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In the months leading up to the Melbourne Motor Show, there was apparently a rogue group of Chrysler Australia employees working on a top secret "customer evaluation vehicle project." What they came up with was rolled out at the show as the Chrysler E490. The team took a Chrysler 300C SRT8 Touring (what we in the States call a Dodge Magnum) and swapped out the stock wheels, slapped on a (quite tasteful, actually) body package and bolted a cold-air induction system onto the 6.1 liter Hemi. The E490 name is supposed to invoke memories of Australia's legendary Dodge E49 Chargers, though they were V6-powered coupes.

The E490 is quite stunning, and we expect Chrysler Australia will get a good "customer evaluation" from the vehicle. Chrysler Australia estimates the cost of the E490 would be $84,990 AUD if it were offered as an optional package.

[Sources: WorldCarFans, FullBoost]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Magnum sure does look better as a Chrysler.
      • 8 Years Ago
      sorry those wheels are just bad taste. they just look like crappy the crappy el cheapo rims people put on their imprezas and skylines (ie wog wheels) here in sydney.

      standard SRT8 wheels are a lot better
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just in case you guys are wondering the RT E49 was a Valiant Charger by Chrysler with a 265 hemi straight six with Tripple webbers producing 302 BHP way back in 1972. It was the quickest accelerating production car in Australia for more than 20 years. My Brother owned an original but sold it for about 2k in the 80's, that particular one is worth about 100k today.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LINE-sixes, guys; LINE-sixes.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice Ride!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yuck on those wheels, they look like bargain basement 20-inchers from the mean streets of Canoga Park...

      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like I'm the Aussie engine police today! The E49 Charger had a straight six, not a V (just like the Falcon Ute)!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who wants to see one of these in 'ute' form?
      • 8 Years Ago
      how about a six speed manuel transmission.and swivel buckets and a chrysler nascar race team.I live near woodburn dragstrip i would be more than happy to race one for free.don't change the body style. I loved the old chrysler 300s also.
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