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Around the Track

2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT6
By Al Ferrati

In short: Lovable hyper-sports coupe.

 

If you don’t mind a hard and very stiff ride but like very fast accelerations, great cornering and decent braking, you’ll enjoy driving this sports car. Of course, you’ll quickly get frustrated on the streets and wish the automobile came with an autocross track. The interior is quite cramped, but you can make some use out of the trunk despite its tricky narrow-access well. Suede-type material (Alcantara) will help keep you in your seat.

As with previous Crossfire test drives, the coupe is highly maneuverable and highly stable. With a short wheelbase, large wheels (18” front, 19” rear) equipped with performance Michelin tires and an enhanced electronic stability program with traction control, it's difficult to find yourself sliding. The looks are more aggressive than the standard issue with a reworked air dam and a large rear spoiler approaching the looks of a whale tail.

As far as a fun car, it’s got a lot going for itself. However, its price is simply its worst enemy. Since the car is manufactured in Germany with Mercedes-Benz components and expensive labor, you get hit at the sticker price. But it's a great ride around the track.

Warranty/Service: 7-year or 70,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with towing assistance, 3-year or 36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty

QUICK SHEET
Price as tested: $45,695

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine:
- 3.2 liter V6 Supercharged, 330 hp


Transmission:
Five-Speed Automatic with User-Selectable "Autostick"

Safety:
Driver and Front Passenger Airbags, Supplemental Side Airbags, LATCH-Ready Child Seat Anchor System

Top Speed: 155 mph

Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.8 sec.

Braking:
60-0 in 117 ft., Antilock Four-Wheel Disc Brakes with Emergency Brake Assist


Fuel Economy:
17 city / 24 highway

Handling:
Elecronic Stability Program, Traction Control, Performance Suspension

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Photography: Walter Mladina

 
(Updated: 11/12/07 AK)