As the first Chrysler vehicle to wear the SRT badge, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 provided a new level of performance to the somewhat stale Crossfire lineup. While overlooked in its day, the rare German-built Crossfire SRT6 is quickly becoming a collectors’ item today. With only 4,071 units built worldwide, the Crossfire SRT6 is one of the rarest vehicles in the Street & Racing Technology (SRT) portfolio.
While the Crossfire isn’t a bad-looking car, the SRT6 version’s race-inspired exterior appointment help make the car look much more aggressive. Enhancements included a fixed rear spoiler that reduced lift and enhanced aero balance at high speeds and an integrated front fascia “chin” spoiler. The chin spoiler help reduce lift while providing greater cooling airflow to the front brakes.
Speaking of the brakes, SRT engineers utilized internally ventilated disc brakes at all four corners (330 x 32 mm front; 300 x 22 mm rear), with dual-piston calipers front (44/44 mm) and rear (42/42 mm). The result led to a performance capability of 0 to 100 to 0 mph in less-than 16-seconds.
What SRT engineers focused on, was dialing the car’s chassis for better ride and handling characteristics. SRT engineers worked to deliver a stiffer, sportier performance ride with reduced understeer compared with the original Crossfire. Thanks to stiffer spring rates tuned to optimize their own handling characteristics compared to the standard Crossfire, the SRT6 featured spring rates of 451 lb.-in. in the front and 480 lb.-in. in the rear compared to 303 lb.-in. front and 337 lb.-in. rear on the original Crossfire Coupe.
Performance-tuned dampers and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport ultra-high performance rubber (225/40ZR18 in front, 255/35ZR19 in rear) wrapped in a set of staggered performance 15-spoke SRT aluminum wheels. Engineers also retuned the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) specifically for the SRT6, allowing the German-built machine to have a more spirited American feel when it came to its ride and handling.
Under the hood, the SRT6 was equipped with a hand-built supercharged 3.2-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG M112 V6. Making it the only SRT vehicle, without an SRT-specific motor. The engine was tuned for SRT duty, delivering 330 horsepower (246 kW) and 310 lb.-ft. (420 N⋅m) of torque. Each engine was mated to a Mercedes-sourced 5-speed automatic transmission and allowed the SRT6 Coupe to produce a 0 to 60 mph time in 4.8-seconds and a 1/4-mile time of 12.8 seconds.
Inside, SRT engineers add a 200 mph (320 km/h) instrument cluster, unfortunately, the car was electronically limited to just 155 mph. The car featured race-inspired seats, designed to provide increased support for everyday driving, as well as spirited on-track driving performance. Trimmed in Nappa Pearl Leather, seats feature enhanced grip, thanks to Alcantara suede inserts and bolsters. “SRT6” is embroidered on the headrests. Subtle gray stitching on the seats and steering wheel round out the interior appointments, which were unique to the SRT6.
This particular example is being showcased on the popular online auction website Bring A Trailer. For those looking for a budget-friendly SRT, the Crossfire SRT6 has proven to be one of those cars that can provide performance, and stand out in a crowd, all without breaking the bank. Because it is based on the R170 Mercedes platform, there is quite a bit of aftermarket performance parts support for the car.
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