Chrysler Crossfire Peoria AZ
2004 Chrysler Crossfire Sports Coupe
By Sandra Kinsler and Brian Leshon
New Car Profile of the 2004 Chrysler Crossfire Sports Coupe
Description: Sports Coupe
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Cast low on big wheels with sculptured body lines raked across an exaggerated hood and over the rounded roof to a bulbous boat tail rump, the new Crossfire sports coupe seems like a designer's homage to streamlined automobiles from the Thirties in the artistic era of Art Deco. Yet with its exuberant engine and the stiff chassis linked to a taut suspension, the retro-styled Crossfire feels as contemporary as a sporty German two-seater from Chrysler's DaimlerChrysler sibling, Mercedes-Benz. As a matter of fact, part of the floor pan plus mechanical components including engine, gearbox, steering column and suspension control arms come out of cars that wear the tri-star Mercedes badge.
And Crossfire is assembled in Germany at Karmann. However, styling for the package, a clever two-seat cockpit design and components for suspension tuning come directly out of Chrysler in North America. It ends up acting like a squatty go-kart, hunkering low on pavement with wheels pushed to corner points for keen stability and all torque from a powerful up-front engine flowing in classic arrangement to rear rubber for predictable and controllable traction. Crossfire's enthused engine factored by the relatively light curb weight of about 3000 pounds propels it into the fast lane.
In particular, Crossfire contains a 3.2-liter Mercedes V6 that produces 215 hp through a notchy six-speed manual gearbox or optional five-speed automatic coupled to Chrysler's AutoStick. To enhance the stick-to-the-pavement traction at high speeds, a slick retractable spoiler integrated into the tail dep...