The XNR was designed and envisioned by Chrysler design chief Virgil Exner who took many liberties to design his own idea of of a small sports roadster. It was one of Exner’s most ambitious designs with many new controversial features that weren’t relevant to regular production cars.
In styling the car, Exner paid close attention to the front and rear bumpers which were an integrated part of the roadster’s outward style. At the front, the grill and bumper were fully integrated into the shape of the body. Likewise the crosshatch rear bumper accentuated the car’s rear stabilizing fin.
Unique to the car was its asymmetrical design with a power bulge running down the driver’s side. The car was built with racing aspirations in mind, so a hard cover was made to cover the passenger area. Both the front and rear fenders were heavily sculpted with small winglets.