Adding a tasteful measure of sinister style and scintillating performance, the Mopar '12 300 Limited Edition extends the 75th anniversary celebration of Chrysler's factory go-fast division that began last month in Detroit with the unveiling of the Chrysler 200 Super S by Mopar and the Dodge Charger Redline. Based on a Chrysler 300, the Mopar '12 300 is the third factory-built Mopar-badged vehicle from Chrysler LLC and will move from its formal reveal at the Chicago show to dealer showrooms this summer.
A de facto step-up from the Chrysler 300S, the hot Mopar '12 300 is finished in Gloss Black set off with Mopar Blue A-line body-side stripes. Other distinctive Mopar touches include a Black Chrome seven-bar grille/grille-surround, black-accented headlamp bezels/fascia accents, 20-inch Gloss Black Mopar alloy wheels "Mopar 75" fender badges and a "Mopar Design" decklid badge. That basic black with blue accenting carries over to the interior motif, where Mopar Katzkin perforated leather covers the heated front sport buckets, complemented by Piano Black and matte carbon hydrographic trim elements on the dash and center console. Rounding out the mix are a thick-rimmed, leather-wrapped steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters (for Auto Stick), a unique Mopar shifter handle, Mopar sill plates and a serialized "Mopar '12 Limited Edition" badge.
Additional features of the Mopar '12 300 Limited Edition include Uconnect with an 8.4-inch touch display as well as the SafetyTec Group that brings adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense front/rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamps.
Save for an exclusive Mopar motor cover, the engine/transmission pairing remains unchanged - a 363-horsepower/5.7-liter Hemi V8 with cylinder-deactivating Fuel Saver Technology matched backed by a five-speed automatic with Auto Stick. However the differential ratio has been deepened from 3.06:1 to 3.91:1, a change that should drop the Mopar '12 300's 0-60 mph times into the low-five-second range. While sharing the performance-tuned suspension with the 300S Hemi, the Mopar '12 300 is shod with stickier P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 three-season tires in place of the standard all-season radials and fade-resistant high-performance brake linings are installed.
Chrysler only plans to build 500 Mopar '12 300 Limited Editions, each with a base price of $49,700. That figure also will net buyers a personalized owner kit that includes a certificate with the vehicle's identification number (VIN), series number and its exact date of manufacture as well as an original sketch of the car signed by the designer and a brochure highlighting the unique features of the vehicle Mopar-branded key fobs and other Mopar '12 300 merchandise.