Chrysler has introduced 246 kW Street and Racing Technology (SRT-6) versions of its eye-catching Crossfire Coupé and Roadster, and two entry-level models, the first of which is R46 000 cheaper than the previous base model.

Chrysler has introduced 246 kW Street and Racing Technology (SRT-6) versions of its eye-catching Crossfire Coupé and Roadster, and two entry-level models, the first of which is R46 000 cheaper than the previous base model.


SRT is to Chrysler what the M Division is to BMW and AMG is Mercedes-Benz. The division, which was formed at the 2002 Detroit Motor Show, represents a combination of the Chrysler Group’s motorsport engineering expertise, its Dodge Viper development team and its Mopar Performance Parts engineers.


The new Crossfire SRT-6 is the first SRT-badged Chrysler to be introduced outside North America. The first Roadster units will be delivered to South African owners in June. Coupé models will follow in July on a made-to-order basis, Guy Kilfoil, DCSA communications manager for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, said.


At the heart of the SRT is a hand-built 246 kW 3,2-litre supercharged engine sourced from the Mercedes-Benz stable. Equipped with a helical supercharger and a water-to-air intercooler, the 18-valve V6 engine delivers 90 per cent of its 420 N.m peak torque from 2 300 to 6 200 r/min.


Chrysler claims the SRT-6, which has an upgraded five-speed automatic transmission (with AutoStick), will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5,1 seconds, reach 160 km/h in 16 seconds and goi on to an electronically-limited top speed of 255 km/h.


SRT engineers achieved a stiffer, sportier ride (with reduced understeer compared with the basic Crossfire) for the SRT-6 model by increasing the spring rates, adjusting damping and tuning the electronic stability programmes for more spirited driving. The cars are shod 18-inch Michelin Pilot Sport tyres at the front and 19-inch 255/35 ZR19s at the rear.


For improved stopping power, there are 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). These allow the SRT-6 to decelerate from 100-0 km/h in a claimed 35 metres.


SRT-6 models can be distinguished from their Crossfire siblings by fixed rear spoilers, which are said to reduce lift and enhance aerodynamic balance at high speeds. An integrated front ‘chin’ spoiler not only adds to the cars’ front visage, but is said to improve cooling airflow.


In addition, lighter 15-spoke performance-themed SRT aluminium alloy wheels (18-in. front and 19-in. rear) are fitted.


Inside, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 has race-inspired seats trimmed in Nappa Pearl leather, with grey stitching and suede inserts and bolsters. ‘SRT-6’ is embroidered on the headrests. Standard features include an eight-way electrically-adjustable heated driver’s seat, a four-way electrically-adjustable heated seat for the passenger, electric windows with one-touch down controls for driver and passenger, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, an Infinity Modulus audio system with AM/FM/CD and 240-watt digital amplifier (six speakers including dual subwoofers), dual-zone semi-automatic air conditioning and remote keyless entry with central locking (including fuel filler door).


Two entry-level models have been added to the range


To differentiate the models in its line-up, Chrysler has renamed the Crossfire models already on the market Coupe Limited and Roadster Limited, but badging remains unchanged.


However, two new entry-level models - with matte black door sill plates and body-colour windscreen surrounds, door handles and side louvres (replacing the Satin Silver units found on the Crossfire Limited) will be offered. The cars have the same 3,2-litre V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, chassis and running gear as their siblings, but have a lower specification. Kilfoil told CARtoday.com on Tuesday that the entry-level models would not be fitted with electrochromatic mirrors or heated, electrically-adjustable side mirrors or foglights found on the Limited. The sound system will be a four-speaker radio/CD unit.


Furthermore, the new Chrysler Crossfire Coupe and Roadster entry-level models will only be available with a Black Clear Coat exterior and Dark Slate Gray cloth seats, which will be four-way manually adjustable and not heated.


Pricing

Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 Roadster 5-ATX R519 000

Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 Coupe 5-ATX R479 000


Crossfire Limited (unchanged)

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster Limited 5-ATX R465 000

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster Limited 6-MTX R455 000

Chrysler Crossfire Coupe Limited 5-ATX R425 000

Chrysler Crossfire Coupe Limited 6-MTX R415 000


Entry-level Crossfire

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster 6-MTX R409 000

Chrysler Crossfire Coupe 6-MTX R369 000