The Chrysler Crossfire is 2-door sports can with rear-wheel drive and is offered as a coupe and roadster, built for Chrysler by Karmann of Germany for the 2004-2008 model years. These vehicles were initially developed during the partnership between Daimler and Chrysler and the 2-seat model is based on the R170 platform which shares a majority of its internal components with the Mercedes-Benz SLK320. This car was initially revealed as a concept car in 2001 with the style design done by Eric Stoddard. Production on this vehicle started in 2003 and was improved upon by Andrew Dyson.
Chrysler was responsible for both the interior and exterior styling of the Crossfire and the other aspects of it, including the track, wheelbase, transmission, engine, suspension components, and chassis structure were part of the R70 platform. The engine bay in the Crossfire is identical to that of the Mercedez-Benz SLK320 which was built on the R70 platform. The seats in the SLK320 are able to be bolted directly into the chassis of the Crossfire, making them both completely compatible. The layout of the dashboard as well as the controls and various instruments in this vehicle also strongly resemble those which are in the SLK320.
One of the things that separates the Crossfire from most other sports cars is the fact that it does not use a rack and pinion steering system, but rather a reciculating ball system which was laid out in the R70 platform. The front suspension is a double wishbone suspension with 5-point multi-link in the rear. All of the models of this vehicle were built with two different wheel sizes. The front wheels on this vehicle measure 18” x 7.5” whereas the rear wheels measure 19” x 9”.
The standard transmission that comes with the Crossfire is a 6-speed manual as well as an optional 5-speed automatic. There are both base and Limited models available with this vehicle and they were sale of them began in 2004. These vehicles all had a Mercedes-Benz 3.2 liter 18-valve SOHC V6 engine which was capable of producing up to 214 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque. The SRT-6 models are equipped with a specialized supercharger engine which was built by AMG. These models came with just a 5-speed automatic transmission which was standard with a majority of AMG cars at the time. The 6-speed transmission which Chrysler used for the Crossover is a variant of the Mercedes sourced NSG-370. The 5-speed automatic transmission which was optional with this vehicle, also known as the G5-Tronic, is also Mercedes sourced as well as a variant of the 722.6 family.
The automatic transmission in the Crossover provides better fuel efficiency over the 6MT because of the difference in gear ratios as well as other smaller factors. Although sales of the Crossover were slow at first, with an average daily supply 230, they began picking up months later after an aggressive advertising campaign from Chrysler. Not many Crossfires were imported to the U.S and Canada in 2006, and a vast majority of them were roadsters.
The very first model year, which came out in 2004, was only available as a coupe with no other trim levels. This vehicle was equipped with much of the same components as the Limited version which came out the following year. For 2005 there are two different Crossfire models available, including the Coupe and the Roadster, and each of them have three different trim levels, including the Base, Limited, and SRT-6. Both the Coupe and Roadster base models have black painted windshield frames as well as back filler plugs and fabric seats with moveable headrests. Overall, this vehicle is a nice sports car, but not one of Chrysler’s more popular models.