Since its inception in the 1950s, the Chrysler 300 series has been a champion on the race track as well as the highway. With the predecessor model introduced last decade, the muscle-car styling blended well with a larger sedan form factor to make it one of the most sought-after cars on the road.
This year, the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT is one of the leading candidates for car of the year as it continues to put an incredible amount of power behind some of the most advanced driving systems incorporated to a car anywhere.
To start with, until the 300 SRT was introduced, the top of the line horsepower that was possible in a Chrysler 300 engine was around 360. The 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT comes standard with a hemi engine that will generate over 475 horsepower as a stock engine- something that will definitely give you an advantage the next time you need to merge quickly into the passing lane.
With so much power at your fingertips, you might wonder how much it will cost you in terms of fuel. Fortunately, for a V8, the engine performs admirably and can get around 23 miles to the gallon on the highway, which is a pretty economical amount for a car that size.
The stopping distances provided by the sophisticated braking system that comes standard on all 300 SRT models are much better than almost any passenger car in its size range. Engineering decided to add a system that contains large rotors and a four-piston Brempo caliper system to ensure that the car performed at the top of its class. The physical braking system is only part of the equation, however. Inside the car, the 300’s computer can help determine when you are about to initiate a sudden stop and put the brakes in motion so that when your feet do touch the brake pedal, you have an advantage and can stop in a shorter distance.
Starting, driving, and stopping are important, but enjoying the ride has long been a priority for many drivers. To aid in your driving experience, Chrysler has included a 900 watt 19 speaker system that creates one the best sound experiences imaginable for both driver and passengers. As you listen to your favorite music, you can enjoy the power that your steering wheel provides you with. The wheel is wrapped in leather and provides a comfortable grip whether you are on your way to the local electronics store or are on an extended road trip. It also features direct control of both your entertainment system and your driving modes by offering different buttons and paddles connected to the steering wheel. Combine the leather on the wheel with Nappa leather seats that are available in the SRT Premium and you have one very relaxing yet durable combination.
In addition to the very powerful sound system, the connectivity center that is found on the front control panel is designed to help you control every aspect of the 300’s internal environment. With an 8 inch touch screen, it not only makes changing travel plans with the included destination software easy, it also allows you to read the information without having to do anything special.
And if you are someone who spends time in different types of traffic and road conditions frequently, you will likely enjoy the three-mode suspension system that lets you adjust the 300’s responsiveness to road conditions with the push of a button. It can make a world of difference in your driving experience. One of the best ways to try this out is to ask your Chrysler dealer for a test drive so that they can show you the difference.
But beware, test driving the Chrysler 300 at your local Chrysler dealer may result in a long relationship.