The release of two Maseratis may provide some clues as to what the future holds for big Chrysler cars. The Ghibli, in particular, is roughly the size of the Chrysler 300C, but there much of the resemblance ends. It has its own engines, two turbocharged gasoline V-types and one modified VM diesel; and it has many unique features and different body style. Still, like the current Charger and 300C, Maserati has a double-wishbone front suspension and a five-arm multilink system — but it has been set up very differently, for sportier handling and a lighter feel.
Based on these choices, and keeping in mind that Maserati has a different cost equation, it seems likely that the suspensions of the large Chrysler cars will not be completely redesigned when the current line is finally shut down. Instead, we now expect that they will be substantially altered, with major changes to their geometry and mounting points, but not junked. The double-wishbone front and five-link rear will move around and probably be re-engineered, but the basic format is likely to remain.
To create this image, JackRatchett crossed the 1999 Charger concept with the current Charger and recent Alfa concept car trends, given that Chrysler, Alfa, and Maserati have an aggressive target for sharing core designs.
Rumors have been floating around for years about a potential supercharged Viper. It appears that it is finally happening, but it is not a factory built package. Instead, it was developed by Arrow Racing, which has Chrysler’s permission to modify the computer programming. It will be sold at the largest Viper dealer in the country, The Viper Exchange a/k/a Tomball Dodge. There are [...]
Hellcat Grand Cherokee. The term sends shivers of revulsion or anticipation down people’s spines. Revulsion if you are a hardcore Jeep offroad type or any executive at AMG, BMW’s M, or Porsche’s SUV division. Anticipation if you are anyone else with a pulse. Nothing official has been said about a Grand Cherokee coming with the already legendary Hellcat installed, and there is not likely [...]
This week, reliable source oh2o wrote that the Viper ACR would start production in July of 2015 as a 2016 model year car. How much of the concept Viper ACR , which was shown at the 2014 SEMA show, will carry through to production is unknown. We can surmise that the enormous carbon ceramic brakes will make it to production, along with [...]
Recently, Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette reported that Chrysler planned to boost the price their least expensive minivan to around $26,000. This resulted in an extensive discussion on Allpar’s forums, with some outrage over the high entry price. Going back to 2000, when minivan sales were still thriving and Chrysler was the undisputed king of the North American mini-market, we see the [...]