In 2005, Chrysler introduced two new versions of the popular and highly anticipated Crossfire sports car. The Crossfire lineup expanded considerably this year, as Chrysler added two tr...
In 2005, Chrysler introduced two new versions of the popular and highly anticipated Crossfire sports car. The Crossfire lineup expanded considerably this year, as Chrysler added two trims and a new convertible body style. The new Crossfire SRT-6 was actually a separate model, differentiated by a very potent supercharger and some additional performance enhancements.
All six 2005 Crossfire variations housed a 3.2 liter V-6, but the SRT's engine is supercharged for 330 horspower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 3300 pound convertible races from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and runs through the quarter mile in 13.3, while maintaining reasonable 17/24 mpg fuel economy.
The SRT is also differentiated by Chrysler's Autostick transmission, a front spoiler and a special sport-tuned suspension.
The Crossfire SRT-6 costs over $10,000 more than the other models, and gets all of the Limited trim's amenities. Standard features include full power accessories, a navigation system, leather seating, heated power seats, a tire pressure monitor, and a six-speaker Infinity Modulus sound system.
While there was little debate over the merits of the SRT-6 performance-wise, many consumers have complainted about ergonomics. The Crossfire is similar to the Mercedes SLK's styling, both inside and out, but Chrysler's inclusion of lower quality materials cheapens the feel of the car. Other complaints are uncomfortable seating and user-unfriendly controls.