It has been hailed as the most advanced Chrysler ever built. The ME Four-Twelve has managed to leave more than a few spectators at the Detroit Motor show just a bit gobsmacked…

It has been hailed as the most advanced Chrysler ever built and the ME Four-Twelve has managed to leave more than a few spectators at the Detroit Motor show just a bit gobsmacked…

This engineering and design statement has been the limelight snatcher since it was rolled on to the show’s floor and that is really no surprise, given its credentials. The heart of the rear-wheel drive, mid-engine ME is its all-aluminium, quad-turbo, 6,0-litre V12 engine. With electronic sequential multipoint fuel injection and a 9.0:1 compression ratio, the AMG-developed engine delivers 634kW at 5750 rpm, with 1150 N.m of torque between 2500 and 4500 rpm.

Zero to 96 km/h comes up in 2,9 seconds, zero to 160 km/h in 6,2 seconds and it will blister through the quarter mile in 10,6 seconds at 228,5 km/h. The estimated top speed of the ME Four-Twelve is 400 km/h.

The 7-speed Ricardo double clutch transmission was developed specifically for this vehicle and features the latest double wet-clutch technology and electronic control strategy. It delivers uninterrupted torque to the rear wheels with 200 millisecond shift times.

Perhaps as impressive as this car’s potential performance, is the time taken to develop the vehicle. With the Chrysler Group’s partnering with other industry giants, the ME Four-Twelve was completed in under a year.

“The ME Four-Twelve has been one of the most closely guarded secrets, not only to the outside world but also within our organization,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Chrysler Group Design.

“ME Four-Twelve adds a new aura of performance to the Chrysler brand,” Creed said. “The ME Four-Twelve is Chrysler’s own creative interpretation of the classic mid-engine super car.”

Original article from Car