In its final year, the 2023 Chrysler 300C will be produced as a special edition using a 392 cubic inch Hemi V8—the same engine size and type as in the original 1957 300C. But you probably can’t buy one, if you haven’t already signed up to do so.
After revealing the new car, Chrysler put up a reservation page on its web site. It took 12 hours to gather 2,000 American buyers and 200 Canadian buyers, reserving every one of the 2,200 Chrysler 300Cs to be made for 2023. After that, Chrysler left the link up, but new signups only go onto a waiting list. Buyers had to put up a refundable deposit.
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chrysler social media channels have been providing pretty clear hints as to what was coming from 2023, but today, it is official – the 392-powered 300C is back and it is better than ever.
The main unique feature of the 300C is the 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) Hemi, which provides 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque through an eight-speed automatic and 3.09 gears. That makes this the fastest 300C ever, with 0 to 60 mph times of 4.3 seconds and quarter miles of 12.4 seconds (the original ran 0-60 in 8.3 seconds, nearly double the time). The top speed is 160 mph, and an active exhaust system alters the volume depending on the drive mode. All of these features, incidentally, have been available on Dodge Chargers, but not with the same level of interior luxury.
Bilstein adaptive dampers help with cornering; while Brembo 4-piston front calipers and 20×9 wheels are a good match for the engine’s ability to hit high speeds quickly.
One feature not shared with any 21st-century 300 series is the new 300C badge, inspired by the 1950s’ “letter cars” red-white-and-blue design. It’s on the grille and trunk lid. Paint colors are black, red, and white.
The list price is $55,000. The reservation page is here.