For a car which looks remarkably similar to a Mazda MX-5, the Dodge Demon Roadster is powered by a 2.4-liter petrol engine putting out 128kW of power and 224Nm of torque. Dodge says that the new concept car is a compact, nimble, two-seat rear-wheel drive "roadster with attitude".
The Demon rides on 19 inch alloy wheels combined with headlamps that accentuate the signature Dodge crosshair grille to produce a very aggressive look.
"Some people think that American cars always have to be big - but with the Hornet concept and now the Demon Roadster, Dodge has rewritten the rules for cool American car design," said Gerry Jenkins, managing director, Chrysler Group Australia."The Dodge Demon gives a taste for a potential future roadster that could sit alongside the Caliber, which arrived late 2006 and the Nitro mid-sized SUV and Avenger mid-sized sedan that we will launch later this year," said Jenkins.
Its good to see that Dodge have not gone cheap with this car, and have actually designed the roadster on a rear-wheel-drive platform. It will be very interesting to see if this car will one day make it into full scale production.
Its also interesting to note that Mr Jenkins is well aware of the American (Big Fat & Ugly) Car stereotype.
Below are some very early specifications for the Dodge Demon. (Dimensions are in millimeters unless otherwise noted)
- Engine 2.4-liter petrol World Engine
- Maximum Power 172 hp SAE (128 kW) @ 6000 rpm
- Maximum Torque 165 lb.-ft. (224 Nm) @ 4400 rpm
- Transmission Six-speed manual
- Drivetrain Rear-wheel drive
- Overall Length 3974
- Overall Width (max. @ body) 1736
- Overall Height 1315
- Wheelbase 2429
- Overhang, Front 777
- Overhang, Rear 769
- Curb Weight 1179 kg
- Tire Size, Front/Rear 1491
- Wheel Size 19 x 8 in.
- Outer Diameter 640
- Exterior Color Bright Amber Pearl
- Interior Color Carbon Black