It kept the Mercedes five-speed automatic and added paddle shifters for manual control, along with a sport mode. There's enough thrust here to challenge a Porsche Cayman S across an intersection with a 0—60 time of 4. Nappa leather was used for the door bolster, armrest and center console armrest. The base V-6 versions of the Chrysler 300 have in the past failed to live up to this sedan's brash, assertive image, but for 2012 that's not at all the case. The 300 doesn't drive or feel small at all, but it has a big-car charm without the usual body roll and mushy, pitchy body motions.
It now can read aloud incoming text messages and lets the driver choose a response. A platinum-chrome mesh grille helps distinguish the car from the rest of the 300 lineup. It's a swaggering hulk of a sedan, and the redesign it received last model year made the Chrysler 300 a more appealing luxury machine in almost every sense. The most satisfying Chrysler sedan you can buy, the 300 returns for the 2012 model year with better performance at the entry level and the top end, and with more tech and luxury features. . It starts at the seats, which are firm and well-bolstered. The 2012 Chrysler 300 has rear-wheel drive and a roofline that favors design over utility--so it's no big surprise that compared to other sedans of this size, the 300 isn't quite as roomy in back as other large front-drivers like the Toyota Avalon or even Volkswagen Passat.
It offers a choice between Auto and Sport modes, with the latter giving the driver full control of shifting duties. Launch Control then held the engine at 1,825 rpm and, when the driver released the brake, worked for minimal, controlled wheelslip up to 62 mph 100 kph. Performance Pages show a passel of the car's performance data on both the navigation screen and gauge cluster. Some sporty 300S models, as well as all lux-trim 300C models can be fitted with a 5. Introduced as a concept at the 2003 New York Auto Show, the first production Chrysler 300 rolled into showrooms shortly thereafter as 2005 models. It works well with the real carbon-fiber trim.
Last year, Chrysler introduced a new 292-horsepower version of the company's smooth Pentastar 3. And you might see even better real-world numbers with the V-8 if you can keep your right foot light, thanks to cylinder deactivation. The Uconnect Touch system has also been upgraded. An optional Harman-Kardon audio system is expensive, but worth the investment; it's clear and bright with a powerful low end that will stir your soul, or those of drivers a lane over. Using variables that include vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, throttle position, and lateral force, the suspension automatically adjusts to road conditions and driving style. In V-6 models, there's only a semi-pronounced, midrange thrum emanating from the V-6 engine, blunted by thicker glass but still noticeable.
The 2012 model year also sees the addition of the 300S trim, which is offered with V-6 or V-8 power. The development team has truly built a brute wearing a silk-lined suit. The panoramic moon roof is fabulous and garners compliments constantly. The heads are cast with fine core sand that results in a surface finish that negates the need for port polishing. The cockpit doesn't look so plain anymore, with its timepiece-faced gauges. The cars feature polished 20-inch aluminum wheels with black pockets, quicker steering with a weightier feel, a black chrome grille and darkened headlight bezels.
During gentle acceleration, it ratchets quickly up the gears, not wasting revs, while a quick prod of the right foot prompts a quick downshift and a rush of power. The optional Radar Red Nappa leather is a bit on the loud side, but dark and classy enough not to be garish. Apparently, it's the first 32-volt production system, meaning it's more efficient so as not to produce sound-distorting heat in the 18 speakers and subwoofer. New motor mounts smoothed the car at idle, while an active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing added maximum low-end torque without losing high-end power. But there is no limit to perfection! The team started by refining the engine,. A platinum-chrome mesh grille helps distinguish the car from the rest of the 300 lineup. The Looks Backing up the underhood muscle are the new front and rear fascias, side skirts, dual four-inch! Skip to details on the: New for 2012 An eight-speed automatic is newly available for V-6 models, and the transmission helps the 300 get up to 31 mpg on the highway.
Downshifts, in particular, upset the chassis and must be done in a straight line. Along with, highway fuel economy is also projected to increase—this by an estimated 25 percent. The 300 is subtle in its aggression, like a tiger that looks cuddly. Dual 4-inch exhaust tips finish the rear. And based on our experience with this combination, that's optimistic. The aluminum heads retain their unique twin sparkplugs, but gain cylinder deactivation. Instead, we walked out of the building, donned a helmet and climbed into the driver's seat to find out for ourselves.
Chrysler says it's paid extra attention to visibility from inside the 300, and it's evident. Dre premium audio, which is new for 2012. From dead on, the rear end's vertical-tube taillamps have never glowed as expensively. It has all of the options except the adaptive cruise control, turn signals in the side mirrors, power tilting mirrors, and rear fog lights. Vehicle Overview Redesigned last year, the full-size Chrysler 300 sedan retains its iconic silhouette and is one of the few remaining American rear-wheel-drive sedans. It's fine in Drive, but use the new trigger-like steering-wheel-mounted paddles and these gearchanges are quick, but harsh.