Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Immortal 300C SRT8

Found this at the Noblesville Daily Times, written by one Casey Williams I think a true fan of what he calls the "Immortal Chrysler 300C SRT8" here are some excerpts:
Big and fast
"Zero to 60 in the low five-seconds, 0-100 mph in under 17 seconds, 0.89g on the skidpad, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes to match. If the performance in question did not come from a full-size, five-passenger, rear-drive American road scarfer, you would think a Corvette or Mustang GT was lurking about. But, there isn’t. These numbers are from the elegantly rambunctious Chrysler 300C SRT8."

Eloquent and powerful
"Chrysler’s 300C SRT8 makes me want to put on a tuxedo, speak pretentious English, and go thrash pretenders at the drag strip while cackling out a window filled with smoked rubber. One look at the performance figures elicits that response. Open the hood and examine the car’s 6.1-litre HEMI V8, connected to a Mercedes-derived five-speed automatic transmission, to really get giddy. The power train puts out 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, or about 25 percent more power than the “baby” 5.7-litre HEMI in the non-SRT 300C. Fuel economy, not surprisingly, is less than economy car frugal at 13/18-MPG city/highway."

"These features are expected in most luxury cars. However, the 300C SRT8 is also available with Sirius BackSeat satellite TV (includes Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network), Sirius Satellite Radio (still loving the Elvis station), in-dash navigation, Infinity speakers, power adjustable pedals, remote starting (even better for cold weather), and LED lighting in door bins and cup holders. SRT8-specific seats grip every part of your body while a reconfigurable dash display shows performance data, including lateral gs during cornering. Cool carbon fiber trim dresses up the dash and console. Newly available adaptive cruise control allows drivers to set their speed and let the car adjust for traffic."

All Weather
"Last week, I awoke to 4 inches of snow under a layer of ice. After scraping the SRT8’s windshield, I began to tremble. The thought of piloting 425 horsepower connected to a rear-drive chassis and steamroller tires caused nausea. While ESP, traction control, and ABS brakes got a thorough workout (the dash light never quit blinking), the car was tame and manageable. Fortunately, the Interstate was plowed and well salted. All the better on which to give the engine a thorough workout."

"It is a type of muscle car, whose days are numbered, except in the garages of those who will proudly own them decades from now."


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