Chrysler Firepower Concept (2005)

Concept Cars 4 Jun 2007
Chrysler Firepower Concept (2005)

Unveiled by Chrysler at the 2005 Detorit Motor Show, the Firepower was a two-seater sportscar concept vehicle based on the Dodge Viper chassis and powered by a SRT-tuned SRT 6.1-liter HEMI V8 unit.


From the original Press Release:

Design

Chrysler Firepower ConceptPainstakingly crafted, the elegant and powerful Firepower concept is an example of automotive design and engineering within the reach of Chrysler brand customers.

Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design, said: “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.”

Chrysler Firepower ConceptThe exterior is 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.

Design for proper engine cooling as well as down force in the rear are achieved through this modeling.

Chrysler Firepower Concept debuts at the 2005 Detroit Motor Show Chrysler Firepower Concept debuts at the 2005 Detroit Motor Show
Above: The Chrysler Firepower Concept debuts at the 2005 Detroit Motor Show

Chrysler Firepower ConceptThe interior color combination consists 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 provide a tasteful and purposeful interior environment.

All touch surfaces – steering wheel, control knobs, and shifter – are finished with fine materials for a luxury feel.

“The Firepower concept embodies the Chrysler brand philosophy,” said Creed.

Chrysler Firepower Concept“It provides luxury, refinement and sophistication blended elegantly with passion and performance.”

Technical features

The Firepower concept is based on the Dodge Viper chassis and is powered by a SRT-developed 6.1-liter HEMI® V8, coupled with a s 5-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick® and a rear-wheel drive system.

Chrysler Group estimates 0-60 mph performance at less than 4.5 seconds and estimates a top speed of 175 mph.

The massive billet aluminum wheels measure 19×12 inches in the front and 20×12 inches in the rear. Tires are 275/35R19 in the front and 335/30R20 in the back.

Chrysler Firepower Concept- Interior Chrysler Firepower Concept- Interior

Technical Specifications:

  • Weight (estimated): 3,380 lbs. (1,533 kg)
  • Length: 172.6 inches (4,383 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 98.8 inches (2,510 mm)
  • Front Overhang: 34.1 inches (867 mm)
  • Rear Overhang: 39.6 inches (1,006 mm)
  • Width: 73.2 inches (1,859 mm)
  • Height: 47.7 inches (1,211 mm)
  • Track, frt/rr: 61.6/60.6 inches (1,565/1,539 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 5.1 inches (130 mm)
  • Engine: 6.1L HEMI® V8
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic with AutoStick
  • Front and Rear Suspension: SLA Dodge Viper Suspension
  • Front Tire Size: 275/35R19
  • Rear Tire Size: 335/30R20
  • Front Wheel Size: 19×12 inches
  • Rear Wheel Size: 20×12 inches

(Source: Chrysler)

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