The Chrysler 300 SRT has been called many different things during it’s lifespan – from a “brute-in-a-suit” to the “businessman’s muscle car.” It was the ultimate four-dour sedan muscle car. When Chrysler revealed the 300 SRT8 back in 2004 (launched for 2006), it took the performance four-door sedan world by storm.
For 2012, a completely new 300 SRT8 was released to the world (there was no 300 SRT8 for the restyled 2011 model year). Powered by a bigger yet more fuel efficient 470 horsepower 6.4L 392 Hemi and loaded with a lot more tech gadgets then the previous generation, the 2012 model year sold pretty well.
For the release of the 2014’s, the term “SRT8” was dropped and the name was changed to just “SRT.” However, sales numbers started on a steady downward decline. With an average sticker price of around $55,000 US, they just weren’t selling. Many sat on lots for months at a time. The true diehard fans still bought them but they just didn’t sell as well as the previous generation or even the 2012 model year vehicles.
Near the middle of 2014, with the announcement of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models, coupled with the as equally big announcement that Dodge would become the staple performance brand for the FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (which saw the SRT-branded Viper slotted back into Dodge lineup as the Dodge Viper SRT for 2015), the fate of the Chrysler 300 SRT was up in the air.
Later that year, it was announced that the Chrysler 300 SRT would be axed from the SRT lineup for the 2015 model year and if you wanted to buy a new one, you’d better get your hands on a 2014 quickly. Thousands of current owners and fans hoping for a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT Hellcat were struck with instant disappointment. Various rumors of a 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT reveal came and went over the next few months but Chrysler stuck to their guns saying there would not be a 300 SRT for 2015. However, that wasn’t exactly the case.
Earlier this year, information emerged of a possible 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT reveal for strictly the Middle Eastern and Australian markets. Later it was confirmed that a 2015 300 SRT would indeed be built for those export markets but would not be built for sale in the North American market. Not too long after, pictures popped up on the internet of a brand new black 2015 300 SRT for sale at an exotic car dealership in Saudi Arabia.
Here’s two videos of the all new 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT in the Middle East:
In the videos, it’s very apparent the 2015 SRT model follows along with the same basic body features that the 2015 300S has. Sharing most of the same interior characteristics as the 300S (besides the new SRT steering wheel, SRT performance pages and SRT branded seats), on the outside of the car, it received completely new front and rear fascias, new head and tail lights and newly designed 20-inch wheels.
For the power plant, it got the 485hp 6.4L Hemi engine that the North American 2015 Challenger, Charger and Grand Cherokee SRT models got along with the new 8-speed automatic gearbox. The asking price was around $69,000 US.
Here’s another video with MotoringMiddleEast taking their first drive in one in Dubai!
What do you think of the new 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT? Did Chrysler make a mistake on the decision to not build them for North America?