Alonso's Consolation Prize: a Chrysler 300


What do you get for coming second in the F1 championship? A rebadged Chrysler.

Few people get to drive the kinds of cars Fernando Alonso does. The two-time Formula One world champion pilots a Ferrari F1 car for his day job, but since signing on with the Scuderia, he's been given a virtually endless array of road cars to drive in between races. Among those cars he's been gifted from the Fiat Group that signs his paychecks have been an Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari, a Ferrari FF, a specially-equipped Ferrari 458 Italia and a Maserati GranTurismo convertible. And now he can add one more to his growing motorpool: the Chrysler 300.

Well, almost. The car that he was handed at the Finali Mondiali in Valencia, Spain, this past weekend wasn't badged as a Chrysler, but that's what it is inside. Overseas, you see, the 300 is marketed as a Lancia Thema through Chrysler's partnership with the Fiat group. Alonso's example came in Executive trim with a 3.0-liter MultiJet V6 with 239 horsepower and two-tone leather interior by Poltrona Frau. As could be expected, it came packed with all the bells and whistles. We can't help but wonder what he would have gotten had he won the world championship this year instead of narrowly losing it to Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing.

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