Chrysler is once again building a performance car

Chrysler is once again building a performance car

Since the launch of the Pacifica minivan in 2016, Chrysler has been in a lull of new products. That will officially change on September 13, as an “extremely limited production” vehicle is expected to arrive just in time for the Detroit Auto Show. Thanks to a few clever sleuths online, it’s all but confirmed that said vehicle will be a high-performance variant of the ubiquitous Chrysler 300.

the excellent @TamerlaneBlog was the first to go public with Chrysler’s plans, posting screenshots to Twitter from a teaser email sent by the automaker earlier this week. The post itself notes that the automaker is gearing up to release its most luxurious and powerful special edition models yet. This wording suggests that this is indeed not a new vehicle, but rather a send-off for one of the automaker’s aging products. Despite the continuous shouts of enthusiasm for a Pacifica Hellcat, it is much more likely that such a project is related to the Chrysler 300. This is practically confirmed by the filename of the teaser image, which lists the model in question like a 2023 Chrysler 300C. on the automaker’s website. This sedan shares its underpinnings with the Dodge Charger, which itself is no stranger to special-edition models. The image attached to the post itself doesn’t provide many clues beyond that, although it does feature a sporty looking Chrysler wheel sitting in front of a red painted Brembo brake caliper. That caliper isn’t the same one currently found on the Charger Hellcat product line, though, which all but confirms that this car won’t feature the fan-favorite 6.2-liter supercharged V-8. The caliper looks more like something you would find on the “humble” Scat Pack model.

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Speaking of the Charger, Stellantis spokesman Scott Brown confirmed that this special-edition model will fall in the same vein as the current Last Call special-edition vehicles that Dodge is currently rolling out. These machines were all inspired by Dodge’s muscle car history, which a Chrysler product could easily reflect. Not that Chrysler needs to look to the ’70s for inspiration, as a high-performance variant of the current Chrysler 300 once existed. The Chrysler 300 SRT8 debuted in 2005 and aimed squarely at outperforming GM’s new Cadillac CTS-V. The muscle sedan would remain one of America’s great performance bargains until 2014, when it was finally discontinued. At that time, the SRT8 was powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, which delivered 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A familiar 6.4-liter Hemi powers every Last Call special-edition model Dodge has released so far. Combined with the brake caliper image, it’s not a huge leap to expect this upgraded 300 to adopt the Apache V-8 engine again.

Chrysler has found itself after quite a few jokes in recent years, but the automaker is clearly not ready to throw in the towel. We know the automaker has some big EV-related plans, which should finally see new Chrysler-badged vehicles. However, before that happens, we certainly won’t be upset to have another muscled 300. Customers will be able to reserve one of these machines after the debut, although production numbers have not been teased at this stage. Dodge built around 1,000 of each of the Last Call models, which is a number we wouldn’t be surprised to see here either. Either way, you’ll have to act fast if you want a piece of gas-powered Chrysler history.

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