Cross a two-door convertible Chrysler PT Cruiser with a permanent hardtop and what do you get?
The GT Cruiser Coupe, one of six custom vehicles designed by the Chrysler group's Skunkwerks team and aftermarket companies for this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas.
The Cruiser Coupe is aimed at youth. It borrows design cues from the Chrysler Crossfire sports coupe.
Chrysler is one of 12 automakers with exhibits at this year's SEMA show. Another 28 Chrysler vehicles will be scattered around the show - cars and trucks sold for $1 to aftermarket companies for customization.
The Cruiser Coupe has a turbocharged 255-hp, 2.4-liter engine, a suspension similar to that found on the Dodge Neon-based SRT-4 and large wheels.
Skunkwerks also will show a diesel Jeep Liberty Renegade with no carpet, leather or fancy wheels - a raw, off-road Liberty with a 9,000-pound winch and radical steel bumpers.
Other Skunkwerks vehicles include a 300-hp Dodge SRT-4 Extreme, a low-slung Dodge Ram 1500 Stepside with Hemi V-8, a Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR with more than 600 hp, and a Chrysler Sebring touring sedan with 2.4-liter turbocharged engine.
The Chrysler group also will have a Speed Shop at its display where engines will be built.
Says David Elshoff, a Chrysler group spokesman, "Most of the people in our booth are actually engine builders and motorsport team members. They are actually doing engine builds and dyno testing, lathe turning, head milling and wheel mounting."
What some other automakers plan: