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Mopars of the 2017 NYC Auto Show
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’12 Mopar 300 cars: Mopar-branded Chryslers

pietro with 300

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Building on the success of Mopar versions of the 2010 Dodge Challenger and 2011 Dodge Charger, the new Mopar ’12 300 transforms the Chrysler 300 flagship sedan to celebrate Mopar’s 75th anniversary.

A Mopar engine cover sits atop the 363 horsepower Hemi engine, backed by the five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission; the AutoStick electronic range selector has a unique Mopar shifter. The unique-to-Mopar differential uses a 3.91:1 final-drive ratio (rather than 3.06) for higher acceleration, enabling 0-to-60 mph blasts in the low 5-second range.

300 and Compass

The suspension has 42% stiffer front spring rates and 23% stiffer rear spring rates compared to the normal 300’s touring suspension. P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 three-season tires replace all-season radials, and high-performance brake linings mounted to dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers deliver fade-resistant stopping performance. The wheels are painted a glossy black, with a bright Mopar blue stripe on the outer edge, giving the impression of bluewall (blue whitewall) tires.

Pietro and Sassorossi with Mopar 300

Similar to the Chrysler 300S, Mopar ’12 300 adds a blacked-out appearance with a Mopar Black Chrome seven-bar grille and grille-surround matching black-accented headlamp bezels and fascia accents. Highlighting the Gloss Black exterior are Mopar Blue A-line body-side stripes. 20-inch by 8-inch Mopar forged-aluminum wheels are painted in Gloss Black and include Mopar center caps. The car has “Mopar 75” fender badges and a decklid “Mopar Design” badge.

Mopar 300

Inside, the black interior of the Mopar ’12 300 has Mopar Blue accents and four heated, bolstered, Katzkin perforated leather covered sport seats; Mopar Blue accent stitching on the seating surface joins French-seamed stitching at the perimeter and a black/blue two-tone leather combination. Both driver and passenger get 12-way power seats.

mopar 300 interior

A thick-rimmed steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters and a Mopar shifter handle are wrapped in black leather with Mopar Blue thread. Sill plates and a serialized “Mopar ’12 Limited Edition” badge join matte carbon hydrographic accents on the instrument panel and center console areas; glossy black is used on the interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements.

300 nameplate

The car includes the Uconnect® Touch 8.4 system with mobile infotainment and a “Mopar” start-up screen. The car has a 506-watt Alpine nine-speaker audio system with subwoofer, 12-channel amplifier, and digital signal processing (DSP) for 7.1-adapted surround sound.

Mopar 12 300 car

The SafetyTec Group includes adaptive-forward lighting (AFL), high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with adaptive-cruise control (ACC), Blind-spot monitoring (BSM) with Rear Cross Path (RCP) detection, ParkSense® front and rear park assist system, LED-illuminated rear fog lamps, exterior mirrors with supplemental turn signals and approach lamp. Additional safety features include a HomeLink universal transceiver, rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam® headlamps.

Pietro and Jim with 300

Just 500 Mopar ’12 300s will be built in Brampton, Ontario for a list price, including destination, of $49,700. All will include a personalized owner kit, Mopar-branded key fobs, merchandise, a certificate with the vehicle identification number (VIN), date of manufacture, and the number of the vehicle; and an original sketch of the car signed by the designer.

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Two “new” Compass reviews T4OG: Trans Four Owner’s Group Mopars of the 2017 NYC Auto Show