2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT Convertible – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT

Cute, quick, and topless.

and quick are words that come together when an automobile. Few small cars the adorable appearance and quick of a jackrabbit. And big cars–well, cute a description that applies.

its inception in 2000, the Chrysler PT could definitely be described as But it was by no means quick. In our first test (June 2000), the PT scuttled from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds. came a turbocharged GT version 2002) with a 215-hp and four-speed automatic that the 0-to-60 time to 7.2 seconds. and quicker?

Definitely. Cute and Getting there.

Now comes the brand-new convertible you see Would it take the cute and crown? We had our doubts, at least regard to the latter part. no denying its charm. With its long doors and unusually beltline, the convertible arguably a better job than the wagon at the fender-bulging sedans of the late that inspired the original design.

In profile, the convertible long; in truth, it’s identical to the wagon in length inches), width (67.1), and (103.0) and is only 2.4 inches at 60.6. Plus, with the three-layer insulated softtop with a glass backlight) and the color-coordinated sport bar fully the PT convertible looks sort of almost enhancing its cuteness.

But cute only goes so far us. So Chrysler wisely delivered its PT in spicy GT form.

The GT gets its from the barn where the Dodge SRT-4 is assembled. For the PT the 2.4-liter turbo spools up 220 (10 fewer than in the donor all of them dictated by a Getrag manual. In spite of its 3485-pound weight, the convertible ran to 60 in seven flat and through the quarter-mile in at 92 mph.

Now that’s quick. more, the PT’s 0-to-60 and times match those by a 300-hp Chevrolet SSR (September

If you judge the PT GT against the $41,995 the softtop is a steal. But compared its natural competitors–the VW New Beetle GLS convertible (April 2004) and the Mini Cooper S convertible–the PT on the pricier side of the spectrum. a base of $28,155, the GT droptop $2760 more than the Beetle and likely $3000 to over the upcoming Mini.

Our convert, which came with leather upholstery, control, 17-inch wheels, and airbags, also featured seats ($250), an in-dash changer ($200), and chrome ($700), escalating the price to For considerably less money, the PT can be had in base trim ($19,995) a 150-hp naturally aspirated and in Touring trim ($23,490) a 180-hp turbo.

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With the extra 70 horses in GT our ragtop outgunned the VW by 0.7 second to 60 and 0.8 in the In a straight line, the PT GT is undeniably a enjoyable machine to scoot. But on roads, it can’t quite the New Beetle’s athleticism, displaying body roll, understeer, and steer, the latter really in the first two gears.

Burdened an extra 279 pounds compared the Bug, the PT held on for 0.79 g on the which couldn’t match a GLS 2.0 at 0.82 g (February 2003). The PT a 184-foot 70-to-0-mph stopping which was 10 feet longer our April Bug’s. At least the although it’s rather in feel, offers up linear

Despite its robust sport is not there for rollover protection, to Chrysler, but to enhance the structure and cut noise with the top down–the PT to get the shakes over rough and pavement, especially in the cowl. said, the PT’s less-than-stellar doesn’t adversely affect the which offers a pillowlike over even large Furthermore, with the top up, the ride is exhibiting only 71 decibels of while cruising at 70 mph–3 dBA than in a Cadillac CTS-V .

Did we mention that this is roomy? Its luggage compartment accept seven cubic of stuff, two more than the Rear-seat legroom is 40.9 the same as the wagon’s and 9.4 more the VW’s.

Plus, with the split-folding seats both lowered the PT can haul 13 cubic feet of dry

We can argue that the GT is too pricey for a derived, however distantly, the inexpensive Neon. But we can’t that it is cute, quick, and In the world of compact droptops, it get much better than

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