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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2010 Chrysler 300 Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2010 Chrysler 300 Overview


Who says you have to be filthy rich to enjoy the finer things in life? From our standpoint, you need only about $50,000 and a driver's license. Those two commodities will put you behind the wheel of a 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8, arguably the most potent performance sedan ever to leave a domestic factory's doors. Developed by Chrysler's in-house Street and Racing Technology team, the 300C SRT8 takes all that is good about the stock 300C and ratchets it up to the top of the scale. Big, bold and in-your-face, the 300C SRT8 has the HEMI power, performance and panache to break up the European sport-sedan monopoly, and does it for tens of thousands less.

If you crave a flashy, high-performance sport sedan, but price and practicality consistently stop you cold in your tracks, the 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is the answer to your dreams. Its powerful V8 engine and sport suspension easily out-perform many so-called sport coupes, and it can comfortably accommodate five adults.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 sells for considerably more than the stock 300C, and some drivers may find its thickly-bolstered sport bucket seats to be confining. If you're looking for a nice balance between performance and comfort, save yourself the $8,000 premium and buy the 300C or look to Ford's new Taurus SHO.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8 sees no major changes for 2010.

Driving It:

Even though the 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 borrows a lot of componentry from Mercedes-Benz, its heart and soul, the 6.1-liter HEMI V8, is still purely American. With 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the 300C SRT8 can rocket from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than five seconds. So much power in a rear-wheel-drive American car used to be cause for concern, especially when cornering was involved. But this is not your father's 1978 Chrysler New Yorker. It's a vehicle that remains nearly flat in the curves, holds to the road with security and envelopes the driver with a sense of confidence and control. Only a handful of sedans can measure up to the 300C SRT8's performance and most cannot be purchased for under $50,000.

Sport Seats
Though still snug, Chrysler's sport seats allow more room for American-sized bodies than do comparable seats from Audi or BMW. Both driver and passenger enjoy power lumbar support as well as electric seat heaters.

Boston Acoustic Kicker Audio
With a six-disc MP3-capable CD changer that allows you to play hundreds of songs, the standard sound system is impressive enough. Add the 322-watt amplifier with a 100-watt powered subwoofer and 13 speakers, and you have a sound system as powerful as the SRT8 itself.

Vehicle Details:

In creating the 300C SRT8, Chrysler has made a number of noticeable changes to the stock 300C interior. The most obvious are the heated sport bucket seats, which feature large side bolsters and suede inserts designed to keep occupants from sliding about when the driving experience becomes spirited. The modified instrument cluster reveals a 180-miles-per-hour speedometer. Despite the ample use of leather on the seats, door pulls and steering wheel – not to mention a few choice parts borrowed from Mercedes-Benz – the plastics composing the rest of the interior have a somewhat entry-level quality that detracts from an otherwise beautiful cabin.

The 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is one of the most original automotive designs of the twenty-first century. From its formidable wire mesh grille to its narrow side glass and edgy, slab-sided contours, the car boldly stands out in any automotive crowd. The revised front fascia, for example, not only looks more aggressive, its design directs air to help cool the big Brembo brakes. Likewise, the rear spoiler serves to increase downforce without increasing drag. Other changes include 20-inch wheels and tires, body-colored mirrors and door handles and SRT badging. It should be noted that the 300C SRT8's high beltline and wide rear C-pillars create numerous blind spots that are especially noticeable when changing lanes or parallel parking.

Befitting its top-of-the-line status, the 300C SRT8 is very well equipped. Standard features include the 425-horsepower, 6.1-liter V8, five-speed AutoStick automatic transmission, sport springs and suspension, rear spoiler, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, electronic stability program, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock Brembo disc brakes (ABS), HID headlamps, power-adjustable sport seats with heating and driver's-side memory feature, power-adjustable pedals, AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible six-disc CD changer and Boston Acoustic speakers, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power sun roof, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power-adjustable tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Options include a DVD-based navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, side-curtain airbags, 13-speaker Kicker high-performance speaker upgrade kit and a Rear Seat Video system with surround sound.

The 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8's HEMI (so named for its hemispherical combustion chambers) is related to the 5.7-liter engine found in the 300C sedan. The SRT division begins with a stronger engine block, then enlarges the cylinder bore, thus increasing displacement to 6.1 liters. Engineers then add numerous performance parts, including revised intake and exhaust manifolds, high-flow cylinder heads, a high-performance camshaft, forged-steel crankshaft and reinforced connecting rods. The result is the most powerful HEMI engine for its size ever produced by Chrysler.

6.1-liter V8 HEMI
425 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
420 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19

Pricing Notes:

The 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just over $47,000 (including Gas Guzzler Tax) and, when fully loaded, tops out just over $49,000. That's pretty impressive when you consider the prices of comparably-equipped sedans from BMW, Audi and Lexus. In years past, consumer demand kept the SRT8's selling price right around MSRP, but demand hasn't exactly been steady recently, so be sure to check the New Car Blue Book Values to see what the vehicle is currently selling for in your area. Despite its high premium, the 300C SRT8 does not retain as high of a resale value as the BMW 550i, Audi S6, or Ford Taurus SHO.

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