Chrysler has just announced details about their 300C being on sale in the United Kingdom … wait, they actually sell these things in England? Really?! Man, who in their right mind would buy a car like the Chrysler 300C – no, no wait – I got nothing against the 300C. Nice cars in a lot of ways, I mean to say, who in their right mind in Europe would buy a car like this?
How much does gas go for in Europe these days? Something like 11 dollars a gallon or so? Think of the bill every time you’d fuel up a beast like the Chrysler 300C.
Well one way or the other, Chrysler has decided to sell these guys in England.
Chrysler’s UK division just announced a new model-line up for its mid-size sedan for Jolly Old England. The new for 2010 300C range now comes in four versions: The 300C SE, SR and SRT. Those are all powered by a 215HP 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, and will no doubt make up the bulk of sales (side note: Chrysler, why can’t we get this engine option over here in The New World?). And of course, Chrysler will also sell the SRT-8 variant with a 425HP 6.1-liter V8 HEMI petrol engine tucked underneath the bonnet.
The Brit-300s will feature such standard amenities as leather seats, the fronts are heated, dual zone climate control, LED ambient lighting, front fog lamps, parking sensors (front and rear), ESP, ABS, front, rear and side-curtain airbags, Xenon headlamps and rain-sensing windscreen wipers, 18-inch alloys and an in-car entertainment system with CD player and MP3 capability and a six speaker Boston Acoustics sound system.
Price-wise the Brit bound 300Cs range from £23,995 (approx. US$38,900) for the entry-level diesel-powered SE 300C, up to £41,795 (about US$67,800) for the top-of-the-range is the 300C SRT-8. Just to put that into perspective, in the States, the 300C SRT8 has a sticker price of $47,315 not including taxes.
Performance numbers come in like this:
The diesel-powered 300Cs come with a standard automatic transmission and can do 0-62mph (100km/h) in 8.7 seconds and top out at 143mph 0r 230km/h. The 300C SRT-8 with its 425HP and 420 lb-ft HEMI V8 plant will do 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds, run the quarter in the high 13s and has a top of speed of 165 mph or 265km/h.
Oh yeah, and its right hand drive.