Way back in March, Chrysler pulled the wraps off of a special-edition 300S sedan done up by fashion designer John Varvatos. Now, the automaker has given us all the details on the two limited-run 300 variants that will be coming to Chrysler dealerships soon.
The first 300S by John Varvatos was auctioned off this past spring to benefit the Stuart House – which is part of the Rape Treatment Center of Santa Monica – and came decked out in custom 20-inch wheels, woven black leather, flat woven Heather fabric, and satin chrome accents. Only one of those custom cars were built, but Chrysler will be place two different 300 models styled by Varvatos for limited production.
First up is the 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition. Separating the JV Luxury Edition from lesser 300C models inside are a unique interior in either all-black or dark mocha leather, heated and cooled 12-way power front seats, die-cast paddle shifters, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with chrome accent ring, and hand-sanded natural pore mocha matte wood trim. Outside, 20-inch polished and painted aluminum wheels (19-inch on all-wheel drive models) complement the platinum chrome trim and mesh grille. John Varvatos badges adorn both the trunk lid and the front seats. The JV Luxury Edition is due in dealerships by the end of 2012.
Those wanting more of a striking change to their 300Cs will have to wait until the beginning of next year when the 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition officially launches. According to the release, the Limited Edition is styled after the John Varvatos cologne bottle (pictured below), using black as the main color and titanium for key trim. Larger air inlets flank either side of the front fascia below a black chrome grille; head- and taillights have been blackened as well. Titanium chrome accents ring the windows and adorn the exhaust tips and badges, and 20-inch cast aluminum wheels set off the phantom black tri-coat paint. The cabin has been decked out in pewter metallic leather with diesel gray and black stitching. Unique charcoal hydrographic wood and gloss black trim set off the Poltrona Frau black leather with diesel gray stitching. The gauges and center stack clock have pearlescent white faces with charcoal black metallic bezels reminiscent of Varvatos' watches.
Chrysler has yet to announce pricing or just how many of each of the John Varvatos editions will be produced. Both versions are standard with the brand's 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while the Luxury Edition is available with option all-wheel drive. Customers can also choose to step up to a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 on either model, but surrender the eight-speed for a five-speed automatic.