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Chrysler Turbine (1963)


Chrysler Turbine (1963)

While Chrysler weren't the inventors of the gas-turbine engine, they were its greatest exponents, and started by fitting one to a Plymouth Belvedere as early as 1955, developing a seventh-generation engine even in the late 1970s, which was fitted in a 1977 Dodge Aspen. The advantages with the turbine were that it could run on all kinds of fuel, including diesel and kerosene, its huge torque was available from zero rpm, it could rev to very high speeds (up to nearly 45,000rpm) very quietly, and it warmed up instantaneously. Unfortunately, it boasted little power, did precious little miles per gallon, and was heavy. For evaluation, Chrysler gave 45 gas-turbine cars to member of the public to try out, but of the 55 built, in total 46 were destroyed simply to avoid paying import duty Oil the Italian-built cars. Just 9 machines remain, in museums and private collections, across America.

Chrysler Turbine (1963) Specifications

Top speed:115 mph (184 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.0 sec
Engine type:Gas-turbine
Displacement:N/A
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:130 0bhp (97 kW) @ 44,600 rpm
Max torque:425 lb ft (576 Nm) at zero output
Weight:3,900 lb (1,772 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.24 km/I)
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