"Never before has the American public seen off-center styling such as that characterizing the Plymouth XNR." This was how the Plymouth-De Soto-Valiant Division introduced their Plymouth badged Corvette-competitor to the public on March 1, 1960. Exner's proposed Corvette-killer, influenced by old race cars, such as the Jaguar D-Type, featured an unusual asymmetrical design. A large off-set hood scoop, concentrated on the driver's side of the car, led to an extended blister fairing that ran down the hood and into the cowl. The fairing was picked up in the headrest, where it flared back into a stabilizer fin that culminated in a bold chrome asymmetric cross. The cross was a striking design made from the intersection of bumper blade and fin. Originally known as the Plymouth Asymmetrica, the car changed name to XNR, after its designer, during the construction phase. Once revealed, the critics thought that the asymmetrical design it employed was purely a gimmick that could have no practical application. Exner disagreed, and according to Chrysler's promo brochure, the XNR introduced Asymmetrical Design; "an entirely fresh element in automotive aerodynamics which may well affect the shape of cars to come."
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