Chrysler Denies Reports Of A Hellcat-Powered 300

Shortly after rumors surfaced that Chrysler was working on a Hellcat-powered 300 variant, a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesman has ruled out the possibility of such a model.

Motor Authority reports that the spokesman said there are “no plans” to fit the 707 hp, supercharged V8 Hellcat engine into the Chrysler 300.

It was initially thought that a Hellcat-powered Chrysler 300 could be introduced in late 2018 and would be the perfect way to send off the current-generation model after a decision was made within FCA to scrap the planned next-gen 300 with Alfa Romeo Giulia underpinnings.

On the face of it, building a Chrysler 300 Hellcat wouldn’t be too difficult considering the sedan has previously been available with a big V8 in SRT guise. However, in the years since that model was ditched, Chrysler has focused more on luxury in the 300 family, leaving performance to the likes of Dodge and Jeep.

If what the spokesman is saying is true, the Charger, Challenger and Jeep Grand Cherokee may remain the only Hellcat-powered models. However, we’re still holding out hope for a Chrysler Pacifica SRT Hellcat

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  • matrem

    What is he point of this brand at this point? One new model, and the rest are being either cancelled or left to rot. Same goes for dodge.

    • gor134

      Dodge seems to be on track. They are very successful at the moment selling performance cars, because of the Charger and Challenger. The Durango and Journey also sell well, and the Journey is reportedly going to be replaced by a RWD model.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The next sound you will hear is a plug being pulled.

  • Thomas Elkins

    Car sales are down for just about everyone at this point. I’m sure they’ll introduce new cars when demand for them returns. In the meantime they are working on new Jeeps and a new Ram. If I had to guess, they’ll fill the lack of cars with rebadged Fiats when they need too.

  • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It’s starling to know how Chrysler has been abandon by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles with two recently all-new models in the last three years including the short-lived second-generation 200 and current Pacifica. I think it is time for badged engineering at Chrysler from Jeep to help boost Chrysler’s vehicle sales until a definite proposal is implemented for all-new models.

  • Harry_Wild

    Love the new front end of the 300! Chrysler should continue with this existing model. Why kill it if there is nothing to replace it?

    • LWOAP

      Perhaps because they are not selling well enough? Or maybe it’s because it’s old and getting outdated.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    What is the point indeed matrem! If you look at their website, they have 3 cars….One of which can’t be ordered and has been killed, 1 just announced that a refresh has been cancelled and the other is an irrelevant mini van in a world now full of cross-overs. As soon as the Dart is gone, they will have 2 outdated models BUT you CAN get the out of touch Pacifica in a Hybrid! Whoo!

    I’ll say it again…I give FCA 5-8 years and what we know as FCA will be gone with lots of collateral damage(I’ve said 5-10 before). Chrysler already has both legs hanging over the edge of the grave site hole.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Dodge has nothing to future-proof itself. They have no alternative fuel of any sort and nothing in the works. If they did, Serg would not be trying to hard sell them (or merge) to everyone who might listen to him. They have NOTH-ING. In a world that is quickly, very quickly!, moving toward other fuels and electrification FCA is doomed. All the cars mentioned below are not enough to save this company since sales are dismal. The Challenger is a car a company can have when it has it’s priorities in line and ones that plan for the future. You can play around with cars like the Hellcats when you have other things in the pipeline that will sustain your company. The company is HINGED on the Hellcats and rumors of a 300 Hellcat is proof.

    In terms of numbers alone by comparison:
    Year 2016 prodution
    FCA
    Challenger 64.478
    Charger 97.110
    300 53.058
    RAM 542.884

    FORD
    Fusion 265.840
    Mustang 105.932
    F150 2.487.487

    The Fusion out-sold the entire production of these three models by itself and the Mustang, the direct competitor of the Challenger, out-sold it by 40%. And even the RAM truck can’t compete.

    If they were smart, and as small as the production numbers are, they would be talking of electrification of the 300, not putting a bigger, less efficient, higher horsepower power plant in it.

    They can’t ALL be Hellcats Serg! You can only ride that wave of press and specs for so long.

  • Research Janitor

    So one can make a quick getaway from the club parking lot when the shooting starts.

    • Six Thousand Times

      People old enough for a 300 usually only shoot with golf clubs.

      • Status

        It’s at an indoor mini-golf though.

  • LWOAP

    Well, I guess it’s time for Chrysler to die then because I don’t really see them having much of a future. The same can be said for Lancia. Ok, to be honest, FCA is dead in the water as is.

    Jeep and perhaps Ferrari can go it alone for sure. I’m not sure about the other brands, though.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I can’t say there would be a lot of sales but since a Hellcat 300 wouldn’t cost much at all for FCA to build, why the hell not?

  • Status

    Craig!

    Do you still think your $5000 Hellcat-powered 300c badged as ‘Imperial’ is good idea? FCA doesn’t seem to think so, as even a $5000 for a Hellcat powered 300c riding on a 12 year old platform is not within the realm of possibility.

    I told you your idea was crap, and now you have it before you.

    Hmm…makes you think that if FCA wanted to make proper full-size luxury car with 700hp, they wouldn’t piece-meal it with bits and pieces taken from Dodge, or they could make efforts to divest themselves from the 300C primary market (fleet sales for rental car lots).

    This assumes that the public can even put ‘Chrysler’ and ‘luxury’ together in their heads.

  • Arthur Dunning III

    With the existence of companies specializing in Hellcat installations in Mopars, perhaps someone can create a Hellcat-Powered 300 of their own?

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