With all of the hoopla surrounding the Lane Bryant Lingerie commercial there couldn’t be a better time to talk about the 2010 Chrysler 300C. Yes, the 300C is the plus-size beauty queen. Rubenesque in shape and full of cushion, this car is built for comfort. And after weeks in smaller offerings from different manufactures’, I can tell you comfort is not overrated.
Cars like the Corvette make you feel like you’re placed in the cockpit of a fighter jet. And for the record that’s the coolest feeling in the world. But, if you’re over forty and led any kind of active life, you’ll get tired of climbing into the cockpit soon enough. That’s the beauty of the 300C. Sure the styling is a bit dated. A complete re-styling is expected for 2011. But it’s not all about style…always. Sometimes it’s about ease of use and relaxation. Let’s face it every car can’t make you feel like Jimmy Johnson. But the 300C can make you feel like Rick Hendricks’s personal driver. That’s what I felt like when I drove the 300C, a professional chauffeur.
Whether it was a trip to the youth soccer fields or moving friends from one watering hole to the next, the 300C offered more peaceful moments than a retirement home quilting session. The 300C is equally comfortable in the city or on the open road. The suspension puts comfort ahead of performance. However, that’s not to say the 300C doesn’t handle well. For a car of this size it handles very well. I tried to push the 300C a little and found it was not terribly far removed from the SRT-8 stuff. Body roll was minor for a larger car, and the seats offered more than enough support in tight corners. Obviously no one buying the 300C is expecting to even attempt anything that produces body roll but, it’s nice to know if you need the car to handle well in adverse conditions it will.
I took the 300C on several trips around East Texas and the most surprising thing I encountered was the fuel mileage. In Fuel Saver Mode this portly ride achieved close to thirty miles per gallon. That’s with the Hemi. The stated numbers are 17/25mpg but I managed to coax a bit more out of the girl by just keeping my foot out of the power band and frequent use of cruise control. It was easy to relax and enjoy the ride with the 276 watt stereo and six Boston Acoustics speakers keeping the dull noise of the passing tea party rallies beyond my hearing range. Thank you for that Chrysler.
Now for the price, starting at $38,760.00 the Chrysler 300C will price some out of the market. There are just so many choices around the forty grand mark. Competition is tough but so is the brawny 300C and if you’re in the market for a large, soft, and loveable car the 300C is just right for your plus-size taste.
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Why didn’t Tiger just go buy a Grand sport? Seriously, do you have any idea how much of our time and his lifestyle could have been saved if he just would’ve elected to turn into car buff instead of a well…caged tiger. And Jesse, really Jesse, you are a car guy. You possess some of the nastiest rides out there. Don’t you think a ride in a Grand Sport would have put a ride with “Bombshell McGee to shame? I have to mention the paint job on the Grand Sport just puts the ink on Ms. McGee to shame. Plus, a new Grand Sport just has to have less miles than the Bombshell herself.
Now, I know I can’t compare flesh to fiberglass but just suspend reality for a moment. There were people fighting over the opportunity to spend serious seat time in the all-new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. Grown men, ex racers, dealership owners, crazy automotive techs, all of whom are automotive experts in one capacity or another wanted to spend un-interrupted time with my new girlfriend…ah, Corvette.
When your butt hits the seat in the Grand Sport all other interests take a back seat. Well actually, there is no backseat. Look at it as suspensional therapy. The Grand Sport’s suspension is everything in this car. The power-maker is the same LS-3 in the base Vette with some additional flow which increases horsepower and torque numbers slightly (436 HP). Most of this is due to the two-mode exhaust flaps that allow the beast to breathe better at wide open throttle. It sounds great too.
But, here’s the deal, the Grand Sport gives enthusiast what they need, more grip. After all, I’ve never gotten out of a Corvette and said, “this thing needs more power”. However, many times I’ve wished for a bit more grip. The grand Sport has better grip on the road than any of Tiger’s chicks had on his…cell phone. Without grip, power is wasted. Wasted power equals lost potential. Lost potential equals Bombshell McGee. Man, I could go all day with this stuff. The Grand Sport can pull .98g’s in the corners and can brake from 60-0 mph in 110 feet. And it’s not just the stopping that’s impressive. Anyone who races from stop light to stop light or down the quarter mile track knows “Spinin’ ain’t winin’”. What good is a thousand horsepower if you can’t hook it up? The Grand Sport takes care of this worry with three suspension options from street mode to track mode one and two, two being the stiffest.
Here is the genius of The Chevy Guys. Most of us can’t handle a Corvette ZR1, in any capacity. The price tag of $100,000.00 or the monster power (600+ Hp). The Grand Sport offers for the first time, a great balance between the base Corvette and the ridiculous, but coveted ZR1 and the somewhat less crazy and still coveted Z06. You can actually enjoy the grand Sport, putting your foot in it knowing you’re in control. It’s the best feeling in the world to have total control. Just ask Tiger.
All jokes aside. This car effected me like no other car I’ve tested to date. Just pure performance, sexy lines and an interior that makes you feel encapsulated in a controlled anger management class.
So, it’s your choice. You can give away half your fortune to have a few dates with the Tiger’s den divas or Bombshell McGee, or you can separate yourself from $55,750.00 for the Corvette Grand Sport. Wait, that is half my fortune. Oh well, at least I can take the Grand Sport home.
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