The Chrysler 300 is a tasty vehicle and we are talking about the newer one here on this blog. It was first introduced in 2003 in NYC as a concept. It began selling in 2004, must have been a good show in 2003!! And designed by Ralph Gilles. It was designed as a luxury vehicle and a real limousine at heart and had a SRT-8 version, which was the faster brother.
It started selling in Europe in 2011 as the Lancia Thema, while it was still the Chrysler in Ireland and the UK. Not sure why that decision was taken, I will try and find out and come back to you.
The car itself comes from the Chrysler LX design and was rear wheel drive, which in itself was born of the Mercedes E Class. So a mixed pedigree or a mutt as some would say. I wouldn’t as I am not American. And is front suspension comes out of the Mercedes S Class, so those boys at chrysler chose some good cars to steal from, I guess if you are going to borrow, do it from the best.
Here we have 2 nice videos, advertising videos of the lovely car, showing how stunning it is and a beautiful vehicle.
There are 4 variations;
It has 17 inch wheels and basic trim and features in the Base model. The Touring has leather trim, aluminium wheels 17 inch, remote keyless entry. The Limited has a bigger engine, 18 inch chrome-clad aluminium wheels and anto roll bars. The top of the range 300C has a 5.7l V8, 5 speed gearbox with 18 inch chrome clad aluminium wheels and is turbo!! But the SRT8 has the 6.1l Hemi engine and can do 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.
There are other models, an estate, a diesel a convertible a ASC Helios version, Executive series 300 and a Heritage Edition 300C. And of course they have had many 300C’s extended into limousines. And these limos have been very popular around the world