The Chrysler 300C epitomized cool when it was resurrected in 2005 with rear-wheel drive, a HEMI V8, and unique styling. Now, nearly 20 years later, the company bids farewell to the 300 with a limited-edition 300C that builds on the legacy of the old SRT variant.
Starting under the hood, the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 makes a triumphant return and has 485 hp (362 kW / 492 PS) and 475 lb-ft (644 Nm) of torque. That’s a considerable jump over the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, which produces a more modest 363 hp (271 kW/368 PS) and 394 lb-ft (534 Nm) of torque.
While it’s not the Hellcat many fans were hoping for, it does allow the 2023 Chrysler 300C to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds. If drivers keep their footing, the model will go through the quarter mile in 12.4 seconds, eventually reaching a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h).
The engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is designed for “peak performance” and can shift in as little as 160 milliseconds. Buyers will also find a limited-slip differential and Brembo four-piston brake system with red calipers. They’re joined by an adaptive damping suspension and an active exhaust that pumps the sound of the roaring V8 through two sizable tips.
The 300’s design has stood the test of time, and Chrysler isn’t gambling on success as the high-performance model has a relatively understated appearance. However, there are a few telltale clues, including a tricolor 300C badge on the grille. It’s joined by a rear spoiler and 20-inch forged wheels that are wrapped in all-season performance tires. Elsewhere, there are blacked-out lighting units, black chrome trim, and a limited color palette that includes Gloss Black, Velvet Red, and Bright White.
While the car eschews its old tortoise-shell-inspired trim, buyers will find heated and ventilated black leather front seats as well as embossed 300C logos. They’re joined by silver contrast stitching, carbon fiber trim, and piano black accents. We also get to see alloy pedals and an 8.4-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
We can expect to hear all the details closer to its launch next spring, but Chrysler has confirmed that the model will come equipped with a heated steering wheel and a variety of driver assistance systems. Among the latter are Advanced Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning Plus and Full Speed Collision Warning Plus.
chrysler is currently accepting reservations and pricing starts at $55,000 before destination ($1,695). That’s pretty reasonable and fans had better act fast as only 2,000 units will be offered in the US. It will be even rarer in its home country of Canada, where only 200 units will be available.
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