It just got slightly more difficult to buy an old-fashioned rear-wheel drive V8 sedan in Australia.

    Chrysler dealers will only carry stock of the range-topping, V8-powered 300 SRT from now on, a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson today confirmed.

    Although the pared-back 300 SRT Core and entry-level 300 V6 are still available, they’re special order cars.

    Private customers will be able to order the two entry-level cars from a dealership, and they’ll still be offered to police fleets such as New South Wales, which has used the big American sedan (alongside the BMW 530d) to replace its Commodore and Falcon Highway Patrol cars.

    Pricing for the 300 Luxury (above) kicks off at $59,950 before on-roads for the 300 V6, jumping to $65,950 before on-roads for the SRT Core V8, and $77,450 before on-roads for the range-topping 300 SRT V8.

    The range-topper now features a sunroof, leather seat trim, and carbon fibre highlights as standard.

    Now the locally-built Holden Commodore SS and Ford Falcon XR8 are gone, the Chrysler 300 is the cheapest way into a large, rear-wheel drive sedan with a V8 engine.

    The 6.4-litre Hemi V8 in the 300 SRT pumps out 350kW of power and 637Nm of torque, up a handy 46kW and 67Nm on the last Holden Commodore SS V Redline.

    Kia would argue the Stinger is a natural successor to the Holden Commodore, it isn’t available with an old-fashioned V8 engine. Instead, the range-topping model packs a turbocharged V6 with 272kW and 510Nm.

    The Chrysler 300 SRT Pacer, a limited-edition tribute to the Chrysler Valiant Pacer, is pictured here.

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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