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The 2017 300S: Sport mode, appearance changes

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has announced changes to the 2017 Chrysler 300S; these cars can be ordered starting in August, but were shown today at the New York Auto Show.

2017 Chrysler 300S

The Exterior Sport Appearance Package is standard on the 300S Hemi and optional on the V6; it has a more aggressively styled front fascia, with larger air intakes and exclusive integrated LED fog lamps (set up as strips of eight horizontal LEDs). A larger body-colored  “Mobius strip” sits below the headlights; it comes with 20-inch (19-inch with AWD) wheels and a deck lid spoiler.

The Interior Sport Appearance Package uses new, heated and ventilated perforated leather seats with high-bolstered contours in suede for lateral support during spirited driving.

sport package

The 2017 Chrysler 300S will have new glossy black interior trim on the instrument panel, door panel, and instrument cluster bezels, along with light gray colored accent stitching.

New Ceramic Gray exterior paint provides the 300S with a “straight shade” hue, adding to the already available Bright White, Gloss Black, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, Jazz Blue Pearl and Redline Red Tri-coat.

Sport mode cuts shift times from around 400 milliseconds to 250 milliseconds, increases engine and throttle responsiveness, and firms up the steering feel. The 300S uses a 300 horsepower, 264 lb-ft V6 or a 363 Hemi V8.

Rear-wheel-drive buyers can choose a performance-tuned suspension with increased spring rates, retuned steering and bushings, larger sway bars (with V-8), and Goodyear Eagle F1 Three-season tires.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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