• Jan 11th 2010 at 9:19AM
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Chrysler 300 S8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler made one of the past decade's strongest design statements with the 2005 introduction of the 300. The rear-wheel-drive sedan with blocky styling was a knockout with both the general consumer and, maybe more specifically, the aftermarket. Five years on and the 300 is still a SEMA favorite.

Sometimes, modded 300s look pretty swank. Of course, sometimes not so much. If you're standing in Chrysler's shoes, obviously you want to muscle in on this market. Meet the 300 S6 and 300 S8. Essentially, these two cars are appearance packages. However, we think they're great looking appearance packs.

The big difference between the new cars (both are badged with "300 S" instead of the more Audi-infringing S6 and S8 monikers) and the regular 300 is the grille. Gone are the full chromed snouts of the normal 300s, in are blacked-out grilles with chrome surrounds and body-colored accents. The doors are "shaved," the mirrors are body-colored and the headlight bezels are darkened. And, of course, the 20-inch wheels are highly polished.

The interior is also done up in low-key bling. There's a carbon weave steering wheel with red stitching and silver spokes, "track-tested" leather seats with a "300 S" logo with perforated suede inserts. The door handles are also done up in carbon weave with red stitching – a cool, thorough touch.

If you're wondering what the difference is between the two special edition models themselves, the 300 S6 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 (250 horsepower, 250 pound-feet of torque) and the 300 S8 comes with the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 (340 hp, 390 lb-ft of torque). Visually, the difference is quite slight. The 300 S8 has twin pipes and nearly solid-red taillights, while the 300 S6's rear lights feature a clear round circle. Also, we called Audi to ask about infringement on their S6 and S8 names. "No comment."

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You fools can grunt about the Bentley looks all you want. Just remember that Chrysler used its own history as a styling point for this car. Take a lok at some of the past concept vehicles as well as Chyslers from the 50s-60s and you will see that this is just a modern interpretation of those cars and design cues brought forward. As far as the "S" goes, I don't think that Audi has been credited with creating the alphabet so read'em and wheap, haterrrrrrsssssssss!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car has timeless design which is great and will keep looking great many years down the line...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe they finally copied Bentley's honey-comb grill pattern. It's like they're not even TRYING to pretend they aren't selling a knock-off car, marketed to poseurs.

      Do a google image search using the phrase "Bentley grill" and see how many Chrysler 300c's pop up, LOL.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a car that I like overall, but a shame that Chrysler had to copy Audi with the S8 name - lame on Chrysler's part.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think they are officially calling them S6 and S8. That might be the package name for the 6 and 8 cylinder models, but there is only going to be that red S (that really just looks like a winding road) actually anywhere on the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the automotive business, it's all about continued refinement. and Chrysler has been doing that with this car since 2006. Steadily improving it until the replacement is here. That is a large reason why so many people continue to like this car. Here before us is yet another example of that commitment. GO CHRYSLER!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't really care for the Chrysler 300, and this package doesn't really change that (though I think the black grill is a marked improvement).

      However, I really like those wheels. I think they complement the car well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care how "dated" the 300 is. It's beautiful. Hang in there, Chrysler and give us an even more beautiful 300 with the next design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the 300C's classic "mafiosi" stance...it would blend and age gracefully along with it's new Italian fratellos.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW (for one) has a seven year product cycle. If the new 300 comes out this fall as planed, the life span of the current car will have been 5 years. BTW I logged a few hundred miles behind the wheel of my Dad's '07 300C over Christmas, taking trips from Phoenix to Sedona and Benson. I have to say it is a very nice car. The 300 is tight quiet and composed. My only complaint is the overly light steering. I can't think of another car that offers the power, handling and style at the 300C's price point. When I got home and behind the wheel of my '08 328i, aside from properly weighted steering, I was hard pressed to find the $18,000 difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because that's the garbage I read on autoblog whenever anyone has anything to say about any Chrysler product, especially the 300.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why should a five year old model be considered dated? It still looks damn good, and this appearance package flatters the car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When an auto maker gets everything right with a model design, why must they worry about changing it so soon?

        The first Monte Carlos 1970-72 were beautiful. Then in 1973 they were ruined.

        1967-69 Camaro beautiful, 1970 on, ok but not nearly as nice.

        The 300 has to evolve sooner or later. Lets hope when it does they get it right.

        Sometimes change is not always better, just different.

        Right now Chrysler needs to focus on a mid size Sebring replacement and a fitting replacement for the Neon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Read below and you'll see EXACTLY what kind of ignorant bull$h!t I'm talking about:

        10:58am (1/11/2010)

        Surprised there are people who would buy this considering its dated design and poor quality."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh mai gawd....AUDI?

      Is that you?

      Its been a while.

      You've put on weight.

      I'm talkin ALOT of weight.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring on the Lancia Delta! I want one! I think it looks quite convincing as a Chrysler- kinda like a smaller Pacifica. I'm fantasizing about one with the 1.9 l 190hp twin turbo diesel and a 6 speed. Just beef up the wheels, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks quite nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to nit-pick much, Autoblog, but the 5.7 has had 360hp (not 340) since 2008........
      • 5 Years Ago
      All it needs is window tint, and a rear door suicide conversion, and maybe smoke tinted tail lights...

      biggest mob car since the early 60's Lincoln Continental, and the 90's black Town Car.
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