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It wasn’t that long ago when the Chrysler 300 was being panned as a Bentley copycat. Times have changed though, and the 300 has become a real pillar in the full-sized, semi-premium class of vehicles.

While the old styling of the 300 did evoke a feeling of luxury to the model, it still felt like the design as borrowed to a certain extent. But the current-generation 300 was redesigned with a more original look to it and it has done wonders to improve the overall appeal of the sedan .

The 2013 model sticks to this look but also has a number of improvements that further illustrates why the 300 has turned into one of Chrysler’s most important models.

It’s easy to see where Chrysler really turned up the heat on the 300 and the risk it did in doing so has been rewarded with a car that now looks about as smooth and as original as any car Chrysler has produced in recent years - with plenty of creature comforts to go with.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chrysler 300 after the jump

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The Chrysler 200’s parade of limited trims continues with a new Carhartt Special Edition packing triple-stitched leather seats and a cool body kit on top of the black-themed 200S trim level. The 2013.5 Chrysler 200 S Special Edition’s name is quite the mouthful – but is it enough to invigorate sales of this four-cylinder and V-6-powered midsize sedan?

While the Carhartt package certainly confirms that the 200S Special Edition is well-equipped, it brings prices above the $28,000 mark to nearly overlap with the far more interesting, larger and rear-drive Chrysler 300 ’s base pricing.

The Chrysler 200 sedan has been the main recipient of Chrysler’s marketing time and dollars spent since the breakout “Imported From Detroit” campaign that included a Super Bowl spot and pricey ads featuring Michigan’s hometown hero: rapper Eminem. Catchy rhythms and high-gloss professional photography of the 200 S contrast delightfully in the ads with backdrops that showcase gritty Detroit in all its glory.

The ads firmly locate the 200 sedan as the center of the company (and city’s) eventual revival. The commercials resonated with viewers, leading Chrysler to even co-develop an “Imported From Detroit” clothing label with the help of Carhartt, another Michigan-based firm that embraced the ad campaign’s message.

Continuous improvements to the Chrysler 200 mean the latest, black-themed "S" models are a world away from the original version of this car in terms of performance with a new, high-power V-6, as well as interior comfort and technology. A totally redesigned dashboard and numerous available Uconnect touchscreen stereos keep the 200 current with the best infotainment from the competition.

Is this reinvented 200 sedan truly a new beginning? Many are skeptical and the Chrysler is rarely cross-shopped against the larger Toyota Camry and its best-selling peers.

The 200’s dimensions and realistic prices mean it actually competes with the Chevrolet Malibu , Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla for retail buyers.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Chrysler 200 sedan, with details on the new 2013.5 Carhartt Special Edition of the 200S.

Times have changed in America, that much we can tell you.

Remember the day when mid-sized convertibles were as trendy as the mullet hairstyle? Those days are long gone, which is why it’s a little surprising that automakers are still producing these vehicles.

Consumers still love convertibles, but these days, it has to be of the sporty variety. The 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible is not a sports car, but it does come with the capability of being a convertible. So you can say that the vehicle offers the best of both worlds, right? The sporty performance of a coupe and the open-air freedom of a convertible all wrapped in a midsized vehicle’s body.

To be fair, there are a number of positive attributes with the 200 Convertible. It’s been completely refreshed to make Chrysler forget about the forsaken Sebring. It also has an impressive powertrain configuration that does justice to its looks.

So there’s still hope for the 200 Convertible. But hope is fleeting, especially in the auto industry and ultimately, the midsized convertible is a dying breed.

Chrysler may have something with the 200 Convertible but for the most part, it’s going to take a lot of convincing to get people interested in this kind of car these days.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chrysler 200 Convertible

Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT8 392

Several years ago, rumors were circulating that Chrysler was considering building a super-high-output supercharged V-8 engine to help the company hang with the likes of the 2013 Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 . With these two models pumping out 580 horsepower and 662 horsepower, respectively, the 470-horsepower 2013 Challenger SRT8 just doesn’t cut it.

Well, now this rumor is reportedly confirmed, per Automotive News, by an unnamed source within Chrysler . The report claims that this 6.2-liter supercharged engine is set to produce up to 640 horsepower, which will put is about on par with the SRT Viper ’s 8.4-liter.

Supposedly, this engine will find its way into the next-generation Challenger, which is slated to arrive in the 2015 model year. So, why is Chrysler just now working on this engine? Well, the report claims that the unnamed leaker said this is Chrysler’s “last hurrah” in the muscle car realm before the stricter CAFÉ standards take hold.

Stay tuned for more updates on the “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine. We certainly can’t wait to see Chrysler finally compete with the top-performing muscle cars on the market again.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8


Automakers are known to come up with contests for their fans that are launched to get the latter more involved in the inner workings of the industry. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.

This time around, it’s Chrysler that has taken that role, opening up a new online contest to encourage its fans to show their customized Chrysler vehicles.

To drive up the interest in the contest, which has been dubbed the Chrysler Custom Challenge, the automaker decided to roll out a number of prizes that are too cool to pass up, including attending the 2013 SEMA Auto Show with their customized Chryslers, as well as a trip to the 2014 NAIAS and a lease of a Chrysler vehicle.

That last part alone would’ve gotten us interested.

As far as entering the competition is concerned, interested participants are invited to visit Chrysler’s Facebook page and submit an image of their customized Chrysler brand vehicle to go with a brief description of the customizations.

All entries will then be subjected to public voting until July 1st at which time three finalists and ten runner-up winners will be selected by a combination of judges’ scores and public votes.

So if any of you have any Chrysler-modded vehicles in your garage, stand proud and show them off. Who knows, you might be rewarded with a trip to SEMA with your baby for your efforts.

Click past the jump to see some of the past Chrysler aftermarket programs that would make for good contenders in this contest

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While the rest of the auto world has its eyes set on New York - and Seoul, for that matter - Chrysler took to an event across America to unveil a unique special-edition 300C .

At the eighth annual Spring Festival of LXs, a conceptual model of the 300 SRT was introduced to the public, one that SRT proclaims as having been "conceived and constructed in-house over the course of one month." It also marks the second custom 300 SRT to debut at Spring Fest.

Dressed in a non-metallic "straight shade" paint finish, the 300 SRT Concept appears to look straight out of a modern-day classic magazine. Adding to the appeal of the special-edition model are blacked out details throughout the vehicle, including the window moldings, the mirror caps and taillamps, and most distinct of them all, the new matte-finish Black Vapor Chrome wheel that could potentially be a preview of the next generation of wheel finishes coming out of SRT.

SRT has promised studio photos of the new 300C SRT Concept in the near future. For now, though, these photos from the event will have to make do.

Source: Drive SRT

Earlier this year, Chrysler and Detroit-born fashion designer John Varvatos collaborated to build a unique, one-off 300S that was eventually auctioned off at the John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit with the proceeds going to benefit The Rape Foundation in support of Stuart House.

We’re saying this because as it turns out, Chrysler and Varvatos’ collaborative endeavors weren’t just limited to a one-off model. That’s because the two have also built a pair of bespoke luxury sedans together based on the 300C . The two models, called the John Varvatos Limited Edition and the John Varvatos Luxury Edition, show what happens when you get two of Detroit’s finest to build a car together.

Given the credibility and respect John Varvatos commands in the fashion industry, these pair of special edition 300C models bearing his name prove that when it comes to perfectly blending his hometown’s blue-collar appeal with the luxury of a car like the 300C, the man has the pulse of the action.

UPDATE 3/25/2013: We are eagerly anticipating the release of the John Varvatos Edition of the 2013 300C and Chrysler has just released an ad teasing its release. The press release also unveiled a rough release date. Find out the release time frame after the jump and you can see the video above.

Find out more about the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition after the jump.

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Chrysler , in cooperation with Hamilton Carhartt have developed a special edition 200 S and will display it next week at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The new 200 S Special Edition will be priced at $28,870 and will be put into production in the second quarter of 2013.

This special edition was based on the Chrysler 200 "S" package and will add "an incredible amount of standard features." On the exterior the model combines numerous gloss black with chrome insertions and 18-inch aluminum wheels. There are also numerous "S" and black "200" badges that will help you to further identify this special edition.

The interior has been designed in collaboration with Carhartt and continues the same black and gray design theme. As standard equipment the model is offering a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a Boston Acoustic premium sound system.

Hit the jump to read full details on the new Chrysler 200 S Special Edition.

For the record, this isn’t a special edition model, nor is it a new trim introduced by Chrysler .

This one-off 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 , called Pitch Black, is owned by Chrysler CEO, Sergio Marchionne. But he’s saying adios to it because the car is headed to the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida this coming April.

So why is Marchionne selling this doozy of a one-off? Well, give credit to the man because proceeds from the auction will go directly to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and the money will be used for education, income and basic needs of people in the Detroit area.

About the car itself, it gets its "Pitch Black" designation because of the color of the body. Adding to that are a slew of other design and aero components, including: a set of custom mixed “Dark Charcoal” racing stripes, lowered suspension that makes use of a Mopar adjustable coil-over kit, and a Mopar exhaust system. In addition, the muscle car also has smoked taillights and a set of factory forged 20-inch wheels with a matte-black finish.

Black leather seats embroidered with “SRT” and “392” logos adorn the interior of the one-off Challenger while a state-of-the-art SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center was also installed.

Finally, the Marchionne’s Challenger SRT8 392 comes with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces a stout 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in less than five seconds with a quarter-mile time of just a shade under 13 seconds.

Source: Chrysler

Alongside the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" , Chrysler also brought a “Core” version for the 300 SRT8 to the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Just like the Challenger model, the new 300 SRT8 Core version is also considerably cheaper than the standard 300 SRT8: $43,995 vs. $47,995.

Just like with the Challenger SRT8 "Core" version, the new 300 SRT8 Core has also been inspired by models like Charger SRT SRT 8 Super Bee and SRT Viper. The new 300 "Core" Edition receives special badges on the front fender, a set of upgraded wheels and on the inside, seating surfaces with the same "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper.

The $4k difference in the car’s price is given by the lack of all those fancy features you may have been used too, as the new Core editions were specially designed "with the back-to-basics performance driving enthusiast in mind."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core.


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