Blending passion with luxury, the Chrysler Group brought an exciting concept vehicle to the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The Chrysler Firepower Concept showed that the Chrysler brand could venture into the luxury GT coupe segment. Based on the a GEN III Dodge Viper chassis, this concept was a follow up to the popular 2004 Chrysler ME Four-Twelve super car concept.
“As designers, we challenged ourselves,” said Trevor Creed, then Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design. “How could we best encompass such strong Chrysler models as the Crossfire, which began the brand’s move toward a higher level of performance and elegance, while looking to the most extreme expression of engineering and design such as last year’s prototype, the ME Four-Twelve? Firepower uniquely bridges these two worlds.”
Painstakingly crafted, the elegant and powerful Firepower concept is an example of automotive design and engineering within the reach of Chrysler brand customers. The exterior and interior design, flush with fine materials and meticulous details, are matched with performance provided by a 6.1-liter HEMI V8 and a Dodge Viper-based chassis.
The SRT-developed 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 produced 425 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft of torque. The Firepower used the Viper rear-wheel drive chassis with suspension and Brembo brakes fitting of a thoroughbred performance vehicle. The 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 was mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick®. Chrysler estimated 0-60 mph performance at less than 4.5 seconds and estimates a top speed of 175 mph.
The Firepower Concept used massive custom seven-spoke billet aluminum wheels measuring 19×12 inches in the front and 20×12 inches in the rear. Tires were Michelin Pilot Sport 275/35R19 in the front and 335/30R20 in the back.
The exterior was covered in Hydro Silver Pearl, with dark carbon fiber and polished aluminum accents. In addition to embodying Chrysler grand tourer spirit in the exterior design, Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling was used to shape the body with aerodynamics in mind. Designed for proper engine cooling as well as down force in the rear are achieved through this modeling.
The interior also benefited from the Chrysler brand image of beauty and elegance. The interior color combination consisted of Ocean Deep Blue as a primary hue, with Oyster leather and Behr maple accents. Finely trimmed leather-covered sport seats, automatic climate control and a premium audio system provided a tasteful and purposeful interior environment. All touch surfaces – steering wheel, control knobs, and shifter – were finished with fine materials for a luxury feel. The instrument panel was designed to display vital information through precisely-detailed gauges, completing the look and feel of refinement. “The Firepower concept embodies the Chrysler brand philosophy,” said Creed. “It provides luxury, refinement and sophistication blended elegantly with passion and performance.”
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