Only 2,000 300Cs will be made, and then it will be culled.
Earlier this month, Chrysler introduced a slightly facelifted 300 and promised that it would soon unveil a special edition farewell model. Looking at Stellantis' series of run-out ICE models, we guessed the SRT8 would make a quick one-year return before being retired forever. We essentially got everything right, apart from the name.
The special edition is called the 300C to commemorate the nearly 70-year existence of the 300 model. Only 2,000 will be made, and Chrysler confirmed that 300 production will end following the 2023 model year.
"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."
Chrysler stopped SRT8 production due to "production constraints," but we all know the real reason why. It's an ancient design, carried over from the days when Chrysler was still part of the Daimler group. The second-generation model, introduced in 2011, was still based on the third-generation E-Class platform, but it was updated with suspension components from the fourth-generation S-Class. Mercedes-Benz is currently on the fifth-generation E-Class, which is due to be replaced in 2024.
So the 300 dates back even further than its 2011 introduction, and you could feel it while driving the thing. It felt a generation behind everything else, and you could get a better muscle car for much cheaper from either Ford or Dodge.
That's why the 300C needs to be special, and Chrysler ensured that it is by equipping it with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 producing 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. It is the same engine Dodge is using for its last call models.
The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic, which sends the power to the rear wheels only. Chrysler claims a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a 12.4-second quarter-mile time. The claimed top speed is 160 mph.
In addition to the engine, Chrysler includes several other performance goodies. It can brake harder thanks to red four-piston Brembo brakes, and the active damping system should make it semi-decent when tackling a series of corners. Or you can use the 3.09 limited-slip differential and go around a corner in an exuberant and sideways fashion.
Finally, it's equipped with an active exhaust system complete with black rounded exhaust tips.
The interior boasts black Laguna leather front seats embossed with the new 300C logo. The silver stitching contrasts beautifully with the black interior. This silvers stitching can also be found on the doors and leather inserts on the instrument panel. The interior bezels are finished in Piano Black and carbon fiber.
Standard luxuries include the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with all the modern connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a heated steering wheel, and heated/ventilated front seats. It will play your favorite '90s rap tunes through a premium 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
Standard safety features include the usual list of acronyms, advanced brake assist, lane departure warning, and full-speed collision warning.
As a special edition run-out model, Chrysler obviously wanted the 300C to stand out. It comes standard with 20-by-9-inch forged wheels, black chrome accents on the grille and lower fascia, and black headlight and taillight bezels. The best design feature is the all-new tri-color 300C badges on the grille and rear decklid.
The 300C is only available in three colors, all of which work beautifully with the exterior accents. The color options are Gloss Black, Velvet Red, and Bright White.
Ordering a 300C is remarkably simple. The recommended MSRP is $55,000, and you can't add a single thing to it. You simply have to select one of the three colors, choose a dealer and pay a deposit. According to the online configurator, the estimated delivery time is spring 2023.