2016 Chrysler 300 SRT introduced in Australiaby Ronan Glon
The 300 SRT gets a minor facelift, a more upscale interior and an eight-speed automatic.
The hot-rodded Chrysler 300 SRT is living out the last few years of its life in sunny Australia.
The 300 SRT was axed from our market over a year ago, but it is surprisingly popular Down Under. Mechanically, the Australian-spec model carries on with the same engine as its U.S.-spec counterpart, meaning it's powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine that makes 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque. However, Chrysler has replaced last year's model's outdated five-speed automatic transmission with a new eight-speed unit in a bid to boost gas mileage.
The eight-speed auto is accompanied by a minor facelift that brings a new mesh grille with a SRT emblem, a revised lower bumper, a trunk-mounted spoiler and LED tail lamps. Interestingly, there is not a single Chrysler emblem anywhere on the car in spite of the fact that the SRT sub-brand was merged with Dodge last year.
The cockpit also gets small upgrades, including a new instrument cluster that incorporates a large, fully-configurable TFT screen, a rotary shift knob and a rearranged center console. Finally, Chrysler promises that it has noticeably improved the build quality and added more soft-touch material throughout the cabin in an effort to position the 300 SRT up a notch on the market.
Built in Canada, the 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT will go on sale across Australia in the coming weeks with a base price of 59,000 Australian dollars, a sum that converts to roughly $42,000. At the time of writing, Chrysler is not planning on bringing the sedan back to the United States.