The used Chrysler 300C is the perfect companion for those who want an executive vehicle more intimidating than a great white shark
The used Chrysler 300C is the perfect companion for those who want an executive vehicle more intimidating than a great white shark. The 300C's ferocious nature is partly due to its severe styling. This is menacing enough to make children cower behind their mothers, grown men cry like babies, and SAS soldiers flee like little girls near a spider.
The smallest engine fitted to the 300C is the 3.0-litre 215bhp diesel which, as it hits 60mph in 7.4 seconds and averages 34mpg, is powerful and frugal enough to satisfy most motorists. However, those who fancy reaching 60mph in only 6.2 seconds can slip behind the wheel of the 5.7-litre 335bhp V8. If this is still too tame, the SRT-8 6.1-litre V8 425bhp variant has teeth so sharp it makes Jaws look like a grinning goldfish. This beast rockets to 60mph in 4.8 seconds, which is only 1.2 seconds slower than a Ferrari 599.
The 300C's handling is far better than many American vehicles, although it is more cruiser than sports car. The suspension irons out the worst of the road's bumps, and manages to prevent this leviathan rolling around like a disorientated ship. Pretty impressive considering the 300C's vast bulk. The steering, although lacking in feel, is very accurate so enthusiastic drivers have no trouble guiding the rear-wheel drive 300C to the apex.
So, there we go. A capable saloon/estate cruiser that stands out from the crowd as is it far more distinctive than its Germanic rivals. The 300C earns further plaudits for its generous standard equipment, decent build quality, and wide ranging safety features such as the electronic stability program.
According to Motoring.co.uk's used car database, prices for three year old examples start at a temptingly modest £14,000. For the latest great white shark values please consult Police Chief Brody, Amity Island, USA.