Australia calls time on the enthusiast sedan.
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 was discontinued in 2015 for the US market but lived on in Australia where it was known simply as SRT. That's over now. The Chrysler 300 SRT, a V8-powered full-size sedan popular with enthusiasts and police departments alike Down Under, has been discontinued in Australia, according to CarAdvice.
"The Chrysler 300 SRT ordering has been put on hold due to production constraints," a company statement reads. "We currently have stock available for customers and will keep customers updated once we have more information." Chrysler will keep its commitment to deliver previously ordered 300 SRTs to the New South Wales police department, but private customers are out of luck.
For now, there are still unsold examples sitting in dealerships across the country, but we stress "for now." Once they're sold, the party is over. This is yet another example of a decades-old tradition of V8 sedans (and coupes) in Australia coming to an end. Two brand, Holden and Ford, were the driving force behind that eight-cylinder legacy.
Unfortunately, the GM-owned Holden was closed only a few months ago while Ford also discontinued the locally built and engineered Falcon. The Falcon and Holden Commodore were longtime rivals. The Chrysler 300 SRT helped fill the enthusiast void, or at least it did. The 300 SRT also isn't exactly cheap, which could help explain why it's being shown the door.
Pricing began at over $50,000 AUD and could reach almost $70k. Under the hood lies the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 rated at 470 horsepower. In the US, the 5.7-liter Hemi is the only V8 offered in the 300S V8 variant.
While it's sad to see the 300 SRT's demise, the larger concern is the future status of the Chrysler brand itself. We reported last week that the nearly completed FCA-PSA merger to create Stellantis could result in shuttering Chrysler. Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares supposedly sees Chrysler as nothing more than a money-losing brand without a significant product lineup. Aside from the aging 300, there's only the Chrysler Pacifica and Voyager minivans. It's possible the minivans will survive under a different brand, such as Dodge, but the 300 is likely on borrowed time.