It’s been called a revolution in automotive audio; a first-of-its-kind, recording studio-quality sound system standard in a consumer vehicle. The partnership between Beats by Dr. Dre and the 2012 Chrysler 300S has resulted in one of the finest audio systems ever integrated into a vehicle, and that vehicle just happens to be one of the finest Chrysler has ever built.
The new 2012 Chrysler 300S (starting MSRP $33,470) is indeed a revelation in vehicle sound, with arguably the best standard sound system on the market. An exclusive joint venture between Chrysler engineers and legendary recording artists and music producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, this groundbreaking system doesn’t simply integrate more speakers into the sedan’s cabin (it has 10), it refines and perfects their placement and tuning to brilliantly reproduce recording-studio-quality sound within the vehicle’s cabin. The result is an audio system advanced enough to truly and faithfully reflect the artist’s original intentions and recordings.
Controlled from the intuitive, 8.4-inch touch-screen of the Uconnect Touch™
infotainment system (as are hands-free phone, navigation and even web connection features), Beats Audio is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attitude and innovation within the newest 300S. Capitalizing on what Chrysler calls an “athletic-luxury theme,” the sedan gets heated and bolstered 12-way power-adjustable sport seats, which are available in black or bold Radar Red leather. The instrument panel, steering wheel, gauges and center stack get a coating of Piano Black, along with some matte carbon hydrographic finished accents (in place of traditional wood). Standard laminated acoustic glass and advanced sound deadening create a cabin quiet enough to capitalize on the powerful audio system, while available features like the heated and cooled cup holders and dual-pane sunroof ensure exceptional comfort and convenience.
Outside, the 300S gets younger and more stylish with a powerfully athletic and sophisticated body style. S models get massive, 20-inch polished-face aluminum wheels with wider all-season rubber. On either side of the iconic grille, the 300S gets jeweled, C-shaped LED headlamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting and black-accented bezels for a commanding, refined look. A dual exhaust with bright tips and towering LED taillights complete the bold, refined design.
The 2012 300S comes standard with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 attached to a class-exclusive new eight-speed automatic transmission, for 292 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque and an impressive 31 highway mpg. The available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 increases output to 363 hp and 394 lb/ft of torque through a standard five-speed automatic transmission with the clutchless manual shifting ability of AutoStick. The HEMI also features advanced Fuel Saver Technology, allowing it to reach up to 25 highway mpg. The 300S offers rear-wheel drive or the innovative Chrysler all-wheel drive system, which adds an additional layer of confidence to the already road-gripping ride found in the 300.
A world-class sedan deserves world-class handling, and the 2012 300S feels and steers as brilliantly as it plays music. A performance-tuned chassis (in V8 models) delivers 25 percent quicker steering, while a front and rear multi-link suspension – featuring advanced shock absorbers and spring rates – ensures a smoother, more luxurious ride. The all-wheel drive system, the most innovative in its class, uses an active transfer case to provide seamless transitions between all-wheel and rear-wheel drive for optimal handling at all times, and comes backed by standard features like Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and advanced braking.
Powerful, commanding and sporting the first-of-its-kind Beats by Dr. Dre 10-speaker audio system, the 2012 Chrysler 300S is a revelation in sound, sophistication and performance.