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2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Review: Performance And Finesse

Stunning and sleek. 

Powerful and intimidating.

Bold and authoritative.

Those are some of the terms car enthusiasts use to describe the 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8. Reviews of the sedan have highlighted everything from its massive engine and remarkable ride quality to its first-rate handling and high-quality audio system.

This is a performance sedan designed to excite and inspire those who appreciate a luxury driving experience. Following are some of the reasons the 300C SRT8 (2008 model) is in demand.

The Chrysler 300C SRT8's Power Plant

The 2008 300C comes with your choice of three engine configurations:

1. 3.5L V6 petrol engine
2. 3.0L V6 diesel engine
3. 5.7L V8 HEMI

The 300C SRT8 gives you an additional option: a huge 6.1L V8 HEMI. It can pump out 317 kW of power and an astonishing 569 Nm of torque. The result? The SRT8's acceleration capability belies the sedan's considerable size and weight.

A Luxury-Appointed Passenger Cabin

While the 6.1L HEMI engine is notable for its raw power, it's the interior that defines the 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8. A review of the cabin reveals an array of luxury features that are sure to delight discriminating drivers.

Dual-zone temperature control and heated front bucket seats ensure comfort. A flexible multimedia system with more than 100 programmable features offers both performance-related information and entertainment. Additionally, an intuitive, easy-to-see instrument panel provides important details during each trip.

The passenger cabin of the 2008 300C SRT8 has been engineered to offer a first-class driving experience. When you sit behind the steering wheel, it's obvious you're driving a machine built for on-the-road performance.

State-Of-The-Art Safety Features

SRT stands for “street racing technology.” The naming convention is reserved for high-performance automobiles. That being the case, the 300C SRT8 (2008 model) has been outfitted with dozens of safety features designed to protect its occupants. 

Multi-stage airbags deploy with varying levels of pressure based on the severity of a collision. An anti-locking brake system eliminates the likelihood of wheel lockup. Side impact door beams offer added protection against side collisions. All-speed traction control reduces tyre slippage, giving the driver more control over the vehicle.

Should You Buy A New Chrysler 300C SRT8?

There's clearly a lot to love about the 2008 Chrysler 300C SRT8. But it's worth noting you can enjoy the same level of luxury and performance in a new model without a major increase in price. While Chrysler's award-winning sedan has undergone a number of ride-enhancing modifications over the years, its drive away price has remained near its 2008 level.

Bottom line: you can own a 2015 Chrysler 300C SRT8 for little more than you might pay to own an earlier model.

If you're thinking about buying a performance sedan, stop by your city's Chrysler dealer and ask to test drive the new 300C SRT8. Be prepared to enjoy a luxurious driving experience.