If you’ve been waiting to replace your Transit Connect van with something a little more upmarket and urgent, mark 1 February 2007 in your diary. That’s when the estate version of Chrysler’s big-hitting, great value 300C SRT-8 launches in the UK, offering enough practicality for any aspiring plumber or plasterer – and a top speed of 168mph.
The SRT-8 estate will be distinguishable by its butch body styling, gaping air ducts, twin exhausts and 20in aluminium wheels. Under the bonnet it packs the same 6.1-litre hemispherical V8 you’ll find in the saloon version. It produces 425bhp and 420lb ft of torque, and throws the load-lugger to 60mph from stationary in just five seconds.
The SRT-8 will be the fourth-most powerful estate car currently on sale in the UK, after the Mercedes E63 AMG (514bhp), the Alpina B5 Touring (500bhp) and the Audi S6 Avant (429bhp). However, it’ll cost fully £16,000 less than the next-cheapest car in that list, at just £40,990.