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2012 Chrysler 300 Mopar celebrates Mopar 75th anniversary

February 1, 2012

Mopar, service and parts division of Chrysler, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To kick off the party, it has unveiled the 2012 Chrysler 300 Mopar, showcasing a number of unique revisions.

Carrying the distinctive black theme, cosmetically, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Mopar comes with a black chrome grille and matching tinted headlights, while the body features contrasting blue pin stripes and Mopar badges.

Keeping with the black menacing character, there’s also a set of black, blue-rimmed 20-inch alloy wheels. These are tucked in the guards with new sports lowered suspension, and hide a more serious braking package compared with the standard 300.

Inside is reupholstered in black Katzkin leather, while piano black highlights compliment the dash. There’s also a smattering of carbon fibre trimming, with die-cast paddle shifters behind a sports steering wheel.

Under the bonnet sits the same 5.7-litre HEMI V8 producing 271kW. However, the final drive ratio has been increased to 3.9:1 to offer improved acceleration. Mopar says the change allows the big bruiser to hit 0-100km/h in the 5.0-seconds range.

The 2012 Chrysler Mopar will hit the US market as a complete package, straight off the showroom floor, halfway through this year. Prices will start at US$49,700.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.