One of the stars of the SEMA show in Las Vegas was a Chrysler concept called the GT Cruiser coupé. The hot rod is fitted with a 900-watt 18-speaker sound system and powered by a 175-kW turbocharged engine.

One of the stars of the SEMA show in Las Vegas was a Chrysler concept called the GT Cruiser coupé. The hot rod is fitted with - among other things - a 900-watt 18-speaker sound system and 175-kW 2,4-litre turbocharged powerplant.


In partnership with Decoma International, the Chrysler Group SkunkWerks team began with the design of the US-spec Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible, and added a permanent hard top and functional drop tail gate to create the concept.


The car gets its sporty hot rod look by virtue of its neatly-sloped rear end and narrow windows. Chrysler's trademark large grille, flared wheel arches, chunky front bumper and 19-inch custom-cut aluminium wheels complete the package.


The GT Cruiser coupé has a lowered suspension, courtesy of a Mopar coilover suspension kit. And the interior features aggressively bolstered 2+2 seating, trimmed in navy blue leather, while the cockpit features a combination of light pearl beige and navy blue leather. The rear view mirror incorporates a pop-out screen for backup assist (the camera is in the rear spoiler).


The 2,4-litre engine's output was enhanced with a Mopar Stage 1 turbo upgrade. Additional performance goodies include a Borla dual tip exhaust, and two-piston caliper performance brakes from StopTech High Performance Brake Systems.


For the moment, the concept is billed as a styling study, but according to reports, insiders at the company confirmed that the GT Cruiser coupé was being discussed for full production. Public pressure forced Chrysler to build the soft-top version of the Cruiser and, now that a two-door body pressing is in place, adding the coupé model to the range could be a relatively inexpensive exercise.