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Chrysler Brand Celebrates Historic Imported from Detroit Achievements
Chrysler 300 Motown Edition and a one-off 300S in "Turbine Bronze" debut at Detroit auto show
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 11, 2013 08:05 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Proudly commending both the Chrysler Brand's and the City of Detroit's history are the Chrysler 300 Motown Edition and a one-off Chrysler 300S that recognizes the 50th anniversary of the legendary Chrysler Turbine and its signature bronze hue. Both Chrysler flagship sedans will debut next week at the most apropos venue, the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
"'Imported from Detroit' embodies the imagination and ingenuity that make up the roots of the Motor City's greatness, and at this Detroit auto show, Chrysler brand celebrates the legacy of style, skill and soul that our city gave the world," said Saad Chehab, President and CEO – Chrysler Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Our new 300 Motown limited-edition model echoes the sound and uplifting spirit that forever changed music. While our one-off Chrysler 300S pays homage to the brand's style and innovative spirit that could only originate from the Motor City."
At this year's NAIAS, the limited-edition 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown with its original Motown recording artists tracks will share the spotlight with a unique Chrysler 300S, specially appointed to give a nod to the gas-turbine powered legend with its contemporary matte "Turbine Bronze" finished paint and exclusive exterior appointments.
New 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown
Inside, the new 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown is further proof that style and luxury can come from a place like the Motor City. Unique Pearl Nappa leather seating with perforated inserts are surrounded by a black interior environment for a contemporary look. Tying in the contrasting interior theme are black piping and accent stripes on the seats, while a debossed "Motown" logo on the front seatbacks provide thoughtful detail. Extensive use of Piano Black on interior center stack, instrument panel, steering wheel, gauge cluster and door panel elements provide a uniquely lacquered and highly detailed appearance. Completing this special-edition interior environment are authentic Black Olive Ash wood trim and satin silver finished accents.
Special Pre-loaded 100 Tracks of Motown
State-of-the-art Uconnect 8.4 provides Chrysler 300 Motown passengers with the segment's largest touchscreen display (8.4-inch) and mobile infotainment, connectivity and multimedia features. Delivering a sound experience as the artist intended, the segment-exclusive 10-speaker Beats Audio system with 12-channel amplifier and proprietary Beats Audio algorithm is also available.
The 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown arrives at Chrysler dealerships nationwide in the spring of 2013 and has a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $32,995, excluding $995 destination charge.
Chrysler 300S Commemorates The Bronze Legend
The Original Chrysler Turbine
A total of 50 Ghia-bodied gas-turbine cars were built between 1963 and 1964. Most of the vehicles were loaned to members of the general public for a three-month trial period. Over the life of the program, a total of 200 families used the Chrysler Turbine vehicles. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive. All 50 Chrysler Turbine test cars were painted "Turbine Bronze" and had matching interiors. However, one of the vehicles was repainted white and driven in the movie "The Lively Set" by a Chrysler engineer.
To prove the engines flexibility, the vehicles were run on perfume, alcohol, kerosene, diesel and even JP-4 jet fuel. The twin-regenerator gas-turbine engine featured two independent turbine wheels – one to power the vehicle and a second to drive the compressor and engine accessories. This fifth-generation turbine engine was coupled to a modified TorqueFlite three-speed automatic transmission. Engine output was 130 horsepower and an impressive 450 ft.-lb. of torque at the output shaft.
The Turbine engine was never put into production due to the cost of its manufacture and the fact that fuel economy ratings were never dramatically better than the standard internal combustion engine.
At the end of the evaluation period all but nine of these cars were scrapped due to tax and import tariffs. Of the nine remaining Chrysler Turbines, two are kept within Chrysler Group's historical collection and seven were given to museums. The Chrysler Turbine cars currently reside at: Detroit Historical, Smithsonian Inst., Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Peterson Museum – Los Angeles, a private owner in Indiana, the Blackhawk Collection and Jay Leno. Of the nine, five remain in operating condition.
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