Chrysler will start 2007 with a bang by launching the Touring version of the sensational 425 horsepower 300C SRT-8.

The SRT-8 Touring boasts the same 6.1-litre HEMI V8 engine as the SRT-8 saloon and delivers the same impressive levels of performance – 0 to 60 in 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 168mph.

Peter Lambert, Managing Director for Chrysler Group in the UK said: “Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division has taken the already great looking 300C Touring and added their unique blend of performance car handling and braking, performance-orientated exterior and interior together with the HEMI engine to create the stunning Chrysler 300C Touring SRT-8.”

The SRT-8 features a body kit designed to reduce lift and drag, unique air intake ducts that help cool the front brakes, two large diameter exhaust tail pipes and five spoke 20-inch forged aluminium wheels. A racing-style Brembo braking system together with tuned Bilstein dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll bars, together with 13mm lower ride height and a re-tuned ESP system all help deliver outstanding ride and handling.

Peter Lambert added: “The 300C range has enjoyed massive success in the UK this year and while the diesel version of both the saloon and Touring has proved to be the most popular, there will always be a place for a car like the HEMI-powered 300C SRT-8 with driving enthusiasts here in the UK.”

The Chrysler 300C Touring SRT-8 will be available in right-hand drive and will launch in February 2007, priced at £40,990.