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2016 C300 SRT for the USA?

by Daniel Bennett on

With left hand drive (“LHD”) Chrysler 300 SRT mules popping up in the past few weeks, one may ask whether they are building them for US consumption.

The answers leave us with more questions than when we started. There are  LHD 300 SRTs with the 6.4 being built for the 2015 model year, but they are for export only use — for the Middle East and possibly other areas, including some that do not get Dodges.

Chrysler documents which are usually reliable confirm that there is no US-specification 6.4 300 for 2015.

We were directly told that there would be no 2015 300 SRT for the US, but that statement does not rule out a 6.4 powered car under a different name (e.g. Dodge’s Scat Pack), nor does it rule out a 2016 300 SRT.

Realistically, we will not see a 6.4 powered 300 until at least the 2016 model year. With that said, what will it be called? Rumors indicate that the 2015 Chrysler 300S is gaining many of the SRT’s visual cues: front fascia, rear spoiler, etc. Is this in preparation for having a 2016 300S that will be 6.4 powered, along the line of Challenger Scat Packs? Or will the SRT 300 live on in 2016 as the 300 SRT?

At this point, we do not know. As always though, it is fun to speculate and try to guess what is really going on behind the closed doors at Auburn Hills, since Chrysler/FCA US has a habit of surprising us with last minute changes. So to quote one of our most illustrious members, “Remember, its not official until its official.”

Dan Bennett was doomed from the start. His parents bought a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner when it was known that he was coming along, and the rest of the story was written from that point forward.
Raised in a Mopar only home, Dan has also been Mopar only. From ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s muscle to current SRTs of various flavors, Dan has owned, and in many cases raced, each of the Mopar brands.
Dan’s real career is as a “parts guy” at a local dealership, but he also is a muscician, computer geek/gamer, avid reader, and general all around seeker of knowledge. His whole working career has been spent in the parts industry, starting in the aftermarket, and now at the dealership level. He took a couple years off and went in a different direction for a bit as a jewelry designer and salesman, and even though he won a design award for a piece, his true calling, automotive, won out in the end.
He has written articles, or has had vehicles that have appeared in Mopar Muscle, Sport Truck, and Truckin’. In various forums and social media, he has made a name for himself as the “Go-to” guy for tech information for all things Mopar. He also has a large background in many forms of racing and engine building, holding at one point a ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist rating. Though he no longer keeps that certification up to date, he is still very active in the engine building side when he has spare time.
To Dan, there is no option to covering the Mopar world, it is an imperative that must be done to keep his world in balance.
You can contact him at (206) 736-7670.


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