2009 Chrysler 300C | new car review

Posted on Sep 17, 2009 by

The 2009 made quite a serious splash and totally refreshed the way the car-buying public looked at big American cars.

The term muscle car had long since been forgotten way back in the 1970’s, and since that time the Yanks had never really come up with anything to capture the public’s imagination or set off a little spark of desire – until the Chrysler came up with the 300C.

There’s an air of the retro to the 300C, but it’s mixed-up with such modernity that you never feel the car to be dated and low-tech. There’s a lot of chrome on that wide front end, with the large Chrysler badge sprawling across an even larger chrome radiator grille, in front of a vast, V8-housing bonnet.

Muscular flared wheel arches and the very high and square shoulder line, coupled with the low roofline, gives the 300C a look almost of a custom car, that’s been modified by chopping some height out of the roof (a 50’s modifying style called a ‘roof-chop’), making the car’s stance super-low and very aggressive.

2009 Chrysler 300C

This customized look further adds to the retro feel of the big C, which all comes together to really make the car stand out from the European crowd – and if that’s your thing; the 300C will certainly rock your world.

Inside the 300 is a reasonably large interior befitting of a car that sits in the premium saloon market segment, and there you will everything you need in terms of luxury, comfort and gadgets.

American cars will always offer a plush interior feel, over and above a feeling of ultra-modernity; so don’t expect the kind of interior that you’ll find inside the latest BMW or Audi. But, there will be space, and there will be large and comfortable seats that will make all-day-driving a relaxed and peaceful affair.

2009 Chrysler 300C

Also adding to the general relaxed and easy-going feel of the 300C are the engines; again it’s all about that classic American muscle car brute force. You can have any type of engine you want in your 300C, as long as it’s a big capacity V8 – either a 5.7-litre, or a 6.1-litre. The 5.7-litre engine makes a healthy 360bhp and 525Nm of torque, while the ‘SRT’ branded 6.1-litre ‘Hemi’ V8 makes an extremely healthy 431bhp and 569Nm of torque. Both units will effortlessly propel the 300C to your intended destination, with little fuss and noise.

The SRT car also benefits from a lower and stiffer suspension set-up, a more aggressive body kit and bigger wheels. And once you see the gorgeous SRT in the flesh, you’ll probably immediately realise that this is the only 300C for you.

2009 Chrysler 300C

Specification

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
Sedan5.7360525A
6.1425569A

 

Price Range (AED) 156,000 – 192,000

 

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