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Chrysler imagined a full-size sedan that could take on the European carmakers when it introduced the 300 M in 1998 as a successor for the Eagle Vision.

While the Eagle brand was bleeding and closing to an undeserved death, Chrysler needed a new vehicle to replace the Eagle Vision. It already had the Intrepid in its lineup, but it needed something to fit in the five-meter (16.4 ft) European standards. That was the 300 M, built on the same platform as its longer Concord sibling.

With its rakish profile and narrow front end, the 300 M looked dynamic even when it was parked. Its cab-forward design emphasized the front-wheel-drive system, which was unusual for the 300 Series. Its nameplate predecessor was a coupe from 1970, so it had to look sporty and drive even sportier. Its short decklid in the back enhanced the aggressive stance.

Inside, the 300 M was roomy thanks to the big wheelbase and well-composed interior. The front bucket seats offered more comfort than stability during high-speed cornering, while the bench was wide enough to host three adults but profiled for two. The black interior and wood trims were the main accents, while the white dials in the instrument cluster with green back-light provided an additional sporty image.

Under the hood, the American carmaker offered the 300 M with a European-tuned 2.7-liter V-6 that provided 200 hp and a punchier 3.5-liter good for 248 hp. Unfortunately, Chrysler paired both of them to a four-speed automatic, which was one less than its European competitors and affected the car's performance.

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CHRYSLER 300M 1998 - 2004
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.7L V6 4AT (200 HP)
  • 3.5L V6 4AT (248 HP)

CHRYSLER 300M 2.7L V6 4AT (200 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.7L V6 4AT (200 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2736 cm3
Power
149.3 KW @ 5900 RPM
203 HP @ 5900 RPM
200 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
188 lb-ft @ 4300-5000 RPM
255 Nm @ 4300-5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
131 mph (211 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.9 in (5001 mm)
Width
74.5 in (1892 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/61.6 in (1,575/1,565 mm)
Wheelbase
113 in (2870 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3616 lbs (1640 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4674 lbs (2120 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)
Highway
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Combined
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)

CHRYSLER 300M 3.5L V6 4AT (248 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 4AT (248 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3518 cm3
Power
185 KW @ 6400 RPM
252 HP @ 6400 RPM
248 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
251 lb-ft @ 3950-4350 RPM
340 Nm @ 3950-4350 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
142.9 mph (230 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/55 R 17
DIMENSIONS
Length
196.9 in (5001 mm)
Width
75.6 in (1920 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/61.6 in (1,575/1,565 mm)
Wheelbase
113 in (2870 mm)
Ground Clearance
5 in (127 mm)
Cargo Volume
18.7 cuFT (530 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3660 lbs (1660 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4696 lbs (2130 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
14.6 mpg US (16.1 L/100Km)
Highway
27 mpg US (8.7 L/100Km)
Combined
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
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