As one of the major automakers in the United States, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has big shoes to fill. Confronting General Motors and Ford Motor Company is no small task. While the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats were super hot stuff from FCA, the Chrysler 300C slipped through the cracks by comparison. In its latest YouTube video, Cars Evolution presents the different shapes and sizes that the 300C has seen throughout its life.
Unlike the Challenger and the Charger, the 300 began life as a family sedan. Based on the Chrysler LX platform, he didn’t seem to have the slightest desire to go fast. The car was powered by a 2.7-liter V6 engine with only 190 horsepower (141 kilowatts) at the tap. Although this figure may seem relatively unimpressive, the Chrysler was not dead when it arrived. The base car was designed by Ralph Gilles who was responsible for leading the design team that created the 2014 SRT Viper.
After a modest start, a C version of the 300 gave the vehicle a big improvement in its straight line performance. Gone are the 5.7 liter V6 and V8 HEMI developing 340 hp (253 kW). With the new powertrain, the 300C received a five-speed automatic transmission and other new technologies. While the HEMI engine produces respectable horsepower, it also featured cylinder deactivation technology, which could give the vehicle a 20% improvement in fuel economy. Shortly after the implementation of the HEMI engine, the SRT8 was released, which offered up to 470 hp (350 kW) under the hood.
One aspect of the evolution of the 300C that is hard to ignore is the little change in the exterior. There have been minor adjustments here and there but the 2020 car still seems relatively unchanged since its birth in 2005. After a slight redesign of the design in 2011, some of the profiles of the original have been smoothed but the aesthetics have remained largely similar.
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