It's a 2.5L 4-cyl turbocharged mid-engine car with a 5-speed manual transmission that puts out about 215HP. The mirrors are mounted very strangely. It's perfectly balanced with 50% of the weight over the front wheels and 50% over the back wheels.
Along with John Herlitz and Trevor Creed, both of whom worked with Gale and who later succeeded him as leaders of the product design team at Chrysler, Tom Gale developed the 1988 Portofino concept car, and sold it to management as the blueprint for the future. It was all that and more, with its "cab forward" design contributing directly to the development of the Chrysler Concorde and the other LH cars that continue to set the standard for automotive styling.
These one-of-a-kind concept vehicles provide unique opportunities to explore new design ideas. Customer reaction to future products can be more effectively gauged as senior management gets comfortable with new design trends. Concept cars may influence new products, as the Portofino influenced the first LH sedans.
But by 1991, Chrysler Corp. found itself in another near-death financial disaster. This time three white knights brought the company back to profitability. Bob Lutz arrived from Opel and BMW, Bob Eaton came over from GM, and both gave Chrysler's design vice president, Tom Gale, a free hand. Gale pushed through the creation of a number of "cab-forward" concept cars, among them the 1988 Lamborghini Portofino, the 1989 Chrysler Millennium and Eagle Optima.
These led directly into the corporation's 1993 crop of LH sedans, which included the highly acclaimed Concorde.
Does anyone know where to find a free pdf download of the owner's manual for the 1996 Chrysler Concorde LX 3.3L? I've a hard copy, but would like a digital copy as well. If you know where to find one, please share. Thanks! Rev. D.
I am keeping the concord! This is just our other car. It's 110,000 mile 2003 4.0L WJ. I am trying to find best jeep forum to join - and being Mopar people any advice would be great!
BTW it has a noise at startup that goes away once warmed up a few minutes...