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2012 Chrysler 300 Mopar 12

Chrysler Moparization Continues with '12 300


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What's New

For $49,700, the 2012 Mopar 300 celebrates Mopar's 75th anniversary with a 363-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, flashy colors, inside and out, a sport-tuned suspension and brake system, and a revised final gear to quicken acceleration.

Who Its For

Clearly, this Mopar is aimed toward the NASCAR crowd, but even they can see through the disguise. The 2012 Mopar 300 is a performance leaning, domestic luxury, but not as good as the less flamboyant 300 SRT-8. That model has 470 horsepower to the Mopar's 363, and a better braking package. Without the fluff. And it costs close to $2000 less.

Key Features

  • To separate it from the run-of-the-mill Chrysler 300, the 2012 Mopar 300 adds several touches.
  • Performance: A 3.91 Final gear to aid acceleration into the sub 6-second range; a performance tuned suspension and sticky three-season Goodyear tires; and an improved sport brake system; and even cylinder deactivation while cruising to help fuel economy.
  • Exterior flash: Side stripes and badges; blacked out exterior trim; plus 20-inch wheels.
  • Interior improvements: a flashy Mopar shifter and Auto Stick transmission; a blackened interior with blue accent lighting; and 8.4-inch touchscreen.

What We Think

Complete overkill. Sure, there are only 500 of them, but who wouldn't rather have the much more powerful, attractive, and less expensive 300 SRT-8?

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