|The Chrysler 300C Experience|
I tackle Chrysler's 5.7L V8 Hemi-powered RWD Luxury Sedan for 3 days
(approx. value: $48,000+ CAN)
For my 23rd birthday I thought I'd be a little different by treating myself to something unique that I'd enjoy and remember for the rest of my life...rent a car that is not only one of the most powerful I've ever driven, but a car that I respect as the true definition of everything an American car *should* be. I rented a Chrysler 300C.
Not only was this car easy to slide when all the electronic stability control mumbo-jumbo wasn't working, but the time I spent with it made me lose a great deal of respect for the "drifters" of the world who compete in cars in excess of 300HP.
Bear in mind this was my first time really sliding the car since I picked it up the day before, not to mention the first time I could mess around without Traction Control stepping in and fighting what I wanted it to do. It seems that even after you turn ESP Off, the vehicle's computer will still try to keep the car under control in extreme situations if traction is detected at any of the wheels.
The road in those vids (not the circle one) was what I could best describe as
hard-packed dirt. The car slid like an absolute champ. It was extremely easy to
control despite it's size and weight. In the second vid I purposely wanted to do
a perfect 180 and stop facing the direction I came in, but the rear end
continuing on into the ditch shows how I'm not used to sliding around in such a
heavy vehicle. The car is quite deceptive that way, actually. Even though it
weighs so much, it accelerates like a madman and brakes even better (as you can
tell in the last vid)...so its hard to stay out of the light and nimble Corolla
mindset that I'm so used to.
Go DaimlerChrysler Go!
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Before anything, please take note that I knew what I was doing with this car. These vids aren't some fluke. It wasn't "luck" that kept me from spinning out and/or crashing. And I certainly wasn't "scared" while behind the wheel. I've been sliding cars around since I first started to drive over 7 years ago, and honestly, the 300C isn't much different than any of them. It may be larger in size, heavier, and much more powerful than what I'm accustomed to, but it still handles like any RWD car should, and as such I felt right at home in the belly of the beast.