Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Navigation and Sound Group I ($1,495 -- includes UConnect access with 1-year trial (registration required), UConnect 8.4AN AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD/Bluetooth/navigation, 506-watt amplifier, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, nine amplified speakers with subwoofer, GPS antenna input, GPS navigation, HD radio, Harman Kardon radio manufacturer, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, Premium 7-inch driver information display cluster, rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone); Premium Lighting Group ($795 -- includes HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights, LED foglamps); Comfort Group ($795 -- includes dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, humidity sensor, rear air-conditioning and heat ducts, remote start system, heated steering wheel, ParkView rear back-up camera, rearview auto-dimming mirror with microphone, sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, Goodyear brand 215/55R17 all-season tires); 19-by-8-Inch Hyper Black Aluminum Wheels ($695 -- includes 19-by-8-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, 235/40R19 black sidewall all-season tires, antilock four-wheel disc brakes); Leather Trimmed Heated/Ventilated Sport Seats ($995 -- includes leather trimmed sport seats with leather vented seat cushion, six-way power passenger seat, Geo Tech Hydrographic interior accents, heated front seats; ventilated front seats)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
295 @ 6,350
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
262 @ 4,250
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Good power and torque from low engine speed and from a standstill. I found only a modest improvement by holding the car against the brakes momentarily, and with AWD, there's no chance of wheelspin. Upshifts are reasonably smooth and occur at redline, so there's no reason to attempt manual shifting with the paddles. Consistent run to run, but I thought it would've been quicker from previous Chrysler 200 experience.
Typical resistance and feel from the brake pedal -- nothing odd or great to report. First stop was the shortest and the remainder were well grouped, with straight stability and modest dive.
Surprisingly crisp reaction from steering input, but the chassis takes some time to catch up. Do this over and over in a slalom course and the time adds up. This is a good performance, but not what anyone should consider threatening to the sport sedan elite. I found the electronic stability control (ESC) to be happier and less apt to intervene when I was pressing the throttle (rather than off- or maintenance-throttle), and this makes sense considering the AWD system. I couldn't detect the AWD otherwise helping or hurting the overall dynamics of the car here or on the skid pad. Steering weight is on the hefty side of medium, but not what I'd call too heavy for everyday driving. Decent feel and none of that spring-loaded artificial feedback that's becoming so prevalent.