Drivers can interface with the system either by using the touch-screen or voice commands. There's enough thrust here to challenge a Porsche Cayman S across an intersection with a 0—60 time of 4. But frequently the maps were slow to update, leaving big blank areas on the screen. To put that figure into perspective, its more ponies than such high-horse heavy hitters as the latest and. The new instrument panel's 8. And now we have the.
Throttle response is immediate and torque is abundant. The 300S includes this transmission along with a quicker-shifting Sport mode and steering-wheel shift paddles. Competitors include the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus. Nappa leather covers the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest. The engine churns out massive power, and Chrysler includes a built-in performance computer to measure 0-to-60 mph and quarter-mile runs.
The eight-speed has a short, wide electronic knob that you rock forward and back. A platinum-chrome mesh grille helps distinguish the car from the rest of the 300 lineup. Deeply bolstered, high-back sport seats return for duty and are comfortable, although they would benefit from adjustable bolsters to help accommodate narrower bodies. The 2012 model year also sees the addition of the 300S trim, which is offered with V-6 or V-8 power. Specific fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction. Engine Under the hood, Chrysler has placed a 6. The 2012 Chrysler 300S V6 with rear-wheel drive impressed us with its responsive new transmission, high mileage and luxury appeal.
Regardless, and though not all engines have been measured with the same methods of certification, enthusiasts of the four-wheeled kind have well over a century of automobiles and their attendant horsepower ratings with which to occupy themselves. The color theme is black, including the ceiling headliner. A page of performance timers allow the driver or willing passengers to measure the same tests we do, like 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration and 60-0 mph braking. In place of wood and other more conventional materials, there are piano black surfaces and patterned metallic-looking trim. It's fine in Drive, but use the new trigger-like steering-wheel-mounted paddles and these gearchanges are quick, but harsh. It starts at the seats, which are firm and well-bolstered.
Limited and S trim levels have gotten only the eight-speed since the 2012 model year began, so their base prices are as reported throughout Cars. And, with so much power on tap, any driver who's capable of stomping with his or her right foot can easily invoke power-induced oversteer. We agreed on a price and made an appointment to drive 4 hours down. They clamp vented and slotted discs that measure 14. The stereo and phone system, are all very competitive in the current car technology space.
Even moreso, we wish the six-speed manual from the nascent were available as an option. While this audio system would have torn apart the previous generation's overly plastic interior, this car, with its soft-touch rubber and leather trim, is a comfortable space to enjoy the music of the V-8 or the sound system. The rear fascia contains a darkened lower section punctuated by a pair of four-inch chrome exhaust tips. I was told the car was in no accidents and was in great condition. The Hemi's Fuel Saver variable displacement system returns for 2012, delivering a claimed 25-percent increase in fuel economy when cruising along in four-cylinder mode. Fast-forward to 1955, when newly introduced small-block V8 made an impressive 162 hp, and then to the release in 1964 of the and its 348-horsepower Tri-Power engine. The numbers read a balanced 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission.
The differential is a real torque-sensing multi-plate limited-slip unit but an electronic system is in place to drag the brakes, reducing excess wheelspin. Standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters join the standard Auto Stick on the floor console. We'd love the 392 Hemi to post better fuel mileage figures — the fact that it can shut down half its cylinders under part-throttle conditions surely helps — and we certainly wish Chrysler's eight-speed automatic gearbox was capable of handling 470 pound-feet of torque. The design of the cabin tech interface is also very good, but it takes a hit for the jarring look of the Garmin software. Chrysler affixes paddle shifters to the steering wheel, complementing the manual gear-selection ability of the console shifter.
New contoured palm rests and paddle shift controls located on both sides of the wheel ensure a comfortable steering experience. The 300 is subtle in its aggression, like a tiger that looks cuddly. Is it worth the extra coin? I would not recommend this dealership to anyone. A conventional sunroof, for example, is offered instead of a panoramic one, and certain features such as rain-sensing wipers are offered à la carte. In 1956, the Chrysler 300B model won both events again. If you want to take the quickest route around the racetrack, hop in the — it's more nimble, accelerates with more ferocity and suctions itself to the asphalt like glue. And the integration could be better.
Lurking behind its blacked-out grille is a 6. Uconnect Voice Command, Uconnect Touch, steering-wheel controls and familiar center-stack controls all work in synergy to make the experience intuitive and simple for the driver. Nor is the upper back portion as comfortable as we had hoped. The standard Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application. The revised interior of the Chrysler 300 was four years in the making. Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, Bobby Carradine, and Jim Garner were among the studio talent who were regulars. Buyers who crave a bit more can add the available Premium Leather Interior Package with exclusive Poltrona Foligno enhancements.