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Chrysler's new supercar.

Chrysler has taken the wraps off what it claims will be a world-beating supercar, designed to play Ferrari at its own game.

Currently a concept car, it is called the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve, which indicates its impressive mechanical layout, consisting of a mid-engined six litre V12, with no less than four turbochargers. Power is sent to the rear wheels only, rather than to all four, as is the preference of purist sports car enthusiasts.

At this stage further details are scarce, although the car giant says that the concept may set a record for lightning-quick development.

The company has also just announced that many more of its models are destined for the thriving UK market in right hand drive form.

Chrysler has also confirmed the impending arrival of two new cabriolets in time for summer. The rag top version of the PT Cruiser will be one of the roomiest five-seater convertibles on the market, whilst the Crossfire cabriolet is a pure roadster.

Beneath the Crossfire's impressive bonnet will lie the same 3.2-litre V6 engine as the coupe model, allied to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. There are satin silver sport bars behind the driver and passenger seats and two fairings integrated into the top of the hard tonneau cover.

Prices of the new convertibles have yet to be announced, but a premium of less than pounds 2,000 is expected on top of the current pounds 17,000 PT Cruiser and pounds 27,000 Crossfire tin-top models.
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Title Annotation:Motors News
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2004
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