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|2012 Chrysler 300C Touring Review & Test Drive||
‘ADDING MORE LUXURY AND INFOTAINMENT’
The all-new 2012 Chrysler 300C continues to be the only U.S. marque offering a rear-wheel drive full-size luxury sedan. This year the 300C gets more refined looks, more luxury and refinement on the inside plus the latest in today’s infotainment features to keep you up-to-date and entertained with your favorite media devices.
The exterior styling is more angular and modern with the same basic silhouette but the nose leans more toward the windshield ‘A’ pillars improving aerodynamics. The front fascia also sports a new look with ‘liquid’ chrome horizontal slats for the grille with the new Chrysler wing emblem on top. Larger chrome strips are attached to the front bumper sides as well to add to the luxury look. The new headlamp clusters features LED running lamps in a ‘C’ pattern, and HID headlamps to better light up the darkness in front as you drive. Down below a splitter helps keep the front end solidly planted on the pavement at high speeds. Round foglamps are at the sides further enhancing your forward visibility at night.
The side shows deeper side extensions that enhance stability by lowering the center of gravity. A thick chrome strips surrounds the buttoned-up side windows and chrome pull-out door handles only increase the luxury look. The rear shows more sculpted lamp clusters now housing LED lights that respond quicker to your braking inputs. A new wider chrome strip sits on the top of the bumper while down below the bumper are beautifully cut dual exhaust tips and a hidden diffuser to help better manage rear airflow.
The rear story about the all-new 300C is the completely redesigned interior cabin that easily sits five adults. First noticed are the super soft, comfortable and supportive, 12-way powered leather front two bucket seats that are cooled and heated. The wood and leather-wrapped sport steering wheel features power tilt/telescope for the perfect angle and reach. The power pedals also enhance your driving position to make you feel even more a part of the car. The dashboard brow, dashboard and instrument cluster are covered in soft-touch materials for the first time. The center stack is covered in dark veneer wood and aluminum trim. The 8.4 inch touch screen/infotainment system is the largest and easiest to use with all basic functions just a couple of ‘touches’ away. The new instrument cluster features a driver-selectable color EVIC that I choose cool blue illuminated lighting for the cluster. The center console has a dual-tiered storage box, soft-top armrest and features dual cupholders with heating and cooling elements for your favorite drink. The satin chrome lower door sill plates with the Chrysler logo gives the interior an added luxury touch. In the center is your driver information screen with all the information you need to check on the many different engine systems and trip questions-mpg/speed/direction/radio station/etc. The floor mats are now 18 once Berber mats. My test 300C also came with power windows with express up/down, power door locks, rain-sensing wipers, sonar controlled cruiser control with pre-braking, 3-person memory for the seats/outside heated mirrors/steering column/power pedals. The rearview mirror is also self-dimming. The rear features 60/40-split folding function, heated and a pull-down armrest with dual cupholders and storage. Reading lamps are above the rear grab handles that are also featured up front. The U-Connect 8.4 inch Touch Screen features a Garmin navigation system, Sirius XM Traffic and Sirius Travel Link and an 18-speaker Audio System with 980-watt amp and subwoofer in the rear. At night you see the beautiful ambient lighting in the foot wells and LED illuminated inside door handles. All buttons, dials and levers are within easy reach for quick and accurate usage.
Standard features inside and outside not mentioned above includes U-Connect touch CD/DVD/MP3/SD Card Input audio system, U-Connect Voice Command with Bluetooth, Bluetooth Streaming audio, ParkView Rear Back-Up camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio/adaptive cruise-control buttons, power multi-function sideview mirrors with manual folding, lighted vanity mirrors, storage pockets in each door, map pockets behind each front seatback, rain-sensing wipers/washers and dual map lamps with sunglass storage. My test 300C came with these options-Tri-Coat Pearl paint, Park/Sense Front/Rear park assist system, adaptive Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, adaptive cruise control with forward warning collision system, blind spot and cross path detection system, rear foglamps, sideview mirrors with repeaters and courtesy lamps, dual pane panoramic sunroof, 20X8 inch polished/painted aluminum wheels/245/45R20 inch Firestone Firehawk GT tires, a touring suspension.
Standard safety features include electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, advanced multi-stage front airbags, side-curtain front/rear airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, driver inflatable knee bolster airbag, 3-point safety belts with front load limiters/pretensioners, keyless enter-n-go, push button start/stop, Sentry key theft deterrent system, security alarm, remote start, tire pressure warning system, and front/rear/side crush zones with steel beams in each door.
That said, it is time for the remarkable powertrain, steering, suspension and braking systems, which are all world-class.
The 5.7 liter, all-aluminum V8 engine features variable valve and cam timing plus MDS which shuts down four of the cylinders under light to moderate throttle to save gas and increase the MPG. This potent HEMI engine generates a whopping 363hp at 5,200rpm and 394lb.ft. of torque at 4,200rpm. It is mated to Chrysler’s 5-speed automatic with AutoStick for sequential shifting when you feel the urge to run the gears up to redline and quickening your pulse. Get-up-and-go is remarkable with a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds. The electrohydraulic rack & pinion steering system is great with incredible feel for the road and amazing quick response to your steering wheel inputs. Chrysler adds a performance steering gear that gives you more effort and higher speeds with less effort at slow speeds.
The fully independent suspension is also world-class a SLA (short/long arm) setup in front featuring high upper ‘A’ arms, coil-over gas-charged monotube shocks, stabilizer bar and lateral & diagonal lower links with dual ball-joint knuckles. The rear setup features five-links with coil springs, gas-charged monotube shocks, stabilizer bar and fits in an isolated cradle for rigidity, less noise and harshness. With a cross brace up front the handles like a sports car when turning as it lays flat in front and in the rear. Its cat-like response is truly amazing for a 4,326 pound full-size luxury sedan.
Slowing the new 300C down from speed are large, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front 13.6 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.6 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear. ABS/traction control and electronic stability systems all work together to keep you in control when braking on wet or slick pavement and when you take the new 300C to its edge of adhesion on curving roads. Big 20X8 inch Firestone Firehawk GT tires add traction, grip, stability and a smooth ride.
The all-new Chrysler 300C is one of the world’s great full-size luxury performance sedans with all the power, performance, comfort, infotainment features and safety systems that you would want in todays automotive marketplace. With a base price of just $38,470.00 and a fully-loaded model, like my test 300C, priced at just $46,800.00, it is a bargain not to be missed.
COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: Base 300C $38,470 / As-Tested 300C Touring $46,800
- Wheelbase: 120.2 inch
- Total length: 198.6 inch
- Total width: 75 inch
- Total height: 58.7 inch
- Track: f/r-63.4/63.8 inch
- Fuel tank: 19.1 gallons
- Headroom: f/r-36.9/36.9 with panoramic sunroof
- Legroom: 41.8/40.1 inch
- Trunk: 16.3 cu.ft.
- Fuel tank: 19.1 gallons
- 0-60 mph: 5.2 seconds
- EPA MPG specs: 16mpg/city, 25mpg/highway
|2012 Chrysler 300 Commercial Introduces new 8-Speed Automatic Transmission||
Chrysler aims to step up their game another notch with the introduction of a new 8-speed automatic transmission in the 2012 Chrysler 300. The workhorse 5-speed automatic has served Chrysler well over several years but not it seems it is time that they got with the program. The new 8-speed automatic transmission delivers better performance and efficiency, a touted 31 mpg when mated to the Pentastar V6 engine, proving that Chrysler got the memo from us and many other journalists talking about how “aged” the 5-speed auto was.
A new commercial, posted below, attempts to demonstrate Chrysler’s innovation of the 8-speed automatic in the new 2012 300 combining luxury and efficiency. This new character and conviction comes straight out of the heart of Motown. Enjoy the video below.
|2011 Chrysler 300C Review w/ Test Drive Video||
The newly redesigned 2011 Chrysler 300C embarks on a journey into comfort and refinement elevating Chrysler’s luxury flagship to new heights.
The Chrysler 300 has been recognized for over 6 years as a champion in Chrysler’s luxury segment. New for 2011, the Chrysler 300 enters into its second generation with a redesigned exterior and interior. The redesign features many improvements and enhancements putting the new 300 at the forefront of the full-size luxury car segment once again.
The world was put on its heals when Chrysler rolled out their new marketing campaign during the last Super bowl which was positively received by many. The campaign continued to introduce several new vehicles from the Chrysler Corp. including their all-new flagship, the 2011 Chrysler 300.
For 2011, the Chrysler 300C remains to be the top model for the 300 lineup, that is if you are not considering the performance oriented 465 horsepower 300 SRT8 due out this fall. The base 2011 Chrysler 300 gets the new standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with 292 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs. of torque mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. At the middle of the line, a new 300 Limited edition gets the same powermill but a few extra amenities such as remote-start, keyless Enter-N-Go system, fog lights, rear backup camera, Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels over the standard 17-inchers, and heated front seats. V6 models get an EPA estimated 18mpg city and 27mpg highway. Our loaded-up 300C, for starters, adds a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine with 363 horsepower and 394 ft.-lbs. of torque also mated to a 5-speed automatic. The HEMI V8 gets an EPA estimated 16mpg city and 25mpg highway. Other equipment on our 300C tester included heated and cooled cup holders, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, rear sunshade, navigation system, rain-sensing wipers, smart-beam adaptive HID headlights (which adjust high beam brightness according to environment and swivels headlights according to steering wheel position), and optional 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Stepping inside of the new Chrysler 300C will put you in a state of serenity. The newly designed interior of the 300C is lavish enough to satisfy the buyers of luxury vehicles costing twice the price. New sound deadening materials were used to keep the cabin well insulated from road noise. The 8-way adjustable driver and passenger seats are supportive and comfortable for small and large adults. The newly designed dashboard uses quality materials, many of them being soft-touch plastics, while the new 8.4-inch LCD touch-screen is by far the best rendition of Chrysler’s Uconnect system. The new Uconnect system and touch-screen interface combines several vehicle functions as well as the a/c and heater controls, audio controls, Sirus travel link, vehicle settings, and Garmin –based GPS navigation.
When it comes to infotainment for Chrysler corp. vehicles, Uconnect has been touted as Chrysler’s workhorse for many years now. The latest adaptation of Uconnect in the new Chrysler 300 comes as standard equipment. Our 300C test vehicle was equipped with Sirius Travel Link. A new technology that gives the driver and passengers real-time information such as traffic conditions, weather, local movie show times, and local gas prices. The newly updated iPod interface actually works. In my past experience with Chrysler vehicles, the iPod interface was not-so friendly with iPhones, even when streaming audio via Bluetooth. My Chrysler 300C test vehicle had no issues with streaming or USB integration with my iPhone. Thanks for getting it right Chrysler!
New blue indigo gauge clusters have a congenial retro style to them. The center cluster LCD screen is easy to navigate, scrolling through vehicle information screens and displaying the status of the radar cruise control. The new steering wheel is much improved over the bus-sized wheel from the previous generation 300.
Driving the new Chrysler 300C is truly a pleasure. The 300C is smooth, poised, and competent on the road. During my local twisty road excursions the 300C kept its balance well for a large vehicle. The suspension dampers are well tuned, absorbing bumps like your grandfathers Cadillac, without any of the aftermath drama-filled bouncy rebound. At times the 300C felt much like its German competition, never being overly soft or hard even with the large 20-inch wheels. Steering feel from the electric rack is weighted well and provides just enough feedback to the driver. On the highway, the 300C wants to hog the road, or at least it seems that way when glancing towards your blind spot or rear window. Visibility has been improved over the last 300, but remains to be somewhat limiting towards the rear. This is why I am thankful that Chrysler includes a blind-spot notification/warning system as part of the SafetyTec Group option on the new 300C. The SafetyTec Group also includes forward collision warning, rear cross-path detection, and front/rear parking sensors.
The 2011 Chrysler 300C can be had in a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive configuration. Traction control on my rear wheel drive 300C test vehicle stepped in subtly when the rear end started to get out of line due to some heavy right-foot action. I am more than certain the AWD 300C may have kept things even more concise especially on wet pavement. The big 5.7-liter HEMI V8 puts down smooth power and enough of it to do proper burnouts as you can see in our video review below.
Exterior styling on the new 2011 Chrysler 300C combines elegance and a quant taste of luxury. The new grill, and the unmistakable day-time running LED lights are a nice signature touch to the front-end of the 300. Although some will argue that the exterior is not much of a drastic change over the first generation 300, I would beg to say that it is a much needed improvement. The previous 300 was not a bad looking car by any means, it was just dated. Possibly because Chrysler managed to sell over 400,000 of them in the past 5 years. Most of them all looked virtually the same except for the wheel size and color. For a while, mainly due to the recognizable front-end styling, it was considered to be the “poor-man’s Bentley”. Fortunately, the all-new 2011 Chrysler 300C can easily shrug off that urban nomenclature in place of its properly due position in the affordable luxury car segment without compromise.
My 2011 Chrysler 300C RWD test vehicle is stickered at a starting MSRP of $38,170 while the as-tested price comes to just $45,725.
Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com
- Price: Base Chrysler 300C $38,170 As-Tested $45,725
- Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI V8 363 horsepower @ 5200rpm / 394 ft-lbs. torque @ 4200rpm
- Wheelbase: 120.2in.
- Total length: 198.6in.
- Total width: 75in.
- Total height: 58.5in.
- Track: f/r-63.4/63.8in.
- Weight distribution: f/r-52%/48%
- Headroom: f/r-38.6/37.9in.
- Legroom: f/r-41.8/40.1in.
- EPA interior room: 122.6cu.ft.
- Trunk room: 16.3cu.ft.
- Fuel tank: 19.1 gallons
- 0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
- EPA mileage specs: 16mpg/city, 25mpg/highway
|2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 Review & Test Drive||
Like a heavyweight boxer wearing a tuxedo, the new 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is an elegant brute. The interior is elegant, the exterior styling is bold and under the skin is a knockout punch courtesy of Chrysler’s SRT ‘Street and Racing Technology’ division. First introduced in the 2006 model year, the 300C SRT8 is still the fastest and most powerful full-size sedan from the Big Three.
With benchmark performance, premium amenities and race-inspired styling-all at an attractive starting price of just $44,865.00-make the 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 unique in the marketplace. My loaded test 300C SRT8 came in at just $49,125.00 including a gas-guzzler tax of $1,700.00 and $750.00 destination charge.
The exterior styling combines sophisticated, premium elegance with functional performance enhancements. Up front is the new black anodized mesh grille, and a set of quad lamps with HID headlights increase your nighttime view of the road. The lower bumper features an airdam to increase front downforce, powerful round foglamps at the sides, and brake cooling air ducting that increases cooling for the big brakes.
The side view is highlighted with steeply racked ‘A’ pillars, a flat roof, sloping rear glass that matches the rake of the ‘A’ pillars, pulled-up windows wrapped with a full-perimeter chrome strip, flared fenders, chrome pull-out door handles, body-colored, aerodynamic styled side mirrors, chrome strip running the length of the doors, and deep side extensions as part of the full-perimeter aero-bodykit that gives the 300C SRT8 a lower center of gravity.
The rear features a chrome Chrysler crest and wing running across the rear trunk lid, big and bright lamp clusters, a specially designed rear-lid spoiler to increase downforce, SRT8 badge, and two, 2.75in. polished stainless steel exhaust outlets.
Inside is all elegance with several sporty cues. The 10-way powered/heated front leather bucket seats are very comfortable and deeply cut for extra lateral support and feature perforated suede inserts to further keep you in place during spirited driving times. The four-spoke, technical leather-wrapped, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel feels great in your hands and features controls for the audio system, trip computer, electronic vehicle information center (EVIC) with Performance Pages that gives you feedback on your 0-60mph time, ¼ mile time, lateral acceleration, and 60-0mph braking distance.
You also get power pedals to give you the perfect position to more effectively handle the fun and easy-to-drive Chrysler 300C SRT8 sedan. The elegant, chrome-ringed, white faced with black numerals, instrument cluster features an SRT signature 180mph speedometer, 7,000rpm tachometer and smaller fuel and engine coolant temperature gauges to easily keep you abreast of your vitals.
The center stack is finished in brushed aluminum trim and features two air-ducts with chrome insets, easy-to-use, chrome-ringed dials for the dual-zone climate system, audio system, and finished with Chrysler’s signature round quartz clock. The electronic stability control (ESC) button is also easy to reach on the center stack when you want to let the rear wheels slide out during exciting driving times when cornering steep curving roads. Thick elegant chrome rings can also be found on the door pulls and steering wheel. Just above the glove box is a technical carbon fiber strip and the same technical carbon fiber trim is located around the center console with chrome ringed shift gate that also features a leather-wrapped stick shift. The center console also features a padded leather armrest with dual-tiered storage bin.
Each door features a chrome strip on the same line as the chrome door handle for another elegant touch. The dual cupholders now feature LED lighting as well in the front and rear door map pockets. The two leather-trimmed rear seats feature perforated suede leather inserts, grab handles, reading lamps, clothing hooks, a pull-down armrest with dual cupholders and air-ducts at the end of the center console to bring cool or heated air more effectively into the rear.
A one-touch open/close electric sunroof is now standard as is the U-Connect hands free Bluetooth communication system and U-Connect tunes for your audio enjoyment. You also get a two-driver memory system that recalls the radio stations, seat position, pedal position, steering wheel rake and power-remote/heated/self-dimming sideview mirrors.
More standard features inside, not mentioned above, include-remote start, keyless go start/stop button which also features the ability of opening a locked door by simply pulling out the door handle with the keyfob in your pocket or purse, remote trunk opener, cabin air filtering system, SIRIUS satellite radio, Media 430 CD/DVD/MP3 radio, power accessory delay, outside temperature display/compass, rear window defogger, keyless entry, power windows with one-touch front express up/down, automatic door locks, auto-dimming reaview mirror, dual map lamps, cruise-control, rain-sensing wipers, washers, storage slots in each door, and premium front/rear floor mats. My test 300C SRT8 came with these options-inferno red crystal pearl coast paint, SIRIUS radio with traffic alert, GPS navigation, U-Connect phone with voice command, iPod control, 13-Kicker SRT high-performance speakers, 100-watt Kicker SRT subwoofer, 322-watt Kicker SRT amplifier, surround sound audio system, media center CD/DVD/HDD/NAV/AM-FM radio, rear parking sensors, and Goodyear F1 Supercar tires.
The brute of the 2010 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is found under the skin of the exterior styling.
The heavyweight punch is furnished by the Street and Racing Technology-engineered 425hp, 420lb.ft. of torque, 6.1 liter HEMI V8 engine that gives the 300C SRT8 its world-class power. All of this power and torque is transferred to the rear wheels through a SRT tuned five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick that can keep your selected gear in place all the way up to the 7,000rpm redline. A SRT-tuned limited slip differential keeps the power and torque solidly planted on the pavement for enhanced launch and traction. SRT performance figures include-0-60mph in the low five-second range, 0-100-0mph in less than 17-seconds, and 0.89g on the skid pad.
Chassis setup for the 300C SRT8 is aimed at all-around driving pleasure and performance, including SRT-tuned Bilstein monotube, gas-charged shocks, specially tailored coil spring rates, and suspension bushings and large-diameter anti-sway bars. Front and rear suspension knuckles contribute to a ride height that’s lowered .5-inch from the Chrysler 300C. The electronic Stability Control (ESC) has been SRT-tuned, resulting in the system sensing lateral acceleration that effectively primes the system in anticipation of the next brake application. You can, of course, shut the system down at the right time and place. The hydraulic power-assisted rack & pinion steering system comes with a performance-gear that gives you incredible feedback from your inputs, and even more feel for the road, but is less tight when navigating parking lots at slow speeds for backup maneuvers when parking.
Benchmark braking performance results from a four-wheel disc brake system featuring performance calipers developed by Brembo, each equipped with four pistons for even clamping. Up front are vented and slotted 14.2-inch rotors and 13.8in. vented and slotted rotors in the rear. The result is 60-0mph braking performance of approximately 110-feet. The SRT-exclusive braking system includes ABS, and Brake Assist to enhance your control on slick or wet pavement, plus brake-knockback mitigation software for even better track response.
The 300C SRT8 rides on large, 20X9in. Alcoa forged/polished, aluminum alloy wheels that have SRT and Alcoa forged, laser-cut on each wheel that is wrapped with 245/45ZR20in. Goodyear F1 Supercar tires for incredible grip and traction.
The Chrysler 300C SRT8 has it all-outside, inside and under the skin. This car is easy to drive and maneuver around slow city traffic, is a whole lot of fun to drive at high speed on the open road, and when cornering at speeds.
It still stands alone at the top of all full-size American sedans. Will any of the other two American manufactures come close in matching the Chrysler 300C SRT8’s interior excellence and world-class performance figures? If you are not sure but want one of these limited-edition sedans now, you have to get down to your nearest Chrysler dealer and order one before they are all spoken for.
Price: Base 300C SRT8 $44,865 As-Tested $49,125
Type: Large Sedan
Where Built: Canada
EPA Class: Large Cars
Length: 196.8 in.
Width: 74.1 in.
Height: 57.9 in.
Wheel Base: 120 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.6 in.
Curb Weight: 4178 lbs.
Gross Weight: 5300 lbs.
Front Head Room: 38.7 in.
Front Hip Room: 55.9 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 59.4 in.
Rear Head Room: 38 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 57.7 in.
Rear Hip Room: 55.9 in.
Front Leg Room: 41.8 in.
Rear Leg Room: 40.2 in.
Luggage Capacity: 15.6 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 5
Number of Cylinders: 8
Engine Size: 6.1 liters
Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 425 hp
Max Horsepower: 6000 rpm
Torque: 420 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4800 rpm
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 38.9 ft.
0-60mph: 5.3 seconds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Automatic: 13 mpg / 19 mpg / 15 mpg
Range in Miles:
Automatic: 247 mi. / 361 mi. / 285 mi.