The 6.1-liter Hemi roars to life and thrusts you forward with 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque; the five-speed automatic holding each gear to its peak when your right foot is pressed to the floor.

The end result is 0-60 mph times in the low five-second range—and that's damn impressive for a car of this size.
At the finish line, the big red Brembo brakes bring everything back under control.

Put simply, we're just glad an American vehicle such as the 300 SRT8 exists and will continue to be glad just as long as Chrysler offers it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fiat-Chrysler to Speed Up New Model Launches, Including Revamp of Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring This Year

The chief of Fiat-Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne said this week that the company is far ahead of schedule in revamping models for debut this year and next. That's great news for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep fans because there are a lot of good-looking designs on the way.
In fact, Marchionne is promising 14 all-new or refreshed products the rest of this year, and says 75% of Chrysler's product line will be "touched" in 2010.

Here's the rundown:

-Dodge gets a new crossover SUV based on the Grand Cherokee and a redone Charger off the 300.

-The universally criticized (for its styling and its bargain-basement fittings) Dodge Charger and Chrysler Sebring gets an improved suspension and a fresh interior.

-Other vehicles getting makeovers include the Chrysler and Dodge minivans and three Jeeps: Wrangler, Patriot, and Compass.

-The petite Fiat 500 will be arriving on schedule at the end of the year.

-Marchionne also disclosed some details about a new Fiat-engineered compact car coming in 2011. He said the engineering work has been done and "we are 98% there on styling."

When the cute little 500 gets here, will it come with most of the options Europeans get? Let's hope so. Will Marchionne bring with the 500 an ugly, Americanized four-door version? Let's hope not.