Startech to Bring Chrysler 300 CRD Tuner to Essen

If you've never seen the European Chrysler 300C Touring, you may be shocked to see the leonine nose cone of the 300C sedan attached to the business end of a Dodge Magnum. It's a distinctly European model, one we'll never see on these shores. Still, it's a Chrysler, meaning it's fair game for German tuning house, Startech, which specializes in mechanical tweaks for DaimlerChrysler products. This model, the Chrysler 300C 3.0 CRD StarTech — set to be unveiled at Germany's Essen motor show (that country's version of SEMA) — shows off what the company thinks about diesel-powered station wagons. A mild performance package boosts horsepower of the 3.0-liter V6 common-rail turbodiesel engine from the standard 218 to 262 and torque from 326 to 428 ft.-lbs. Despite its largesse, the finished product, made even more finished with body kit that improves its aerodynamic profile, can hit 144mph. (C'mon, it's still a diesel.)

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