2007 Chrysler 300
Smooth, quiet operation, tight handling, space, luxury: The Chrysler 300 sedan has it all, at attractive prices. Yet what the 300 has more than anything is bold styling that appeals to a lot of people.
The Chrysler 300 line offers a wide range of engines and amenities. The base model comes well-equipped for less than $25,000, with a frugal V6. The Touring model adds leather, amenities and a more powerful V6 for about $28,000. The 300C offers a truly powerful Hemi V8, with Chrysler's fuel-saving Multi Displacement System, and it can be equipped with most of the gizmos and luxury features available today.
The 2007 lineup includes new long-wheelbase models. Aimed primarily at the chauffeur-driven executive class, they may also appeal to families. The longer wheelbase turns the 300's roomy back seat into something past cavernous, with more leg room than just about anything on the road. Great for tall folks or anyone who likes space and convenience. These long-wheelbase models can be equipped with custom features such writing tables and foot rests.
The Chrysler 300 marked a return to rear-wheel drive for large American sedans, and we consider that a benefit. Rear-wheel drive adds to the driving pleasure, which is partly why luxury sedans and sports car have traditionally used it. The traction and stability electronics are well sorted and effective on this car, delivering good all-season performance. All-wheel drive is an option for those who live in the snow belt. With the big-torque V8, it also allows something buyers have been seeking through sport-utility vehicles: enough towing capacity to pull a lightweight trailer.
The Chrysler 300 models are comfortable. They're also responsive for large cars. The 300C delivers thrilling acceleration and the SRT-8 true high performance in civilized fashion. Think of it as Detroit's answer to the BMW M5 or the Mercedes E63 AMG, for about $30,000 less.
Then there's the styling, inside and out, where this car makes no apologies. It won't be mistaken for any other sedan the road. It can be trimmed with chrome, mono-chrome and various wheels to look stately and elegant or downright mean.
The Chrysler 300 delivers impressive value, but emphasizing the cost/benefit ratio may minimize its other strengths. The 300s are good, appealing cars, and they've set the benchmark for Detroit's car builders.
The 2007 Chrysler 300 lineup includes seven models: two V6 engines, two V8s, all-wheel drive, and two long-wheelbase models.
The base Chrysler 300 ($24,320) has a 2.7-liter dual-overhead-cam V6 generating 190 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, matched to a four-speed automatic transmission. It's reasonably well equipped, with cloth upholstery, power driver's seat, cruise control, solar-control glass and 17-inch steel wheels with hub caps.
The 300 Touring ($28,320) upgrades to a 3.5-liter single-overhead-cam V6 making 250 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, with a five-speed automatic and Chrysler's AutoStick manual-shift feature. The Touring also adds leather seating, 17-inch aluminum wheels and fog lamps.
The 300 Limited ($31,005) adds 18-inch chrome wheels, heated front seats, a power passenger seat, automatic headlamps, automatic temperature control and an electronic vehicle information center.
The 300C Hemi ($34,975) features a 5.7-liter overhead-valve V8, delivering 340 horsepower and a substantial 390 lb-ft of torque.
New for 2007 is the W.P. Chrysler Executive Series, or long-wheelbase option ($10,600). The long-wheelbase is offered on the 300 Touring and 300C with rear-wheel drive, and must be ordered from a dealership through the Acubuilt coachworks, which finishes the cars in partnership with Chrysler. The package extends the wheelbase six inches, and gives the 300 more rear-seat leg room than executive-class stalwarts such as the Audi A8L, BMW 750Li and Jaguar XJ-8L, at a substantially lower price.
The SRT-8 ($40,420) tops the 300 pecking order. This is a true high-performance sedan, in the mode of BMW's M models or Mercedes' AMG brand, and it features loads of performance tweaks, unique design features and most of the luxury gear. The SRT-8's centerpiece is a 425-hp, 6.1-liter Hemi V8.
Performance enthusiasts will appreciate the SRT Design Group option ($1,495) for the 300C. It adds many of the SRT design cues, and more significantly, engine tweaks and special exhaust that raise the 5.7-liter Hemi's output to 350 horsepower, for a fraction of the full SRT-8 package price.
Options are plentiful and potentially confusing, with 15 separate packages. One of the most popular is Protection Group II ($890), which adds curtain-style head-protection airbags, rear park assist, self-sealing tires and cabin air filtration. Stand alone options include a DVD-based GPS navigation system ($1,495), rear-seat DVD entertainment with a seven-inch LCD screen ($1,150), a power sunroof ($950), UConnect hands-free communication ($250), and a Boston Acoustics audio upgrade with six-CD changer, subwoofer and 368 watts of output.
The Chrysler 300 has earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for front-impact crash protection, but its standard safety features fall below the class benchmark. All 300s come with multi-stage front airbags and anti-lock brakes (ABS); all but the base model come with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), all-speed Traction Control System (TCS) and Brake Assist for the ABS. Curtain-style head protection airbags for outboard passengers are optional, but the 300 does not offer torso-protecting side-impact airbags, front or rear. Other safety-related options include the rear park-assist, HID headlamps, a tire-pressure monitor, and all-wheel drive.
The Chrysler 300 has collected a host of design awards around the world, and we'd call them well-earned. A handful of detractors claim the 300's styling, particularly its Bentley-esque front end, is derivative, but we think that's a superficial view. Certainly the 300 respects tradition and draws inspiration from the past, as many beautiful designs do. But it has also redefined what a Detroit sedan can be, more clearly and thoroughly than any automobile in recent years.
With its rear-wheel-drive architecture, the Chrysler 300 might be a case of back to the future. Yet there's little about it that's retro, except maybe the giant grille, which clearly draws on 300s from the past. The first Chrysler 300 was introduced in 1955 with an engine having hemispherical combustion chambers, called the Hemi. It had two four-barrel carburetors, and it achieved early fame as the most powerful engine built by Detroit, winning the NASCAR championship in its first year and setting top speed records on the beach at Daytona.
The current Chrysler 300 is just as bold, and cool, too. Its styling makes no apologies. Curiously, maybe magically, it appeals to young and old.
The Chrysler 300 looks dramatic in profile because its rear-wheel-drive layout allows a distinctive shape. The wheel-well cutouts, wrapping around rims up to 20 inches in diameter, are striking. The wheelbase is long but the overhangs are short, offering a visual sense of power. The roofline, a sort of '30s gangster tease, beautifully complements the long, low lines, which appear to be carved from a big horizontal block of metal. The roof rakes thickly down to a short deck, and the sides are like large slabs. The long hood glides forward and drops off a cliff whose face is the massive grille, framed by wing-like double-beam headlights.
New for 2007 are optional outside mirrors with supplemental turn signals and courtesy puddle lamps. These cast a useful halo of light on the ground beneath the doors when the 300 is unlocked with the remote key fob. This feature adds some security in dark garages and is very useful if you happen to drop something as you're getting into the car.
The high-performance SRT-8 may be the coolest-looking 300 of all. Its unique features include body-color front and rear bumper inserts, mirrors and door handles, and the modifications are more than aesthetic. The front and rear ends direct air flow through unique ducts that cool the brakes, while a specially designed rear spoiler increases rear downforce by 39 percent, helping keep the rear tires firmly planted at high speed without increasing drag. Yet the coolest thing about the SRT-8 might be its 20-inch, forged aluminum wheels and asymmetrical high-performance tires. These maximize that visual power, and they're staggered in the classic track-performance tradition, with the rear tires slightly wider than the fronts.
The Executive Series package, or long-wheelbase version, is new for 2007. It adds six inches to the standard wheelbase and provides more than 46 inches of rear legroom inside. Outside, it gives the 300 a stately, limo look.
The stylish theme set by the 2007 Chrysler 300 body carries through inside, although the style in the cabin is even more clearly defined by purpose. There's a definite form-follows-function approach, with little superfluous decoration. In this interior, you'll also find the roots of a trend among sedans.
The Chrysler 300 was among the first to adapt an increasingly popular high seating position, with seats that rise several inches above those in the typical sedan before it. This blueprint was no doubt a response to the booming popularity of sport-utility vehicles. It's probably the thing to do nowadays because buyers like to sit high, and because the high door sills add a feeling of security. The windshield rake is relatively modest, so visibility forward is enhanced over the 300's long hood. Visibility to the rear is excellent, without much intrusion from the roofline.
Still, those who prefer a lower, leaned-back seating position can find it inside the 300. The up-down travel of the driver's seat bottom is significant, and the driving position easily adjusts for all sizes and tastes. Our loaded 300C featured power-adjustable pedals, which move back and forth with a button on the dash. The adjustable pedals were welcome in this car, because the steering wheel also telescopes. The pedals add another tailoring tool to the mix, rather than simply replacing the telescoping wheel as they do in some vehicles so equipped. The seats themselves are on the firm side, but comfortable. They could use more side bolstering in the 300C, which has the engine and tires to corner harder than the seats might like.
The dash and instruments are both very clean. Our 300C had a satin silver center stack, elegantly functional with almost nothing decorative about it. It was a pleasant surprise not to have to play games with the controls and switchgear to get them to work. There are two horizontal rectangular climate vents on either side of an analog clock, above the sound system and a climate system controlled by four simple knobs. The four gauges are round, clear and pleasing to the eye, almost Italian-looking, in a balanced layout with black numbers and needles on a white background. From the driver's perspective, it's all good.
Overall finish and material quality don't quite live up to the standards set by the design, but they're not bad, either. There was nothing so cheap or crude inside the 300 that it would keep us from enjoying the car. The 300C steering wheel is a nice four-spoke design with tortoise shell wood trim making a gradual arc along the top, like a Mercedes wheel. California walnut trim is an option. Our leather interior was a subtle gray-beige two-tone, and again, Mercedes-like. Suede inserts on the SRT-8 seats raise the richness meter a notch, and more prominent bolsters keep the driver centered in fast turns.
In general, the 300 interior is marked by spacious silence. Chrysler engineers have made noticeable progress toward reducing interior and wind noise in all their recent vehicles, and the flagship sedan leads the way.
The space comes courtesy of the efficient exterior shape. The wheels are pushed to the corners, and the long wheelbase leaves 106.6 cubic feet inside. The door openings are extra large, making climbing in and out easy.
The Chrysler 300 models offer a relaxing 40 inches of rear legroom and outboard passengers will find plenty to like, including a folding center armrest with integrated cup holders. Of course, rear-wheel drive means a prominent driveshaft tunnel down the center of the car, so anyone sitting rear-center must straddle the tunnel or sit with knees pushed up toward the chest.
The rear seat in long-wheelbase 300 models is cavernous. These cars are aimed at the chauffeur-driven executive class long dominated by European makes. It remains to be seen if they succeed from the marketing perspective, but they certainly succeed in the practical sense.
From the driver's seat, the Chrysler 300 is one of the better big American sedans we've tested, and certainly the most interesting. To be sure, that view is colored by a preference for rear-wheel drive. Yet more than that, the 300 has created a new definition for Detroit Sedan. With its size, styling and design features, it retains characteristics that might be described as uniquely American. But it also has an international quality, measured by its responsiveness and efficiency.
A note for buyers who are wary of rear-wheel-drive sedans for everyday driving, and particularly those who live in the Snow Belt: We tested a 300C in typical Detroit winter slop, and found it well suited to the season. Chrysler has done an excellent job tuning the traction and stability electronics. With all-season tires, the 300C was no more of a challenge in snow and slush than the typical front-wheel-drive sedan. A decent set of snow tires would eliminate the smallest doubt.
The Chrysler 300 base model drives nice. The dual-overhead cam 2.7-liter V6 engine delivers 190 horsepower, enough to handle big-city rush-hour traffic. It's a frugal choice, both in terms of fuel costs and the purchase price. Some drivers may find themselves working this engine hard, however, and wishing for a little more power. Also, the four-speed automatic transmission lacks the responsiveness and flexibility of a five-speed automatic.
The 3.5-liter V6 in the 300 Touring and 300 Limited will work better for most buyers. We found the power better than adequate, even after driving the powerful 300C. We also liked the five-speed automatic, which is based on a Mercedes design, though it's built in Kokomo, Indiana, and shifts smoothly and quickly. At idle, we could feel the pulse of the engine.
On the road, the Chrysler 300 feels as solid as it looks, having inherited significant mechanicals from Chrysler's parent company, Mercedes-Benz. From a handling standpoint, the 300 is heavily and positively influenced by a design borrowed from the Mercedes E-Class: five-link rear suspension mounted to a subframe, and the short-arm/long-arm front suspension, modified for the 300's longer wheelbase, wider track and bigger wheels.
The ride is smooth, but solid enough to prevent wallowing. We wouldn't change much. This is a large car, to be sure. It has a longer wheelbase (120 inches) than the Chrysler 300s from the 1950s, yet its overall length is shorter, and it doesn't feel balky or cumbersome. In short, it doesn't drive big. It feels a bit heavy, but also very secure, confident and responsive. It rides well, even the sportier 300C.
It's reasonably easy to park despite its size. We wish all models came with rear Park Assist or, better yet, a rearview camera, because it is a big car. Only the upper models have Park Assist, which beeps an audible tone, increasing the frequency as you back toward an object.
The 300C handles quite well for a car this size. Tossing a 300C from side to side through switchback turns, it beautifully maintained an even keel. In other words, it offers good transient response. Body lean is minimal, especially considering this 300 is geared more toward family or luxury buyers than sports sedan buyers. The cornering is good enough that the all-season tires don't really do it justice. Depending on where we did most of our driving, we might choose some summer performance tires. Maybe even put some winter tires on a second set of wheels.
Chrysler has gotten the rack-and-pinion steering right. It's just the right amount of weight, and delivers a secure feeling. We like its accuracy.
The brakes are excellent. Driving the 300C hard over some twisty mountain roads, the big Bosch-built brakes really did the job, inspiring surprising confidence in a car that weighs over 4000 pounds. The front brakes on the 300C are bigger and better than those on the V6 models; antilock brakes with brake assist and elec
The Chrysler 300 delivers bold styling, but it's quiet and smooth, with a great ride and tight handling. Getting in and out is easy, and it's roomy inside. Models are available for all tastes and budgets. Its traction and stability electronics work well, but buyers who want to be prepared for bad weather can opt for all-wheel drive. The base 300 is a lot of car for the money, with a proven V6 that has adequate power for many drivers. We prefer the Touring and Limited models, with their more powerful V6 and higher level of features. The 300C comes with a Hemi V8 that can dust expensive luxury cars in performance and value. The SRT-8 delivers outstanding performance in civilized style at a price that's hard to beat.
|Model Line Overview|
|Model lineup:||Chrysler 300 ($24,320); 300 Touring ($28,320); 300 Limited ($31,005); 300C ($34,975); SRT-8 ($40,420)|
|Engines:||190-hp 2.7-liter V6; 250-hp 3.5-liter V6; 340-hp 5.7-liter V8; 425-hp 6.1-liter V8|
|Transmissions:||4-speed automatic; 5-speed automatic|
|Safety equipment (standard):||two-stage front airbags with passenger weight sensors, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP)|
|Safety equipment (optional):||front and rear curtain-style head protection airbags, self-sealing tires, tire-pressure monitor, rear park assist object detection|
|Basic warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled in:||Brampton, Ontario, Canada|
|Specifications As Tested|
|Model tested (MSPR):||Chrysler 300C ($34,975)|
|Standard equipment:||leather seats and trim with tortoise shell accents, heated power-adjustable front seats with position memory, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, power adjustable pedals; dual zone automatic climate control, AM-FM stereo with single CD, audio input jack and six Boston Acoustics speakers, electronic vehicle information center, Sirius satellite radio with 12-month subscription, auto-dimming rearview and driver's outside mirror, universal garage-door opener, solar control glass, fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels;|
|Options as tested (MSPR):||Protection Group II ($890) includes curtain style head-protection airbags, rear park assist, self-sealing tires and cabin air filtration; Sound Group II ($635) includes six-CD changer and 368-watt audio output with subwoofer; Luxury Group II ($450) includes heated rear seat and outside mirrors with turn signals, courtesy lamps and auto-dimming on passenger side; DVD-based GPS navigation system ($1,495); power sunroof ($950); UConnect hands-free communication ($250)|
|Gas guzzler tax:||N/A|
|Price as tested (MSPR):||$40320|
|Engine:||5.7-liter overhead-valve hemi-head V8 with Multi Displacement cylinder de-activation|
|Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):||340 @ 5000|
|Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):||390 @ 4000|
|Transmission:||5-speed automatic with AutoStick manual-shift feature|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||17/25 mpg|
|Track, f/r:||63.0/63.1 in.|
|Turning circle:||38.9 ft.|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||38.7/55.9/41.8 in.|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:||N/A|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||38.0/55.9/40.2 in.|
|Cargo volume:||15.6 cu. ft.|
|Towing capacity:||2000 Lbs.|
|Suspension, f:||independent, short-long arm with coil springs and stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent, five-link with coil springs|
|Ground clearance:||5.6 in.|
|Curb weigth:||4066 lbs.|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/vented disc with ABS and Brake Assist|
|Fuel capacity:||19.0 gal.|
|Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of March 18, 2007.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-4A-CHRYSLER - www.daimlerchrysler.com|
Like the sedan, the new high-performance rear-wheel drive version of the already popular Chrysler 300C Touring arrives in international showrooms in the second half of 2006 and will be available in both left- and right-hand drive.
"The HEMI® is a critical ingredient to the success of the Chrysler 300C," said Dan Knott, Director – Street and Racing Technology (SRT), Chrysler Group. "With the two new Chrysler 300C SRT8 models, we are now adding even more horsepower to the HEMI® and even more performance to this charismatic Chrysler."
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring will be as sensational a drive as the sedan and the preliminary performance target is 0-60 mph in the low five-sec. range. Top speed will be electronically limited to 168 mph.
"With the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring, we’re delivering the ultimate performance wagon," said Thomas Hausch, Executive Director, International Sales and Marketing. "With its world-class handling, benchmark braking, functional exterior enhancements, race-inspired interior appointments, versatile cabin and load space and a jaw-dropping 425 horsepower, we’re sure this new model will capture driving enthusiasts in Europe and other international markets when it goes on sale later this year."
Hausch concluded, "The 300C family provides a unique proposition to European buyers by delivering expressive Chrysler design and, in SRT8 form, immense power – coupled with exceptional cargo volumes, thoughtful features like our unique access rear liftgate on the wagon, premium appointments and state-of-the-art technology."
The 317 kW (425 hp), normally aspirated 6.1-litre HEMI® engine is the highest specific-output engine ever offered by the Chrysler Group. Its 52.05 kW-per-litre rating exceeds even that of the legendary 1966 `Street HEMI.’ Torque is rated at 569 N•m (420 lb.-ft.) at 4800 rpm.
Although the Chrysler HEMI® was born in the 1950s and entered into legend in the 1960s and ’70s, today’s version took much of its inspiration from the original – particularly the namesake hemispherical combustion chambers that provide power and efficiency.
When Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Team (SRT) set out to develop a more powerful HEMI® for the Chrysler 300C SRT8, they were mindful of the engine’s heritage, which led to adopting traditional HEMI® engine cues such as an orange painted cylinder block and black valve covers.
The SRT powertrain engineers who developed the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s engine achieved more horsepower by adding increasing capacity, increasing the compression ratio, redesigning the cylinder head intake and exhaust systems for increased flow, and increasing engine speed.
To get more displacement, SRT engineers bored out the diameter of the cylinders in the Chrysler 300C SRT8’s HEMI® by 3.5 mm each, to increase the total displacement to 6.1-litres from 5.7-litres. Compression ratio was also increased to 10.3:1 from 9.6:1, unleashing more energy in the combustion process.
Engine breathing was increased with new high-flow cylinder heads, a specially designed intake manifold, and exhaust `headers’ with individual tubes encased in a stainless steel shell, all unique to the new SRT8’s 6.1-litre HEMI® engine. Larger diameter valves and reshaped cylinder ports in the heads allow for maximized air flow. The intake manifold was designed with larger diameter runners for higher-speed tuning. Exhaust is routed through a larger-diameter 70 mm (2.75 in.) exhaust system (up by 10 percent) with 90 mm (3.5 in.) chrome tail pipes.
Performance-oriented camshaft profiles were developed to balance total vehicle requirements, simultaneously allowing more air in and out of cylinders. This increases performance and manages a higher engine speed, which is another method to increase horsepower. SRT engineers increased the HEMI®’s peak engine speed to 5800 rpm from 5400 rpm. Intake and exhaust valve stems are hollow, and the exhaust valve stems are filled with sodium to help dissipate heat more efficiently.
The high-performance 6.1-litre HEMI® is further strengthened with a host of redesigned components, including a reinforced engine block with increased coolant flow, forged steel crankshaft, high-strength powdered-metal connecting rods, floating-pin pistons (cooled by oil squirters), and a sump modified to ensure reduced oil foaming.
In the 300C SRT8 Touring, the 6.1-litre HEMI®’s power is channeled through an W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission with specially calibrated AutoStick® driver-selectable range control, which offers fully automatic or sequential manual gear shifting. A heavy-duty four-flange prop shaft sends the torque from the transmission to an upgraded rear differential and axle.
Ride and Handling
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s suspension and chassis are tuned for outstanding ride and handling across the broadest dynamic range that customers are likely to experience.
Chassis setup for the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring is aimed at all-round performance with a number of enhancements, including tuned Bilstein dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll bars. New front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height lowered 13 mm (0.5 in.) compared to the regular model. And, the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) has been specially tuned for the SRT8’s performance handling characteristics.
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring connects with the road via a new wheel and tyre assembly consisting of 20-inch aluminium SRT performance wheels.
Braking performance goes hand-in-hand with the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s outstanding accelerating and speed — and the braking system was specially designed to slow and stop the car safely, predictably and with maximum stability. At the same time, this system was designed to provide benchmark braking performance, setting a new standard for wagons in its class.
Within each of the large diameter 20-inch wheels are high performance brake calipers developed by Brembo — well known in racing and high-performance circles — equipped with four pistons for unrivalled stopping performance. Up front, the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring has 360 mm x 32 mm ventilated discs, with 350 mm x 28 mm ventilated discs at the rear.
Design and Amenities
Befitting its high-performance character, the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring exterior styling is a sophisticated treatment that resonates with the Chrysler brand’s premium character.
Modified front and rear fascias help direct air flow, particularly through unique ducts that help cool the brakes. In addition, a specially designed rear deck spoiler, while refined in appearance, is also functional — increasing rear downforce by 39 percent without increasing drag.
Other unique touches to the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring’s exterior include body-colour front and rear bumper inserts, body-colour grille insert with chrome collar, body colour mirrors and door handles, and unique SRT badging.
Two exterior colours are available: Bright Silver and Brilliant Black. The interior is offered in a Light Graystone/Dark Slate combination.
Standard interior features of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring include front seats equipped with heat and memory functions, clad with performance suede inserts that secure occupants during spirited driving. Other features include an adjustable pedal cluster; `technical’ leather trim on the steering wheel, shifter and door pulls; and special finishing on interior trim such as on the centre stack. Full instrumentation includes a 290 km/h (180 mph) speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauges.
Versatility and Capacity with Extended Cargo Bay
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring wagon shares all the major attributes of its sedan sibling, but adds the customer benefit of a 630-litre load area which can be expanded to 1,602 litres with rear seats folded, plus easy access through the unique rear liftgate.
The body of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring shares the strong structure of the sedan, but has unique rear side panels, roof and rear liftgate. The steel liftgate is shaped like an inverted "L," and the hinges are set back over the load area so that the liftgate rises almost vertically and does not require the operator to step back from the vehicle. This unique liftgate architecture also allows for enhanced access to the rear cargo area. The liftgate, fitted with a two-speed wiper and wash system for additional customer convenience, can be unlocked using the button on the key fob and opened by the centrally mounted external handle.
Both the front and rear seats of the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring are as spacious and comfortable as those of the Sedan — with near identical head, leg and shoulder room — but the trunk area is 25 percent larger than in the sedan when the rear seats are up. Within its competitive set, Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring offers exceptional minimum and maximum cargo volume — more than Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series Touring and Saab 9-5 Estate.
The load area features a removable, rollaway tonneau cover, large storage bins in each side panel, four cargo tie-down loops and a 12-volt power outlet. The load floor has a removable tri-fold panel that weighs just 7.25 kg (16 lbs.) and can be partially or fully folded, or completely removed. When used, small items can be stored below this floor panel. When removed, the maximum available load height is increased by 102 mm (4.0 in.). An optional cargo-management system is available, which stores below the tri-fold panel. It includes a waterproof liner and folding divider with cargo retaining nets.
Additional cargo can be carried on the optional roof bars that come with two cross bars. Roof bar load capacity is 68 kg (150 lbs.).
Safety and Security Features
Following are safety and security features available on the Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring:
- Advanced multi-stage air bag system: Inflates with a force appropriate to the severity of the impact
- Anti-lock brake system: Electronic sensors that help prevent wheel lockup. The standard ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC): This standard feature aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behaviour on various road surfaces
- Energy-absorbing steering column: Manual-adjust telescoping steering column includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to each other, which allows the column to move forward and provide more energy absorption during an impact
- High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting: This available feature provides 70 percent more light to increase driver visibility, using XENON bulb technology
- Rear park assist: This available ultrasonic rear obstacle detection system signals through an audible warning and a rear overhead display to avoid potential collisions
Street and Racing Technology
The Street and Racing Technology team has created some of Chrysler Group’s most distinctive, performance-oriented products. Currently the SRT line up encompasses eight models, each a performance leader in its class. The range is comprised of: Dodge Viper SRT10 (Coupe and Roadster), Dodge Caliber SRT4, Dodge Ram SRT10 (regular and Quad Cab), Dodge Magnum SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 (Coupe and Roadster), Chrysler 300C SRT8 (sedan and wagon) and Jeep® Grand Cherokee SRT8.
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring will be built for European and other international markets at the Magna Steyr Manufacturing Facility in Graz, Austria, and will be available in the second half of 2006.
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2007 Chrysler300C Pricing and Specs
Compare 3 300C trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
BaseView 2 Trims
- 5.7L V-8 Engine
- 5-spd w/OD Transmission
- 340 @ 5,000 rpm Horsepower
- 390 @ 4,000 rpm Torque
- rear-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 18" aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
- SIRIUS AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- Windshield wipers - rain sensing
- leather Seat trim
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
SRT8View 1 Trims
Additional or replacing features on Base
- 6.1L V-8 Engine
- 425 @ 6,000 rpm Horsepower
- 420 @ 4,800 rpm Torque
- 20" polished aluminum Wheels
- simulated suede/leather Seat trim
- Parksense Parking assist
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2007 Chrysler 300 Test Drive Overview
The Chrysler 300’s old school styling and big-car aesthetic make it one of the most distinctive cars on the road today. The front end is decidedly Bentley-esque and features a large grille with a sloping hood that gives the 300 a muscular stance. Slab sides and a squared-off rear complete the look, though the car avoids looking boxy. Chrysler offers a variety of wheel sizes for the car, up to 20 inches, which can add a real “pop” to the 300.
The high-performance SRT-8 trim has functional air ducts to direct airflow toward the brakes, and a functional rear spoiler adds some degree of downforce to the rear of the car. The SRT -8’s 20-inch wheels are staggered in size for a true performance look, as the rears are slightly wider than the tires in the front.
Inside, the cabin is styled in much the same way, though with more purpose and function. The seats are positioned high, and though the car’s roof slopes gently, all passengers maintain a decent amount of headroom. The dash and all controls are styled in such a way as to be upscale but clean, with almost no unnecessary decoration to clutter the look.
The Chrysler 300’s draw goes further than its styling. The car is one of the more engaging performers of any American sedan of its era, regardless of size or price. It’s certainly got the right layout to be an enthusiast’s car, and though rear-wheel drive may not be the best pick for people living in places where it snows, the 300 does well with the right tires.
In its most basic form, the Chrysler 300 performs admirably. Its 2.7-liter V6 isn’t going to raise any eyebrows with its performance, but it’s more than powerful enough to make the 300 a competent commuter. As buyers step up through the powertrain levels, the car gains power and performance but doesn’t become a true performer until one of the two available V8 engines are optioned in.
Handling is surprising for a car of the 300’s size. It maintains a high level of composure during spirited driving, and can even be a weekend thrill ride for someone wanting to carve up a canyon road. Thanks to its Mercedes E-Class roots, the ride is smooth but controlled, and the steering is weighted just right to make the car feel responsive.
The biggest problem with the 300 is that the interior can’t cash the checks that the exterior appearance writes. Premium cloth seats are standard, but that’s not the problem. The car’s cabin is built for function, but people buying this near-luxury sedan will likely want more than what the 300 can deliver.
The dash and all controls/gauges are easily visible and clearly labeled, and the center stack is functional without much in the way of decoration. Fit and finish is not cheap, but the lack of anything that isn’t completely functional is disappointing when the rest of the car is quite good. The four-spoke steering wheel is accented with wood trim, almost like those found in Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Leather seats are optional, and they’re soft and luxurious when equipped, and the SRT-8 trim has suede inserts that help grip passengers’ backsides as the vehicle is tossed around.
The interior is quiet and calming, as it should be in a car that has such luxurious aspirations. Wind and road noise are all but squashed, and the long wheelbase gives the car a wealth of space inside. Back-seat passengers have a generous 40 inches of rear legroom and can enjoy amenities like a folding armrest with cupholders. Large door openings make entering and exiting the rear seat very easy, and give parents an extra few inches to load car seats. The driveshaft tunnel cuts into that oasis a bit, but the outboard back seats are large and easily accessed.
The 300 comes well equipped in all of its forms, but the higher trims are where the most entertaining features step in. An AM/FM stereo, four speakers, CD player, and auxiliary input are standard, while a CD changer, rear entertainment system, a six-speaker premium sound system, satellite radio, and an MP3 player are optional. A navigation system can be added, as well.
The 300 comes standard with front seatbelt pretensioners, rear-door child safety locks, child seat anchors, and a passenger-sensing airbag system. Optional features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, fog lights, stability control, an anti-theft alarm, four-wheel ABS, ventilated disc brakes, automatic headlights, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2007 Chrysler 300 Good for moderate overlap front crashworthiness, Marginal for side crash tests, and Marginal for the head restraints and seats. It’s worth noting that side crashworthiness is rated Poor without the optional side airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the 300 five stars in both front crash test categories, four stars for driver-side crashworthiness, five stars on the passenger side, and four stars for rollover resistance.
Value runs strong with the Chrysler 300. Its starting retail price of less than $25,000 is noteworthy, not just for the car’s standard feature set, but also because of how comfortable and composed it is on the road. Not many cars are on the same level, even for much more money. Stepping up through the trim levels is a gradual process, jumping between $3,000 and $5,000 for each trim. The Chrysler 300 SRT-8, at just over $40,000, brings muscle car performance, an intoxicating sound, and all the luxury that the rest of the 300 lineup brings, and does so in style.
If there are any weak spots in the 300’s armor, it’s the fuel economy. Full-size cars deliver full-size gas mileage, but the Chrysler 300 delivers near-SUV mileage.
The base model, equipped with the 2.7-liter engine, the Chrysler 300 is rated at 18/26/21 mpg city/highway/combined, which is the most respectable mileage of the model line.
Both the 3.5-liter engine and Chrysler 300c with a 5.7-liter V8 are rated at 15/22/18 mpg city/highway/combined, so if there’s anything impressive to say about the 300’s fuel economy, it’s that the large V8 gets V6-level gas mileage.
The SRT-8 gets 13/18/15, which isn’t surprising when you consider how large the engine is and how much power it puts down.
Gas mileage aside, the Chrysler 300 makes for a compelling alternative to more expensive offerings from BMW or Cadillac, though newcomers like the Hyundai Azera bring some competition to the segment. The good news for Chrysler is that Chevrolet, Ford, and other popular automakers like Toyota and Nissan don’t have a comparable car in their lineups.
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"Chrysler Three Hundred" redirects here. For the letter series of cars from the 1950s and 1960s, see Chrysler 300 letter series. For the non-letter series from the 1960s and 1970s, see Chrysler 300 non-letter series. For the 1999 to 2004 model, see Chrysler 300M. For the station wagon as the Chrysler 300C, see Dodge Magnum. Also see 300 (disambiguation).
The Chrysler 300 is a full-sizedluxury car manufactured and marketed by Stellantis North America (and its predecessor companies) as a four-door sedan and station wagon in its first generation (model years 2005–2010) and solely as a four-door sedan in its second and current generation (model years 2011–present). The second generation 300 was marketed as the Chrysler 300C in the United Kingdom and Ireland and as the Lancia Thema in the remainder of Europe.
The Chrysler 300 continues a very long tradition of large front engine, rear wheel drive V8 powered sedans the company has offered, starting in the 1940s with the Chrysler Saratoga and Chrysler New Yorker, followed by the Chrysler Windsor, Chrysler Newport, Chrysler Cordoba and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. When the company began operations in 1925, the Chrysler Six was entered as a roadster in the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished the race, and in 1926, the Chrysler Imperial started the tradition of luxury and performance products. The original Chrysler Hemi engine was used in a specialty racecar and finished the 1952 Le Mans, 1953 Le Mans and 1954 Le Mans endurance races, as well as the 1953 12 Hours of Sebring.
Currently, Nitro Funny Car racing in 2020 has become a one-team, one-manufacturer monopoly. Don Schumacher's Stellantis factory team won all eleven rounds of the 2020 Camping World Drag Racing Series, with the Dodge Charger body, which is shared with the current Chrysler 300 sedan.
First generation (2005–2010)
|Also called||Chrysler 300C|
|Assembly||Brampton, Ontario, Canada (Brampton Assembly)|
Graz, Austria (Magna Steyr) (2005–2010)
Beijing, China (Beijing Benz) (2006–2009)
|Designer||Ralph Gilles (2000)|
Freeman Thomas (2000)
Tom Gale (2000)
|Body style||4-door notchbacksedan|
5-door station wagon (Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, Japan)
|Platform||Chrysler LX platform|
|Engine||2.7 L EERV6|
3.5 L EGG V6
5.7 L EZB HemiV8
6.1 L ESF Hemi V8
3.0 L OM642 turbodiesel V6
5-speed W5A580 automatic
|Wheelbase||120.0 in (3,048 mm)|
126.0 in (3,200 mm) (Executive Series)
|Length||197.8 in (5,024 mm)|
|Width||74.1 in (1,882 mm)|
|Height||58.4 in (1,483 mm) |
SRT8: 57.9 in (1,471 mm)
|Curb weight||3,721–4,046 lb (1,688–1,835 kg )|
The 300 debuted as a concept at the 2003 New York International Auto Show with styling by Ralph Gilles and production starting in January 2004 for the 2005 model year. The Chrysler 300 was designed as a modern interpretation of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 (and the letter series Chryslers that followed), featuring a large grille, long hood and low roofline that was prominent on those vehicles. The styling retained many elements of the 1998 Chrysler Chronos concept car, such as chrome interior accents and tortoiseshell finishing on the steering wheel and shifter knob. It was the last Chrysler vehicle designed under Tom Gale, upon his retirement from DaimlerChrysler in December 2000.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel driveChrysler LX platform with varying components derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class of the era. Shared and or derived components from Mercedes-Benz included: the rear suspension cradle and 5-link independent rear suspension design derived from E-Class, the 5-Speed NAG1 (W5A580/WA580) transmission, rear differential, ESP & ABS systems, steering system, cabin electronics and seat controls, seat frames, wiring harness, and a double wish-bone front suspension design derived from the W220 S-Class. AWD models also benefited from use of Mercedes-Benz's 4MATIC system, including transfer case components.
The basic 300 (or 300C in some countries) comes with standard 17-inch wheels, wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes, single disc CD player, auxiliary input jack, power driver seat and a 4-Speed (42RLE) automatic transmission. It uses a 2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in) EER V6 making 190 hp (142 kW). In Canada, it comes standard with the Touring model's 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6 engine. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available all wheel drive. The basic 300 model was renamed to LX for 2008 and remains as the code-name for the platform.
The Touring model uses a 3,518 cc (3.5 L; 214.7 cu in) V6, producing 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) of torque, either a 4 or 5-speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration, and comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), remote keyless entry, leather trimmed seats, and SIRIUSsatellite radio. This model was renamed Touring Plus for the 2009 and 2010 model years.
The Limited model included the Touring model's 3.5 L V6 engine, generating 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb⋅ft (339 N⋅m) and either a 4 or 5 speed transmission depending on the year and drive configuration. Additional features included 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, anti-roll bars.
The top-of-the-line 300C version uses a 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. Using the Multi-Displacement System (MDS), this engine can run on four cylinders when less power is needed to reduce total fuel consumption. The USEPA-rated fuel consumption of the 300C is: 15 miles per US gallon (16 L/100 km; 18 mpg‑imp) city, and 23 miles per US gallon (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg‑imp) highway. When all eight cylinders are needed, the 300C can produce 340 hp (254 kW) and 390 lb⋅ft (529 N⋅m) of torque. It uses a five-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, Chrysler's MyGIG Infotainment System in 2008 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Backseat Television in 2008. The Hemi cylinder heads necessitate the use of a double rocker arm shaft configuration, with a cam-in-block, overhead valve (OHV) pushrod design. There are two spark plugs per cylinder to promote efficient fuel/air mixture burn and thereby reduce emissions. In 2009–2010 power output was increased to 360 hp (268 kW; 365 PS).
The SRT-8 model was equipped with a 6.1-liter Hemi engine producing 425 hp (317 kW; 431 PS) at 6,200 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft (569 N⋅m) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The SRT8 can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
Chrysler marketed the 300C in Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East, and Japan as both a four-door notchback sedan and a five-door station wagon. The five-door station wagon was marketed as the 300C Touring (not to be confused with the North American notchback sedan's "Touring" trim level), which shared its sheet metal aft of the C-pillar and wheel designs with the Dodge Magnum. The base Chrysler 300 was not marketed in Europe, instead, all cars came with the 300C body style/interior and a choice of either V6 diesel or V8 gasoline powerplants. The economical Mercedes-based V6 diesel was optional in Europe. All 300C Touring models, along with European 300C sedans and right-hand drive models were assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria beginning in June 2005. Steyr insisted on upgrading suspension components to suit European tastes. Dodge Charger/Magnum wheels with Chrysler center caps were used instead of the distinct wheels used on Canada-assembled models. The five-door station wagon body style was discontinued after the first generation.
In Europe and Australia, the 300C was available with a Mercedes-Benz 3.0 L dieselV6 engine (internal code OM642) rated 218 PS (160 kW; 215 hp) at 3800 rpm and 376 lb⋅ft (510 N⋅m) of torque at 1600 rpm. Fuel economy for the 300C diesel is rated at 26.2 mpg‑US (9.0 L/100 km; 31.5 mpg‑imp) City, 42.8 mpg‑US (5.50 L/100 km; 51.4 mpg‑imp) Highway and 34.9 mpg‑US (6.74 L/100 km; 41.9 mpg‑imp) on the combined cycle. It can accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.9 seconds while the top speed remains the same as the gasoline V6 (140 mph (225 km/h)).
The 2008 UK models included the 300C SRT-Design model in sedan or Touring body, which included SRT 20-inch alloy wheels and wheel arch spats, chrome mesh grille, MyGIG satellite navigation, SRT-8 steering wheel, SRT-8 leather sports seats and carbon fiber interior details.
ASC Helios 300
ASC created a convertible version of the Chrysler 300C, dubbed the ASC Helios 300, and unveiled it at the North American International Auto Show in early 2005. Despite rumors', Chrysler confirmed that the vehicle would not be produced.
Executive Series 300
The Walter P. Chrysler Executive Series 300 was an extended wheelbase version shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show. It added 6 inches (152 mm) to the rear passenger compartment. The wheelbase was 126 in (3,200 mm) for this edition.
Heritage Edition 300C The Chrysler 300C Heritage Edition debuted in 2006 and was a performance oriented trim that used the 5.7 Hemi and had styling cues from the Chrysler 300 "letter series" of the 1950s and the 1960s.
Reception and legacy
In the US, the 300C enjoyed a wave of popularity in the mid-2000s, aided by celebrity owners (including US President Barack Obama,) and appearances in music videos. In 2004, rapper Snoop Dogg famously called then-Chrysler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, asking for his own 300C; he later appeared in a commercial for the car alongside Lee Iacocca. The 300C was ranked No. 12 in a Complex.com article, "The 25 Most Iconic Hip-Hop Cars", due to its popularity in many hip-hop music videos following its introduction. Chrysler 300 designer Ralph Gilles reflected on the vehicle's success in 2008, saying that the "300 turned out to be a bit of an icon for Chrysler".
In the UK, the BBC's Top Gear team described the 300C as "something different with a bit of kitsch gangster cool". They praised the spacious and well-equipped interior and the low price while criticizing the quality of materials, ride, steering and low engine torque. The first generation model was popular with British buyers who regarded it as the "poor man's Bentley".
On hip-hop artist Drake's album Views, the song "Keep The Family Close" references the Chrysler 300 with the lyrics "Always saw you for what you could've been / Ever since you met me / Like when Chrysler made that one car that looked just like the Bentley".
The 300C was the 2005 Motor TrendCar of the Year. It was on Car and Driver'sTen Best list for both 2005 and 2006.Automobile Magazine named it its Automobile of the Year.
It also won the North American Car of the Year award. It was voted Canadian Car of the Year by automobile journalists as the Best New Luxury Car.
Receiving numerous other recognitions during its debut year, it was promoted as being one of the most awarded new cars ever. The 300C was also included in the finalists for 2005 World Car of the Year, but final points total put it in fifth place equal to the BMW 1-series.
Second generation (LD; 2011–present)
A significantly redesigned 300 was introduced in 2011 as a four-door sedan.
Exterior changes included revised sheet metal, thinner roof pillars, a more raked windshield, bi-xenon HID projector headlights, LED daytime running strips within the headlights, new taillights with LEDs and a horizontally slotted front grille with an updated version of the Chrysler winged brand emblem. Options included a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels.
The 2011 model was offered in Touring, Limited, 300C, and 300C AWD trim levels. Touring and Limited trims included the Pentastar V6, while the 300C line offered a standard 5.7 Hemi.
A new 300C Executive Series luxury trim level was introduced alongside a new 300S trim at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. The sport themed 300S featured black treatment for grille and headlamps, 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, 10-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system, and steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The Executive/Luxury Series was also sold in Europe, rebranded as the Lancia Thema from 2011 to 2014.
For the 2021 model year, the 300C and Limited trim levels were dropped, leaving the Touring, Touring L, and 300S, which included the previous year's Red S Appearance Package as standard.
An SRT version was unveiled at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, featuring the 6.4 L 392 Hemi V8 engine.
The 6.4 392 Hemi engine is also used in other Chrysler Group SRT vehicles such as the Dodge Charger and Challenger. With 470 hp (350 kW), the new 300 SRT can go from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in the low 4-second range.
In addition to the increase in power, the SRT receives specific exterior trim including a lower front fascia, large exhaust tips, body color instead of chrome trim and large 20-inch (508 mm) aluminum wheels. The car also gets a lowered, sportier suspension setup and a large Brembo brake package.
The 300 SRT (or SRT8) was discontinued for the 2015 model year in the United States, but is still sold in Australia and the Middle East. Some Australian police departments use the 300 SRT as a patrol/pursuit vehicle along with the BMW M5. Contrary to past statements by Chrysler, the 300 SRT is still sold in left and right-hand drive abroad.
- Mopar '12, available as a 2012 model year vehicle. This Special Edition Chrysler 300 was designed by Mopar Performance to mark Mopar's 75th anniversary. Featuring a 3:91 gear ratio, sport-tuned suspension, and unique badging, only 500 Mopar Edition 300's were made.
- 300S Glacier Edition, available in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year vehicle. Based on the Chrysler 300S, the Glacier Edition adds signature details not found on other Chrysler 300 models.
- 300 Motown Edition model sales began in the spring of 2013. The Motown Edition is a tribute to the Motown genre of music. Additions to the Chrysler 300C features include special chrome wheels, a Beats by Dr. Dre ten-speaker sound system, "Motown Edition" badges on the front fenders, as well as 100 Motown songs preloaded on a USB drive.Berry Gordy, Jr., the creator of the Motown genre, appears in a 2012 TV ad for the Chrysler 300 Motown Edition, promoting his musical, and saying "This is Motown. And this is what we do". The song playing in the commercial is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".
- John Varvatos Edition available in 2013 and 2014 in "Luxury" or "Limited" trim. Each version featured unique exterior and interior colors and materials.
- 300S Alloy Edition available starting in 2016. Features include dark bronze 20-inch wheels (19-inch on AWD) and 300S badge, titanium exhaust tips and wing badge, as well as gloss-black window, headlight, and taillight accents.
- 300S Sport Appearance Package available starting in 2017. 300S equipped with the exterior sport appearance package includes 20-inch wheels, while AWD models feature 19-inch wheels. Inside, the Interior Sport Appearance Package adds perforated leather performance seats with suede bolsters and new interior accents and materials.
- 300S Red S Appearance package available for the 2020 model year. The Red S Appearance package includes unique wheels, red inserts on badges, and an optional bright "Radar Red" interior.
The predecessors' 2.7 and 3.5 L engines were replaced with Chrysler's new 3.6 LPentastar V6 engine producing 292 hp (218 kW) and 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) of torque. The 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine remained available with 363 hp (271 kW). A 3.0 L VM Motori V6 turbodiesel is also available in Europe, and Australia. Beginning with the 2012 model year, all V6 models were equipped with the 8-speed 845RE Chrysler Torqueflite automatic transmission, licensed from ZF Friedrichshafen.
|Model||Engine||Displacement||Power at rpm||Torque at rpm||Years|
|Touring||3.6 V6Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||296 PS (218 kW; 292 hp) at 6,350 rpm||352 N⋅m (260 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm||2011–|
|300S||3.6 V6 Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||304 PS (224 kW; 300 hp)||358 N⋅m (264 lbf⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm||2011–|
|300C and 300S (2012)||5.7 V8 Hemi||5,654 cc (345.0 cu in)||368 PS (271 kW; 363 hp) at 5,150 rpm||534 N⋅m (394 lb⋅ft) at 4,250 rpm||2011–|
|300 SRT-8||6.4L 392 Hemi V8 engine||6,430 cc (392 cu in)||477 PS (351 kW; 470 hp) at 6,000 rpm||637 N⋅m (470 lb⋅ft) at 4,300 rpm||2012–2014|
|Lancia (Chrysler UK)|
|Petrol||3.6 V6Pentastar||3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)||286 PS (210 kW; 282 hp) at 6,350 rpm||340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft) at 4,650 rpm||2011–2014|
|Diesel||3.0 V6VM MotoriA630||2,987 cc (182.3 cu in)||190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) at 4,000 rpm||440 N⋅m (325 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–2,800 rpm||2011–2014|
|239 PS (176 kW; 236 hp) at 4,000 rpm||550 N⋅m (406 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800–2,800 rpm|
Interior changes included a revised instrument panel with localized "soft-touch" materials, 8.4-inch Uconnect Touch, new steering wheel and center console, and standard leather seating on all trim levels. Both seat-mounted and curtain side airbags were standard.
In late 2014 a facelift version of the 300 was introduced. Changes include:
As part of the 2011 Chrysler 300 advertising campaign, three TV commercials were produced. "Homecoming" featured Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh driving through his rainy hometown of Portland, Oregon, in his new 2011 Chrysler 300, retracing his humble beginnings. "Attitude" featured John Varvatos seeking inspiration at a record store in Brooklyn and record under his arm and into his Chrysler 300. "Good Things" featured Dr. Dre driving through the streets of Los Angeles in a Beats by Dre equipped 2012 Chrysler 300.
The "See It Through"' TV commercial featured the Chrysler 300 and notable Detroit locals, including former Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh and a poem written in 1917 by Edgar Guest titled "See It Through".
Chrysler 300S Turbine
The 300S Turbine at its presentation in Detroit in 2013
At the Detroit Motor Show in 2013, Chrysler presented a 300S paying homage to the 1964 Chrysler Turbine. It was finished in two-tone bronze and black, an over-chrome grille and 22-inch wheel design reminiscent of the turbine motif.
The Lancia version was safety tested by Euro NCAP in autumn 2011 with the following results:
- In 2000, Chrysler introduced the 300 Hemi C, a 2+2convertible powered by the new 5.7 L Hemi engine with 353 hp (263 kW) and 353 lb⋅ft (479 N⋅m) of torque. It had rear wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission. It was capable of 0–60 mph in under 6 seconds.
- In 1991, Chrysler introduced a Monteverdi High Speed inspired concept 300, employing the Dodge Viper engine. It was inspired by a 1970s Swiss-built sedan powered by Chrysler.
|Calendar year||United States||Canada||Europe||Mexico||Australia||Europe as Lancia Thema|
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