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2006 Chrysler Imperial Concept

The new Imperial Concept, however, doesn't really typify anything domestic at all. Rather, it looks like an intimidating
At the very least Chrysler showed just how flexible its LX architecture is, and maybe this was the automaker's only end intention after all. (Photo: DaimlerChrysler Canada)
combination of '50s Britain and '80s Germany, but bigger, bulkier and basically more awkward from every angle.

At the very least Chrysler showed just how flexible its LX architecture is, and maybe this was the automaker's only end intention after all. Mopar fans will lament the possibility of the bright orange Challenger not coming to production at all, although I for one believe it will and in so doing remain fairly true to the concept that was shown alongside the Imperial, but the fact that the stretched and elongated luxury sedan sat next to the sporty, seemingly low-slung coupe, looking every bit like an entirely different animal from totally different parentage, but in fact riding on the same chassis and powered by similar engines, is an impressive feat and worth exercise in its own right. It's just the second part of that equation looks so ruddy awful. Oh well, maybe I'll consider it a classic in years to come and eat these words. Something tells me Mr. Nicholas hopes I choke on them.

Specifications:
  • Body Type: 4-door sedan
  • Layout: front engine, RWD
  • Engine: 340 hp, 390 lb-ft of torque, 5.7L, 16-valve HEMI V8 with cylinder-deactivation
  • Transmission: 5-speed auto with manual mode
  • Acceleration (estimated 0 - 100 km/h): 7 seconds
  • Top Speed (estimated): 200 km/h
  • Brakes (front/rear): disc/disc, ABS with EBD
  • Curb Weight (estimated): 2,300 kg (5,070 lbs)
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 5,439 / 1,933 / 1,615 / 3,123 mm (214.1 / 76.1 / 63.6 / 122.9 in)
  • Track (frt/rr): 1,623 / 1,638 mm (63.9 / 64.5 in)
  • Cargo Capacity (estimated trunk): 500 L (17.7 cu-ft)
  • Web Site: www.chrysler.ca