If their ever were a breakthrough product for an auto manufacturer, the 2005 Chrysler 300 has broken records and barriers. For the first time in fifteen years, Chrysler revisits the rear-wheel drive powertrain for a full size sedan. The 300 has been heralded as “the rejuvenation of the great American full-size sedan”, according to MOTOR TREND Magazine.
The 300 is available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive. Real-wheel-drive powertrain options hosts a 2.7 liter V6 engine with a four speed automatic transmission. The 300 Touring and 300 Limited trim lines both have a 3.5 liter High Output V-6 with four-speed transmission. The 300C has a 5.7 liter HEMI V8 engine with a five speed automatic transmission with AutoStick®.
All-wheel-drive powertrain options for the 300 Touring and 300 Limited are a 3.5 liter High Output V6 with 5 speed automatic transmission with Autostick.
340 horses under the hood and 390 lb-ft of torque gives the 300 an enormous dissemination of power in a full size sedan.
Innovative features include ESP and MDS:
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) - designed to assist drivers in maintaining control of their vehicles during extreme steering maneuvers.
The sedan has Multi- Displacement technology (MDS) that allows the engine to operate on four cylinders when power demands are marginal for up to 20 percent better fuel economy. MDS is so seamless that one would never know if the engine is running on four or all eight cylinders. The allocation is an almost even 50/50 front to rear weight distribution.
The 300 marks a paradigm shift for full size sedans. A modestly priced car equipped to compete with luxury vehicles in its class. The contemporary interior and exterior design resembles the likings of a Bentley.
The Chrysler has won several awards including the On Wheels, INC. Urban Wheel Award for car of the year and the most coveted 2005 MOTOR TREND Car of the Year.
Impressive fuel economy of 17 city/25 mpg. MSRP Starts at 23,595. Take a virtual tour of the 300 at CHRYSLER.COM/300.
review by blackwax.3.05.05