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The 2012 Chrysler 300 has been completely redesigned, but surprisingly that redesign did not include a standard V8. It did however include an upgraded powerful 3.6-liter engine and a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Together creating 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, this is 42 hp and 10 lb-ft more than previous models.

Both the mpg and mph have been improved by keeping the engine close to its power-band sweet spot, and paddle shifters that allow you to shift manually. The 2012 300 has an additional 6 mpg to get an EPA highway rating of 31 versus the older models 25. The exterior was updated to be more sophisticated, the interior more refined, and the cabin quieter. Chrysler specifically remodeled both the 300 S and the 300C models to ensure the Chrysler 300 has everything any driver is looking for.

The 300 S was stripped of any bright chrome and wood to appeal to a younger, broader spectrum of people. Instead body-colored accents have been placed on the fascia and mirrors, a black-chrome grille, black headlight surrounds, and polished aluminum wheels with black accents have all been added. The interior can be finished in either a crisp black or Radar Red leather with black carbon trim. Chrysler added an infotainment system displayed on an 8.4 inch screen and an audio system developed by Dr. Dre. The Beats audio system contains 10-speakers and 522-watts.

The 300 S models will be offered in multiple varieties: one option being an all-wheel drive model powered by either a 292-hp V6 or the 363-hp Hemi V8. If customers opt for rear-drive only they still have the option of either a V6 or a V8. The V6 models will come with the new ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 models come with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 300C executive series was designed to be lavish, offering only exotic materials usually found in Italian luxury vehicles. The C is available with rear-or all-wheel drive and only paired with a Hemi-V8. Inside you can find all the trimmings including your choice of either Mochachino or Black Poltrona Frau “Folingo” leather accents. The seats are stitched with Nappa leather in a two-tone color combo and the displays are finished by hand to accentuate its natural color of brown or gray wood. On the exterior the chrome trim was replaced and upgraded to platinum chrome and the standard 20-inch rims were polished to shine.

With all the models being upgraded, the Chrysler 300 is definitely worth a test drive. Head down to your local Phoenix Chrysler dealer or Scottsdale Chrysler dealer to learn more.


In 2010 Dodge put a hold on production of Vipers, but Dodge Viper Phoenix fans will be happy to know, they’re back and better than ever. Dodge announced earlier this year that they are releasing two new models:  the SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS. Both models have features that clearly resemble the original ferocious Viper. But with new designers and engineers working together, the Viper has been reborn. 

The exterior body still remains modeled after snakes and the human body, with smooth curves, low stout, and upkicked tail but has been redesigned to be more aerodynamic. The use of premium materials, such as high-tech carbon fiber and aluminum, and new practical details, bring the Viper into the higher quality category of “supercar”.  Under the hood the 2013 Viper is powered by the shockingly powerful, all-aluminum pushrod V-10 engine that creates 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. The new intake manifold runs off a high-performance computer-based simulation with Formula 1 aerodynamics and even features nuclear submarine performance to ensure a silent ride.

 A Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual is still standard and allows the car to be every bit as fast as previous models. New to the SRT Viper is a two-mode suspension system that features Bilstein DampTronic Select shocks, which are known to be extremely efficient on both the road and the track. Electronic stability control and launch-control system, with steering-wheel buttons, are both standard, and aid in allowing the car to have the fastest possible launch from a dead stop. The revised camshaft profile also works with Viper’s variable-valve timing for lower emissions and fuel consumption, while still providing power. The new model also features upgraded Brembo four-piston unit brakes, with fixed-aluminum calipers and vented rotors. A revised catalyst wash-coat process also enables a 20-percent overall increase in power output.

The interior has visibly significant changes, in comparison to previous models. Both 2013 models will feature high-performance racing seats, special upholsteries, trims, and accents. Chrysler has also guaranteed that anyone up to 6’-7” will be able to fit comfortably in the car, with the addition of an extended floor pan and bulkhead. Sitting in the driver seat there is also added convenience features such as the customizable gauge cluster, infotainment unit with Uconnect media center, integrated SiriusXM Travel Link, and 18-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. With all of these added features the new Viper still weighs 100 pounds less than the older model.

The 2013 SRT Viper and SRT Viper GTS are guaranteed to keep both track and street drivers happy with performance, speed, convenience, and a new quality standard. Chapman Dodge and Dodge Arizona dealerships will have the car available for test drive in fall 2012.