We recently had a discussion amongst the AB staff about our idea of the perfect go-anywhere, do-anything dream car. We started with exotics and supercars and then started to get realistic and talk shifted to more versatile and practical cars that are still fun to drive. The Hemi Magnum was mentioned more than once during that chat. And Chrysler's Estate version of the 300C is very similar, but with a slightly more elegant visage.

We also know of a Ferrari F40 owner who swears that his SRT-8 Mopar is just as much fun to drive as his f-car. Why do we mention this? To be cordial, and to remind everyone of how wonderful these cars and wagons can be. Well, the Brits are now getting a chance to sample some more of that wonder as well, via the release of the 300C SRT-8 estate in right-hand drive.

Starting next year, the Touring version of the 300C SRT-8 will be available to UK customers with a base price of £40,990. The SRT-8 Touring will use the same stump-pulling 6.1-litre, 425 hp Hemi V8 engine as the SRT-8 "saloon," which can push this beast from 0 to 60 in 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 168mph. Look for it on dealership lots in February 2007.

[Source: DaimlerChrysler UK]