The Chrysler Crossfire is a rear-wheel drive sports car sold by Chrysler in coupe and roadster form from 2001 to 2007. A product of Chrysler’s ownership at the time by Mercedes Benz, it was built for Chrysler by Karmann of Germany, and it shares 80 percent of its components with other Mercedes Benz Models. For all effective purposes, this is a Mercedes Benz with Chrysler badging. The engine bay of the Crossfire is virtually identical to the SLK320, as is the wheelbase and track. The seats from the SLK320 bolt directly into the Crossfire chassis. The dashboard, control panel and instruments are mostly identical to the SLK as well. It was built in Germany and shipped stateside.
The standard transmission is a six-speed manual with an optional five-speed automatic. Base and Limited models, originally sold beginning in the 2004 model year, are equipped with a 3.2 liter, 18-valve,SOHC V6, which produces 215 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque.Unlike most sport cars of its time, the Crossfire does not use a rack and pinion steering system. Instead, it utilizes a recirculating ball system. Front suspension is double wishbone with five-point multilink in the rear.
The SRT-6 trim level featured the supercharged engine delivering 330 horsepowerand 310 pound-feet of torque, with upgrades to the suspension, brakes and spoiler modifications. In 2006, the SRT-6 was changed to special order only. As with most performance cars, the higher output motor will be more desirable as the years pass.This car hits speeds more than 150 mph.
A stunningly gorgeous car with fastback styling and a rear spoiler that deploys at higher speeds, the Crossfire is a sure bet for increased value as time progresses. Coupes can easily be bought for less than $10,000, while SRT-6 Roadsters with low miles approach $20,000. A lot of car for the money, it was built in limited numbers and is easily serviced at the vast dealer network of Chrysler.