New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S Alloy Editions Highlight Avant-garde Style Through Industrious Material and Finish Selections
•With unique Dark Bronze and Titanium finishes, the new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions showcase Chrysler brand's leadership in color and material design
•Based on the blacked-out Chrysler 200S and 300S models, the Alloy Edition packages deliver an even bolder appearance wîth the natural brilliance and contrast of Dark Bronze
•Matching their athletic styling, both 200S and 300S Alloy Edition packages feature sport-tuned suspensions for driving enjoyment and offer advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems wîth Sport mode for added all-weather traction and handling
•Debuting at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, the Chrysler 200S and 300S wîth Alloy Edition packages will be available this spring at dealerships nationwide wîth a Ú.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $995 and $495, respectively February 4, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
- Adding to the 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S models' athletic styling, §egmènt-exclusive technologies and driver-focused appointments, the new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions further the Chrysler brand's color and material leadership and Detroit-born style wîth trendsetting finishes that include Dark Bronze and Titanium.
'Chrysler brand embodies Detroit style, and our new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions are a perfect meld of our engineering innovation and craftsmanship, forged wîth cutting-edge colors and materials inspired by the Motor City's ingenuity and creativity,' said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.
Debuting at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show and arriving at Chrysler dealerships nationwide this spring, the new 200S and 300S equipped wîth the Alloy Edition package have a starting Ú.S. MSRP of $26,685 and $35,965, respectively (each excluding $995 destination).
Chrysler brand: a leader of Detroit-born style and industrial material finishes
The Chrysler brand continues to build on expressive and industrious exterior and interior selections by integrating colors and materials that were inspired outside of the automotive , including fashion, architecture and technology, often in the brand's backyard – the Motor City.
'Inspired by our local artisans who continue to push design and ingenuity in new directions, the new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions highlight the latest in style through unique bronze and titanium finishes that exude a natural warmth, energy and commanding brilliance – while contrasting the S models' athletic styling and blacked-out details,' said Brandon Faurote, Head of Chrysler Brand Design.
The new 200S and 300S Alloy Editions wîth unique Dark Bronze finishes add to Chrysler brand's trendsetting exterior and interior design approach that has included such finishes as Bright Chrome, Gloss Black, Satin Chrome, Black Chrome, Piano Black, Carbon Fiber, Liquid Chrome, Hyper Black, Charcoal Black Metallic, Pewter Metallic, Diesel Gray, Satin Titanium, Titanium and Platinum Chrome. Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition
With blacked-out details accenting clean lines and expressive surfaces, the 2016 Chrysler 200S is an athletically striking mid-size sedan wîth coupe-like proportions and windswept details that give it a timeless look. Taking this Chrysler brand styling further is the new 200S Alloy Edition wîth a blend of industrial inspired colors and materials.
The 200's 'face of Chrysler,' a unified look that integrates the grille and headlamps wîth a Mobius strip-inspired design enhanced by a dynamic grille texture for a unique 3-D effect, is amplified wîth Dark Bronze paint on the Mobius strip upper and lower grille surrounds. For a more athletic look, the 200S Alloy Edition pairs its Gloss Black accents and daylight opening (DLO) moldings wîth larger 19-inch Dark Bronze aluminum wheels for an industrial look, while highlighting its sport-tuned suspension. A Dark Bronze '200S' badge on the rear decklid is unique to the Alloy Edition model, while the Titanium touches on the Chrysler wing badge and dual exhaust tips further differentiate the 200S Alloy Edition.
The 2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition will be available in five exterior body colors that amplify the Dark Bronze, Titanium and Black Gloss finishes. Available colors include Gloss Black Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.
Chrysler interior designers added just the right touches to carry the trendsetting color and material theme to the interior. The Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition offers the choice of a Black cloth wîth leather trim, or Black leather seating, each wîth unique Caramel accent stitching on the seats, center arm rest and door trim panels. A Black and Caramel stitching 'S' embroidered on the front sport-contoured seats provides added detail. For an upscale appearance, Piano Black is contrasted wîth Titanium-finished accents on the door trim panels, center console, outboard air vents and Chrysler wing badge §teering wheel. More athletic styling wîth Mopar exterior package
For even more stand-out style, the new 2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy Edition can be optioned wîth the factory-installed Mopar exterior package that includes an aggressively sculpted front chin spoiler, taller side sills wîth rear side sill extensions and rear valance.Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition
With confident looks, world-class execution and uniquely expressive materials, the 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition builds on the 300S model's high-level of standard equipment and delivers the latest Detroit-born style.
At the front, Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition's prominent grille is finished in Dark Bronze, while the Gloss Black dimensional textured grille is fitted wîth a Titanium-finished Chrysler wing badge. Gloss Black headlamps and body color mirror caps provide a discrete and athletic appearance. Nestled below the commanding grille is an elegantly drawn Mobius strip in Dark Bronze, which outlines the lower grille opening and extends outward, surrounding the LED fog lamps. The Chrysler 300 sedan's signature proportions take on an even more contemporary aesthetic as a Gloss Black DLO moldings are now paired wîth Dark Bronze painted 20-inch aluminum wheels (19-inch wîth AWD) for a road holding look. Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition's powerful rear stance includes a Titanium-plated Chrysler wing badge and Dark Bronze-finished '300S' badge. In addition, a pair of elegantly drawn, Titanium-plated exhaust tips give this Chrysler 300S an upscale, athletic appearance. Completing the contemporary look are LED tail lamps wîth a Gloss Black accent and a body color rear fascia accent trim.
The 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition will be available in five exterior body colors that amplify the Dark Bronze, Titanium and Black Gloss finishes. Available colors include Gloss Black Clear Coat, Black Forest Green Pearl Coat, Redline Tri-coat Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat and Bright White Clear Coat.
When designing the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition, the team incorporated unique design elements and authentic materials. Exclusive Black Nappa leather wîth Caramel accent stitching is found on the sport-contoured heated front seats, rear seats, instrument cluster bezel, §teering wheel and armrests. The exclusive use of Titanium paired wîth Piano Black on the interior center stack, instrument panel, §teering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing the interior is a new instrument panel clock that exudes watch-like precision and craftsmanship, thanks to its dark-colored analog face and Piano Black bezel surround that ties in the industrious, yet discrete appearance.
Performance-tuned suspension, 363-horsepower HEMI® V-8 engine and aerodynamic styling available
For drivers who want more rear-wheel-drive handling capability, a new performance-tuned suspension wîth increased spring rates, performance-tuned §teering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8 engine) and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires is available on the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition models.
For customers who want more performance and style than the standard 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine paired to the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission wîth Sport mode and paddle shifters, the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition can be had wîth a 363-horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine wîth four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology and uniquely sculpted side sills and deck lid spoiler.
Innovative all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems
For customers who want the best of style and performance and even more all-weather traction, the new 2016 Chrysler 200S AWD Alloy Edition and 300S AWD Alloy Edition models each include an advanced AWD system that delivers traction to all four wheels when necessary, or thanks to its §egmènt-exclusive technology, can electronically adjust back to two-wheel drive for maximum fuel efficiency.
Chrysler 200S AWD Alloy Edition upgrades the powertrain to a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine wîth 295 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, and leads wîth the mid-size §egmènt's first AWD system wîth automatic fully disconnecting rear axle.
The Chrysler 300S AWD Alloy Edition pairs the 300-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine wîth the state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the §egmènt's most innovative AWD system for up to 27 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. About the Chrysler 200
Exquisite style meets exceptional performance in Chrysler 200. The 200 exceeds expectations for a mid-size car wîth an elegant exterior design, a thoughtful, beautifully crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience. With highway fuel economy of 36 miles per gallon (mpg), 60 available safety and security features, an available, best-in-class all-wheel-drive system, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art technology and a starting Ú.S. MSRP of just $21,995, the Chrysler 200 is a car that customers will be proud to own, at a price they will appreciate. The Chrysler 200 is designed, engineered and built wîth pride in Michigan. About the Chrysler 300
Celebrating 90 years of American ingenuity, the 2016 Chrysler 300 lineup delivers on the brand's promise of style, sophistication, world-class quality and technology – all at an attainable value. Through iconic design proportions wîth inspired materials, class-exclusive innovations, including a state-of-the-art TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission delivering a best-in-class 31 mpg highway fuel economy standard on every model, plus the availability of the §egmènt's most advanced all-wheel-drive system and award-winning Úconnect systems and services, the Chrysler 300 is proud to be America's big and bold sedan. (concept carz) About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers wîth distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1926.
Whether it is the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 or the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console wîth pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the 2015 Chrysler 200, the -exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system on the Chrysler Town & Country and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.Source - Chrysler
In 1955, Chrysler introduced the C300. The 'C' stood for coupe and the 300 was the horsepower rating of the original Hemi engine equipped with , two four barrel carbs, solid lifters, special manifolds, and enlarged dual exhausts. This vehicle gave the Chrysler Corporation a performance and sporty image, a much needed persona in this post World War II era. Many European manufacturers, such as Jaguar and MG, had introduced high powered, small, responsive sports cars. American manufacturers countered with the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford Thunderbird. The Chrysler 300 was a performance car with a contemporary 'Forward Look' designed by ex-Studebaker stylist Virgil Exner. The design was void of the popular chrome sides which was prevalent during this era. It was simple but aggressive gentleman's car.
The Chrysler 300 was outfitted with a hemispherical (Hemi) combustion chamber 5.4 litre V-8 that produced 300 horsepower and matted to a performance modified two-speed 'PowerFlite' automatic gearbox. The body came from the New Yorker; rear quarter moldings were compliments of the Windsor. The two piece grille came from the Imperial. An improved suspension was implemented to provided sporty and responsive handling. The base price was $4,055.
Sales of the C300 were fueled by its success on the stock car circuit. The C300 dominated the sands of Daytona Beach, Florida where it won the stock production class and took home the Tom McCahill trophy. From 1955 through 1957 it was the fastest American car.
In 1959, a 300D driven at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats by Norm Thatcher set a new Class E speed record of 156.387 mph. During the same year, Brewster Shaw achieved a quarter-mile time of 16 seconds with a trap speed of 94 mph at Daytona Beach, Florida.
For 1956, Chrysler increased the displacement of its Hemi engine to 5.8 liters and changed the name to 300B. With 355 horsepower, the V8 engine had one horsepower per cubic inch, an achievement that very few manufacturers were able to claim.
The letters continued to climb the alphabet annually until the 300L of 1965 (the letter I was skipped). They became known as the 'letter cars'. In 1959, the 392 hemi was replaced with the 413 cubic-inch Golden Lion wedge-head design engine. In 1962, the 300 Sport series became available along side the 300H. The 300, without a letter designation was continued until 1971. In 1970, the 300 Hurst was produced, built by Chrysler and modified by the Hurst Company. The modifications included two-tone paint, special striping, spoiler on the deck lid, and wheels. The 300 name was again revived in 1979 as the 300 Special Edition, but endured a short life span. It was based on the Cordoba platform and available only in white with red leather interior.
Even with eleven years of production, less than 17,000 were produced. The bodystyle's available were either a two door hardtop or convertible. The convertible was not available during 1955, 1956, and 1963.
In the early 2000's, Chrysler revived the model name with the 300M. For most 300 enthusiasts, it is a good attempt, but far from the original 300's. The original 300's, as argued by some MOPAR enthusiast, is considered to be the first muscle cars. Although they were fast, they were also large and luxurious, qualities that muscle cars did not typically process. The 300 did get American moving on the fast track to the horsepower and performance revolution, and looked good while doing it.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2009
In 2005, the wave of retro design that is still shaping American cars first washed over Detroit. American companies, with their stale product offerings, began looking towards their rich pasts to inspire new models with the design and flair of long-gone icons. It was in 2005 that Chrysler launched a modern iteration of the famed 300.
The 300 name had actually been revived by Chrysler several years before the 2005 300's introduction as a car called the 300M, but that model was dated even when brand new and didn't evoke nostalgic memories in the same way its replacement would. The 2005 300 was a total departure from the Chrysler models immediately preceding it. The sleek, low slung, 'cab-forward' design language of the 300M and others was replaced by the new 300's brash and blocky look. The 2005 Chrysler 300 was not merely an updated version of a bygone classic, but rather a revival of Chrysler's attitude during the company's most exciting times.
The new 300 went back to a rear wheel drive platform and reintroduced the muscular proportions of America's former bad-boy sedans. Available V8 power rounded out the package and a large, upright chrome grille stood proud in grand American fashion. The 2005 Chrysler 300 was met with great fanfare and positive press. For as exciting a car as the '05 300 was, though, it could barely capture the style and spirit of the car that inspired it. The original 300 was one of the most thrilling Chryslers ever released. It was a car whose inspirational design and performance will be lauded forever and whose legend will continue to be respected by Chrysler workers, owners and admirers, as well as by the flashy new car that shares its name.
Produced without interruption from 1955 through 1971, the Chrysler 300 in its earliest form was one of the very first muscle cars. Though production extended into the early 1970's, the best-known (and best-loved) 300s were the 'letter series' cars of 1955-1965. All 300s were part of this letter series until 1962, when both letter and non-letter variants were offered through 1965. Models made from 1966 on were not part of the letter series. Each Chrysler in the letter series used the 300 designation followed by a single letter. That letter ascended alphabetically once every year, making it up to 'L.' Confusingly, the first of the series was not called the 300A but the C-300. In that one instance, the letter 'C' simply stood for coupe. Revisions on the C-300 theme created the 300B for 1956, then 300C for 1957, 300D for 1958, and so on. The only other snag in the letter series system was the use of the letter 'J' for the 1963 300, instead of the 'I' for which the car was due. Chrysler likely used the 'J' nomenclature to prevent confusion between the letter 'I' and the Roman numeral I.
The letter series 300 introduced potent performance and a fresh design to Chrysler, whose other models had grown stale. In that sense, the original 300 arrived for the same reasons as 2005's remake. The name was chosen for bragging rights. Chrysler, with its aptly named C-300, had become the first American manufacturer to develop 300hp in a production car. That power led the 1955 Chrysler to become the fastest production car in the world, reaching 127.58mph at Daytona Beach. The C-300's engine was a 331ci Chrysler V8 with hemispherical combustion chambers and two 4-barrel carburetors. The aforementioned 300hp was achieved at 5,200rpm.
There was much more to the C-300 than formidable speed. The car was large, luxurious, and packed with comfortable features. At 220 inches in length, the C-300 was huge for a two-door. A weight of 4,300lbs gave it the bulk of a personal limousine. Its two speed automatic transmission required no effort on the driver's part. The car was rolling evidence that speed and luxury were not mutually exclusive traits. The C-300 was the fastest car on the road, and it may very well have been the most comfortable.
A superb combination of performance and comfort alone would have made the Chrysler C-300 a classic. But the car's quality didn't stop there. Designed by the talented and innovative Virgil Exner, the C-300 was a triple threat of sumptuous luxury, speed and, and style.
Before moving to Chrysler, Exner had worked for GM under the guidance of Harley Earl and for Raymond Loewy's own design firm. His experience led him to be a daring designer, but the 1955 C-300 was a subdued design. It was handsome and understated, free of the garish detailing the plagued so many of its contemporaries. With its regal proportions and proud stance, the C-300 separated itself from lowlier cars that used glitz and glam as their only stylistic values. A split egg crate grille, in chrome, dominated the frontal aspect of the C-300 and had a tastefully minimal chrome bumper running beneath it. The subtle fins picked up just aft of the doors and beneath the beltline. At the rear, the vestigial fins flowed into vertical taillights. With a base price above $4,000, buyers paid dearly for a fine congregation of elegant design, comfort, and rapidity.
Even more power was made available for the 1956 300B. A 354ci V8, at first making 340hp, was available with 355hp by the middle of its run—making it the first American engine to produce 1 horsepower per cubic inch. Three transmissions were offered: PowerFlite and TorqueFlite two-speed autos, and a three-speed manual.
Performance improvements in the 1956 300B were complemented by the availability of an even more comfortable interior. Air conditioning was offered as well as a clock in the steering wheel for the particularly punctual. And, of course, if the clock wasn't distracting enough, a record player could also be ordered.
The styling of the 300B featured a revised rear treatment, but the car was largely the same as 1955's C-300. For the 1957 300C, though, Exner thoroughly revamped the 300's shape. The new design was more brash but still tasteful and clean. It featured more pronounced fins and a quad headlight face with a large, one-piece egg crate grille. From the side, the 300C looked particularly good. Its long and low proportions were readily revealed from that angle. Also easily noticeable from the side, the 300C had a forward tilt to its front end that was mirrored by a rearward tilt to its fins. The balanced look was an Exner hallmark that worked wonderfully on the 300C. A convertible version was offered whose absence of a roofline emphasized the trapezoidal side profile of the 300C's body. A top speed of 150mph could be reached by the 300C.
For 1958, a 300D was introduced. It looked very similar to the 300C, but big improvements were still made. Fuel injection became an available option and power brakes were standard. With 380hp, the 300D could be propelled to 156mph. The 300E of 1959 offered similar styling but with a very different engine. The hemi-head V8 was replaced by a 413ci wedge-head V8.
The 300F brought major styling changes for 1960. While other companies toned down their use of fins for the 1960's, Chrysler gave its 300F a wild, one-year-only rear treatment with razor sharp fins. Ralph Nader, in his book Unsafe at and Speed that most famously criticized the Chevrolet Corvair's poor handling, called the 300F's fins 'potentially lethal.' Automotive writer Quentin Willson offered good reason for Nader's concern in his own work titled The Ultimate Classic Car Book, pointing to a 1963 traffic accident in which an unfortunate motorcyclist became impaled by one of the fins of a 300F.
With a front end that looked slightly awkward compared to the noses of its predecessors and a heavily criticized faux spare tire cover incorporated into the rear deck lid, the 300F's overall look lacked the thoroughly clean appearance of earlier models. But from the side at least the 300F still looked good, and performance and comfort were as impressive as ever. Up to 400hp could be had from the 413ci engine. A beautifully finished interior continued a tradition of comfortable motoring. The interior was so inviting that the seats literally offered themselves to driver and front passenger, automatically swiveling to allow easy access whenever a door was opened.
The 300G was brought out for 1961 and was the last finned 300. The front end retained four headlights, but they were now stacked two per side in tilted columns. Standard power windows and cruise control further enhanced an already excellent list of convenience features, and performance options remained similar to those of the 300F. The 300H used the following year was similar in most respects to the 300G, but had a fresh tail design with a smooth, tapering deck where once stood fins. Production of the 300H was unusually low even for the exclusive letter series, but sales were bolstered by the introduction of a more affordable non-letter series variant, named simply the '300.'
For 1963, the letter 'I' was skipped and the 300J was introduced alongside a revamped standard 300. The 1963 models were plainer, with square styling that belied their still capable performance. The 1964 300K and 1965 300L were the last two models of the letter series. By 1965, the plain styling of the 300L and the narrow performance gap between it and the base 300 had created an uninspired package. After 1965, the letter series was discontinued.
The garden variety 300 soldiered on until 1971, losing sales and substance as it went along. Chrysler couldn't have picked a better time to pull the plug on the aging model, as allowing it to last any longer would have exposed it to stringent emissions regulations that instantly would have robbed the car of the only virtue it really had left—power. Even the very last 300 had a 440ci V8 that had a tremendous output compared to any American offering of the mid-1970's.
History has ignored any shortcomings of the largely average 300 produced from 1966-1971, focusing on the raw power and suave personality of the early letter series. Few American cars before or since have been able to offer so much speed and luxury wrapped in a shell of aesthetic excellence. From 1955 through 1959, the 300s were the uncompromised rulers of the American automotive kingdom—even the 1960-1965 models were superbly executed. Inspiring the successful 2005 Chrysler 300, the early letter series cars have shown that sometimes history is worth repeating. Sources:
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