Flex muscles in the 300C
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 is driven by gangsters (particularly the black cars), has been around for a while in Australia now and getting the occasional minor upgrade. With major changes occurring at Chrysler, we took the opportunity to revisit it for another drive.
There’s plenty of 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 boy’s-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 tops 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) over time, the six cylinder and the diesel are more liveable, but the big V8 is the real fun machine.
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 stays it will probably end up with smaller, more practical and considerably less thirsty engines, so it’s worth steering this beast while it’s still around.
The 300C has a look-at-me grille that wins over fans. Those it steers away are more likely to be in the market for a Prius, anyway.
The rear is looking a bit old now and could do with a boot-lid lip for a sportier feel. It rides on 20-inch alloys that add to its muscle-car appeal.
Inside you realise that for all the sporty GT feel, this car is really more of a luxury saloon.
Nearly 300 300Cs have been sold to the end of June this year, down on the 494 for the same period last year, but it’s outselling the Statesman.
THIS is the next Holden Barina. It’s not confirmed by Fishermans Bend, and it’s not arriving until the middle of next year at the earliest, but it’s definitely Holden’s next small car.
Actually, it’s one of two Holden small cars: the company is planning to have a Barina and a Spark to help combat cheap Chinese imports.
This Barina, caught by Carparazzi, is actually a Chevrolet Aveo prototype. But, as Holden said at the Detroit Motor Show