Just as many other vehicles made by a single car manufacturer, the Chrysler Crossfire shares its major powertrain, drivetrain, suspension and chassis components and some interior details with another DaimlerChrysler vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class. Both the Chrysler Crossfire and the Mercedes-Benz SLK models were introduced as 2-seat sports cars. Although similar in many aspects and both are from DaimlerChrysler, the two models were regarded as competitors in the luxury sports car segment of the car industry.
Chrysler Crossfire got its name from its distinctive crossfire design. If you look closely to its body, you would see lines running through the car's body from the front to the rear end of the vehicle. These lines cross at the middle so from the rear fender, an upward facing surface appears and from the middle to the front fender, a downward surface. This unique design sets it apart from the Mercedes Benz models; however, both deserve praises for their handsome looks that perfectly define its driving abilities.
Base Crossfire models are rear-wheel drive sports vehicles, powered by a 3.2L 3-valve SOHC V-6 engine that generates a generous amount of power and torque—215-hp and 229 ft-lb, respectively. The engine was mated with either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster still used this engine, although the new model is more luxuriously equipped. The latest Chrysler Crossfire, the 2006 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 delivers an exhilarating drive with its supercharged high performance powerplant, a 3.2L 330-hp V-6 engine.
In the 2005 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK model no longer used the same platform with the Crossfire, leaving the Chrysler Crossfire as the sole car based on the older first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK platform. However, the new Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 models still shared qualities with Mercedes-Benz cars, especially the high performance Mercedes-Benz AMG. Compared to the regular Chrysler Crossfire models, the Crossfire SRT-6 is technically more advanced. It boasts of extra rigid chassis that resulted to responsive and smooth handling.