Fiat Chrysler Australia will reveal its updated 300 SRT in the coming weeks. The car may have more grunt and spec, but expect to pay for it.
Top of the hardware changes is the revised eight-speed transmission, as opposed to the existing five-speed and well overdue. The new American performance sedan will be equipped with the same electric power steering and rotary gear selector found in the updated 2015 300C V6 range.
Chrysler will offer two models; the lower-spec SRT Core (available from $59,000 plus on-road costs) will host features such as a rear spoiler, cloth trim, launch control, door sill scuff plates, six-speaker stereo, sports steering wheel and SRT Performance Data logging.
The Premium SRT will be significantly more expensive at $69,000 (plus on-road costs), but will be home to a plethora of upgrades on top of the base model. These include a lane departure warning system, auto-dipping headlight high-beam, distance control, blind spot monitoring, electronic damper control, satellite navigation, ventilated and heated front seats, Nappa leather trim, sports pedals, a premium audio system, rain-sensing wipers, 19-speaker stereo, and heated steering wheel.
Minor aesthetic modifications are expected, as well as a small increase in power and torque. The 6.4-litre HEMI V8 will see an additional 3kW and 6Nm, rounding the power rating to 350kW with 637Nm peak torque.
‘Our’ 300 SRT has been specifically developed for the Australian market, likely due to its local success. More than a third of 300s sold down-under are SRT variants. Who said the V8 was dead?
Expect to see more spec detail and imagery in the coming days.
*Current 300 SRT Core Satin Vapour model shown