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During the early to mid-2000s, the automotive market was a weird place. There was an abundance of different models hitting the market every year as automakers attempted to see what would stand out. Because of this, there were plenty of other unique models that garnered cult-like followings. One fascinating model was the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6. Built off of the controversial Chrysler Crossfire coupe, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 added more power, a retuned suspension, and a unique interior.

This sporty roadster was a blast to drive and has garnered quite a following among enthusiasts and collectors alike. See why the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 is a stunning example of the 2000s automotive market.

German Built; American Made

One of the unique aspects of the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6, when released, was created when Daimler-Benz owned Chrysler. Because of this partnership, the Chrysler Crossfire utilized the same platform and underpinnings as the legendary first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK. 

The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 was manufactured in the Karmann factory in Osnabrück, Germany, and then tuned by Chrysler in America. Chrysler created a roadster with the refinement of a Mercedes-Benz powertrain and tuned for American roads.

Powering this unique roadster was the same handbuilt 3.2-liter supercharged V6 engine found in the Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG. This engine supplied drivers with the necessary increase in performance to get hearts racing all over.

In the Chrysler, this engine was tuned in America to create 330 horsepower and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. In turn, it would propel the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 to 60 MPH in 5 seconds. The increase of more than 100 horsepower and 100 lb.-ft. of torque allowed this roadster to offer drivers an exciting drive.

How many of Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 models were built?

The 3.2-liter supercharged V6 engine that is found in the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
The 3.2-liter supercharged V6 engine found in the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 | Chrysler

The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 was only around for two short years, but it made quite an impact during that time. Only about 4,000 of these coupes sold during those two years. 

This fun-to-drive roadster became quite a popular model for enthusiasts despite the low sales numbers. Thanks to the powerful engine and unique suspension, the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 was great for both highways and back roads. 

Because of the short run of models when this model was new, finding a used model, if interested, is quite challenging. But, if you do enough searching, you can very possibly find one of these models. Expect to spend anywhere from $15,000 or more on a used Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6.

Why should you choose a Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6?

the rear end of a blue 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
The rear end of a 2005 Chrysler SRT-6 | Chrysler

If you have been searching throughout the market for a fun-to-drive and unique coupe, a used Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 is an excellent choice. Aside from the performance that makes this coupe a joy to drive, you will love that the price tag won’t hurt your wallet. You will be able to get a coupe with more than enough power to get your heart pumping and keep a few bucks in your pocket. Plus, being that this is a Chrysler, there is an extensive selection of Mopar parts and accessories available. With that in mind, you can make this coupe even more exciting to drive.

A two-seater perfect for the time

the front end of a blue 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6
The front end of the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 | Chrysler

6 Cars that were Cut from Production as Quickly as they Began

The Chrysler Crossfire was a short-lived attempt at Chrysler attempting to entice drivers who wanted both luxury and performance. The regular Chrysler Crossfire has a weird legacy, as drivers and journalists recall the odd styling and forgettable yet enjoyable performance. But the SRT-6 was not a standard model. The changes offered gave this car the additional power to make it worth its nearly $50,000 price tag. Today, this roadster is still something drivers, journalists, and enthusiasts can’t agree on. 

At the time of its original release, Car and Driver said, “Cult-car alert! Twenty years from now, the SRT-6 will be one of those scarce machines…,” and wouldn’t you know it, it’s true. These models are tough to find, and if you do find one, the condition can be questionable. Keep digging, though; there are indeed some examples available that have been garage-kept and still look like they just rolled off the German production line.

The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 is, in many ways, a car that could only exist in the mid-2000s, and we are thrilled it did!