Gran Touring - Sports/GT (A+ Award)
Did you ever wonder what ever happened to that great Firepower concept which Chrysler released years ago. Well have no fear, one of the men behind that project has teamed up with the man behind the Karma and has brought it to you. Well sort of brought it to you. Sure it's not the Hemi V8 Chrysler grand tourer we were hoping for, but it still is one bad ass looking ride to go out golfing in.
What happens when you mix a Viper with a Deceptacon. You get a front end which looks like this. Two well laid out side ducts mixed with a large air intake make for one well conditioned engine bay. Add to this a set of thinly dropped in headlights and you have a front to be reckoned with. Sure those headlights could be a bit bigger, or a bit longer up the wheel arch to crate a darker look.
Out back is one the areas where you can really tell that this at one time was a Viper. Sure air ducts are different and the diffusers seem to be unjustifiable, but the tail lights are rear wing are Viper all the way. But when you stare off with a rear which gets a high score as the Viper did, why change more. They could have done away with the cheap implanted rear centre duct which hides cheaply laid out rear reflectors.
When you star with a Viper you know you will have one of the best sides out there. So how do you make it better. You add more hard edges to it. VFL has done just that as they have created a point on the brake ducts and done away with the standard five point rims. But that is where the true refining stops. After that you lose the chrome fuel port. Have higher rear wheel arches, which disrupt your side window design. And add in an extra hard body line which stands out to most consumers. But at least the side pipe is still there
Overall the the Force one is a step in the right direction for this coachbuilder. Maybe next time they will try to ensure there are no issues with anything cheap on this ride.
OVERALL SCORE: B+