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Published on Sat, Sep 11, 2004

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

CROSSDRESSER By BT JUSTICE

As a roadster aficionado, I was eager to review the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster, and was thoroughly delighted to have an entire week to do so. The Crossfire meets all of my expectations, and the many gazes, smiles and comments it generates, as well as its commendable performance, confirm the merit of its accolades.

Both the interior and exterior styling are superb, striking the right cross between retro and modern, luxury and sporty. It invokes images of fun and freedom, and it does so with poise and panache. The Crossfire is one of those few cars that you enjoy just taking time to stare at. It crosses other lines as well. It blends in as well at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, but this Chrysler is not too pretentious to take to a Target store.

The Crossfire's wonderful styling is complimented by its commendable performance. My initial drive in the Crossfire confirmed my suspicion that it was worthy of the trip around Palos Verdes Estate, a course I reserve for testing my favorite cars - i.e., those that are seriously performance-oriented or have no roof. While cruising around Palos Verdes, it became apparent that the Crossfire is immensely fun to drive. But it is more than just fun. While it does not have the power of a muscle car, nor the handling of some high-end roadster, nor the luxury of a European turnpike cruiser, it does have an excellent mix of all of these qualities. It certainly allows for spirited driving. And with the top down, it's a blast to drive. It has more than sufficient acceleration, has excellent handling, is comfortable, has numerous amenities, and is handsome. Other features such as an automatic spoiler, automatic roof, electronic stability control, huge tires, and leather seats just enhance the experience.

The Chrysler (Mercedes) Crossfire strikes an excellent balance between price, styling and performance. It is a testament to the synergy between Mercedes' quality engineering and Chrysler's flair for avant guard styling and kick ass performance. The Crossfire is worth serious consideration to anyone thinking about purchasing a high-style roadster.

For more information on Chrysler products, go to www.chrysler.com. SPECIFICATIONS

Name of vehicle: 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster

Price, as tested: $34,085

Engine type: V6 3.2 liters Max Horsepower: 215 hp at 5700 rpm

Torque: 229 ft-lbs. at 3000 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed overdrive manual transmission

Drive configuration: Rear-wheel drive

Exterior Length: 159.8 in. Width: 69.5 in. Height: 51.8 in. Wheel Base: 94.5 in. Ground Clearance: 4.9 in. Turning Circle: 32.2 ft. Curb Weight: 3140 lbs. Interior Front Head Room: 37.3 in. Front Hip Room: 53.3 in. Front Shoulder Room: 52.7 in. Front Leg Room: 42.7 in. Luggage Capacity: 6.52 cu. ft. Maximum Cargo Capacity: 7 cu. ft. Maximum Seating: 2 Fuel Data Fuel Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 gal. EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway) Manual: 17 mpg / 25 mpg

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