(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
With an entirely new shape based on the company’s all-new rear-drive
architecture, the all-new 2005 Chrysler 300 features classic
proportions. A long hood, short deck and dramatic profile complete with
available 18-inch wheels give Chrysler 300 its stunning presence.
"The all-new 2005 Chrysler 300 is the new standard for American large
cars," said Dieter Zetsche, President and CEO of the Chrysler Group.
"And this is just one of nine new products we’re bringing to market in
calendar year 2004."
The Chrysler 300C model marks the return of the HEMI® engine to the
Chrysler brand after nearly 50 years. The legendary engine design that
powered Chrysler’s ‘letter series’ cars in the 1950s has been
re-engineered and reborn as a modern, high-performance, fuel-efficient
and durable powerplant known as the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. With 340
horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque, the Chrysler 300C can go from zero
to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.
The 2005 Chrysler 300C will be the first modern volume production
vehicle in North America to feature cylinder deactivation when it goes
on sale in the spring of 2004. The Chrysler Group Multi-Displacement
System (MDS) seamlessly turns off the fuel consumption in four cylinders
of the 5.7-liter HEMI engine when V-8 power is not needed. This provides
a world class combination of performance and fuel economy.
"Our new generation of vehicles will separate us from the pack,“ said
Zetsche. "The MDS system on our HEMI V-8 will be a first for a modern
volume car in North America and will deliver a 10- to 20-percent
increase in fuel efficiency.“
Transferring all this power to the pavement is Chrysler’s new rear-drive
architecture. Rear-wheel drive offers improved handling with front
wheels steering and rear wheels driving. With tremendous advances in
tire technology and electronic stability control, Chrysler brings back
the rear-wheel drive passenger sedan.
"Rear-wheel drive is the right architecture for performance,“ added
Zetsche. "With the advances that have been made in technology, for large
cars rear-wheel drive guarantees the best performance and handling.“