• Feb 21st 2008 at 11:31AM
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Click above for more images of the Chrysler 300C SRT diesel

When we heard word of a diesel-powered Chrysler 300C SRT, visions of overdosing our right foot on torque were instantly conjured. While the Pentastar has unveiled such a car in Europe, it's not exactly what you think. Basically a trim package for the 300C in Europe, the SRT model gets visual enhancements to its buttocks including new rear taillight clusters and a deck lid spoiler, but the car still uses the same 3.0L V6 diesel producing 218 bhp and 376 pound feet of torque you can get in other models. As Top Gear put it, "we were hoping for something a bit meatier". While the wheels appear to be the same butch 10-spokers as our own 300C SRT8, the front fascia lacks the deeper chin spoiler and the grille is Chrysler's Euro-spec Bentley-like tight mesh. One Autoblogger described the diesel 300C SRT as Chrysler of Europe's version of an Impala SS, i.e. long on looks but a bit toothless. For Europeans who prefer the American machismo only the 300C can provide, however, the SRT version delivers.

[Source: Top Gear]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      218 bhp and 376 whopping pound feet of torque should move that thing around nicely, not to mention the 30+ mpg.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nagmashot, if the diesel is cheeper than the Hemi, they should bring it to the states. Do you know if it comes with the same 5 speed auto as in the states? Or is it a manual only?
          • 7 Years Ago
          the 300C is only avaible with a 5speed automatic based on the old Mercedes E-Class automatic, I guess that is the same as used in the USA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is inaccurate. The 300C you're looking at is a SRT Design not a real SRT. They make the same car for the US. It basically is an appearance package without the engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The diesel 300C is sold in Australia and it has a higher towing capacity than the Hemi.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I am a dummy. Brabus thru startech offers a 300C CRD upgrade here:



        Engine Tuning

        STARTECH SD6 performance kit for 300C 3.0 CRD
        44 hp / 32.4 kW extra power, 262 hp / 193 kW at 4,000 rpm, max. torque 580 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm.

        Performances Sedan: 0 - 100 km/h in 7.2 s, V/max 235 km/h

        Performances Touring: 0 - 100 km/h in 7.5 s, V/max 232 km/h
        • 7 Years Ago
        Surprised they did not offer the brabus diesel upgrade tuning for this engine. It is listed at 200 kW / 272 PS and 590 Nm adding + 35 kW / 48 PS + 80 Nm. In the E-class, it lists 0-60 in 6.5s and a top speed of 250kph.

        Sounds like fun.

        specs @ brabus dot com.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they sell it in the US too since that Mercedes 3.0 V-6 engine meets US emission standards? Also now that Chrysler is no longer owned by Daimler-Benz, I wonder how much longer they will be able to get Mercedes engines and what will happen to the Dodge Sprinter in the US.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For the Sprinter they will probably go with a similar agreement as with VW, so the Dodge Sprinter will be continued as long as it is financially viable.

        Regarding the engines Chrysler will continue to use Mercedes Benz engines, but they already stated that they will cut down the number diesel engine suppliers to two. Volkswagens engines in the Caliber and Sebring will be faded out (probably with the first major facelift of these cars). The are most likely to be replaced by the VM 420 series. The VM 630 might replace the relative expensive Daimler V6 diesel in the US bound Jeeps. For austrian made 300Cs it might make no sense to replace the Daimler diesel any time soon. It is more likely that they cancel the euro model completely.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There hasn't been any rumors on Chrysler moving back to VM. GM and Hyundia will use the VM motor.
      The MB2.2Lcrd OM651 is suppose to replace all VM2.8Lcrd as stated in the chrysler minivan article.
      The MB3.0Lcrd is a very nice motor, but many have said that the lower end isn't made to be rebuilt. You can not go to the next size up piston.

      As for the 300 SRT-8 why didn't they just go with the MB 4.0Lcrd 314 hp 538 lb-ft or the MB3.0L triturbo 286HP 465LB-FT from the ML320CDI or SLK320CDI?

      • 7 Years Ago

      In the immortal words of AustinPowers "Ya baby, ya"
      • 7 Years Ago
      don't know if Americans have gotten over their GM-inspired mad about diesels, but Canadians would buy these by the truckload.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm American. I've been buying Diesel cars for the last five years. O_o
        • 7 Years Ago
        How much better is the mpg? How much more would the diesel option cost? With diesel costing about 40cents more a gallon would this be cost effective? I guess if you put a lot of miles on your car or plan on keeping in 7+ years it might work out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        American here as well, I would love to buy a diesel, but since I'm in Cali, there is no way that I can buy a new car that's diesel. =(
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm American and I would absolutely love a diesel option that isn't a VW. This is a cool car, but pretty underpowered
      • 7 Years Ago
      W5a580 transmission, right?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, now even Brits think 200HP in a car isn't enough. Even when it isn't supposed to be the range topper. 8 years ago the Audi A6 (a rather large car) was only available with up to 200HP (2.8L NA engine).

      It's no wonder oil is $100 a barrel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, 8.5 years ago (before fall 1999).

        I got one of the 2.7Ts right when it became available. The A6 on that platform was available for a year and a half with only the 2.8 fronttrak and 2.8 quattro options.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This 300 looks better than an Impala SS on any day of any week...not even close.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LS2/LS7- I don't think the blokes at Top Gear were saying that 200hp wasn't enough to get a big car around, but rather felt that when calling it an SRT, there should be more bite behind the bark.
      While you wont win any drag races with a Hemi equivalent, having as much torque as the V8 will make it move out with authority in city traffic. Out of the city, the 300CRD has to be one of the best highway cruisers (regular) money can buy. Sadly, I saw diesel at 60c (20%) premium over gasoline yesterday. That takes out 50-75% of the savings.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow...that's nice. Now only if the car was easy to see out of or could fit on their much smaller roads or easily navigate the crowded small city streets.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Regarding the size, this car is not larger than an A8 or S-class, and you see a lot of these everywhere in germany. The comment about the small streets is really getting old, you do realize that, with some very small exceptions, people still live in the oldest parts of the cities, and they still have garbage trucks go by their house and collect the garbage, you have buses running all over the place, even on some quite narrow streets. A normal sight where i live is two articulated buses (mercedes-benz citaro or the similar MANs) passing by each other, and on some narrow places one of them will see the other in the distance and wait for it in its bus stop. But these are buses and garbage trucks, no way a 300C will have problems going about in 95% of the area of most cities in europe.
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