Upfront - Ja! This thing's got a Hemi!

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  1. TriShield

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    Chrysler gets ready to launch the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300C.

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    BY FRANK MARKUS
    February 2004

    Chrysler is finally ready to talk about the production versions of the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300 rear-drive, full-size sedans and wagons that it showed in concept form early in 2003.

    The so-called LX cars will replace the front-drive LHs (the Chrysler Concorde and 300M, the Dodge Intrepid) in the next few months. The new sedans use as their basis the previous-generation Mercedes E-class sedan, including its five-speed automatic transmission. Both production models differ from last year's concept cars only in trim detail.

    Three engines will be offered: 2.7- and 3.5-liter V-6s and the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8. All-wheel drive will join the Magnum and 300 lines late this summer. Weight distribution on the rear-wheel-drive versions will be 52/48 percent front to rear.

    The V-8 will make 340 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm, good for 0-to-60 mph in 6.3 seconds, the quarter-mile in about 14.7 seconds, and a top speed higher than 150 mph. That's almost two seconds quicker to 60 mph than the current, V-6-powered 300M. The 3.5 makes 245 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 245 pound-feet of torque at 4000 and hits 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, says Chrysler. The 2.7 is reworked for slightly less horsepower but a much broader torque curve than it makes in the Stratus/ Sebring line: 190 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 190 pound-feet of torque at 4000 rpm—good for 10.7 seconds to 60.

    The Chrysler comes in base (2.7), Touring and Limited (3.5), and C (Hemi). At Dodge it's base, SXT, and R/T. Production starts about the time you're reading this. The Chrysler will go on sale in April. Dodge won't begin selling Magnums until "late spring."

    A 300 with the small V-6 will start at about $25,000. A well-equipped 300C (that's with the Hemi) will cost less than $35,000. The all-wheel-drive versions will ride one inch higher than rear-drivers. And hey, the Hemi V-8-powered versions can even tow up to 3800 pounds.

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  2. Girth

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    I actually like the way they look... but being a chrysler product, they won't have a good reliability road ahead of them. :o
     
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    They've been driving that damn wagon around here for weeks now.

    Nothing is secret here in Detroit. I've seen em quite a few times and just thought nothing of them.
     
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    V8/RWD is back. :o
     
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    They're going to sell the 300 in Europe too.
     
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    god i hate innacurate reporting :madfawk:

    the LX platform was in development for a substantially long time before the merger, and the only thing actually mercedes in the LX is the tranny, which even the most loyal of mopar fans can admit is a good thing

    The suspension is based on a mercedes design, but it is not from the e-class in anyway :squint:
     
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    That 300C just needs some 20's and its perfect. :o
     
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    Needs to lose that grill in favor of a more bently-ish grille.
     
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    oh thank god, that had me worried
    chrysler should maintain a distance from Mercedes products imo, takes all the fun out of it being a MOPAR

    one thing surprised me through, and that was the seemingly low performance numbers from not just the Hemi, but all of the motors
    are the LX cars that heavy? :ugh:
     

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