“Chrysler Crossfire is the sports coupé of the future; it’s an American dream machine come true,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler Group President and CEO when the car was first revealed. “Following the footsteps of the Viper and Chrysler PT Cruiser, it’s a great concept-to-reality story that combines head-turning design with world- class engineering.”
At full production, the annual build capacity for Crossfire will be 20,000 units worldwide – with approximately 15 per cent of those units going to markets outside North America. Just 500 Crossfires will reach UK dealers during the latter part of next year and so demand for the coupé is expected to be very high, with a retail price in the region of £26,000 to £29,000.
“Crossfire is the ultimate expression of the Chrysler brand,” said Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK. “It is a car that embodies all of the brand’s values and shows what Chrysler is capable of. Crossfire gives us a confident entry into the UK sports coupé market.”
“There’s no doubt that it combines gorgeous American styling with outstanding German engineering prowess. It’s a sexy and sculptured, fully equipped sports coupé that captures the essence of a real two seater,” he said.
Designed by Briton Andrew Dyson, Chrysler Crossfire is a low-slung, two-seat coupé with a carved, sculptured appearance. Under the bonnet lies a 3.2 V-6, 18-valve SOHC engine. It is coupled to a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and drives the rear wheels.
Its athletic stance and performance will particularly appeal to UK drivers with its combination of speed, power and performance and its controlled, balanced and responsive driving manners.
Crossfire will compete within a segment dominated by the Audi TT, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Honda S2000, Porsche Boxster, BMW Z3, Alfa Romeo GTV Spider and Nissan 350Z.
“The expressive execution of Chrysler Crossfire is tangible proof of our capability to elevate and broaden the Chrysler brand,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President of Design, Chrysler Group. “From its distinct design to its potent powertrain and suspension, this modern American coupé is set to excite enthusiasts throughout the world.”