Before last year, many of us car guys had no idea who John Varvatos was. That all changed when the Detroit-native fashion designer lent his talents to the Chrysler 300 to create the snazzy, special-edition 300C John Varvatos models. The fashionable sedan returns for 2014 with two versions (Luxury and Limited), and the only big news here is that the latter model will be getting an optional all-wheel-drive system.

Distinguishing the Luxury and Limited models, the Luxury comes with Platinum exterior accents and is offered in a handful of colors while the Limited gets darker Titanium accents and only comes with a Phantom Black Tri-Coat paint job. Both cars get an exclusive interior design with special leathers, patterns and colors worthy of the designer's name and logo. The JV Edition is the only 300C to offer a V6 engine, but V8 lovers can still opt up for the powerful Hemi engine.

It would appear that the Luxury Edition is already on sale, but you'll have to wait until March for the 2014 JV Limited Edition, which, according to a Chrysler spokesperson, will be "limited from a production timing standpoint." The JV Luxury Edition starts at $41,195 and the Limited Edition will have a starting price of $44,480 (*not including $995 for destination) – both cars can be optioned with all-wheel drive for $2,500. Scroll down for the press release on the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition.
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300C JOHN VARVATOS LIMITED EDITION RETURNS WITH THE ULTIMATE IN 'IMPORTED FROM DETROIT' STYLE, NOW AVAILABLE WITH AWD

-An enthusiast demanded encore: Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns for 2014 with bespoke exterior appointments and exotic interior materials all tied-in with John Varvatos' signature design language for a Detroit-tough attitude
-Working hand-in-hand, John Varvatos' signature fashion style combined with Chrysler designers styling expertise forged a 300 flagship sedan that embodies the soul of "Imported from Detroit"
-Now available with Chrysler's intelligent AWD system featuring a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect for best-in-class fuel efficiency and all-season capability
-Award-winning Pentastar V-6 with paddle-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission delivers a best-in-class EPA estimated 31 highway mpg, while optional HEMI® V-8 with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology delivers 363 horsepower and 0-60 mph performance in less than six seconds
-Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition arrives to dealerships in March and starts at $44,480

January 28, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Inspired by the industrious look and feel of Detroit , the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns for 2014, now offering the segment's most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – along with its unique signature exterior appointments, and an interior clad in dark colors and exotic materials all tied-in with John Varvatos' signature design language.

"Our collaboration with John Varvatos created one of the most uniquely appointed and fastest-selling limited-edition Chrysler 300 models," said Al Gardner, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "We received feedback from Chrysler and John Varvatos design fans asking us to do two things – build a second run of the ultimate 'Imported From Detroit' Chrysler 300 and offer it with our most intelligent AWD system. We listened and the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition is back."

Ultimate in style: Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns
With its unique Phantom Black tri-coat exterior paint and discrete metallic finishes inside and out, the limited-production Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition returns, exuding its Detroit-tough attitude.

Styled after the black with Titanium-finished John Varvatos' cologne bottle, a Titanium-finished grille surround, Titanium Chrome Chrysler "wing" badge and Black Chrome grille blades mimic the foundries that made Motor City flourish. For a more striking look, an aggressively styled front fascia integrates larger air inlets and features Black Chrome grille blades and Titanium-finished accents. Matching the cologne bottle finish are 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels [19-inch with all-wheel drive (AWD)], day light opening surrounds and mirror caps finished in Titanium. At the rear, LED taillamps with blackened detail give a more masculine look, while dual-exhaust tips in titanium, and John Varvatos and Chrysler wing deck-lid badges finished in Titanium Chrome complete the look.

Delivering John Varvatos' signature style through a unique combination of dark colors and exotic materials, the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition surrounds its passengers with craftsmanship and an industrious style that could only be "Imported from Detroit." Inside, John Varvatos' logos are proudly debossed on unique Pewter Metallic leather seats and are tailored with unique Diesel Gray and black pattern Varvatos stitching – for a look that is straight out of his fitted-jacket collection. Translated from John Varvatos' latest watch design are a specially designed gauge cluster and clock with Pearlescent White face and Charcoal Black Metallic bezels. Extensive use of exotic Poltrona Frau® black leather with Diesel Gray accent stitching surrounds the bespoke environment, while a hand-stitched heated steering wheel is finished with Diesel Gray thread and Titanium Chrome accents for added detail. Completing the Chrysler 300C Varvatos Limited Edition's interior are Titanium, unique Charcoal Hydrographic Wood and Gloss Black finished interior accents.

The 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $44,480, while the new AWD model starts at $46,980 (excluding $995 destination).

The segment's most advanced AWD system
With the aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivering 292 horsepower, or legendary 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine with 363 horsepower with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology – the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition with intelligent AWD features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle-disconnect system. No other major automotive manufacturer offers the combination of these two independent technologies.

Chrysler 300's innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When AWD is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

World-class eight-speed automatic transmission
Once limited to premium import vehicles costing twice as much, the segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission expands the world-class power and fuel efficiency of the Pentastar V-6 equipped 2014 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition. Thanks to the addition of three more gear ratios, the state-of-the-art gearbox offers quicker acceleration, smoother shifts and class-leading fuel efficiency with respect to:

Best-in-class highway fuel economy (31 mpg highway)
Best-in-class V-6 all-wheel-drive (AWD) fuel economy (18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway)
Best-in-class combined fuel economy (23 mpg with RWD, 21 with AWD)
Unsurpassed city fuel economy (19 mpg RWD, 18 mpg AWD)
Overall unsurpassed fuel economy in its class (19 mpg city and 31 mpg highway with RWD)
Additionally, quicker shifts are possible on the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition as a result of a "Sport" shift mode that requires simple driver input. When the driver chooses to let the transmission shift in "Sport" mode, gear changes are quicker and revs are held higher for even more performance-oriented acceleration and higher shift dynamics. For even more control, the driver can also use a pair of die-cast, steering-wheel mounted paddle controls and view gear selection in the instrument cluster.

About John Varvatos
Launched in 2000 with a collection of tailored clothing and sportswear, John Varvatos now represents an entire men's lifestyle that includes footwear, bags, belts, eyewear, limited edition watches, men's fragrances, as well as the younger, edgier John Varvatos U.S.A. Collection and Boys' line, as well as Converse by John Varvatos. The designer has been recognized three times by the CFDA with an American Fashion Award for New Menswear Designer (June 2000) and Menswear Designer of the Year (June 2001 and June 2005) and was honored as GQ's "Designer of the Year" in 2007. The collection is distributed in freestanding John Varvatos boutiques across the U.S. - including his famed 315 Bowery boutique in New York City, formerly the seminal underground music club CBGB's - and online, as well as in better department stores throughout the world. www.johnvarvatos.com

About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1926.

Whether it is the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, the sleek elegant styling of the Chrysler 200 Convertible, or the family room on wheels functionality of the Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system on the Chrysler Town & Country, the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300 and Uconnect phone utilizing Bluetooth technology on the Chrysler 200 and Chrysler 200 Convertible.

The world-class interior of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan is beautifully crafted with high-quality materials that are soft to the touch, and offers tech-savvy entertainment features and smart storage and seating options including Stow 'n Go® seating with one-touch fold-down function, dual DVD entertainment system, navigation and SIRIUSXM satellite radio with Travel Link making the Chrysler Town & Country the ultimate family vehicle. A 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine is a "Ward's 10 Best Engine" and produces a best-in-class 283 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a fuel economizer mode. Town & Country achieves 17 miles per gallon in the city, 25 on the highway.

The Chrysler brand's succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand's standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.


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      Peter S.
      • 10 Months Ago
      The lack of chrome pleases me... If I ever bought a 300, this is the only way I'd get it. Pretty sleek.
      joner.eighthundred
      • 9 Months Ago
      i made the biggest mistake of coming to this link to find out about the 2014 JVE. i own a 2013 limited and am trying to find out how many more they will produce this year. i dont mind people disliking the looks of this car; just like all of the other cars ever made EVER, not everyone will like it. so look for another one that you DO like. what kills me are the ignoramuses who come here to talk about drug dealers and thugs. so, this one is for you. as the article started, i didnt know who John Varvatos was until i saw this car, but when i saw it, i instantly fell in love w/it. i am in my mid-30s, i am of Cuban-, African-, and Native-American descent. i have a wife, a kid, i own a 3-bedroom home in a suburb of south Florida, i am college-educated, and i make a good living. i dont sell drugs nor am i a thug; quite the opposite - i work in hospitality. the reason i bought this car, more so than the exterior aesthetic appeal, is because of the interior quality and amenities. i also like the exclusivity of owning one and knowing chances are, i will never see another one on the road. i wonder what makes people say this is a drug dealer's car: because it has 20" rims? you are aware that many luxury cars, including audis and MBs have 20" wheels available, or standard, right? is it because the paint is shiny? or is it because youre just ignorant, brain-dead morons? i know the correct answer, but i doubt you do. i like all types of music, but its because of idiots like you that i will not play loud hip-hop in my car. i dont want to fit your stereotype and have you and your wife clutching your purses when you pull up next to me, assuming that i might brandish a sideways pistol through my open window. take the time to see my blazer hanging on the coat hook in the back and realize that not everything is as it was in 1980. have you gone to the john varvatos website to post how thuggish his clothing line is? then what spurned you to post your presumptuous comments here? i have had everyone, from some whom you might consider "thugs," to french-canadian snow-birds, to the most clean-cut car enthusiasts - American, Jewish, whoever - ask me about my car because they have never seen a 300 like mine. racism is still alive and well in all parts of our world, but thankfully, not everyone is a bigot, and some people still like cars and can also hold a decent conversation. in summation, if youre a racist bastard, go f*** yourself. and dont bother replying to this comment, i made an aol account just to post it. to everyone else, have a great day!
      PiCASSO
      • 10 Months Ago
      Gorgeous wheels... love them.
        Rochester
        • 10 Months Ago
        @PiCASSO
        I like them, too. The less chrome the better. However, at 20" x 9", these are probably north of 30 pounds each. Also, look at the design itself; while very appealing, they're also a complete PITA to wash and wax. This trend towards crazy huge wheels really needs to peak, and then drop back to reality. Manufacturers should start using lightweight, forged aluminum, and market the benefits... rather than pimping the ride with impractical 20" bricks.
          joner.eighthundred
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Rochester
          1. the whole car is heavy on its own @ 4000+ lbs, the rims are just a proverbial drop in the bucket. 2. the car is big, anything smaller than 20" just wouldnt do it justice, IMO. 3. curious to what makes 20" rims impractical? clearly, this is not a track car. 4. "crazy huge?" really?? what do you drive, a Smart?
          sckid213
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Rochester
          I think Cadillac, of all brands, might be leading a trend back to realistic wheel sizes with the CTS V-sport, which has 18" wheels. Then again the new Escalade comes with 20's standard, and the Platinum gets 22's, so maybe not...
      Larry Litmanen
      • 10 Months Ago
      If you are driving this car you are a drug dealer.
      elmonelson
      • 10 Months Ago
      Wow! A $48,000 Thug-Mobile manufactured by Fiat-Titanic. What's that?! The ship's taking on water?! The Italians must be very proud of their new American bride.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @elmonelson
        So do you have any website to cite that proves you right about Fiat failing?
          elmonelson
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          History isn't made overnight. You must be patient. But one thing for sure...history ALWAYS repeats itself!
      elmonelson
      • 10 Months Ago
      It's easy to be negative about an automobile company that hasn't been able to self-sustain itself since the 1980's and now is OWNED by Fiat. If you want to take this sorry company seriously then be my guest but don't scold others for accepting the obvious; Chrysler, Dodge, Ram & Jeep are an American joke!
        Neez
        • 10 Months Ago
        @elmonelson
        WTF are you talking about???? Ever since fiat took over, they've been making nothing but profit??? Look at their 2013 earnings, they're doing very well and releasing awsome products. Ram trucks are increasing in market share like crazy, they literally have the best truck out right now.
          elmonelson
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Neez
          You must be very young or stupid (or both). Every time Chrysler is thrown a life preserver it takes years for the reality to surface that Chrysler is not an asset to whom they wed, they are more like a boat anchor. With an influx of new money Chrysler always comes out with many new products, which will always impress some that are easy to impress. They can even have some short-term success. That's exactly how Lee Iacocca was able to repay the government backed loans in the 1980's. But rest assured that history will again repeat itself and at some point in the future Fiat will be in danger of financially drowning because of Chrysler and won't be able to divorce (sell) the American bride quick enough. That's WTF I'm talking about!!!!!!!!!
        kagroyalo
        • 10 Months Ago
        @elmonelson
        It is better to remain silent and assumed an idiot than to speak and remove all doubt. Before the "Merger of Equals" Chrysler was the most profitable company of the Big 3 and their line-up was strong. After Iaocca retired, Bob Lutz was assumed to get promoted. He did not and fled to GM. Robert Eaton sold to Daimler and got rich. Their products were good at first, but Diamler replaced the American management, used their money and cheapened the products as time went on and Cerberus was only there to gut it and sell the profitable parts (ie. Jeep, Ram) with Robert Nardelli (Home Depot golden parachute). So what if Fiat bought Chrysler. I think they finally found a CEO who IS a car guy and understands what the consumer wants. You are letting your hate cloud the facts.
        Carman
        • 10 Months Ago
        @elmonelson
        "that hasn't been able to self-sustain itself since the 1980's" Huh... WTF are talking about. Chrysler was a profitable company prior to Daimler "Merger of Equals." The only reason there was an interest in the company is because Chrysler had money in the bank and Daimler didn't. They "merged" and Daimler spent all the money on Mercedes and Smart and gave Chrysler none. Geez wiki the story it's in black & white.
          elmonelson
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Carman
          Daimler...Chrysler...equals??!! Geez, from what planet are you visiting? Where you come from do they also tell you that the Super 8 and the Ritz-Carlton are equals. Enjoy your visit but please don't miss your flight back home.
      scootibum
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nobody cares about John Barfatos! Who in the hell would want a dudes name all over the inside of their car, oh that's right! A TOOL.
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @scootibum
        Someone who buys his clothing, which is some pretty high quality stuff. By the way, I wouldn't mind owning this car. This car is absolutely GORGEOUS!
      Neez
      • 10 Months Ago
      Who the F is john varvators??
        Aaron N
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Neez
        An extremely high-end clothing designer based out of Detroit...
          Scooter
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          lol.
          Neez
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          Well i hope they don't have to pay him a royalty for every car. Apparently Chrysler is doing alot of marketing for his brand.
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Aaron N
          [blocked]
      Carman
      • 10 Months Ago
      Love, Love this car and this edition. I'm seriously thinking about trading in my 5-series - which I also love for it. I sat in this car - not the Varvatos edition at the DC car show and thought, I'd be really happy with this car. If you have only negative thing to say, you know nothing about this car.
      rubley00
      • 10 Months Ago
      We still have no idea who John Varvatos is, nor do we care.
      Rochester
      • 10 Months Ago
      Absolutely loved the 300C when it was introduced. Now it just looks dumb, old and pimpish.
      nocommie11
      • 10 Months Ago
      Since nobody know who John Varvatos is, it carries a lot of negative connotation because it sounds like Pudd Daddy edition.
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