300C tran­formed

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over­due and very welcome me­chan­i­cal up­date has fi­nally trans­formed the Chrysler 300C into a car that per­for­mance-fo­cussed Fal­con and Com­modore driv­ers will be happy to look at driv­ing

New steer­ing, rear-sus­pen­sion changes and im­prove­ments to noise sup­pres­sion mean the 2015 gangsta car drives bet­ter than ever be­fore, even with the ba­sic 3.6-litre Pen­tas­tar V6 en­gine turn­ing the back wheels through an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

Once the Hemi-pow­ered SRT8 picks up the same chas­sis pack­age in Septem­ber it should trans­form the car.

The 2015 up­date to the 300C in­cludes, if its pos­si­ble, an even big­ger grille but the bad news is prices that are up – re­flect­ing the fall in the Aus­tralian dol­lar over re­cent months – with a bot­tom line from $49,000.

Pre­dictably, the 300C’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem is even bet­ter.

The chas­sis work cen­tres on elec­tric power steer­ing, which al­lows a new ‘Sport’ but­ton and fine tun­ing of the sus­pen­sion, and lots of work to re­duce noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness. There is even an un­der­body panel de­signed to cut drag and re­duce noise.

The sus­pen­sion pack­age is a ‘Euro­pean’ tune and Fiat Chrysler Aus­tralia says it’s a re­sponse to buyer feed­back here.

“We’ve paid a lot of at­ten­tion to the buyer. They are over­whelm­ingly male, typ­i­cally over 40. They are some­one that’s more self-made than any­thing else,” says the head of prod­uct strat­egy at FCA, Alan Swan­son.

“They have changed sus­pen­sion com­po­nen­try to make it lighter. As soon as you take weight out you can change the kine­mat­ics.”

That’s engi­neer-speak for finer tol­er­ances, less rub­ber in joints, and far less slop­pi­ness over­all.

On the road, the re­sult is a car that tracks straighter, is more com­posed through dips and pot­holes, has bet­ter cor­ner­ing grip and is more en­joy­able at any speed.

Now, if only Chrysler could fit some seats that are more like a rac­ing Re­caro than a re­cliner from La-Z-Boy...

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