There are a plethora of reasons to love the Chrysler 300; for many drivers, that reason is its performance. Aside from its style and premium features, the 2018 Chrysler 300 boasts powertrain capability and precise tuning that deliver a thrilling driving experience with either of its engine options.
Details on the standard V6 engine
Four of the 2018 Chrysler 300’s five trim levels come with the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 24-valve VVT engine as the standard source of power. Benefitting from an eight-speed automatic transmission with rotary shifter, the capable powertrain combination can muster up to 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, though the 300S gets a bump in output, reaching 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque.
That level of strength is balanced by practical fuel economy, as the 2018 Chrysler 300’s V6 engine with rear-wheel drive earns an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.*
Details on the available V8 engine
For even higher levels of excitement, the 2018 Chrysler 300 offers buyers an available upgrade: a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI® MDS VVT engine. This monstrous system earns best-in-class performance numbers, mustering a brawny 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque.
Thanks to the V8 engine’s Fuel Saver Technology that deactivates four of the eight cylinders on light highway driving, this powertrain still manages to average 25 mpg on the highway.*
Other crucial performance tools
In addition to the two available engines, the 2018 Chrysler 300 boasts an array of optimized handling and response features that contribute to its thrilling performance.
The Chrysler 300’s transmission system is typically rear-wheel drive but can be ordered with an advanced all-wheel drive system that utilizes an axle disconnect function and manipulates traction and control based on driving style, road surface and other factors.
The available Sport Mode also optimizes handling and function by increasing pedal response, tweaking electric power steering precision and raising transmission shift points.
No amount of discussion concerning the performance of the 2018 Chrysler 300 can substitute for an in-person experience of how the vehicle feels on the road, so take this sedan for a test drive.
*Actual mileage may vary. For more information, please visit: www.chrysler.com/fuelefficiency
This article is presented by Colonial Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Hudson in Hudson, Massachusetts.