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2023 Chrysler 300C gets the 475 hp V8 from the Challenger Scat Pack

2023 Chrysler 300C gets the 475 hp V8 from the Challenger Scat Pack
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Similar to its platform sharing sisters, the Dodge Charger and challengerthe Chrysler 300 goes away after model year 2023. leg in typical Stellantis fashion, it is go out with a bang. To celebrate what feels like a 70-Annual production (the current generation debuted for the 2011 model year), Chrysler is closing this chapter with a special, limited-edition model: the Thuh Return of the 300C. ONonly 2,000 examples will be sold the US, with another 200 to be be available for Canada.

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The big story here is the engine. Chrysler drops the 6.4-liter Hemi V8 from the Charger and Challenger Scat Pack into the engine compartment far more restrained 300. As with Dodge muscle cars, the engine starts 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque here. That’s enough power to catapult the big sedan from 0 to 60 mph on a claim 4.3 seconds. Keep your foot on the groundand on the way you cover a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds and top speed of 160 km/h.

It might not be the SRT Hellcat engine that some (read: me) were hoping for for, but it’s still super cool!

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While the engine is arguably the main event here, Chrysler added a few more things to improve the performance of the 300C. The new top-dog sedan gets four-piston Brembo brakes (painted red, of course), active dampers, 3.09 final drive with a limited-slip differential, and an active exhaust system with black tips. It’ll produce a sound that Chrysler calls “throaty.”

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A few exterior bits will set your 300C apart from all the rest. Chief among them: a tri-colored 300C badge on the grille and trunklid, and a jaunty spoiler out back. All 300Cs will ride on 20-inch forged wheels on all-season performance tires, and black chrome accents abound. The 300C will only come in three colors: Gloss Black, Velvet Red and Bright White. It’s subtle, which has always sort of been the point of the 300.

Inside the 300C, you’ll find Black Laguna leather sports seats up front with an embossed 300C logo and silver contrast stitching. Carbon fiber accents abound. Remember, this is a performance car after all.

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All 300Cs will also come with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, advance brake assist, Lane Departure Warning Plus and Full Speed Collision Warning Plus. Since the 300 is a luxury car, it also comes with heated and cooled front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Chrysler has long been proud of its Detroit heritage, so it was fitting that the car was introduced near the Spirit of Detroit statue in the city.

Reservation books are now openand the 300C will set you back $55,000 in a nutshell. It was a good run for the 300 – first introduced in 1955 and Reborn in 2005 as the car we know today. It will be sad to see a once iconic car go, but at least it will go out with a bang.

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