2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 – Autoweek

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Chrysler Crossfire

2005 Chrysler Crossfire

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We two different viewpoints on the new, powerful Chrysler SRT-6. The was from SRT director Dan Knott, who the SRT-6 features sophisticated, performance technology. The second was SRT marketing manager Christie who said it is bold, bad and bitchin’.

your pick, but we like spin.

The SRT-6 adds that was missing from the old Chrysler Crossfire. Specifically, includes bigger brakes, shocks, meatier tires and a engine. Plus, a nifty wing and front air dam.

the Crossfire debuted almost a ago, it was more of a styling than a performance coupe. We it, but said it needed more and a stiffer suspension. Now we see there is no to be careful what you ask for.

With the SRT-6 we got what we for-and then some.

start at the heart of the car, the The 18-valve V6 is straight out of the AMG version of the SLK. Why reinvent the wheel, was logic.

Hence we get the same supercharger from IHI.

thing is, Chrysler lists for this powerplant at 330 hp and 310 lb-ft of while Mercedes lists the AMG powertrain at 349 hp and 332 lb-ft. It boils to transatlantic squabbling and Mercedes’ Put a Crossfire SRT-6 on a dyno dollar to a donut, it will 349 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, or close to it.

Slight discrepancies might because of emissions calibrations and tuning, the latter aimed at a distinctive sports-car burble in cars.

Either way, the power puts it under the power-to-weight ratio, or approaching territory. Curb weight on the is 3240 pounds. If we go with the figure, that makes the 1:9.82; and with the 349-hp 1:9.28.

Both are well of the 1:14.2 for the normally aspirated coupe.

Whatever the power, it is all through an upgraded version of the five-speed automatic with As with many small-volume touring coupes, and with sales expected to come in in the low thousands, it would not have worth it to federalize another especially since manuals in far lower numbers than in the United States.

The power goes out the back and to the via new, second-generation Miche-lin Sports, measuring a very 225/40ZR-18 in front and 255/35ZR-19

While stabilizer bars are the 19 mm front and 25 mm rear, the springs are considerably, 43 percent at the rear and 49 in front. Shocks are also

Brakes are vented discs all mm front and 300 mm rear-with dual-piston up front. Chrysler says 60 mph to 0 up only 115 feet, very for a 3240-pound car.

The only thing not cranked more that should been is the steering. The SRT-6 that luxury-car’s-best-friend recirculating-ball. setup was a Mercedes specialty when the first SLK was being and so that’s what we get here.

and complexity kept Chrysler off the

Chrysler Crossfire

Even the exterior is tuned. they added the front air dam it rear lift, so they the rear wing in the wind and now they have downforce and rear with about the drag as the regular Crossfire is not that impressive at 0.39).

The has a few unique features like Alcantara leather seats and a speedo. But it is very cramped

Almost all is forgiven when you it though. We spent a day on two-lane roads and drove many around the big course at Willow

In the mountains we really noticed the of the recirculating-ball steering, at least to rack-and-pinion setups. But the transitional way the car behaves, shifting from one to the next-is so smooth as to be almost There is very little and the tires grip forever.

On the the stiffer suspension, which too bumpy for comfortable city is at home. The extra power feels good. Power is not at all, but feeds out smoothly and across the tach. Our coupe hit 110 mph Turn Eight and maybe 120 or so Turn One, so the engine what it is supposed to.

We never saw the 165-plus-mph top speed the car is of, but we don’t doubt it; neither do we its 0-to-60-mph time in 5.0 seconds, we would like to try it out at a drag

Launch date for the car is July 7, at $45,695. If that’s too low, until September when the roadster arrives in showrooms for

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