The Crossfire represents the first engineering union between Chrysler and Mercedes Benz. The two-seat coupe and convertible borrow many design and build elements from the recently retired generation of the Mercedes SLK. Both cars share the same chassis and drive train, and Mercedes even supplied the engine.
In 2004, only one Crossfire model was offered: a well-equipped coupe. This year, Chrysler unveiled four distinct models, created through two trims and two body styles. The Convertible is new this year, as is the upscale Limited trim. Chrysler also offered a SRT-6 Crossfire for 2005, but that upgrade creates a separate model.
The Limited Crossfire comes equipped with all the Base features, like dual-zone climate control, full power accessories, traction and stability control, and ABS with BrakeAssist. Added items for this trim are satin silver exterior trim, an Infinity six-speaker audio system, a tire pressure monitor, homelink, and fog lamps. Both convertibles come with a power top.
Just like the Base Crossfire, the Limited is powered by a 3.2 liter SOHC V-6. On this trim, the engine can ben mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 delivers 215 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, propelling the 3000 pound coupe from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds. braking distance is also impressive: 60 to 0 in 117 feet. The Crossfire has an EPA estimate of 17/25 mpg with the manual transmission.