2023 Chrysler 300C Bent in With a Muscular 6.4-Liter V-8

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  • The Chrysler 300C 2023 is shipping limited production to the 300, with 2000 units to be sold in the United States.
  • The 300C is powered by the familiar 6.4-liter Hemi V-8, producing 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque.
  • 300C starts at $56,595.

After nearly two decades, the Chrysler 300 will cease production after the 2023 model year. But the 300 won’t go quietly into the night, instead roaring towards the grave in its 6.4 liter Hemi V-8. It’s at the heart of the limited-edition 300C, revealed ahead of the Detroit auto show, with just 2,000 of the muscle sedan to be built for the United States and an additional 200 for Canada.

That 392 cubic-inch engine makes 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque, with Chrysler claiming a 4.3-second sprint to 60 mph and a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds. Top speed is claimed to be 160 mph. This engine was previously featured in the 300 SRT, built from 2012 to 2015, but this version of the V-8 makes 15 horsepower less. This engine also powers the Dodge Chargers, Challenger, and Jeep Wranglers with the 392 badge, plus the Durango and Grand Cherokee SRT models. Now all that was left for Chrysler to do was rip the seat of the Stow ‘N Go Pacifica minivan and replace it with a 6.4 liter to make a mid-engined muscle van.

The 300C is only equipped with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission, and stopping power comes from red four-piston Brembo brakes. The 300C is also equipped with a limited-slip differential and adaptive dampers. The exterior is styled with black chrome accents on the front end, black headlight and taillight bezels, and rounded black exhaust tips. The 300C rides on 20-inch wheels and the limited edition model can be painted Gloss Black, Velvet Red, or Bright White.

The new 300C logo—which echoes the tricolor 300C logo of the 1950s—decorates the front grille and is embossed onto the black Laguna leather seat headrests. The seats, along with the doors and dashboard, also have silver contrast stitching. Standard equipment includes a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, plus heated and ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel.

The 2023 300C will cost $56,595, and Chrysler says orders are open now. Chrysler hasn’t revealed much about what’s behind the 300 nameplate, but CEO Chris Feuell was quoted in a press release as saying Chrysler will change with a “fully electrified future.” The Airflow crossover concept from the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show looks almost production ready and will likely be part of Chrysler’s EV lineup, but it’s unclear if the traditional 300 sedan will get an electron-powered revival.

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