Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition introduced last year is returning for 2014. Nothing about the car’s manly designer-inspired appearance has changed inside or out—it’s still black with dark titanium window trim, badges, and grille surround with an equally dark interior—but it does have something most folks in the Rust Belt could use this snowy winter: Newly available all-wheel drive. To be clear, buyers could get their hands on a Varvatos-badged 2013 300C with all-wheel drive, but it was the more subdued 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition; Chrysler hasn’t yet said whether that model will also return.
Chrysler says that the only difference between all-wheel-drive 300C JV
models and their rear-drive counterparts is wheel size. Rear-drivers get
20-inch rims, while all-wheel-drive versions are stuck with 19s.
Otherwise, both come standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 making 292 horsepower
and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 363-hp, 5.7-liter Hemi V-8
is optional, and we think it’s the better choice for folks intent on
living out the John Varvatos Limited Edition’s bruiser attitude to the
fullest. Inside, the cabin is still a cornucopia of black and
pewter-colored Poltrona Frau leather with gray stitching, titanium
chrome trim, and gauges inspired by Varvatos’s watches. Overall,
Chrysler rates the look as “industrious” and exceptionally “Imported
from Detroit.” We think the “Imported from Gary, Indiana,” tagline could
work equally well—that color scheme is pure northwest Indiana—but we
might be alone on that one.
The 300C JV Limited Edition’s price holds nearly firm, increasing a
negligible $135 for the rear-drive version to $45,475. The new
all-wheel-drive JV Limited Edition starts at $47,975. Look for the rides
to appear in a rough urban jungle near you starting in March.
Thanks to: Car and Driver