As the first Chrysler vehicle to earn the SRT badge, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 provided a new level of Crossfire with an infusion of race-inspired, street legal American performance in both coupe and roadster forms.
“The Crossfire SRT6 has proven itself on and off the track as one of the most pleasingly balanced performance vehicles ever produced by SRT,” said Jeff Bell, then Vice President – Chrysler, Chrysler Group. “From its awesome supercharged V-6 engine — the only forced-induction powerplant offered by SRT — to its race-bred chassis, benchmark braking system and performance-oriented exterior and interior refinements, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 offers all-around performance in a unique package for the Chrysler brand.”
The Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 Coupe and Roadster exhibited the refined, sophisticated level of performance characteristic of Chrysler-brand SRT vehicles.
“While a Chrysler SRT vehicle doesn’t need to be overt or in-your-face, the signature SRT performance is always there, but in a more subtle presentation,” said Dan Knott, then Director – Street and Racing Technology. “The Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 inspires confidence because it has the performance capability to excel on the street or the track.”
The Crossfire SRT6 performance story started with a hand-built 3.2-liter supercharged V-6 engine boasting 330 horsepower (246 kW) and 310 lb.-ft. of torque (420 N•m).
The 18-valve V-6 engine features a helical supercharger supplied by IHI (same manufacturer has the HELLCAT and Demon 2.4-liter and 2.7-liter superchargers) and a water-to-air intercooler that helped deliver a relatively flat torque curve, delivering 90 percent of peak torque from 2,300 to 6,200 rpm. It also features a unique SRT engine cover. Combusted gases were routed through a performance-tuned exhaust system.
Output from the engine was handled by an upgraded five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick®.
SRT engineers worked to deliver a stiffer, sportier performance ride with reduced understeer compared with the original Crossfire.
Both the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 Coupe and Roadster models benefited from stiffer spring rates which were tuned differently to optimize their own handling characteristics compared to the original Chrysler Crossfire. The Crossfire SRT6 Coupe’s spring rates were 451 lb.-in. in the front and 480 lb.-in. in the rear, while the Crossfire SRT6 Roadster’s were 434 lb.-in. in the front and 491 lb.-in. in the rear, compared to 303 lb.-in. front and 337 lb.-in. rear on the original Crossfire Coupe and Roadster models.
Performance-tuned dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport ultra-high performance 225/40ZR18 (front) and 255/35ZR19 (rear) tires further contributed to the Crossfire SRT6’s handling characteristics. An Electronic Stability Program (ESP) tuned specifically for more spirited driving rounds out the SRT performance tuning for ride and handling.
Unique 15-spoke performance-themed SRT aluminum alloy wheels (18-inch front and 19-inch rear) also added to the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6’s performance characteristics.
To give the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 short braking distances and fade-free performance, 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 in SRT’s signature performance test of 0-100-0 mph was a time of less than 16 seconds.
Race-inspired exterior appointments that delivered enhanced performance for the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 included a fixed rear spoiler that resulted in reduced lift and enhanced aerodynamic balance at high speeds, and an integrated front fascia “chin” spoiler that reduced lift while providing greater cooling air flow to the front bakes.
The Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 featured a body-color windshield surround.
Exclusive premium performance-themed appointments were found throughout the interior of the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6.
A 200-mph (320 km/h) instrument cluster immediately pointed to the car’s performance characteristics.
The Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 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 featured enhanced grip, thanks to Alcantara suede inserts and bolsters. “SRT6” was embroidered on the headrests.
Subtle gray stitching on the seats and steering wheel rounded out the interior appointments unique to the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6.
The Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 was built in Osnabrück, Germany.
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