Chrysler 300 History
historical data of the modern Chrysler 300, manufactured
by Daimler Chrysler, was retrieved from many
only a brief overview of certain important events in the
history of the Chrysler 300. The modern Chrysler 300 was
initially shown at the New York Auto show in 2003 as a concept
car and started production in 2004 as a 2005 year model.
In February of 2005 Chrysler gave the world the first
SRT-8 model of the Chrysler 300 which sported a 6.1L Hemi.
In the year 2006 Chrysler launched the Heritage Edition
for the 300C with a 5.7L and extra chrome accessories; it
was the first Chrysler to tout Smart-Beam headlights.
An Extended Wheelbase version of the Chrysler 300 became
available for the first time in 2006 as well. More
Chrysler 300 Info.
More Chrysler 300 History
The following historical data of the Chrysler 300, manufactured by Chrysler, were retrieved from many sources.
The Chrysler 300 is a full-size sport/luxury type sedan that was first shown at the 2003 New York Auto Show as a concept car. Sales in the U.S. began in the spring of 2004 as an early 2005 model year car. Designed by Ralph Gilles, the new 300 was built as a high performance, sporty sedan. The Chrysler 300 is also marketed in Australia, as the first full-size Chrysler vehicle sold there since the Valiant was discontinued in 1981.
The Chrysler 300 is based on the rear-wheel drive Chrysler LX platform which features components derived from the W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class of 1996 to 2002. Shared components include the rear suspension design, front seat frames, wiring harnesses, steering column, the 5-speed automatic transmission’s design, and a derivative of the 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The Chrysler 300 also features a double wishbone front suspension that is derived from the W220 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The basic 300 comes with standard 17-inch wheels, wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes, single disc mp3 player, auxiliary input jack, power driver seat and a 4-speed automatic transmission. It uses a 2.7L EER V6 engine. In Canada, it comes standard with the Touring model’s 3.5L V6 engine. The vehicle comes with standard rear wheel drive and available four wheel drive. The basic 300 was renamed to LX for 2008.
The Touring model uses a 3.5L V6 engine. It also has a 4-speed automatic transmission, and comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, AM/FM radio with CD player and auxiliary audio jack, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), remote keyless entry, leather trimmed seats, and SIRIUS satellite radio.
The Limited model uses the Touring model’s 3.5L V6 engine that is mated to a high performance 5-speed Mercedes W5A580 automatic transmission with Autostick. Additional features include 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and Chrysler’s Dual-Zone Climate Control.
The top-line 300C model uses a 5.7L Hemi V8. Using the Multi-displacement System (MDS), this engine can run on four cylinders when less power is needed in order to reduce total fuel consumption. When all 8 cylinders are needed, the 300C can make 340 hp and 390 ft-lb torque. It uses a 5-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with 18-inch chrome-clad alloy wheels, Chrysler’s MyGIG Infotainment System in 2008 and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Backseat Television in 2008.
The Heritage Edition of the 300C features the 5.7L Hemi engine along with many of the SRT-8’s exterior modifications, added chrome accents, special badging, and special tires on 20-inch wheels. It is the first Chrysler vehicle with SmartBeam headlights. It also includes SRT front seats with the Heritage 300C symbols into their headrests. The Heritage Edition debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006.
Chrysler introduced the SRT-8 version of the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegnace in 2004. It includes a new 6.1L Hemi V8 engine. Preliminary performance targets for the 300C SRT-8 are 0-60 mph in the low 5-second range and quarter-mile time in the high 13-second range. However, it has been proven many times by owners that stock versions of the SRT-8’s have performance figures that: 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a quarter-mile time of less than 13 seconds. It went on sale in February 2005. Additional features include leather SRT-8 performance-embossed seats and 20-inch forged, polished aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, and a rear lip spoiler.
Chrysler plans to launch a redesigned version of the Chrysler 300 in the near future.