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Why is this article important? It shares the same platform with the Dodge Charger....
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Feature: Chrysler Airflite Driven in Miami - 20th August 2004

Chrysler Airflite: The hoi polloi assembled on Miami's famous Ocean Drive was immediately drawn to the Chrysler Airflite. Built out of carbonfibre, the Airflite is a fastback four-seater that's roughly the size of BMW's new 5-Series. Its styling echoes the Crossfire coupe, but a more aggressive front end hints at Chrysler's new corporate face.

25-year-old designer Greg Howell styled the Airflite in Detroit. He explains that it "emerged from 20-30 sketches" and that he worked 20 hours days to ensure that it was ready for its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. "We wanted a practical, five-door car that was also a piece of artwork," he says. "It was styled for Europe but it has art deco, Americana influences. The 'boat tail' rear, with its thick shoulder lines, is powerful, graceful and functional."

The interior has both a nautical and aeronautical feel - in fact Howell looked towards classic 'flying boats' that became popular in the '30s for ideas. The flooring, with its wood panels offset by brushed aluminium strips, makes you feel as though you're travelling in a '50s powerboat. A satin-finished raised central 'spine' extends from the dash all the way to the rear seats. In effect the big seam quarters the cabin into distinct seating areas, its elevated red-and-silver elliptical control console giving the impression that you're in one of Edward Hopper's diners. A strange blend of influences, perhaps, but it's elegantly done. The frameless side windows give a great view out, too, and if you're behind the wheel, you'll find the instrument dials are all detached from the dashboard on separate pods, a la the Smart City-Coupe.

The Airflite is built on a shortened version of Chrysler's LX platform and it's powered by the familiar 3.5-litre V6. Putting it into production - presumably with a toned-down interior - should be straightforward and Chrysler's top brass have hinted that the project may get the green light. It's an enticing thought, but doubts must remain about the company's ability to sell such a large and potentially expensive car in Europe. Renault's experiences with the Avantime suggest that radical design may not tempt that many executives away from more conformist German offerings.
 

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Renault's experiences with the Avantime suggest that radical design may not tempt that many executives away from more conformist German offerings.

How 'bout radical design and a big stonking Hemi?
 

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Remember, Rehner designed the 99 Charger, he was also involved in this car.
 

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The problem is that Chryslers design direction has changed radically since then and no doubt would have to influence any new work he has done since then.
 

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Ok, we had to listen about Viper owners to make them happy (some where complete assholes or whiners).

So, why do you think we had the 99 Charger concept and AirFLite concept platform at most shows? You guess it.

The chief team leader has parameters that must be met by the top echelon brass. Not everything gets approved for a few owners.

Now, be happy, there is a Charger coming, along with another performance coupe. Yes! You heard it. A coupe.

Last, even Hemidakota, is not complaining or whining about the XXXXXXX. Just think performance!
 

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Unfortunately there are some Viper owners that are too stuck on themselves - I've had the misfortune of running into a couple of them. Sorry they gave you such grief. I think the biggest complaint I hear about the SRT-10 is the blander styling compared to the Gen I and Gen II cars. My suggestion would be to make sure that the HP and TQ far exceed the competition once again - 600 or more for the HP. Dan Knott looked me in the eye last year and made it clear that they've been given a mandate from above to keep the Viper ahead.

It wouldn't make sense to haul the '99 concept around to every big Mopar show of the season then sell the C&D car as the Charger - talk about pissing off your loyal fans!
 

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Posted by hemidakota: Chrysler Airflite: Built out of carbonfibre
Posted by hemidakota: Airflite is built on a shortened version of Chrysler's LX platform
I wonder how much the airflite weighs in at with the smaller platform and carbonfibre. As for the Charger I have never seen so many "different" renderings of the same car in my life, the hype for this Charger is unbelievable. Alot of people reading this stuff and taking it as "fact" are going to have surprise come january. There is four or five different versions allready and we still have four months to go.
 

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MoparMan said:
Unfortunately there are some Viper owners that are too stuck on themselves - I've had the misfortune of running into a couple of them. Sorry they gave you such grief. I think the biggest complaint I hear about the SRT-10 is the blander styling compared to the Gen I and Gen II cars. My suggestion would be to make sure that the HP and TQ far exceed the competition once again - 600 or more for the HP. Dan Knott looked me in the eye last year and made it clear that they've been given a mandate from above to keep the Viper ahead.

It wouldn't make sense to haul the '99 concept around to every big Mopar show of the season then sell the C&D car as the Charger - talk about pissing off your loyal fans!
Dan had his way.

Stay tuned.
 

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hemidakota said:
Why is this article important? It shares the same platform with the Dodge Charger....
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Feature: Chrysler Airflite Driven in Miami - 20th August 2004

Chrysler's top brass have hinted that the project may get the green light. It's an enticing thought, but doubts must remain about the company's ability to sell such a large and potentially expensive car in Europe. .
Doubts? Or reality?
 

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LOL....for some, you have to show them the real thing.
Beside, it was mentioned already that DCx will be selling 300 sedan, 300 Sport tourer, trucks, and other vehicles in Europe soon. Should reachover 18 plus models.
 

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LOL....for some, you have to show them the real thing.
Beside, it was mentioned already that DCx will be selling 300 sedan, 300 Sport tourer, trucks, and other vehicles in Europe soon. Should reachover 18 plus models.
Take a look at the chop of a 300C convertible on DodgeIntrepid.net. It's pretty sweet. I hope it's one of the 18+
 

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Already confirmed. Haven't seen the sketch though. Three LX models for the 300 line. 300 - 300 sport tourer - 300 rag top
 

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chrysler airflite this will be built on the smaller SWB LX frame and will come with a Hemi 5.7 refresh motor-meaning more HP. There will be some slight exterior changes and some conservative interior mods.

It Dodge cousin will be built at the same plant but will carry an older msucle heritage name. This will be a two-door model.
 

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The only Scat Pack names I know are Charger, Challenger, and Demon. So seeing how they have already used up two of those three perhaps the Demon is gonna make a come back???
 

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Suspecting the Neon.

Stratus will be change to AVENGER again. So we can discount that one.
 

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GT Neon said:
The only Scat Pack names I know are Charger, Challenger, and Demon. So seeing how they have already used up two of those three perhaps the Demon is gonna make a come back???
Think Rapid Transit, not Scat Pack.
 
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