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Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:38:09 AM »


Dodge has the Mazda MX-5 firmly in its sights with the concept Dodge Demon, unveiled at the Geneva Show. DaimlerChrysler openly admits to using the popular Japanese roadster as a benchmark when creating the new concept. For the record, Dodge used the Demon name in the early seventies, but nothing with that title has emerged from the Dodge stable since then.



Dimensionally, the Demon is a fraction shorter than the MX-5, though slightly wider, taller and of course heavier. It has been built from the ground up and uses no existing platform. Under the bonnet is the current 2.4-litre, four-cylinder 'World Engine' that delivers 172 horsepower and 165lb.ft of torque to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. It's possible though that a variety of engines could be used in the Demon (if it makes it into the showroom), including the 1.8 or even the 2-litre World Engine. A 300bhp engine, possibly the unit that powers the Caliber SRT-4, has also been mentioned.



The idea behind the concept was to create a compact, nimble roadster with lots of design attitude. Dodge wanted to strike a balance of classic sports car proportion and simplicity, blended with modern design and performance.

"While the iconic Dodge Viper is a dream car for many, the Dodge Demon is designed to be an attainable dream car," said Jae Chung - Dodge Demon Principal Exterior Designer, Chrysler Group. "The exterior design is simple yet bold, featuring an energetic combination of curves and intersecting planes."

The rear of the body is divided into three levels with two chamfered outboard planes, dominated by long, tapering trapezoidal tail lamps. The lights sport translucent red inset lenses that surround LED back-up lamps. Up front, the signature Dodge crosshair grille is stuffed into an aggressive, menacing, trapezoidal opening that thrusts forward.



Featuring an open-spoke design, the wheels are pushed to the corners of the body for a dramatic stance. The 19-inch brushed aluminium wheels are set into asymmetrical openings that actually don't work so well in real life.

"In the manner of timeless British sports cars, the interior of the Dodge Demon is purposely functional, not frivolous," said Dan Zimmermann - Dodge Demon Principal Interior Designer. "Everything relating to the driving experience is emphasised, while that which is not is made visually secondary."



The Dodge Demon concept is an affordable sports car that merges brand cues of bold design and powerful performance with an open-air "fun-to-drive" attitude. We expect a version with few changes to the concept car to make it into production. Given the concept's unveiling in Europe, it's hoped that the new car will be tuned for European driving tastes.
I have lots of ideas. Trouble is, most of them suck :(

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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2007, 12:43:03 AM »
:o Dodge Demon or Mazda MX-5?...............which would u pick? :P
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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2007, 11:22:27 AM »
looks like it borrows ideas from the CC too.. I like the wheel size, and the alloys are different - the whole cars looks a bit more like a muscle car compared to the MX-5 (which to me is a hairdressers car :P)

So, I'd buy my fiancée a MX-5, and I'd get the demon.. and if I felt like it, I'd take the 5 out for the day ;)
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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2007, 04:57:12 PM »
Not keen on the MX5 myself, but the Dodge looks wicked :)

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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2007, 08:16:51 PM »
Well see if that SRT demon ever makes it to production, than i would look at a car in that class other than the Miata. It will still take alot of convinceing from the G pad and salolom(stupid spelling) to convince me to buy anything other than an MX-5.

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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2007, 10:27:04 AM »
It doesn't matter what it looks like or how powerful an engine they put in it - I doubt very much if it will be a better drivers car - oh I guess I'm missing the point - it looks good, that's the main thing  ;D.   I had a 2.0 Sports MKIII - with the lowering kit - and it was awesome. Outhandled the RX-8 and anything else I have ever driven. Just awesome. Sometimes wish I had kept it, but it wasn't veryt practical  :D

Didn't we hear all this guff when Pontiac bought out the Solstice?  ::)

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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2007, 11:23:59 AM »
An American roadster that can compete on handling terms with a European/Oriental roadster... I'm trying not to laugh because once I start I'll never finish!!!  ;D

I bet they will stick a live rear axle in it and 20 cup holders!
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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2009, 11:15:22 AM »
I'd have the MX-5 any day of the week, because you can guarantee that the American will struggle when it comes to the windy bits.
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Re: Dodge plans to demonise the Mazda MX-5
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