How the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve Works

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The unveiling of the Chrysler ME Four-Twelve concept car at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit left some auto-industry observers scratching their heads.

Usually, it's the prestigious European carmakers that craft ultra-expensive, insanely fast supercars, not American companies known more for unpretentious "grocery-getters" than quad-turbo, carbon-fiber land bullets. But the ME Four-Twelve represents a melding of Chrysler's "minivan" ideology with Daimler-Benz's European, performance-centric attitude. The companies are now one and the same, after all, in the form of DaimlerChrysler.

In this article, we'll learn why Chrysler designed a supercar, what the ME Four-Twelve packs under the hood and just what this thoroughbred is capable of.