Sorry, Mopar Fans: FCA Says 'No' to a 2019 Chrysler 300 Hellcat

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain
sorry mopar fans fca says 8216 no to a 2019 chrysler 300 hellcat

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Go ahead and shake your money maker.

Or not.

After reports surfaced at Automotive News earlier this week that the 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Dodge Charger Hellcat, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk would appear in a Chrysler 300 next year, Motor Authority has heard from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on the subject.

It’s not going to happen.

As the lone passenger car remaining in Chrysler’s lineup, the insertion of a Hellcat engine into the Chrysler 300 would certainly drum up some attention for a brand that has received most of its recent press from a minivan introduction and the 200’s demise. Yet FCA hasn’t felt it necessary to offer even a regular performance iteration of the 300 since the 2014 model year.

Whether that 300 SRT8 was not in keeping with the Chrysler brand’s image, or unprofitable, or simply an unnecessary competitor for the SRTified Dodge Charger, or all three, it would be a major leap from the comfort-oriented Chrysler 300C to a 707-horsepower 300 that would require a host of performance upgrades.

The Chrysler 300 has taken a turn for the value-oriented corner of the full-size sedan market in the 2018 model year, however. There’s a new Chrysler 300 Touring trim that drops the car’s base price from $33,435 in 2017 to $30,090 in 2018.

Meanwhile, Automotive News suggests there will be no major Chrysler 300 overhaul in the near future, though a “major freshening” in 2019 should result in a weight loss program. Expect FCA to hop on the 2.0T bandwagon at some point, as well. Automotive News also reports that the Chrysler lineup will see vital expansion with an Illinois-built Jeep Cherokee-related crossover in 2019 and a reborn Chrysler Aspen built off the Pacifica’s platform in 2021.

But a 300 Hellcat? According to an FCA spokesperson, Motor Authority says “the automaker has no plans for a supercharged V-8 Hemi Hellcat engine in the Chrysler 300.”

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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  • Donnyindelaware Donnyindelaware on Sep 20, 2017

    They sell SRT 300's outside of the US but wont sell them here? Sergio is a turd.

  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Sep 21, 2017

    The pictures were of a widebody 300. The spokesperson only said they were not putting the supercharged engine in. So, it could be they are developing a widebody 300 with the 6.4 (or rumored 450hp forced induction V6) or one of the Cryco engineers was having some fun with his own car.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
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  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?