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Exactly a year since the Group introduced the 425-horsepower kW) Chrysler 300C SRT8 for and other markets outside of America at the 2005 Geneva the Chrysler Group has confirmed the versatile 300C Touring will also be available as a SRT model.

Like the sedan, the new rear-wheel drive version of the popular Chrysler 300C arrives in international showrooms in the half of 2006 and will be in both left- and right-hand

‘The HEMI® is a critical to the success of the Chrysler 300C,’ Dan Knott, Director – Street and Technology (SRT), Chrysler ‘With the two new Chrysler 300C models, we are now adding even horsepower to the HEMI® and even performance to this charismatic The Chrysler 300C SRT8 will be as sensational a drive as the and the preliminary performance target is km/h in the low five-sec. range. Top will be electronically limited to 270 (168 mph).

‘With the 300C SRT8 Touring, delivering the ultimate performance said Thomas Hausch, Director, International Sales and ‘With its world-class handling, braking, functional exterior race-inspired interior appointments, cabin and load space and a 425 horsepower (317 kW), sure this new model capture driving enthusiasts in and other international markets it goes on sale later year.’

Hausch concluded, 300C family provides a proposition to European buyers by expressive Chrysler design in SRT8 form, immense – coupled wîth exceptional volumes, thoughtful features our unique access rear on the wagon, premium appointments and technology.’


The 317 kW (425 normally aspirated 6.1-litre engine is the highest specific-output ever offered by the Chrysler Its 52.05 kW-per-litre rating even that of the legendary `Street HEMI.’ Torque is at 569 N•m (420 lb.-ft.) at 4800

Although the Chrysler HEMI® was in the 1950s and entered into in the 1960s and ’70s, today’s took much of its inspiration the original – particularly the namesake combustion chambers that power and efficiency. When Group’s Street and Racing (SRT) set out to develop a more HEMI® for the Chrysler 300C they were mindful of the heritage, which led to adopting HEMI® engine cues as an orange painted cylinder and black valve covers.

The SRT engineers who developed the Chrysler SRT8 Touring’s engine more horsepower by adding capacity, increasing the compression redesigning the cylinder head and exhaust systems for increased and increasing engine speed. To get displacement, SRT engineers bored out the of the cylinders in the Chrysler 300C HEMI® by 3.5 mm each, to increase the displacement to 6.1-litres from Compression ratio was also to 10.3:1 from 9.6:1, more energy in the combustion

Engine breathing was increased new high-flow cylinder heads, a designed intake manifold, and `headers’ wîth individual encased in a stainless steel all unique to the new SRT8’s 6.1-litre engine. Larger diameter and reshaped cylinder ports in the allow for maximized air flow. The manifold was designed wîth diameter runners for higher-speed Exhaust is routed through a 70 mm (2.75 in.) exhaust (up by 10 percent) wîth 90 mm (3.5 chrome tail pipes.

Performance-oriented camshaft profiles developed to balance total requirements, simultaneously allowing air in and out of cylinders. This increases and manages a higher engine which is another method to horsepower. SRT engineers increased the peak engine speed to rpm from 5400 rpm. and exhaust valve stems are and the exhaust valve stems are wîth sodium to help heat more efficiently.

The 6.1-litre HEMI® is further wîth a host of redesigned including a reinforced engine wîth increased coolant forged steel crankshaft, powdered-metal connecting rods, pistons (cooled by oil squirters), and a modified to ensure reduced oil

In the 300C SRT8 Touring, the HEMI®’s power is channeled an W5A580 five-speed automatic wîth specially calibrated driver-selectable range control, offers fully automatic or manual gear shifting. A four-flange prop shaft the torque from the transmission to an rear differential and axle.

and Handling

The Chrysler 300C Touring’s suspension and chassis are for outstanding ride and handling the broadest dynamic range customers are likely to experience. setup for the Chrysler 300C Touring is aimed at all-round wîth a number of enhancements, tuned Bilstein dampers, tailored spring rates and bushings and larger-diameter anti-roll New front and rear suspension contribute to a ride height 13 mm (0.5 in.) compared to the model. And, the Electronic Programme (ESP) has been tuned for the SRT8’s performance characteristics.

The Chrysler 300C Touring connects wîth the via a new wheel and tyre assembly of 20-inch aluminium SRT performance Braking performance goes wîth the new Chrysler 300C Touring’s outstanding accelerating and — and the braking system was specially to slow and stop the car safely, and wîth maximum stability. At the time, this system was to provide benchmark braking setting a new standard for wagons in its

Within each of the large 20-inch wheels are high brake calipers developed by — well known in racing and circles — equipped wîth pistons for unrivalled stopping Úp front, the Chrysler 300C Touring has 360 mm x 32 mm ventilated discs, 350 mm x 28 mm ventilated discs at the rear.

and Amenities

Befitting its high-performance the new Chrysler 300C SRT8 exterior styling is a sophisticated that resonates wîth the brand’s premium character.

front and rear fascias direct air flow, particularly unique ducts that cool the brakes. In addition, a designed rear deck while refined in appearance, is functional — increasing rear by 39 percent without increasing

Other unique touches to the 300C SRT8 Touring’s include body-colour front and bumper inserts, body-colour insert wîth chrome body colour mirrors and handles, and unique SRT badging.

Two colours are available: Bright and Brilliant Black. The interior is in a Light Graystone/Dark Slate

Standard interior features of the 300C SRT8 Touring front seats equipped heat and memory functions, wîth performance suede that secure occupants spirited driving. Other include an adjustable pedal `technical’ leather trim on the wheel, shifter and door and special finishing on interior such as on the centre stack. instrumentation includes a 290 km/h mph) speedometer, tachometer and gauges.

Versatility and Capacity Extended Cargo Bay

The Chrysler SRT8 Touring wagon all the major attributes of its sedan but adds the customer benefit of a load area which can be to 1,602 litres wîth seats folded, plus access through the unique liftgate.

The body of the Chrysler SRT8 Touring shares the structure of the sedan, but has unique side panels, roof and liftgate. The steel liftgate is like an inverted ‘L,’ and the are set back over the load so that the liftgate rises vertically and does not require the to step back from the This unique liftgate also allows for enhanced to the rear cargo area. The fitted wîth a two-speed and wash system for additional convenience, can be unlocked using the on the key fob and opened by the centrally mounted handle.

Both the front and seats of the Chrysler 300C Touring are as spacious and comfortable as of the Sedan — wîth near head, leg and shoulder room — but the area is 25 percent larger in the sedan when the rear are up. Within its competitive set, 300C SRT8 Touring exceptional minimum and maximum volume — more than A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series Touring and 9-5 Estate.

The load area a removable, rollaway tonneau large storage bins in side panel, four tie-down loops and a 12-volt outlet. The load floor has a tri-fold panel that just 7.25 kg (16 lbs.) and can be or fully folded, or completely When used, small can be stored below this panel. When removed, the available load height is by 102 mm (4.0 in.). An optional system is available, which below the tri-fold panel. It a aterproof liner and folding wîth cargo retaining

Additional cargo can be carried on the roof bars that wîth two cross bars. ar load capacity is 68 kg (150

Source — DaimlerChrysler AG

In Chrysler introduced the C300. The stood for coupe and the 300 was the horsepower of the original Hemi engine with. two four barrel solid lifters, special and enlarged dual exhausts. vehicle gave the Chrysler a performance and sporty image, a needed persona in this World War II era. Many manufacturers, such as Jaguar and MG, had high powered, small, sports cars. American countered with the Chevrolet and the Ford Thunderbird. The Chrysler 300 was a car with a contemporary ‘Forward designed by ex-Studebaker stylist Exner. The design was void of the chrome sides which was during this era. It was but aggressive gentleman’s car.

The 300 was outfitted with a hemispherical combustion chamber 5.4 litre V-8 produced 300 horsepower and matted to a modified two-speed ‘PowerFlite’ gearbox. The body came the New Yorker; rear quarter were compliments of the Windsor. The two grille came from the An improved suspension was implemented to sporty and responsive handling. The price was $4,055.

Sales of the C300 were by its success on the stock car circuit. The dominated the sands of Daytona Florida where it won the stock class and took home the Tom trophy. From 1955 1957 it was the fastest American

In 1959, a 300D driven at Bonneville Salt Flats by Thatcher set a new Class E speed of 156.387 mph. During the year, Brewster Shaw a quarter-mile time of 16 seconds a trap speed of 94 mph at Daytona Florida.

For 1956, Chrysler the displacement of its Hemi engine to 5.8 and changed the name to 300B. 355 horsepower, the V8 engine had one horsepower per inch, an achievement that few manufacturers were able to

The letters continued to climb the annually until the 300L of (the letter I was skipped). became known as the ‘letter In 1959, the 392 hemi was replaced the 413 cubic-inch Golden Lion design engine. In 1962, the 300 series became available side the 300H. The 300, a letter designation was continued 1971. In 1970, the 300 Hurst was built by Chrysler and modified by the Company. The modifications included paint, special striping, on the deck lid, and wheels. The 300 was again revived in 1979 as the 300 Edition, but endured a short span. It was based on the Cordoba and available only in white red leather interior.

Even eleven years of production, than 17,000 were The bodystyle’s available were a two door hardtop or convertible. The was not available during 1955, and 1963.

In the early 2000’s, revived the model name the 300M. For most 300 enthusiasts, it is a attempt, but far from the original The original 300’s, as argued by MOPAR enthusiast, is considered to be the muscle cars. Although were fast, they also large and luxurious, that muscle cars did not process. The 300 did get American moving on the track to the horsepower and performance and looked good while it.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2009

In the wave of retro design is still shaping American first washed over American companies, with stale product offerings, looking towards their pasts to inspire new models the design and flair of long-gone It was in 2005 that Chrysler a modern iteration of the famed

The 300 name had actually been by Chrysler several years the 2005 300’s introduction as a car the 300M, but that model was even when brand new and evoke nostalgic memories in the way its replacement would. The 2005 300 was a departure from the Chrysler immediately preceding it. The sleek, low ‘cab-forward’ design language of the and others was replaced by the new 300’s and blocky look. The 2005 300 was not merely an updated version of a classic, but rather a revival of attitude during the company’s exciting times.

The new 300 went back to a rear drive platform and reintroduced the proportions of America’s former sedans. Available V8 power out the package and a large, upright grille stood proud in American fashion. The 2005 300 was met with great fanfare and press. For as exciting a car as the ’05 300 though, it could barely the style and spirit of the car that it. The original 300 was one of the most thrilling ever released. It was a car whose design and performance will be forever and whose legend continue to be respected by Chrysler owners and admirers, as well as by the new car that shares its name.

without interruption from through 1971, the Chrysler 300 in its form was one of the very first cars. Though production into the early 1970’s, the (and best-loved) 300s the ‘letter series’ cars of All 300s were part of letter series until when both letter and variants were offered 1965. Models made 1966 on were not part of the series. Each Chrysler in the series used the 300 designation by a single letter. That ascended alphabetically once year, making it up to ‘L.’ the first of the series was not called the but the C-300. In that one instance, the ‘C’ simply stood for Revisions on the C-300 theme the 300B for 1956, then for 1957, 300D for 1958, and so on. The other snag in the letter system was the use of the letter ‘J’ for the 300, instead of the ‘I’ for the car was due. Chrysler likely the ‘J’ nomenclature to prevent between the letter ‘I’ and the numeral I.

The letter series 300 potent performance and a fresh to Chrysler, whose other had grown stale. In that the original 300 arrived for the same as 2005’s remake. The name was for bragging rights. Chrysler, its aptly named C-300, had the first American manufacturer to 300hp in a production car. power led the 1955 Chrysler to the fastest production car in the world, 127.58mph at Daytona Beach. The engine was a 331ci Chrysler V8 hemispherical combustion chambers and two carburetors. The aforementioned 300hp was at 5,200rpm.

There was much to the C-300 than formidable The car was large, luxurious, and packed comfortable features. At 220 inches in the C-300 was huge for a two-door. A of 4,300lbs gave it the bulk of a limousine. Its two speed automatic required no effort on the driver’s The car was rolling evidence that and luxury were not mutually traits. The C-300 was the fastest car on the and it may very well have the most comfortable.

A superb of performance and comfort alone have made the Chrysler a classic. But the car’s quality stop there. Designed by the and innovative Virgil Exner, the was a triple threat of sumptuous speed and, and style.

Before moving to Chrysler, had worked for GM under the guidance of Earl and for Raymond Loewy’s own firm. His experience led him to be a daring but the 1955 C-300 was a subdued It was handsome and understated, free of the detailing the plagued so many of its With its regal proportions and stance, the C-300 separated from lowlier cars used glitz and glam as only stylistic values. A egg crate grille, in chrome, the frontal aspect of the C-300 and had a minimal chrome bumper beneath it. The subtle fins up just aft of the doors and beneath the At the rear, the vestigial fins into vertical taillights. a base price above buyers paid dearly for a congregation of elegant design, and rapidity.

Even more was made available for the 1956 A 354ci V8, at first making was available with 355hp by the of its run—making it the first American to produce 1 horsepower per cubic Three transmissions were PowerFlite and TorqueFlite two-speed and a three-speed manual.

Performance in the 1956 300B were by the availability of an even more interior. Air conditioning was offered as as a clock in the steering wheel for the punctual. And, of course, if the wasn’t distracting enough, a player could also be

The styling of the 300B featured a rear treatment, but the car was largely the as 1955’s C-300. For the 1957 though, Exner thoroughly the 300’s shape. The new design was brash but still tasteful and It featured more pronounced and a quad headlight face a large, one-piece egg crate From the side, the 300C particularly good. Its long and low were readily revealed that angle. Also noticeable from the side, the had a forward tilt to its front end was mirrored by a rearward tilt to its The balanced look was an Exner that worked wonderfully on the A convertible version was offered absence of a roofline emphasized the side profile of the 300C’s A top speed of 150mph could be by the 300C.

For 1958, a 300D was It looked very similar to the but big improvements were still Fuel injection became an option and power brakes standard. With 380hp, the could be propelled to 156mph. The of 1959 offered similar but with a very different The hemi-head V8 was replaced by a 413ci V8.

The 300F brought major changes for 1960. While companies toned down use of fins for the 1960’s, Chrysler its 300F a wild, one-year-only treatment with razor fins. Ralph Nader, in his Unsafe at and Speed that famously criticized the Chevrolet poor handling, called the fins ‘potentially lethal.’ writer Quentin Willson good reason for Nader’s in his own work titled The Ultimate Car Book, pointing to a 1963 accident in which an unfortunate became impaled by one of the fins of a

With a front end that slightly awkward compared to the of its predecessors and a heavily criticized spare tire cover into the rear deck the 300F’s overall look the thoroughly clean appearance of models. But from the side at the 300F still looked and performance and comfort were as as ever. Up to 400hp could be had the 413ci engine. A beautifully interior continued a tradition of motoring. The interior was so inviting the seats literally offered to driver and front passenger, swiveling to allow easy whenever a door was opened.

The 300G was brought out for 1961 and was the finned 300. The front end four headlights, but they now stacked two per side in tilted Standard power windows and control further enhanced an excellent list of convenience and performance options remained to those of the 300F. The 300H the following year was similar in respects to the 300G, but had a fresh design with a smooth, deck where once fins. Production of the 300H was low even for the exclusive letter but sales were bolstered by the of a more affordable non-letter variant, named simply the

For 1963, the letter ‘I’ was and the 300J was introduced alongside a standard 300. The 1963 were plainer, with styling that belied still capable performance. The 300K and 1965 300L the last two models of the letter By 1965, the plain styling of the and the narrow performance gap between it and the 300 had created an uninspired package. 1965, the letter series was

The garden variety 300 soldiered on 1971, losing sales and as it went along. Chrysler have picked a better to pull the plug on the aging as allowing it to last any longer have exposed it to stringent regulations that instantly have robbed the car of the only it really had left—power. Even the last 300 had a 440ci V8 that had a output compared to any American of the mid-1970’s.

History has ignored any of the largely average 300 produced 1966-1971, focusing on the raw power and personality of the early letter Few American cars before or have been able to so much speed and luxury in a shell of aesthetic excellence. 1955 through 1959, the were the uncompromised rulers of the automotive kingdom—even the 1960-1965 were superbly executed. the successful 2005 Chrysler the early letter series have shown that history is worth repeating.



Willson, The Ultimate Classic Car Book. New York: Dorling Kindersley, Print.

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