Was that the large sedan's hope at getting us to fall in love with it?
Sucks to point it out, but the modern American sleeper sedan is a thing of the past. The Chevy SS, already beheaded by sluggish sales and a cost-conscious General Motors, was more Australian than American and though FCA throws a 6.4-liter Hemi into the Charger, it dresses it with enough snobbish gimmickry that there’s no fooling anyone at the stoplight as to who’ll win the race. And then a rumor about Sergio Marchionne’s most yawn-including brand, the same one that builds the Pacifica, dropped.
Somewhere along the line word snuck past loose lips that the Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 was going to get stuffed under the hood of the Chrysler 300. That 2.4-liter supercharger may have needed an extra vent or two to breathe, but the 300 Hellcat would ideally with the exterior relatively unchanged to keep the sleeper aesthetic. Unfortunately, none of this is actually going to happen. Motor Authority got word from an FCA spokesperson that there will be no such migration of the massive powerplant. It’s not exactly a surprise. Even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is proof that FCA is comfortable sharing the SRT division’s high-po bounty with the rest of the family, Chrysler is a bargain competitor for Lincoln or Buick, not AMG.
There is, however, one other alternative. After seeing sales of the ancient Challenger spike after the Demon was unveiled, Chrysler could be stirring the pot in order to bolster sales of the 300 before it’s refreshed in 2019. If that’s the case, it would solidify the 300’s aesthetic as the modern sedan for the the unruly mob class with rear-wheel drive, acceleration to outrun the police, cheap class, and the ability to roll by at crawl speeds unnoticed. While it’s unlikely to happen, it’s the theory we’d most like to see become a reality for obvious reasons. A 707 horsepower 300 would also be the perfect way to celebrate this generation 300 before its replaced by a better-handling and less muscle car-like platform.