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2005 Chrysler 300C
Yes! It's got a Hemi.
By Steve Litscher

(October 11, 2004)

2005 Chrysler 300C Hemi Engine

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Let's get this out of the way right now. Yes, our 2005 Chrysler 300C had a Hemi in it. So, to everyone at every gas station, drive-thru, car wash, church social, or what have you who thinks they're being coy by asking, "Hey does that thing have a Hemi?" We'll say it for the last time: Yes, it does have a Hemi.

And what a good thing that Hemi is. It's 5.7-liters of good 'ole American, kick-you-in-the-pants horsepower - the kind of stuff we used to dream about as Uncle Roy told us about his jet black 1968 Charger R/T with the 426 Hemi. You know, the one that had the Magnum pistol grip shifter, the Dana Sure-Grip rear end and ran low 13's from the factory. Uncorking the exhaust put him in the 12's, but he eventually sold it when Aunt Shirley announced to Roy that she was pregnant. Man, how he misses that car...

Back in the day, Detroit knew just how to do one thing - crank out cars with obscene amounts of power. But more recently, the boys from the motor city have been struggling to match the power of most European (and even some Japanese) sedans, so thank heavens Chrysler has rediscovered how to extract a healthy serving of HP from the Detroit power tap.

And they've done so in spectacular fashion - Chrysler's 5.7-liter, pushrod activated, overhead valve, hemispherical combustion chambered motor spits out 340 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, which when summoned upon will propel the 4100-pound 300C to sixty in just over five seconds. Praise the Lord and pass the horsepower - Chrysler's back and bigger than ever.

Perhaps the only thing more obvious than the Hemi powerplant is the styling of the 300C. With narrow window openings, high beltline and sharp edges, it's been called everything from a gangster-mobile to a gunship. We call it gorgeous, with its masculine lines and all business body.

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