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2007 Dodge Demon Concept

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2007 Dodge Demon concept

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Does Dodge have a Caliber-based roadster on its mind?

 

That’s the easy question to ask as the Chrysler Group brand drops the veil on a new two-seat roadster coming to the Geneva motor show next month. The Demon, Chrysler says, is a “nimble roadster with an attitude” – a roadster that shares its world four-cylinder powertrain with the new hatchback introduced last year.

 

The Demon, unlike the Caliber, is driven by its rear wheels. But like the Caliber, the Demon sports a 172-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 165 pound-feet of torque. Here, the engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

 

The package sounds a lot like the Miata and the roadsters it’s spawned in the past decades. Chrysler says the Demon is a balance of classic proportions and modern design. The overall shape has echoes of both the company’s own Viper and the less pricey Honda S2000, with a surfaced body, trick LED backup lamps and a signature Dodge crosshair grille. Big 19-inch wheels accentuate the Demon’s kicked-up tail and tough stance.

 

Inside, Chrysler says the Demon has a no-frills interior with an emphasis on performance. Aluminum trim frames all the essential controls – gauges, air conditioning, and radio – while the separate console houses the shifter, e-brake, and power outlets and cupholders. A three-spoke steering wheel evokes the proper sports car themes.

 

Chrysler doesn’t admit to any production plans for the affordable sports car concept – but then again, the car hasn’t even been seen in public. Stay tuned as TheCarConnection reports from the Geneva show floor in March.

 

Preliminary Specifications

Engine 2.4-liter gasoline World Engine

Maximum Power 172 hp SAE (128 kW) @ 6000 rpm

Maximum Torque 165 lb-ft (224 N-m) @ 4400 rpm

Transmission Six-speed manual

Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive

Overall Length 156.5 in (3974 mm)

Overall Width (max. @ body) 68.3 in (1736 mm)

Overall Height 51.8 in (1315 mm)

Wheelbase 95.6 in (2429 mm)

Overhang, Front 30.6 in (777 mm)

Overhang, Rear 30.3 in (769 mm)

Curb Weight (estimated) 2600 lb (1179 kg)

Wheel Size 19 x 8 in

Outer Diameter 25.2 in (640 mm)

Exterior Color Bright Amber Pearl

Interior Color Carbon Black

 

 

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