First Look: 2005 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum

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  1. TriShield

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    It's time for some cars--and rear-drive ones, at that

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    By Matt Stone
    Photography by the author
    Motor Trend, January 2004

    The Chrysler Group has been developing a new-from-the-tires-up, rear-drive-platform architecture for several years, and the first products based on it will make their way to market this spring. The Chrysler 300 is a broad-shouldered, square-jawed, full-size luxury sedan, and the fastbacked sport-wagon variant is named Dodge Magnum. At approximately 197 inches long atop a 120-inch wheelbase, they're about the same size as a Lexus LS 430. These two bodystyles are brand-unique at this point, although the Magnum will be sold in Europe wearing the 300 sheetmetal and badge.

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    Three powerplants will be offered: a base 2.7-liter, 200-horsepower V-6; a 3.5-liter V-6 (from the current front-drive 300M) rated at about 250 horsepower, and --drum roll, please--a refined-for-car-duty version of the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. All V-6-powered models will be equipped with four-speed automatic transmissions. The Hemi packs a 340-horsepower punch and is backed by the same five-speed automatic trans used in 12-cylinder Mercedes cars.

    In keeping with Chrysler's modus operandi of "hiding its future in plain sight," the new cars are dead ringers for the thinly disguised 300C and Magnum SRT-8 concepts unveiled last January. The design and level of materials evidenced in the production-spec interiors correspond with what we've seen on the Crossfire and Pacifica, further indicating that the company is finally paying attention to cabin quality and detail. The product-development team is particularly proud of the cars' interior room, packaging, and first-ever Boston Acoustics sound systems.

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    The Magnum's cargo area isn't huge--Dodge has been clear that this isn't a sport/utility or a "station wagon" in the classic sense--but there are several clever details. The rear-deck's upper hinge point is cut far forward into the roofline, so the hatch opens high, wide, and out of the way. There's a false floor that allows a bit of hidden storage beneath it, or it can be configured into "shopping-bag" mode to help hold cargo upright and in place.

    Even though this platform was on the drawing board prior to the DaimlerChrysler-Benz merger, it ended up employing approximately 20-percent Mercedes-Benz component content (from the previous E-Class)--no bad thing. Chrysler will serve the 300 in four trim levels: base (2.7-liter V-6), Touring and Limited (3.5-liter V-6), and Hemi-powered 300C. The Magnum comes in three different flavors, each corresponding to an engine offering: base (2.7), SXT (3.5), and R/T (Hemi V-8). Pricing, more details, and driving impressions coming soon.

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    500 > 300 :o














    not really
     
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    So what does Dodge have in store for the Magnum SRT-8?
     
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    I like :cool:
     
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    The 300 has a cool unique look to it. The Magnum production car looks weak. The concept magnum was sweet though.
     
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    2005 Dodge Magnum R/T vs. 2005 Ford Mustang vs. 2005 Pontiac GTO.

    Muscle is back across the board. :cool:
     
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    It should be the 300N, but chrysler's being turboghey about it. It kinda reminds me of the old slabside Continentals, which is a good thing.
     
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    It never left at ford :big grin:
     
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    It's startling what a huge difference reflector headlamps made over the concept's projectors. The car looked so much more sinister.

    I hope the SRT-8, or that the aftermarket, will offer projectors to recapture the concept's look.

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    too huge. as big as an ls430!?!? :ugh:
     
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    No manual SRT-8, no care.
     
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    Ummm 12 cylinder and 8 cylinder Mercedes use 7 speed trannys

    And I dunno how refined they can make a Hemi :o
     
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    The profile of the 300 is fucking awesome. The grill is kinda huge and :ugh: but overall it is really tough and muscular looking for a luxo car.

    They should make a dodge version with a better looking grill and not as luxury oriented, and sell them as cop cars. :o
     
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    Is the Magnum for large black people only?
     
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    The Magnum looks :cool:
     
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    Wow. I want a 300C! It's a little too squarish, stately and old-fashioned from the front. Kinda like a wannabe Bentley. But damn, RWD, V8, full-size, fully loaded... can't argue with that! :bigthumb:
     
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    Just right. :cool:

    Both replace the previous large sedans, the Dodge Intrepid, Chrysler Concorde, and Chrysler 300M.
     
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    the magnum is fucking hot

    I can't wait to see what they do with the srt-6 either
     
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    All 2004 500 models have the 7 speed...guess they didn't give it to the 600 and 55 models yet.

    I guess the trend is starting...as Mercedes phases out the SLK the parts goto the Crossfire. As Mercedes phases out the transmissions and old E class it goes to the 300 and Magnum

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    Both interiors look excellent too. :cool:
     
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    that chrysler 300 is fucking PIMP! :cool: :bowdown:

    it's like a mini bentley.
     
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    I used to hate ChryslerCo and all the cars it made, but I'm really starting to like them. :o Them and Volvo have been my two recent surprise favourite carmakers.
     

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