So we bought a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT
Yep, we’ve bought yet another car, adding to our ever-expanding self-owned long-term fleet. We hyped it long enough on our Facebook page where we asked our fans to guess the car, and it was great fun watching the comments pour in. This here is a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT in a rare red colour, and in full-option trim — so fully-optioned, that you won’t find this specification at all dealers as it was originally custom-ordered.
Bought from a friend, who was briefly the second owner, it has just over 9,000 km on the clock. Aside from some scrapes on the low front lip and a bit of curbing on a couple of the wheels, it looks brand new. We will go over the cost of these repairs (as well as the running costs of a monster SRT) over the course of our ownership.
Aside from the usual UConnect screen, nav, panoramic glass roof and all the usual features, the special options include a black-out trim package (so all chrome trim is painted over), black-out headlights, smoked-chrome wheels, a stitched-leatherette dash and full Nappa-leather tan upholstery as well as the full active-safety package that includes adaptive cruise control with full braking functionality, lane-departure warning and prevention, and blind-spot monitoring.
The 2015 model also rocks because it is so rare. In SRT trim, this car is now offered in the GCC, Australia and only a handful of other markets. So you will never see U.S. grey-imported versions of the updated-in-2015 300 SRT (when an 8-speed automatic and a fancier LCD gauge cluster were also added alongside an aggressive front-rear facelift), although you may still come across non-SRT 300 imports.
Less than 2,000 of these facelift cars have been built since 2015, making it rarer than a Lamborghini Aventador (5,000+ built) or even a Dodge Challenger Hellcat (20,000+ built). And yet, parts will never be an issue because it shares its mechanicals with a common Dodge Charger SRT and most of its exterior panels with a Chrysler 300S.
The reason for the 300 SRT’s slow sales is obviously that it’s more expensive than a Dodge Charger SRT. But for that premium, you get a completely unique subtle look that doesn’t drown out in the sea of V6 Chargers. And with the “Redline Tri-Coat Pearl” paint on our car, it’s a total head-turner that even gets prime valet parking spots at hotels.
We’ll talk more about how it is to drive in the coming weeks, but needless to say, a regular 485 hp SRT model is already overly powerful, ever since they all got the 8-speed in 2015. It doesn’t need the overkill Hellcat engine.
Getting a bit noisy around here…
Posted by DriveArabia.com on Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Original Mileage When Bought: 9,010 km
Latest Mileage To Date: 9,250 km
Latest Average Fuel Economy: 18.8 litres/100 km
Cost of Latest Problems: Dhs 0
Cost of Latest Maintenance: Dhs 0
Total Non-Fuel Running Cost Since Bought: Dhs 0