Chrysler Sebring Convertible – First Drive Review – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Chrysler Sebring

Convertible

favorite topless model all classy on us.

Mention DaimlerChrysler and domination in the same breath, and the bulb that flashes in head probably has minivans or painted on it. But Chrysler has also the sales crown for convertibles in country for many of the years 1982, when it ended five-year drought of four-seat Well, the biggest and best from our pentastar pals has undergone its first major lift, and it’s more than meets the eye.

from the Don’t Mess Success hymnal, the roomiest-in-class and the snug-fitting multilayered top with rear window remain unaltered. Ditto the doors and the basic body-side character, gives the impression this is a front, rear, and dashboard

But the latest round of body to meet pending crash required modifying or replacing 85 of the body panels and made the car 44 stiffer in bending (and 50 heavier). New locating pins high on the door jams the door to the body to better side impacts and bending A new tuned-mass damper mounted on the frame just above the mirror helps to quell shake on bumpy stretches.

The rest of the hidden improvements those made on the Sebring and four-door sedans, which are now from the same birthing in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the convertible. Chief among is the installation of Chrysler’s superb 2.7-liter V-6 with four cams.

Mated to a four-speed this is now the only powertrain (the four-banger, which residual values so precipitously even rental fleets it, was dropped last year). higher-capacity brakes with improved pedal feel arrest the increased giddyap. New pretensioners, multistage airbags, headrests, and an emergency trunk improve the Sebring’s safety

The suspension design is unchanged, but its has been tweaked to take of the stiffer structure. Spring are up eight percent in front and five percent in back. The anti-roll bar is eight percent and rides in slipperier bushings. The shocks now include rebound and the steering has been firmed up a

The new setup doesn’t exactly that of the BMW 330Ci cabrio, but its control is noticeably improved.

The of the spiffing efforts expended on redo were aimed at refinement. The new engine’s tuned system lowers noise 15 dBA to the old V-6. Expanding foam is into noise-transmitting body and new front fender liners stifle tire sizzle.

Chrysler Sebring

But it’s the interior and exterior that really sweeten already svelte shape. In there’s the now trademark ex-Ferrari, grille, flanked by larger that throw 25 percent light down the road. A distinguished derriere features a chrome license-plate surround and taillamps.

It’s classy, some will see a lot of Lincoln in the If the arse apes a Lincoln’s, the mimics a Rolls or Bentley on the top-dog Limited model. The are covered in smooth, soft leather, and practically everything is an almost black royal with accents of chrome and wood. The cows aren’t Connolly, but all that’s missing is the stitching and six-digit price. is standard on the LX, and LXi models get a deeply Alfa Romeo-esque leather.)

We drove Sebring prototypes against the competition, and we’re this is still the state-of-the-family-convertible The Toyota Camry Solara is the competitor. Its engine is quieter and and it rides more softly (at expense to handling).

But as a convertible, it trails the Sebring in draft and noise, and its chopped-top feels slightly less than Chrysler’s designed-and-built-as-a-convertible

With prices expected to little (figure $25,000 to $30,000 for a Limited), we think sleeker, more sophisticated probably has what it takes to the queen bee of the convertible class.

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