The SRT8 (developed by the company's Street and Racing Technology division, and built in Graz, Austria) puts local heroes HSV Senator and FPV's GT-P on notice for price, performance, purpose and, most definitely, appearance. It looks downright handsome, with strong hints of devilish intent, and has 6.1-litre Hemi-charged bite to go with its deliciously menacing bark.
Smoothness isn't at all tricky when easing away from standstill or low speed, but a little familiarity helps because the 6.1's accelerative eagerness is such that even just a whiff too much throttle snaps the car into action and slaps you back into the seat.
Given its head in appropriate places, the Chrysler never hesitates to show what it's made of. Which means the exhaust note changes to an openly aggressive thunder and almost two tonnes gets up and gone before you've time to gasp, Crikey!
Chrysler modestly credits the SRT8 with 0-100km/h in around 5.5sec. But reputable testers overseas put it closer to five seconds neat, and cite the standing 400m in low 13sec range.
This is a true drivers car, so no test pilots or learners on this one please!