The ride is firm and the steering direct.
The Crossfire's 3.2-litre V-6 engine produces 215 bhp and is designed to deliver high torque across a broad band of engine speeds which enables it to accelerate from 0-to-62 mph in just 6.5 seconds and continue to a top speed of 155mph.
The standard six-speed manual gearbox was superb and complemented the engine perfectly. We preferred the manual change over the optional 5-speed automatic (full automatic or AutoStick™ shiftless manual gear selection) which although smooth and effortless offered an uninvolved driving experience. The automatic gearbox features a lock-up converter and sophisticated electronic control of gear-change points and unusually returns greater fuel economy than the manual version with combined fuel economy figures of 28 mpg (automatic) and 27.2 mph (manual).
The ride is firm and the steering direct - the Crossfire’s wheels and tyres are staggered in size, like those of a race car, narrower at the front for crisp steering and wider at the rear to transmit more power to the road surface. Their large diameter results in excellent grip and cornering ability.
The Crossfire is a bold move for Chrysler and its extrovert looks attracted much attention during the short time that we had with the car. To complete a more in-depth road test requires more time with a car which we hope to have later in the year - so watch this space.20 February 2004
Chrysler Crossfire Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Chrysler Crossfire|
|Colour||Blaze Red Crystal|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Urban||18.3 mpg (Manual)|
19.8 mpg (Auto)
|Extra Urban||37.2 mpg (Manual)|
36.7 mpg (Auto)
|Combined||27.2 mpg (Manual)|
28.0 mpg (Auto)
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 20/02/04)||£ 27,260 (Manual)|
£ 28,500 (Auto)