Chrysler Crossfire Historyby Rob Wagner
The Chrysler Crossfire is a result of the now-defunct partnership of DaimlerChrysler to produce a two-seater sports car to rival the Mercedes-Benz SLK series and other German high-performance roadsters. In fact, the Crossfire possesses many Daimler-Benz (Mercedes) components, including an SLK frame. But its hybrid pedigree made it a hard sell in Europe where the Chrysler name is not valued, and in North America where Chrysler loyalists snubbed its German construction.
The Crossfire was designed by Eric Stoddard in 2001 and refined by Andrew Dyson before debuting in 2003.
The name Crossfire represents the collaboration between Chrysler and Daimler-Benz, with 60 percent of its components Chrysler parts, and 40 percent Mercedes.
The sports car was introduced in 2003 for the 2004 model year and ended production in 2007, with the supercharged SRT-6 and roadster versions debuting in 2005.
The coupe and roadster were offered in three trim packages: Base, Limited and the supercharged SRT-6 versions.
The top-of-the-line SRT-6 was equipped with a supercharged 3.2-liter V-6 engine generating 330 horsepower and a 0-60 mph speed of 4.8 seconds.
Sales in 2003 were 35,700 units, but fell to 28,000 in 2004, and eventually to only 2,000 in 2007.
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