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The 2023 Chrysler 300C Is A Reborn SRT8

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The reborn Chrysler 300C was something of an American icon. The Ralph Gilles-penned, V8-powered bruiser took the largely front-wheel-drive full-size sedan class by storm with its tough appearance and rear-wheel-drive layout. While the saga of the 300C is coming to an end, Chrysler isn’t having its big sedan go out without a bang. How does 6.4 liters of V8 sound?

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Yes, the 2023 Chrysler 300C is essentially a Dodge Charger Scat Pack in luxury duds. This means 485 horsepower, 475 lb.-ft. of torque, and a quoted zero-to-60 time of 4.3 seconds. Brisk stuff. Power goes to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF-derived automatic gearbox and a limited-slip rear differential for proper two-tire fires. Bringing everything back down to sane speeds is a set of four-piston Brembo brakes, while adaptive dampers will try their best to make the big Chrysler a bit like a linebacker in ballet flats.

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While none of this is groundbreaking stuff, it’s nice to see a fast 300 again. It’s been seven long years since we last saw a fast 300 in America and while a Hellcat 300 would’ve been nice, I certainly won’t complain about the 392 V8’s broad powerband.

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On the outside, the 2023 Chrysler 300C gets a bespoke grille emblem, twenty-inch forged alloy wheels, and that’s about it. While one could argue that it’s a bit more of a sleeper this way, I was hoping for a bit more swagger. Maybe some Mannie Fresh-spec chrome skates and an egg-crate grille to throw things back to the 2005 300C that awed a generation.

Thankfully, things seem a bit more luxurious inside the 2023 300C. Beautiful leather seats, a stitched dashboard, and cool blue gauges take things up a notch compared to the 300C’s Dodge Charger sibling. Plenty of toys are also on-tap, from a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system to ventilated front seats.

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Chrysler only plans to make 2,200 2023 300C models, 2,000 for America and an extra 200 for Canada. With a choice of Gloss Black, Velvet Red, and Bright White exterior colors, there isn’t much in the way of options for this fully-loaded 300.

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While Chrysler could’ve gone way harder with the 2023 300C and made every Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition dream come true, I’m at least glad that this music video icon hasn’t been forgotten. Plus, it doesn’t seem terrible value for $55,000 excluding an unspecified freight charge. Let’s hope that Chrysler threw in the heated and cooled cupholders too.

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Flchris1
Flchris1
1 year ago

I have a reservation for one ordered and everything do not have a production date or production number yet but a shiny white beauty it will be any bids??

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PaulaHub
1 year ago

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TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
1 year ago

Kinda want. Love the 300 every time I get one as a rental car.

Captain Avatar
Captain Avatar
1 year ago

Literally asked a family in the US to try and reserve me a red one.

I probably wouldn’t even get to drive it until next summer, (assuming I can even get one) but this would probably be both the last fully gas powered vehicle, and the last large/family hauler sized vehicle I will buy. Assuming it lasts 7 years as a daily or in rotation with something else, by then we’ll be empty nesters, and will be in the US permanently, at which point, some sort of smaller plug in EV (hybrid or full EV) will make more sense for us. I’d keep the 300 as a weekend car, though. Just like my wife plans to keep her 1-series [unless a Z3 in great condition is out there…… 🙂 ]

Rollin Hand
Rollin Hand
1 year ago

I like everything about this save for that goofy badge that looks tacked on the gargantuan front grille. That looks like something a kid did with a knockoff badge they bought on eBay.

And for those that say “it’s an old platform”, so are the platforms of the old cars many of us drive for fun. Age doesn’t make it a bad platform. In fact, as it’s a Benz platform from when German cars still had a vault-like teutonic feel, I would argue that old platform be a good thing.

JDE
JDE
1 year ago
Reply to  Rollin Hand

It is an Old style Badge. you could remove it when you put your stupid RR wannabe grill on it I suppose.

Sundance
Sundance
1 year ago

Unbelievable that they still build a car with the Mercedes-based platform. What was it – the W210 I believe?

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
1 year ago
Reply to  Sundance

Why do people continue to tout this bullshit. The Chrysler LX/LD/LC/LA platform is not an old Mercedes platform. Sure, the LX cars use a front suspension very similar and heavily based off the W220 while the 5-link rear is very similar and heavily based off the W211.

Basically, Germany helped design the platform, a lot of Mercedes suspension components can bolt right up to it, but it’s not an old Mercedes platform at all.

Lotsofchops
Lotsofchops
1 year ago
Reply to  BolognaBurrito

I also don’t understand it even if it were wholesale true. If it’s working and not a complete POS then why change it? If they changed up the platform every few years these same people would be bitching “why’d they change it again? It was fine, just let it be!”

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago

God damn, this thing looks like a hoot. Shame they’re only doing 2,000! It’s out of my price range (for now) but I would love to roll around in one of these things. I’ve always had a soft spot for the 300, anachronism though it may be. I’ve always thought that there ought to be a properly fast sleeper version, and now here it is. Just a shame there is ‘t a wagon version of it… if only the Magnum could have hung on, eh?

BolognaBurrito
BolognaBurrito
1 year ago
Reply to  FUCK YOU

And for an 11 year old design (styling wise) it still looks fantastic. Even the previous generation, while clearly a bit more dated looking, has held on great.

short bed regular cab
short bed regular cab
1 year ago

Cut the back seat and the trunk out and slide a short bed pickup tub in. Put the car on a Ram 1500 chassis, 2wd or 4wd. Call it the “Ramchero 300c”.

We’ll talk then.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
1 year ago

This, this I want to see
I would in no likely timeline actually buy it-but I want to live in a world where I can see this in the wild.

‘Ramchero’ … good one, that.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago

In the Meantime, the Viper is CURSING them to their grave.

How is it that the Viper got handed off.. while Chrysler built another 100k of the Charger / Challenger?
Cause they are cheap and it hurts to dump the Viper..

V10omous
V10omous
1 year ago

You won’t find a bigger Viper fan than me, but the decision isn’t remotely comparable.

30,000 Vipers were sold in 25 years; more LX cars are sold every couple months.

The Viper was full of bespoke parts, up to and including its engine and chassis, and would have required redesign to meet safety standards after 2017.

I greatly admire them for keeping the Viper pure and never compromising for sales with a V8 model, an automatic transmission, or a Mach E type cheapening of the name. But that decision came at a price, namely the fact that they didn’t have the money to continue development.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago
Reply to  V10omous

They just trotted out the Dog and Pony show.. with a tape and stripe every few months.

V10omous
V10omous
1 year ago

Ironically, they did basically the same thing with the commemorative editions the final year of the Viper as well, they just announced them all at once.

Cyko9
Cyko9
1 year ago

When the Twitter headline started with “The LAST 300C is here…”, I thought “wait, they still make the 300?!” Since Stellantis is big V8ing everything for the last of the ICE line, I guess it’s cool they’re doing this one too. I just didn’t think high hp & mature luxury had much of a crossover market.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
1 year ago

I’m conflicted here. I’m a member of the fairly sizable “the 300 is underrated” committee. I think it’s a simple, spacious, elegant sedan that has presence. Luxobarges in general definitely tickle my fancy…I think it’s because my grandpa used to have an absolutely massive sedan DeVille that I rode in a lot as a kid.

…but $55,000 for another one of the endless series of cynical Stellantis “hurrr durrr we big V8’d the thing” cop outs built on a platform leftover from the Cambrian Period? Sorry. I’m not handing over my money that easily when I could find a 6.4 powered Challenger that’s in decent shape tomorrow for $35-40,000. It won’t have as nice of an interior but it will have the same big honkin V8…and *whispers* insane cost of ownership.

At the end of the day that’s all this is. It’s a big V8. Stellantis and FCA have been pumping this stuff out for 20 years. It’s literally everywhere. I’m not going to be a contrarian and say I don’t enjoy a huge V8 from time to time, because I daydream about the 6.2 liter LT1 often. But IMHO you’d be absolutely nuts to choose one of these over an S5, M340i, CT4-V Blackwing, G70 3.3, et cetera. Or if comfort is your ultimate goal you can find a reasonably well sorted secondhand S class for that much money.

Plus you can already get a 300 with the 5.7 liter V8 as is…which is a decent engine in and of itself. Anyway, this is cool, but I don’t think it’s $55,000 cool when you can find a decent scat pack (god do I hate that name) for 15 grand less or get a dedicated performance sedan for the same price. Do something interesting already Stellantis. V8 ALL THE THINGS is cool and all but the times are changing. You have to put another feather in your cap sooner or later.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
1 year ago

…and to add one more, you can get an IS500 for this price that’ll probably outlive all of us.

JDE
JDE
1 year ago

Ewww, a gaping mouth Camry styled Yota? No thank you.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
1 year ago

Pack up your scat and get out.

The S5 and M340i are German. That’s nearly an automatic elimination for those who keep their cars past the warranty, even if they were anywhere near as large, and they’re not even close. Those two and the CT4 are practically Civics compared to this. And the Blackwing engine is nice to think about, but is not really that special other than the fact that it fits in the cars that are built around it…

Finding a well-sorted, used S-Class? Again, German; also used; also, good luck finding one in this market with the options and color you want. And when you do find your unicorn S-Class, luck might be that it was owned by a cigar smoker. Or in an accident. Or in an undisclosed accident. Or with ALL the miles. And “Certified” isn’t as good as the original warranty no matter what the used lot Sales Manager tells you.

This is a great bargain. Sure, the same car with the 5.7 is a better bargain. But there’s no excuse for Stellantis NOT to put the 392 into a 300C. I’m not sure why they’re limiting it to 2,200 units, though. They could probably sell twice as many.

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago

Fleet economy figures, I’m guessing.

FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
1 year ago

Sure. But on the other hand, arguably the only thing the 300 has ever needed to elevate it from underrated to legend status was a silly-big engine. Lots of people (there are literally dozens of us!) have wanted to see that for a long time, and now here it is.

HonkeyfromtheCIA
HonkeyfromtheCIA
1 year ago

Quality and price may be problematic but there’s something to be said for a driving experience that just leaves you with a smile on your face. Do you remember that feeling of reaching a destination and thinking I wish that drive was longer? This car will surely deliver that – for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

Boxing Pistons
Boxing Pistons
1 year ago

These, along with the Charger are actually pretty highly rated in terms of quality. It seems they have gotten pretty good at bolting them together over the last 18 years…

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  Boxing Pistons

practice makes perfect

Bork Bork
Bork Bork
1 year ago
Reply to  Boxing Pistons

There was a 300C taxi with over a million kilometers on it in my city, don’t know if its still in action.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago

It’s probably 55k cool when that is only 6k above a similarly equipped V8 300S. And this is limited edition. I really want it, but there is no way I can justify it.

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

It will inevitably carry a substantial market rate adjustment at the dealer.

Drew
Drew
1 year ago
Reply to  JaredTheGeek

Yeah, that’s true. But it is 55k cool if you can get it at that rate.

SerialThriller
SerialThriller
1 year ago
Reply to  JaredTheGeek

Yes, the 2000 unit limit guarantees dealer markup (even more than what has become the norm), but I have to wonder why the low limit. If you’re going to have one it should be 3,300, but again, they should sell as many as they can.

JDE
JDE
1 year ago

you will never get it. Not sure what you consider insane, but my 6.4 challenger gets 24MPG down the highway and 20 around town if you are nice to it. They should have never stopped the SRT version of this car. I had the 5.7 in 2006, it was ok, but crap in wet or god forbid snowy weather. They should have made this scat package available RWD the whole time, and then made a proper SRT with Track Hawk AWD and a 700HP Hellcat motor. That would completely outrun a RWD only hellcat challenger though so of course, no dice I suppose.

TXJeepGuy
TXJeepGuy
1 year ago
Reply to  JDE

Good to know. I feel like one of these really isnt a mpg penalty vs a 300hp turbo 4 sedan.

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
1 year ago
Reply to  JDE

How? I averaged 14mpg in my Scat Pack Charger with mostly in town driving.

M0L0TOV
M0L0TOV
1 year ago

I love the emphasis on well-sorted. You’re right. I’d love to get my hands on a well-sorted S-Class diesel because I’m that sort of person. Then I’ll delete all the emissions compliance stuff and then whine about it when I’m in trouble for violating laws. 😉 In all seriousness, diesel luxury cars are perfect to me, my E320 CDi is wonderful.

Gmaxim317
Gmaxim317
1 year ago

Except 6.4 challengers lag and they handle like complete garbage.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago

Question – what’s the seeming lens-like thing at the bottom of the front end? A sensor of some sort?

gorogergo
gorogergo
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

I believe that’s for the adaptive cruise.

Jack Trade
Jack Trade
1 year ago
Reply to  gorogergo

Ah, that makes sense. You can tell I’m not as up on the latest tech (my rides are fairly old) as I should be, but I’m trying. I think the lack of accustomed license plate particularly drew my attention to it.

Ironhorse78
Ironhorse78
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack Trade

A bunch of Stellantis stuff has that tech. Must be there radar setup cause it’s only on the high end stuff and these platforms were rolling off the lines long before radar.

Ironhorse78
Ironhorse78
1 year ago
Reply to  Ironhorse78

Their 🙁

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
1 year ago
Reply to  Ironhorse78

It’s hard to get radar cruise on the Dodges, I tried. Even the top level trims rarely have it.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago
Reply to  Ironhorse78

These platforms were rolling off the lines back before Moses parted the red sea!
These platforms were rolling off the lines back before the Birth of Christ!
These platforms were rolling off the lines back before the The Age of Aquarius!
These platforms were rolling off the lines back before the Reb Tevye was just a baby!
These platforms were rolling off the lines back before the Yo Mama’s Titays were not mellons!

DrewVIIIMR
DrewVIIIMR
1 year ago

I mean, $60K still buys a very nice proper letter series car that’s more desirable in every way than this thing.

Nsane In The MembraNe
Nsane In The MembraNe
1 year ago
Reply to  DrewVIIIMR

For this price I’d take an M340i every single time. No, it’s not a V8…but it also gets mid 20s fuel economy combined, is all wheel drive, faster in every way, I could keep going. I think this car is cool but at this price it doesn’t make sense.

JaredTheGeek
JaredTheGeek
1 year ago

This can is unrefined power and there are dozens of us that love that.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago
Reply to  JaredTheGeek

A knuckle dragging slob.. but its a big ass hoooman of a knuckle dragging slob.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago

Blindly, with just hearing the motor… my boy and I would choose the Chrysler… over some tarted out bmw… every. single. time.

Awd.. is bs.
Sure the price is stupid.. Id still go for this instead of some bmw

DrewVIIIMR
DrewVIIIMR
1 year ago
Reply to  DrewVIIIMR

I live in SoCal, I could easily dd a 50s car, although a 61 Ford pickup is the oldest thing I’ve dd’d here. The rest of that stuff i don’t care about. I don’t have a radio in any of my vehicles ever, don’t need AC where I live. Keep it maintained and it will depreciate less during the time you own it that the new one will driving it off the lot. And how anal do you need to be to freak out over a stone chip? More anal than I am. I’ll take a 57 all day every day.

SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
SLIDTossedPissedinto BleuCHSaladwCroutons
1 year ago
Reply to  DrewVIIIMR

Could you ignore all of the bad stuff and just cruise?

JohnJL
JohnJL
1 year ago

No Magnum? No win.

Dodsworth
Dodsworth
1 year ago

Hallo. I am Inigo Montoya. You are killing all the fun cars. I want this Chrysler you son of a bitch!

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