Chrysler Douses Water On Hellcat 300 Rumors
It seemed too good to be true when we first heard about it. A Chrysler 300 packing Hellcat power? But Automotive News reported as much, saying that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was working on launching a Chrysler 300 that will use a supercharged Hemi Hellcat V-8 engine under its hood. The mere thought of it was perplexing, but stranger things have happened within FCA, so the thought of a Hellcat-powered 300 sedan, as improbable as it was, didn’t seem too far-fetched for FCA. Well, consider the bubble burst because a spokesman from FCA has spoken, needle in hand. There won’t be a 707-horsepower Chrysler 300 Hellcat.
Word comes from Motor Authority, which learned that there no plans for a supercharged Hemi Hellcat-powered 300 sedan. All those who thought that it would be an ideal send-off for the aging 300 will have to settle for something else because it just isn’t happening. On the one hand, it is disappointing here because a 707-horsepower Chrysler 300 is the exactly the kind of variant that would give the current-generation 300 a newsworthy send-off. The appeal is definitely there and the 300 has, at least in the past, housed a V-8 rig under its hood. On the other hand, it’s also a sigh of relief that Chrysler isn’t going in this direction. It can’t just rely on the Hellcat engine as a lifeline of sorts to jolt interest back in a model that’s clearly on its way out. FCA is better than that and to its credit, the automaker seems to understand that rationale too.
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1946 - 1949 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Although the Chrysler Town & Country is mostly known as the minivan that the company launched in 1989 as a more luxurious alternative to the popular Dodge Caravan, the nameplate was originally used on a station wagon. First introduced in 1940 as a four-door, eight-passenger hauler, it was maintained in production for no fewer than eight generations, until 1988. However, while all generations of the Town & Country were station wagons of various sizes, the first-generation model also had sedan and convertible models. The drop-top was offered for the 1946 to 1949 model years.
The first-gen was launched in 1940, but production was discontinued after the 1942 model year due to the U.S. entering World War II. The marque was revived in 1945, but the station wagon was dropped, being replaced by two cars – a four-door sedan and a two-door convertible. The sedan was discontinued in 1948 and the convertible ceased to exist in 1949. For 1950, the final model year of the Town & Country, Chrysler sold the nameplate as a two-door coupe only. Beginning with the 1951 model year, all Town & Country vehicles were station wagons until 1988, when Chrysler decided to use the name for the minivan we all know today.
The Town & Country Convertible was one of the most luxurious vehicles when it was introduced in 1945. Priced from $2,743 in its first year, almost as much as a Cadillac, with only the Crown Imperial being costlier, the drop-top had a beautifully appointed interior and one of the best looking wood body panels. It also featured Chrysler’s most potent engine at the time. Only some 8,700 examples were built, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after American classics.
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The Ghia L6.4 was just about as exclusive as you could get in the 1960s, as it was designed and built only for actors and other high rollers in Hollywood. The final of the 26 Ghia L6.4s ever built was built for one of the largest stars of that era, Dean Martin. Martin was not the only Rat Pack member to own a L6.4, as Frank Sinatra also owned one, as did other Rat Pack members.
Recently, one of the 26 Ghia L6.4s built, the one owned by Dean Martin, was put up for auction on eBay as Hyman Ltd. got its hands on Martin’s old L6.4. For a car of its age, the modern features are plentiful, but it still wasn’t enough for Dean Martin, as he shipped the car off to George Barris, “Hollywood’s King of the Kustomizers,” to have even more customizations performed on this already rare vehicle. This customization turned Martin’s L6.4 into a one-of-a-kind vehicle.
Update 08-19-2016: This article has been updated with new images from RM Sotheby’s Auction at Monterey Car Week in 2016.
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2017 Chrysler 300S Sport Appearance Packages
Chrysler takes a lot of pride in its flagship 300 sedan. When it comes to the 300S, the S really tricks you into thinking it’s a more powerful version of the 300, but in reality, it’s just a darker take on the 300 Sedan. When it was first introduced, the 300S featured a blacked out grille, tinted headlights, black window moldings, and some black trim inside. In 2014, the 300S was upgraded to include a new Ambassador Blue interior and Beats by Dr. Dre audio system.
Now that the New York Auto Show has kicked off, Chrysler has dropped a new variant of the 300S that incorporates an Interior Sport Appearance Package and an Exterior Sport Appearance Package. The 300S V-8 model comes standard with the packages, and they are available as options on the boring V-6 variant. Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, and FCA of North America, said, “The new 2017 Chrysler 300S re-excites the passion of what owning an American flagship sedan is about." He continued, “And now for our Chrysler enthusiasts, two all-new sport appearance packages that take the 300S model’s athletic styling and appointments to the next level.”
In all honesty, these packages are nothing more than an extension of the 300S’ dark ambiance, but it’s worth a quick look to go over the details.
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Some of the cars Jay Leno has on his web show are pretty rare. But a custom Chrysler Imperial parade car made for the President of the United States (although never actually used by any president) is one that is going to rate especially high on the rarity scale. Making the car even more rare is the fact that, although it left the factory in 1952, it was updated with 1956 parts a few years later, and all of the modifications to the car, including the updates, were done by the factory.
The car is brought into the garage by its two caretakers, who are dispatchers for the city of Los Angeles and who give us a bit of history on the car. It was bought by the federal government so that the president would have a parade car to use while in Los Angeles, although the closest it ever came to being used for this was when Nixon (then Vice President) used it. The city of Los Angeles owns it now, but it hasn’t been retired as a museum piece, it is still used for parades and has been reupholstered and given a more modern PA system.
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The modern-day Chrysler 300 was introduced in 2004, nearly four decades after the initial 300 "letter series" was discontinued. Bolted on the company’s rear-wheel-drive LX platform with components from the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 300 debuted with a host of V-6 and V-8 gasoline powerplants, plus a diesel unit for European markets. The full-size sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model year, receiving many drivetrain and technology upgrades. The second-gen car received a facelift for 2015, which included a significantly modified front fascia among other features. As the refreshed sedan is being readied for U.S. dealerships, the first details of the third-generation model surfaced the Interwebz.
Set to arrive for the 2018 model year, the next Chrysler 300 will be conceived as a global vehicle, with the same bold exterior design that made it stand out in the full-size segment back in 2004, Chrysler head of design Ralph Gilles told Car Advice at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Read on for more details on the 2018 300.
Note: 2015 Chrysler 300 pictured here.
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Chrysler first introduced the 300 back in 1955 as a high-performance luxury car built in very limited numbers. Often regarded as a forerunner to the muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s, the initial 300 "letter series" was produced with coupe and convertible body styles and powered by V-8 engines displacing up to 6.8 liters. Discontinued in 1965, the nameplate returned briefly in 1970 and 1979, before being revived with the sedan we’re familiar with today. The modern-day 300 debuted in 2004 with a range of V-6 and V-8 powerplants, including a diesel for European markets. Built on Chrysler’s rear-wheel-drive LX platform which features components from the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 300 was redesigned for the 2011 model year. As we venture into 2015, Chrysler introduced mid-cycle refresh for the second-gen 300 at the 2014 Los Angeles Show.
Much like the 2015 Charger, the revised 300 gains a significantly altered front fascia, featuring a larger grille and brand-new headlamps. The rear end is equally new, while the interior boasts the most refined materials ever to grace a 300. Although the two available engines remained unchanged for 2015, the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 received the company’s much-praised eight-speed automatic transmission. Read all about after the jump.
Updated 11/21/2014: We took a trip to the LA Auto Show this year, so we snapped a few pictures of the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300.
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Hard to believe it is already Thursday again. My how time flies when you are having fun. I hope you enjoyed the experience that was Episode 037 of the TopSpeed Podcast and the experience of the madness that is this year’s LA Auto Show.
We start out with Weekly Wheels; Mark is in the Chrysler 200 S, and I spent a week with the Volvo S60, and once again Justin is sitting this segment out.
From there we jump straight into news as there is a lot to cover thanks to L.A. Ford finally unveiled the new GT350, Cadillac made the ATS-V official, there are a bunch of new Jaguar F-Types for sale, Volkswagen proved the existence of a Golf R Wagon, and Toyota went nuts with a hydrogen powered car. There is also the new Mazda CX-3, the Audi Prologue concept and the “concept” Bentley Grand Convertible. We also have spy shots of a basically undisguised Porsche Cayman GT4 as well.
Thanks to you guys, we have a nice collection of questions to answer about the LA show, about podcast guests and about Ken Block and his special brand of hoonage. We also have a new Own, Drive, Burn that features some Italian supercars and one American sports machine.
This week’s show was a blast, and we did really good about sticking to our 1-hour target on time. If there is a car from L.A. that we didn’t cover, and you want to hear our thoughts, make sure to drop it in those comments with your other questions. We will be sure to answer it on next week’s show. Now have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.
I already showed you the Charger SRT Satin Vapor Edition, and now I present the 300 SRT with the same package. Like its Charger sibling, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor model has a set of Black Satin Vapor Chrome-finished 20-by-9-inch, split-five-spoke wheels, and a series of satin-black elements that include the mirror caps, rear spoiler and roof. It also shares the red Brembo calipers and grey "6.4L HEMI" badge.
Buyers get three color choices for this special model — Bright White, Billet Silver and Granite Crystal — and they can also opt for a black body stripe for a little extra style.
Inside the cabin, the 300 SRT Satin Vapor Edition gets black Nappa leather-trimmed seats wiyh ultra-suede inserts, and matte-carbon and piano-black inserts in the instrument panel, door bezels and center console. Unfortunately, Chrysler didn’t give us any looks at the interior, but I am sure I’ll get a peek sometime soon, and I’ll share the images with you.
Under its hood, this special edition carries the same 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 that cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
The Satin Vapor model hits showrooms in the second quarter of this year at a $2,300 premium on the 300 SRT’s base price of $45,900. That comes to a grand total of $48,200.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT.
After enjoying success during the 2013 model year, Chrysler decided to bring back the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition for the 2014 model year. This time, however, the special edition also offers Chrysler’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system, along with a series of bespoke exterior appointments and exotic interior materials.
Just like in the previous year, the new 300C special edition is offered with a standard 292-horsepower, Pentastar V-6 engine, while the HEMI V-8 with 363 horsepower is available as an option. Both engines are offered with Chrysler’s intelligent AWD system that features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system. This means that the system automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention.
The 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition will be put on sale later in March at a starting price of $44,480.
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2015 Chrysler 200
The second-generation Chrysler 200 was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, when the company known as FCA unveiled not only the new compact sedan, but also its new design direction. According to the brand, some of the design features you see in the new 200, like the new grille and headlamps, will also be featured in all future models. Penned by Jeff Hammoud, the new 200 features a more streamlined design that changes everything about the traditional Chrysler design of the last decade.
When Chrysler replaced the Sebring with the 200, the world rejoiced at the elimination of the outdated and never truly impressive drop top. Unfortunately, the 200 was not a full redesign of its predecessor, rather just a nip here, a tuck there, some new headlights and basic interior changes. So, essentially, the 200’s body style was in its sixth production year, making it a year overdue for a revision.
The new Chrysler 200 feels fresh and modern, and even though some say that the Detroit-based brand used the Tesla Model S as inspiration, the sedan sports plenty of original styling cues. The four-door compact was put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.
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Chrysler unveiled the 300S at the 2011 New York Auto Show and has updated it pretty much every year since. Of course, the changes were minimal and usually limited to some new colors or materials, but it was enough to keep the model fresh.
The "S" in its name may trick you into thinking this is some souped-up version of the 300, but don’t let it fool you, because all the 300S adds is a blacked-out grille and headlamps, and a black trimmed interior.
The same carries into the 2014 300S, which Chrysler updated with an even more blacked-out look and new a Ambassador Blue sport interior. There is also an exclusive Beats by Dr. Dre audio system that offers the best sound experience in the segment.
As usual, customers can choose between two engines — a Pentastar V-6 or HEMI V-8 — combined with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive systems.
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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.
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.
Chrysler is expanding its 2013 300 lineup with the addition of a new special-edition model, known as the 300 Glacier. This special 300 is built on the 300S model and is on sale now.
The new 300 Glacier can be ordered with either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower or the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with an output of 363 horsepower. Whichever engine option is chosen, the car will be offered with the segment’s most advanced AWD system. This system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system to improve real-world fuel economy.
As its name suggests, the 300 Glacier is offered in a Glacier Blue Pearl Coat exterior paint combined with unique body-color fascia accents, gloss-black mirrors, headlamp bezels, and Black Chrome sculpted horizontal grille. The car sits on unique 19-inch eight spoke aluminum wheels finished in Satin Carbon with P235/55R19 all-season performance tires.
For the interior, the 300 Glacier Edition adds sports seats, embroidered "Glacier" logos, and Piano Black accents on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel.
Updated 01/18/2013: Chrysler has unveiled today full picture gallery and prices on its latest addition to the 300 lineup: the new Glacier Edition. The model is now on sale at a price of $36,845.
Autoweek America Adventure is holding a 7-day-long rally sponsored by SRT on October 24th, which runs from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Los Vegas. Along the way, drivers are required to endure certain tasks and tests to earn points. In a way, it is a race between the two cities, but speeding is strictly prohibited and you lose points for it.
You must also navigate the route perfectly and hit each checkpoint at a certain time. If you are too early or too late to the checkpoint, you lose points. At the end of each day, the team with the most points gets a key and at the final rally event, the SEMA show, the key holders will all try their keys in the ignition of a 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8.
Whoever’s key starts this mighty luxury car gets to drive it and its 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter V-8 engine home, netting themselves a free $47,670 car.
The entry process is pretty simple; just head over to the Adventure America website and bang your mouse on the “Register” link at the top of the page. From there, just enter all of your information and the information of you teammate(s), then pay your $5,000 registration fee for your team – c’mon, you didn’t think it would be free, now did you? You have to have a car that can at least make it to and from Las Vegas too.
That five grand, however, pays for all of your hotels, meals, drinks, and track fees during the trip, plus it pays for your entrance into the SEMA show. Also, if you use the promo code “Fox 12” during your registration process, you get to use a Dodge Challenger or Chrysler 300 rental car to get you to or from Los Vegas, courtesy of Fox Rent-a-car.
So check it out and see if you can get yourself into a brand new 300 SRT8!