Olivier Francois, president and CEO of the Chrysler Brand, let it be known Monday that more than $1 billion went into revamping the 2011 Chrysler 300.
”It’s time for Chrysler to come back … for this car makes a bold statement without saying a word,” said Olivier. “Our objective was to make it even better. Quality is not negotiable.” Chrysler Group chose the Detroit event for the sedan’s worldwide debut. Assembled in Brampton, Ont., the 300 “is designed to give people what they deserve.
The popular sedan can be ordered in SRT-8 guise, providing one of the more powerful engines on the market at its price point. Power comes from a 6.1 liter HEMI V8, delivering 425 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
The sedan delivers a zero to 60 mph in the low five-second range, 0-100-0 mph in under 17 seconds, and 0.89 g on the skid pad. Of course, the engine isn’t the only part of the SRT model tuned for performance. The chassis has been tuned by Chrysler’s Street and Racing department, including SRT-tuned dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings, and large-diameter anti-sway bars. Revised front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height that’s lowered one-half inch from the Chrysler 300C.