Chrysler Sebring (coupe)

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Chrysler Sebring (coupe)
2004-2005 Chrysler Sebring coupe
Automotive industryMitsubishi Motors
Parent companyChrysler Corporation
DaimlerChrysler
Production1995–2005
AssemblyNormal, Illinois, United States
PredecessorChrysler LeBaron coupe
Successor2008 Chrysler Sebring (convertible) (hardtop)
Car classificationSport compact
Car body style2-door Coupe
Automobile layoutFF layout

The Chrysler Sebring Coupe was a mid-size coupe made by Mitsubishi Motors for the Chrysler Corporation and later DaimlerChrysler, from 1995-2005. It was the first bodystyle in the Chrysler Sebring family. Though being the first Chrysler to bear the Sebring name, it shared no components with the later Sebring sedan (2001-present) and convertible (1996-present). Sebring Coupe production ended in 2005, due to slumping sales[citation needed] and new generation of Sebring convertible being available with Retractable hardtop.

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First generation (1995-2000)


First generation
1995-1996 Chrysler Sebring coupe
Production1995–2000
Automobile platformChrysler FJ platform
Internal combustion engine2.0 L 420A Straight-4
2.5 L Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi 6G7x engine V6
Transmission (mechanics)5-speed Manual transmission
4-speed 41TE Automatic transmission
Wheelbase103.7 in (2634 mm)
Length1995-96: 187.4 in (4760 mm)
1997-98: 191.0 in (4851 mm)
1999-2000: 190.9 in (4849 mm)
Width69.7 in (1770 mm)
Height1995-98: 51.0 in (1295 mm)
1997-98 V6: 51.4 in (1306 mm)
1998-2000: 53.0 in (1346 mm)
RelatedDodge Avenger
Eagle Talon
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Galant

The 1995 through 2000 Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger Coupe were the successors to the Chrysler LeBaron coupe and Dodge Daytona, respectively. The name Sebring was originally used on a model of the Plymouth Satellite.

Despite being similar to Dodge's Avenger, the Sebring's suspension was tuned slightly on the softer side, compared to Avenger's stiff suspension. The model was seen as performing the best out of the two, because its suspension offered a good balance of comfort and rigidness. Although the Sebring did not really offer true "off-the-line" muscle, it did handle quite well over long, curvy roads, offering minimal body roll, especially LXi models, which featured a slightly differently tuned suspension along with 17 inch wheels wrapped with Good-Year Eagle performance tires.[citation needed]

1997-2000 Chrysler Sebring coupe
The Coupe version of the Sebring had seating for 5 and was considered to be one of the larger, more roomy coupes available. Trunk capacity was similar to that of many mid-size cars, capable of handling more than one set of golf clubs.

Although said to be built on a stretched Eagle Talon platform (which is not entirely untrue), it is more accurate to say that their platform was based on the 4-door Mitsubishi Galant platform.[citation needed] With this said, these cars do, however, share a great deal with their Talon sibling, including much of their dash and instrument panel, along with select suspension and steering components.

Engines

  • 2.0L inline 4cyl
  • 2.5L Mitsubishi V6

Trim levels

  • LX - 1995-2000
  • LXi - 1995-2000

Turbo Sebrings


It has been said that a total of 50 Sebring Coupes were equipped with dealer installed Turbocharger. These cars (1999-2000) are very rare, with very little known about them (due to the fact that they were dealer equipped turbo cars, with no identifiable VIN info or documentation). Horsepower was said to be fairly close to the mid 200 range.[citation needed]

Second generation (2001-2005)


Second generation (coupe)
2001-2003 Chrysler Sebring coupe
Production2001–2005
Automobile platformChrysler ST-22 platform
Internal combustion engine2.4 L Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Sirius engine Straight-4
3.0 L Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi 6G7x engine V6
Transmission (mechanics)5-speed manual
4-speed F4A42 , F4A51 automatic
Wheelbase103.7 in (2634 mm)
Length2001-03: 190.2 in (4831 mm)
2004-05: 191.9 in (4874 mm)
Width2001-03: 70.3 in (1786 mm)
2004-05: 69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height2001-03: 53.7 in (1364 mm)
2004-05: 53.9 in (1369 mm)
RelatedDodge Stratus coupe
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Galant

The second generation Chrysler Sebring was actually the name of two different cars. The coupe was the next generation model (also sold as the Dodge Stratus Coupe). The sedan and convertible were Chrysler JR platform successors to the Chrysler Cirrus as well as the Plymouth Breeze. As with earlier models, the Dodge coupe (which is seen as the successor to the Avenger) was tuned slightly stiffer than the Chrysler, and was viewed as the more "sporty" version of the two. The Sebring coupe was discontinued after 2005. The 2008 Chrysler Sebring hardtop convertible technically serves as a replacement.

Engines

  • 2.4 L (2351 cc, 143.4 cu in) Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Sirius engine Straight-4[1]
  • 3 L (2972 cc, 181.4 cu in) Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi 6G7x engine V6[1]

Trim levels

  • LX - 2000-2003
  • LXi - 2000-2003
  • base - 2004-2005
  • Limited - 2004-2005
  • Limited Platinum Series - 2004

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