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’12 Mopar 300 cars: Mopar-branded Chryslers

The first two Mopar-branded cars were based on the 2010 Dodge Challenger and 2011 Dodge Charger. The third, the Mopar ’12 300 — released in Mopar’s 75th anniversary year — was based on the flagship Chrysler 300 sedan.

pietro with 300

A Mopar cover sat atop the 363 horsepower Hemi engine, backed by the five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission, with a unique Mopar shifter. The car had a different differential with 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 Mopar had 42% stiffer front spring rates and 23% stiffer rear spring rates than the 300’s touring suspension. P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 three-season tires replace all-season radials, and high-performance brake linings were mounted to dual-piston front and single-piston rear calipers for fade-resistant stops. The wheels were 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, the Mopar ’12 300 had 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 glossy black exterior were Mopar Blue A-line body-side stripes. Glass black 20-inch by 8-inch Mopar forged-aluminum wheels included Mopar center caps; there were also “Mopar 75” fender badges and a decklid “Mopar Design” badge.

Mopar 300

The black interior had Mopar Blue accents and four heated, bolstered, perforated leather covered sport seats. 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 were wrapped in black leather with Mopar Blue thread. Sill plates and a serialized “Mopar ’12 Limited Edition” badge joined matte carbon hydrographic accents on the instrument panel and center console areas, accompanied by glass black trim.

300 nameplate

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

Mopar 12 300 car

The SafetyTec Group had adaptive-forward lighting, high-intensity discharge (HID) projector high and low-beams with automatic headlamp leveling, Forward Collision Warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross path detection, front and rear park assist, LED rear fog lamps, and exterior mirrors with turn signals. The car also had a garage door opener and rain-sensing wipers.

Pietro and Jim with 300

Just 500 of the Mopar ’12 300s were built in Brampton, Ontario; the list price, including destination, was $49,700. They included a personalized owner kit, Mopar-branded key fobs, merchandise, a certificate, and an original sketch of the car signed by the designer.

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