The Chrysler 300 SRT was removed from Chrysler’s American lineup in 2014 when the company decided to reel in the Street Racing Technology or SRT back under the Dodge banner.
Fortunately, the Chrysler 300 SRT is still alive and well in foreign markets like the Middle East, where luxury-muscle cars are still highly sought after. Because of the model’s continued success in foreign markets, Chrysler has decided to update the 300 SRT with all components found in the recently refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 models. This, of course, is good news for 300 SRT fans in the States because now, there is a slight possibility that the famed super-sedan might return to our shores sometime in late 2015 as 2016 models, so, fingers crossed.
Chassis wise, the 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT is still riding on the company’s LX full-size platform and as previously stated, receives the same mid-cycle updates like the 2015 Chrysler 300, which includes new lights and front fascia. Like all recently refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 models, the 300 SRT also receives new headlight units and a re-styled lower front fascia, which now incorporates new LED daytime running lights and an opening in the center grille for a radar, which is a part of the car’s adaptive cruise control system.
From the outside, the Chrysler 300 SRT can be easily differentiated from its ordinary siblings thanks to its unique features like a ducktail spoiler, black mesh grille, slotted brake rotors, Brembo calipers, larger dual exhaust tips, a set of twin-spoke alloy wheels and lowered suspension setup, which results in a very aggressive stance.
The standard engine in the 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT is the legendary 6.4 L HEMI V8 with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.ft. of torque. All of this power is sent to the rear wheels via a smooth and quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
Right now, however, every petrol head in Detroit and throughout America, is talking about the supercharged 6.2 L “Hellcat” V8 with its monstrous 707 horsepower and 650 lb.ft. of torque. But, the reality is that there is little to no chance that this engine will find its way under the hood of the 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT because Chrysler is already having a hard time satisfying the needs of all the people who either want a 2015 Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcat.
However, it is important to note that when the Chrysler 300 SRT left our shores in 2014, it was powered with a 6.4 L HEMI V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.ft. of torque. So, if and when we do get the refreshed 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT, we should be happy and appreciate the new motor, which will produce an additional 15 horsepower and 5 additional lb.ft. of torque, compared to the previous engine.
As of this writing, Chrysler executives have not announced any official details about the return of the 300 SRT to the States. But, based on these spy photographs of an almost production ready 2016 Chrysler 300 SRT roaming in and around Detroit, there might be a slight possibility that Chrysler officials might reconsider and reintroduce the 300 SRT back to our shores, but I wouldn’t hold my breath while waiting for any further news.
If Chrysler does decide to bring the 300 SRT back to the States, based on the current starting prices of the 2015 Chrysler 300 models, expect the base price of the 300 SRT to start somewhere just north of the 50 grand mark.
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