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Chrysler Crossfire, Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6, Coupe, Convertible
#287 of 1538 from our Newsletter
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 28, 2003 (4:42 pm)
If you don't subscribe to the Edmunds Newsletter, here's some further info on the next models of the Crossfire (sounds like good news!)
"Crossfire Gets Supercharging
Chrysler's new Crossfire coupe will get some second-season excitement in the form of a new SRT-6 model. Chrysler has introduced most of its 2004 new vehicles and some 2005 cars and trucks to the press in anticipation of next year's auto shows, and the SRT-6 is among the new vehicles expected for launch next calendar year. According to sources, the Crossfire SRT-6 will pump out 330 horsepower thanks to supercharging of the stock 3.2-liter V6, and will go from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. A two-seat Roadster edition is expected shortly thereafter, possibly offering the 330-hp engine as well. No pricing has been announced."
Nov 30, 2003 (11:04 pm)
The more I think about it, the more tempting this becomes. That's basically an SLK32 AMG with bigger tires (and potentially better handling) for hopefully under $40K. Of course, you don't get the retractable hardtop, and it'll be more tempting if (unlike the SLK32) they offer a manual transmission on the SRT-6.
Dec 01, 2003 (6:09 am)
I'd be real surprised if it comes in under $40K with the supercharged engine.
Dec 01, 2003 (7:07 pm)
Aren't there less expensive tires out there that perform just as well as the Michelin Pilot Sports?
Dec 02, 2003 (8:00 am)
"Aren't there less expensive tires out there that perform just as well as the Michelin Pilot Sports? "
- I have heard people getting +20K miles on them, but not usually. One of the reasons the Crossfire does so well on the skidpad is because of the sticky and soft compound of the Pilots.
The Michelin Pilot Sport A&S has a MUCH higher wear rating (+30K miles) and have traction close to it.
tires with virtually same handling characteristics that are cheaper:
Bridgestone S03 Polepositions (may not be much cheaper)
Pirelli PZero Nero
Goodyear Eagle F1-D3
Continental ContactSport 2
And even less:
Dec 03, 2003 (5:23 am)
Just looked at the Tire Rack site, and the wear rating on the Michelins is 220. That is really pretty low, but I guess it's because they are so sticky on the dry road surface. I always try to find something with a 400 rating but that is not always possible depending on the wheel width, e.g., on 17" x 7" rims there is not much product available, so you sometimes have to take what's available.
#293 of 1538 bigmike5 - again
Dec 04, 2003 (8:24 am)
The Pilot Sport A&S have a 400 rating and have virtually the same sized tires as the regular Pilot Sport. BTW, it also depends on the car. Have been able to get over 30K miles from a 180 wear rated tire set.
Dec 04, 2003 (11:36 am)
Kevin111--Right you are. I did not check the A/S just the regular ones. 400 is a pretty good rating for high performance tires like that. Depending on inflation,handling charateristicsof the car and driving styles, they should last a while. I had Michelin MXRV-4s [I think it was] on my wife's 96 Aurora and despite really excellent care and rotation, they were dead at 38K miles and the noise level in the cabin rose as the tread disappeared. I figured they would have gone 45-50K with careful treatment, but no way. I traded the car rather than put new tires on it along with an extended warranty as it came up on the end of the 4 year warranty period. I have BF Goodrich Comp TA's on my M now and they show no wear at all at 20K miles, so it is hard to predict I guess.
#295 of 1538 Audi TT and Crossfire comparison
Dec 04, 2003 (11:45 am)
One of my car rags, can't remember which one [I get 4] came yesterday and has a runoff between the Audi TT and the Crossfire. I didn't have time to read it yet, but I did see they gave the nod to the TT. I glanced at just a couple of categories like slalom and braking and the TT got rated better by the clowns doing the review, even though the Crossfire did better on the track in both categories. I am gonna read it closer tonight, but once again it looks like the rags seem to bend over for the Audi/BMW/VW boys. Could it be advertising dollars spent with the rags??
#296 of 1538 bigmike5 - which TT?
Dec 04, 2003 (3:22 pm)
If it is the TT with 240 hp engine (v6?) and the new auto-manual tranny, I can see them leaning towards the TT. Has a 0-60 time about a 1 sec. faster than the Crossfire. Only problem is that I think that car costs $40K+.