2023 Chrysler 300C: A 485-hp salute to the history of Chrysler muscle

2023 Chrysler 300C Hemi
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Chrysler is giving a 485-hp sendoff to its brawny luxury sedan for its final year of production. The 2023 Chrysler 300C will feature a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine and a host of standard features but just three exterior color options: Gloss Black, Velvet Red, and Bright White. Chrysler will build only 2200 6.4-liter Hemi-powered 300C models for North America.

It’s the first time we’ve seen a 6.4-liter powered 300 since the SRT-8 trim was discontinued in 2014. All 2000 models destined for the United States and 200 models planned for Canada will feature red four-piston Brembo brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, active damping suspension, and an active exhaust system.

Inside, Chrysler’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment controls a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Black Laguna leather seats are embossed with the 300C logo and are accented by silver stitching while the dash and doors are accented by carbon-look trim.

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2023 Chrysler 300C Hemi
Stellantis | Chrysler

Born first in 1955, the Chrysler 300 was always about merging powerful engines with a sporty, luxurious style, scoring Hemi engines right from the get-go. The current 300 brought muscle back into Chrysler showrooms starting in 2005, also with Hemi power, peaking with the 2010–2014 300 SRT-8, whose 6.4-liter V-8 delivered 470 hp to the rear wheels. However, that version of the 6.4-liter Hemi was never paired with the updated 300 chassis and interior that came in 2015, along with the fantastic ZF eight-speed automatic, making the 2023 model a best-of-the-breed.

“We’re celebrating the Chrysler 300 and its iconic legacy in the automotive world,” said Chris Feuell, Chrysler brand chief executive officer. “The Chrysler 300 changed the automotive world in so many ways, and we will carry that spirit of ingenuity forward as we transform Chrysler with a fully electrified future and breakthrough customer experiences.”

2023 Chrysler 300C Hemi
Stellantis | Chrysler

While we’re not sure what kind of “electrified future” that entails, we’ll choose to focus on the present, and the goldilocks thunder couch we’ve always wanted from Chrysler. The 2023 300C promises 0-60 mph runs of just 4.3 seconds, and it will trip the quarter-mile beams with an elapsed time of 12.4 seconds, with one of the best V-8 soundtracks in the business. The fully-loaded 300C will have an MSRP of $55,000 and reservations are now open. If you choose to take home this last gasp for Chrysler’s long-lived four-door, product planners made it rather easy—just pick your color.

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