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Chrysler Crossfire

(2003 - 2008)  Rating

Chrysler Crossfire

The Chrysler Crossfire has stunning looks and superb and punchy V6 engine



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
3.2i V6 18V 215 hp 10.3 l/100km Petrol 6.8 s 250 km/h
3.2i V6 SRT-6 330 hp ? Petrol ? ?


Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 059 mm
Width 1 766 mm
Height 1 305 mm
Wheelbase 2 400 mm
Ground clearance 124 mm
Weight (normal) 1 388 kg
Weight (max) 1 650 kg
Boot space (min) 215 l
Boot space (max) 215 l
Fuel capacity 60 l

 

   The Chrysler Crossfire was produced between 2003 and 2008. It was available as a coupe or convertible.

   The standard 3.2-litre 18-valve V6 under the Crossfire's bonnet might only produce 215 hp but it's tuned for mid-range pull rather than outright power. The SRT6 adds a further 115 hp. At any speed, in any gear, every throttle input is met with an instant response. We'd opt for the six-speed manual gearbox over the optional five-speed automatic.

   With a chassis that's twice as stiff as a Porsche Boxster's, the Crossfire's grip is astounding. The four high-performance tyres stay firmly planted to the tarmac and the Chrysler's body control is excellent. The ride, though, is upset by every bump and pothole and the steering feels dull at slower speeds.

   External noise is well suppressed, other than a hint of wind noise at cruising speeds. The V6 engine tends to drone at low speeds but once it reaches 4000 rpm it has a rich, throaty note that you never tire of hearing.

   The Crossfire is more expensive than the Nissan 350Z and Mazda RX-8 and its residual value is around 10% lower than those less daringly styled models. There is a waiting list, however, which bodes well. Running costs are on the dear side.

   Many of the plastics used in the Crossfire's cabin look cheap and feel brittle, and can't match the standards set by the Audi TT. Aluminium-effect highlights on the centre console and gearlever help lift the cabin, however, and match the wheels and windscreen surround. All the major components are supplied by Mercedes-Benz, so reliability shouldn't be a problem.

   Safety kit includes traction control and airbags for the driver and passenger, as well as two side 'bags and two curtain 'bags. Nearly a full armory of anti-theft features will help keep thieves out only the absence of deadlocks compromises security.

   You feel cocooned in the Crossfire, thanks to the low driver's seat and high window-line. This adds to the sports car feel, but the downside is bad all-round visibility. The rear windscreen is tiny and huge rear pillars make parking tricky. The large steering wheel looks out of place in a sporty cabin, too.

   There's decent space for head and legs up-front, and although it's only a two-seater, the Crossfire's cabin has a fair amount of room for stowing odds and ends. The boot is a good size and will easily carry a couple of suitcases, although it's not a very practical shape and its high lip makes loading heavy items in a chore.

   The Crossfire is kitted out with leather upholstery, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, one-touch power windows, cruise control and dual-zone air-con that allows driver and passenger to set different temperatures. The Crossfire also has a superb standard sound system, with six speakers and two subwoofers.

 

   Advantages: The Chrysler Crossfire has stunning looks and superb attention to details in the cabin. Punchy V6 sounds good and and car's super-stiff chassis provides masses of grip.

   Disadvantages: Pricey to own and run. The ride is upset by the smallest of lumps and bumps. Cabin is not quiet as classy as some rivals and the handling is not on a pair with BMW Z4's. Optional automatic gearbox never feels fully at home in the gear it's in.

   Verdict: Comfortable cruiser is great to be seen in.

   Also consider: Audi TT, Mazda RX-8, Nissan 350Z.
 

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