Chrysler brought a concept to this year’s L.A. Auto Show, but it seemed to fly under the radar. The so-called 300S 426 looks rather pedestrian -- well, except for that 426-cubic-inch Hemi crate engine placed underneath a transparent hood, of course.
A joint project between the Chrysler and Mopar brands, the 300S 426 concept takes a regular 300S and adds the requisite V-8 powerplant. One of the big things Mopar did with the concept was tune the exhaust note to give it that muscle car sound, but with a more refined tone. In addition to the engine upgrade, Chrysler brand CEO Saad Chehab says the car features a “tight and sporty” suspension that’s unique to the 426S. A unique interior is also used, which includes waterfall-type stitching.
Being based on a 300S model, the concept also gets the same blackened headlight treatment and darker exterior trim, replacing the chrome pieces of other 300 models for a look that Chehab calls “more murdered-out.” There’s also a strong emphasis on audio quality with the 300S, as the Beats audio system by Dr. Dre is also part of the 426S’ equipment list.
Chrysler is gauging the reaction of show attendees to determine whether the concept is suitable for production. Chehab concludes the interview by saying, “We have great hopes that it will be available soon via Mopar.” Based on that exhaust sound demo in the video, we hope so too. Do you think Chrysler should build the 300S 426?