The head of the design department at Chrysler, Trevor Creed, believes the company should turn the Dodge Demon concept car into a production car. 

The Demon was shown at the Geneva Auto Show this past spring. It is a two seater aimed squarely at the Mazda Miata and Pontiac Solstice. 

The concept car uses a 2.0 liter engine with horsepower almost identical to the Miatas, 172 hp, but production cars could be offered with other Chrysler corporate engines, including a 300 hp turbocharged 2.4 liter, currently used in the Caliber SRT.

Chrysler Design Boss Wants to Build Dodge Demon
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Whether Creed gets his wish will depend on how Cerberus, its new owner, wants to spend its money. Chrysler does not have a small rear drive platform. GM developed one for the Solstice, but it did so with the expectation that it would be used for other models, too. 

On the other hand, much of the concept car’s mechanical components are derived from other Chrysler models already in production.

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tango  (372) posted on 08.18.2007

Several years ago Ford did a design study in the European Escort RS2000 4x4 where the engine was transversely mounted, but it was rear drive. They simply modified the 4x4 drivetrain by disabling the front drive aspect and voila. I’m not sure how or why they never put it into production but I believe it may be the answer to Chrysler’s problems. Base the Demon on the Caliber chassis and modifying the drivetrain to make it rear drive in the same way. Nothing tried, nothing done...

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