Chrysler’s revival is due in mid-to-late 2024 with a series of electric and possibly “electrified” (hybrid-electric) vehicles. In the meantime, buyers were promised one final hurrah in the form of a Chrysler 300 special edition, and it seems it will be a 300C just like the original 1957—in that it packs a 392 cubic inch Hemi V8, an option currently unavailable for the 300 in the United States (though it was optional a few years ago, and is still optional in Australia).
The latest teaser image has big Brembo calipers which Chrysler couples with Dodge cars powered by the 392, and the title of the image is a bit of a giveaway—“2023-chrysler-300c-BHP-prerv.”
Update: A new teaser has been posted to the Chrysler brand social media channels. In that post, it is stated that they are “bringing something exciting back to the Chrysler lineup next year”. The 392 Hemi, currently offered in the Challenger and Charger Scat Pack models, was previously offered in the SRT variant of the Chrysler 300, so we believe that is what they are bringing back.
The biggest and most powerful of the first-generation Hemi V8s was the 392. Making a last run for North America may be expensive because of crash, emissions, and economy tests (though perhaps emissions and economy can be paired with the Charger), but it would not be a real engineering problem.
The classic 1957 Chrysler 300C boasted a 392 Hemi V8 with 375 and 390 bhp forms. (Brake horsepower, bhp, is roughly 30-50 lower than today’s net horsepower, so the hotter 392 likely produced the equivalent of 350 hp by today’s standards.) It was the highest-power engine of any standard-production car in America.
The reveal will be on September 13, at 6 pm with a presentation by Chris Feuell, Chrysler’s chief executive.