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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 7th 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---15 REVISTED Chrysler 300C Big boys' toy still purring Chrysler's 300C may not be the most practical car to buy, but that hasn't stopped blokes from forking out for one. DAVID FITZSIMONS finds out why If the 300C is to continue, it will probably end up with smaller, more practical and considerably less thirsty engines, so it is well worth steering this beast while it's still around' IN PASSING MANLY: The Chrysler 300C can get the testosterone pumping. MANLY: The Chrysler 300C can get the testosterone pumping. THERE really isn't any practical reason these days to buy a $74,000 car that has a 6-litre V8 engine that slurps 21 litres of fuel every 100km around town. But there are loads of fun reasons. Chrysler's pimp-mobile 300C, with looks suggesting it's driven by gangsters (particularly the black cars), has been around for a while in Australia, receiving the occasional minor upgrade. With major changes occurring at Chrysler, we took the opportunity to revisit it for another drive. There's plenty of good old- fashioned blokey testosterone about it when you fire up the rumbling engine. They've tried all sorts of variations over the years but a V8 is still a boys-own favourite. And there's quite a few women who relish the sound and driving experience of a V8 too. The 6.1-litre SRT8 is the top of the 300C range that also has a six- cylinder, diesel and the staple 5.7-litre Hemi. Having driven all of them, including the wagon version, the six cylinder and the diesel are more liveable but the big V8 is the real fun machine. It's a great pity Chrysler didn't bring back the Charger name with this car --- it certainly has the sense and feel of the early 1970s classic. Since the 300C's release several years ago ,Chrysler has been hit by hard times. It was nearly wiped off the auto map by the global financial crisis and has bounced back under the wing of new owner Fiat. If the 300C is to continue, it will probably end up with smaller, more practical and considerably less thirsty engines, so it is well worth steering this beast while it's still around. The 300C boasts a look-at-me grille that wins over fans, although it does steer some away --- but they are more likely to be in the market for a Prius anyway. The rear actually looks a bit old now and could do with a boot lid lip to give it a sportier feel. It rides on big 20'' alloys that add to its muscle-car appeal. Inside, you realise that for all the sporty GT feel, it really is more a luxury saloon --- the leather upholstery, old-fashioned dials on the dash and simple steering wheel all exude comfort rather than boy- racer appeal. But then, its rivals are the Holden Caprice and Statesman saloons --- not the sporty HSV and FPV sport sedans. Nearly 300 300Cs have been sold to the end of June this year, which is down on the 494 for the same period last year, but it is outselling the Statesman. It isn't perfect. Apart from the fuel consumption, the actual gauges and driver controls are awkwardly placed. There is a foot pedal to put the park brake on and a lever on the other side of the steering wheel to release it, while the actual start button is hard to see and the satellite navigation system on the test car didn't recognise a Sydney street that has been in place for a few years. Because of its size, the car can be a handful in tight areas such as car parks. But it does have sensors that warn you when get to close to things, which is important as the vision around the car isn't great. 281 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3420 Hans Kerkvliet 0411 174 411 Robert Heuke 0438 289 277 2WD $17,990. Drive away. Features -- 1,200 kg payload, alloy tray, airbags, alloy wheels, ABS brakes, air conditioning, electric windows, CD/radio, 3-year/100,000 km warranty... Great. Metallic paint $350 extra. The new Great Wall V240 single cab has arrived! 4WD $20,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. F A 3
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