(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
Dodge Sling Shot is a boldly distinctive new sports car vision from
Dodge – one that’s practical, adaptable and, above all, affordable.
Designed from the ground up to be a driver’s car, with the kind of look,
feel and responsive drivability that enthusiasts demand, the Sling Shot
concept was designed with fuel efficiency being a key part of its basic
Dodge Sling Shot is designed for open-air driving with a main roof panel
and side rails over the passenger area that can be stored in the trunk
(Sling Shot has two storage areas), while a canvas roof panel can slide
back and out of the way like a roll top desk for open-air driving.
Efficient, Responsive and Fun to Drive –
Genuine Dodge Character
Sling Shot features a rear-mounted,
3-cylinder, gasoline engine that is tuned to deliver 100 bhp and 0-60
mph time of about 10 seconds due to power to weight ratio of 17.4 lbs/bhp.
A five-speed gearbox, rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel independent
suspension and four-wheel disc brakes complete the driver-oriented
characteristics contributing to the Sling Shot’s efficient, responsive
and fun-to-drive personality at the same time delivering up to 45 mpg.
A “Machined” Interior
The Dodge Sling Shot concept has an
interior design influenced by the legacy of Dodge and Chrysler’s
performance past – when “blown” HEMI engines dominated the American
landscape. Starting out with engine bits for inspiration, Sling Shot’s
interior designers combined these elements into an artful blend of
visual excitement and tactical pleasure.
“Sling Shot is a dynamic, creative look at the never-ending quest to
offer visually exciting design, structural integrity, operating
efficiency and the all –important fun-to-drive quotient in an
affordable, entry level sports car,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice
President – Chrysler Group Design.