Chrysler was the first car manufacturer to fit a V8 engine into a sedan, and the result was the first “American Muscle Car”. This line of sport-tuned cars was called the “letter-series” sedans, which started with the 300L. Unfortunately, Chrysler decided to shelf the letter-series sedan program, 10 years after its launch. But in 1999, the Chrysler 300M was launched, and it was geared towards the international market. The 300M is a beast of a sedan, and Chrysler exceeded expectations by creating the best 300-series sedan to date.
1999: First Generation
Powered by a 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve V6 engine, the Chrysler 300M was based on the LH platform’s "cab forward” design. It was also nicknamed the“five-meter car”, due to its length of 5.02 meters. The 300M has an“AutoStick”, four-speed automatic transaxle system. Standard features for the 300M were the four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, power windows and seats, glow-in-the-dark gauges, and leather-wrapped seats and steering wheel.
2000: Second Generation
The 300M’s aerodynamic design was carried over from the previous generation. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 253-horsepower powered the sedan, coupled with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission system. Luxurious creature comforts were included to the 300M like auto climate control, heated seats, a trip computer, and cruise control. An interlock was added to the 300M’s automatic transmission to prevent it from shifting to Park, unless the driver pressed on the brakes.
2001 to 2002: Third Generation
Wood grain interior accents, power controls for the windows and mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and heated lumbar seats were some of the extra comforts added to the Chrysler 300M. Michelin Pilot tires wrapped the 300M’s 18-inch alloy wheels, making the 300M more beastly. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 255 pounds-per-foot of torque, still powered this beast. ABS and airbags were some of the 300M’s safety features.
2003 to 2005: Fourth Generation
Two Chrysler 300M variants were offered to the buyers: a Base and Special trim levels. Both trim levels still offered a spacious interior, coupled with comforts like easy-to-access window and mirror power controls, heated seats, wood grain accents, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a trip computer. The 300M’s brake system was also upgraded, and traction control was also integrated for added driving safety. A four-wheel independent suspension improved the Chrysler 300’s handling, especially when driving around the curves. In 2005, a uni-body structure, rear-wheel drive train, and V8 engine was re-introduced the Chrysler 300M. Chrysler wants it to be the sedan of choice, for the thrill-seeking weekend warrior.