January 5, 2004
Dodge Sling Shot concept fun-to-drive and affordable
Detroit, Michigan – Designed to be a practical and affordable driver’s car, the
lightweight Dodge Sling Shot concept car features a rear-mounted 100 horsepower 3
cylinder engine that offers good fuel economy (up to 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres)
and reasonable performance (0 to 60 mph in ten seconds). A five-speed gearbox,
rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc
brakes contribute to the Sling Shot’s driver-oriented characteristics.
For open air driving, a removeable roof panel and side rails store in the trunk, and
a sliding canvas roof panel can slide back out of the way like a roll-top desk.
The interior design was influenced by performance engine parts – the gauges for
example resemble cogs and belts.
“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.