Special editions can take two forms, the first can be a high-priced, limited-run version that truly stands apart from the crowd, while the second is usually a low cost paint-and-trim job designed to pump up an aging model. While the 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition seems to fall into the latter category. But after spending some time with it, it’s easy to see that this well-executed package has the panache of the former. It’s different enough to really make it feel special.

Sinister is the best word to describe the look of our 300S which sports a gloss black exterior that includes blacked out moldings and grille. The Alloy Edition also includes bronze-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, titanium-colored exhaust tips and a pronounced rear decklid spoiler. It’s both understated and menacing at the same time. The look extends to the interior, with its black leather covered bucket seats and elegant touches like the nickel finish analog clock.

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V8 rear-drive

Where the Chrysler 300S distinguishes itself from other full-size four-door competitors like the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus is its 5.7-liter V8 driving the rear wheels through a smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. The 363-horsepower engine provides ample acceleration and with its Multi-Displacement System that switches to 4-cylinder operation in cruise mode, the fuel economy hovers around 20 mpg in everyday use. The 300S is heavy and powerful, which explains the 16 mpg city/25 mpg highway EPA rating. In return, though, you get a smooth, quiet and swift ride with attitude. And with gasoline currently averaging under $3 a gallon, it’s not a bad tradeoff. And, oh by the way, that 5.7-liter burns regular.

Best of all, the price of the 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition, like current gas prices, won’t put much of a dent in your wallet when you consider how much car you’re getting for the money. The base price is $35,470. Add in the $3,000 Alloy Edition package, which in addition to the paint scheme and wheels, also includes a tuned suspension and performance brakes, along with a $995 UConnect 8.4-inch screen with navigation and $995 for delivery and you just barely break the $40,000 barrier by $460. If you need room, comfort and a bit of individuality to go with the mix, the Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition offers all three in spades.

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