2005 Chrysler 300C Auto Review

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Chrysler 300C

2005 Chrysler 300C

this thing#39;s got a Hemi, too

Ken on 09.01.2004

Launched way back in Chrysler’s original C300 was a hardtop with a then-outrageous Hemi V-8. The name from the car’s hemispherical chambers-their crescent shape oversized valves and efficient At the time, it was the most powerful you could buy.

Packing 4bbl carburetors, a hot camshaft, and a exhaust note, the C300’s checkered flag emblems its performance potential. Its top speed, in an era most cars were to top 100, was over 140 mph.

For with its sleek LH sedan Chrysler’s stylists championed wheels-to-the-corners styling. While and good-looking, the LH cars never on with the buying public. As an strategy, former head of Tom Gale, himself an enthusiastic hot encouraged his designers to take an different direction.

The new 300C is a solid appearing with an upright grille, muscular shoulders, big wheel oversized wheels and tires, and a low roofline that appears to been chopped three

With its long hood, the design is best described as in appearance. It’s much reminiscent of a Continental design anything from a rival automaker. The bold styling heads, and has a polarizing effect on which is what happened a few ago with Dodge’s futuristic-looking Ram

After some initial buyers took to them and rivals began to copy Expect the same effect

The 300C is billed as a world-class sedan, and a review at the long list underscores why. are no corners cut. You get high four-wheel ventilated disc (13.6-inch front, 12.6-inch with ABS, the Mercedes-inspired Stability Program (ESP a skid and applies a combination of and throttle to help maintain stability), Chrysler’s unique and clever multi-displacement cylinder (the engine electronically from eight to four at small throttle openings in 40 milliseconds, decreasing fuel by 10-to-20 percent), plus Assist (electronically adjusts force as needed to shorten distance), all-speed traction (it’s actually effective up to 85 18-inch 9-spoke alloy power rack-and-pinion steering, steering wheel, dual-zone control, 8-way power seat, heated driver and passenger seats, and a Boston sound system with digital amplifier. And that’s all equipment!

Available options include drive (coming this high-intensity discharge headlamps washers, Boston Acoustics 380-watt digital amplifier subwoofer, power adjustable front and rear side airbags, self-sealing tires, rear object detection, a Package with GPS Navigation and integrated 6-CD changer, Satellite Radio, UConnect communications system, and more.

That said, with every option checked, you pay over $38,000 for a Hemi-equipped And after driving this new entry, you’ll be convinced you need to pay more for a European

Although the Mercedes-Benz E-Class to sell very well, a comparison would make you twice about writing a check for the German import, you can get the equivalent of that car’s for much, much less.

Chrysler 300C

as you will be with this upgraded content, you’ll be more enthusiastic when you for your favorite twisty of road. During our test the surprisingly good 300C through curvy mountain and 80-mph sweepers, North of Springs on the Ortega Highway. enthusiastically, the 300C cornered the proverbial toy on a string.

Its sophisticated, independent suspension, based on designs, is comparable to the current The rack-and-pinion steering is precise, sharp turn-in, balanced and good on-center feel. confidence-inspiring brakes haul the car smoothly, time after

Exceed the car’s very cornering limits and the ESP kicks in using a combination of reduced and increased braking to keep you like a pro.

While the encourages quick gear (and this is the only nit we have), its shift actuation is side-to-side versus a more fore-and-aft movement. Clever aerodynamic aids effectively airflow for surefooted high-speed Despite the 300C’s bluff wind noise is minimal.

powerful, third-generation Hemi V-8 more horsepower than the BMW or Infiniti Q45.

Although it can 10-to-20 percent on fuel (your results may vary), the multi-displacement cylinder de-activation is perceptible, with a slight when the engine is idling. the drive-by-wire throttle at speed, and it’s virtually undetectable. The exhaust note is a treat at and under hard acceleration.

You’ll find yourselves for excuses to nail the throttle and the Hemi’s exhilarating rumble.

its stylishly low, hammered there’s more room than a standard wheelbase BMW With supportive bucket tasteful wood (or optional shell) trim, and big, analog instrumentation, the 300C’s cabin equals anything Europe at twice the sticker. If you more space, Dodge a sporty station wagon the Hemi-powered Magnum RT.

The new, 300C seriously challenges smaller CTS-V as America’s sports sedan. It resembles a scale Bentley Arnage can run with one, too) for than one-fifth the price.

For the Chrysler offers the 300 in four levels: a base 2.7-liter, V-6 for about $25K; the 300 Touring, a 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, for including the … stereo; the 300 which retains the 3.5 V-8 and adds a bundled package of trim and and the 300C. While the 250-hp is more than acceptable, with the specter of increased prices, enthusiasts will on the 5.7-liter, 350-hp V-8 in the 300C, and won’t be disappointed.

Bottom line: the new 300 is as much a today as was the original in its era. The C300 was a 2-door hardtop an attitude; its successor offers speed, more space, road manners, and even attitude. Nothing this from Cadillac, BMW or any Japanese has the 300C’s cool combination of American grunt blended firm, European style, and agile handling. Think of it as an Mercedes or a 5 Series BMW, for a lot money. (www.chrysler.com)

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