You Know You Want To: Chrysler 300C SRT-8
Family, friends, dogs ... V8 fun for everyone!
Sadly, the SRT-8 never quite lived up to the promise. Despite that huge motor, it lacked the requisite mix of firepower and handling to match rivals such as the E61 BMW M5. 2 If your need was for a budget super saloon, Vauxhall VXR8 was a better bet.
This five-year-old Touring is a rather different prospect, though. Naturally, depreciation has brought it even further into the realms of affordability but, as an estate, absolute dynamic proficiency isn't paramount. The focus switches to practicality and usable performance.
Moreover, all that swept capacity provides huge torque to shove the 300C Touring's considerable mass down the road. In fact, there is 420lb ft of it, more than you get in a brand new VXR8 6.2 (405lb ft). Plenty, in other words.
This particular car may wear a set of questionable Pimp My Ride rims but, thankfully, the vendor has kept the originals (still hardly modest at 20 inches but slightly less bling) and if the all-caps text is a little exhausting to read he's clearly enthusiastic and keen to share that passion. A passion that appears to be something of a specialism for all things American, no doubt helped by his proximity to lots of big US airbases.
Chrysler 300C SRT-8 Touring (2007)
Why you would: Big power, big fun, big space, fairly tiny price
Why you wouldn't: Can you afford the petrol?
Never really appealed to me. The saloon I like in dark colours but the Vauxhall style rear lights and an association with mini cabs have always put me off. I think the estate looks quite huge and slabby which again puts me off and I would guess the turning circle would stop me getting it off my drive.
Still, you can't beat a hinking great V8 however deficient it may be everywhere else. You can also afford the servicing on a Yank and can probably do it yourself.
Stop bloomin' mentioning them.
E63 Estate with 7 seats. And before someone moans about the two seats in the back being a joke, don't. Having the option of putting two kids back there is worth it as far as I'm concerned. Also I can't see the police having a problem with you putting two drunk mates in the back either.