- Still looks expensive and cool
- Convertible top is quick and neat
- Decent cargo room in coupe
- Cramped cockpit, even for two
- No more SRT6 version
- High price point
The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire is a sexy roadster with gobs of power, a tight cockpit, and a style all its own.
The 2008 Chrysler Crossfire coupe and roadster are the last of their breed: A rebodied version of the last-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK, the Crossfire has already been dumped from the Chrysler lineup due to slow sales.
Even before the decision was made to drop the Crossfire, Chrysler had paid little attention to the basic two-door coupe and convertible. Last year, it received knee airbags but no other updates. Then again, the basic idea needed little in the way of dramatic change; the Crossfire drew its power from a strong 215-horsepower V-6 and sent it to the rear wheels through a compact, notchy-feeling six-speed manual gearbox or a smoother five-speed automatic. The 330-horsepower SRT6 version is a distant memory.
The draw with the Crossfire has always been its muscular exterior styling, complemented by a twin-cockpit interior, finished in metallic accents, and dolled up with amenities like dual-zone air conditioning and power locks, windows, and mirrors. All-speed traction control and stability control are standard on 2008 models, as are dual front and side airbags.
Underpinning the Deco-fantastic shape are massive brakes, a racy double-wishbone independent suspension, and unfortunately, a slow-responding steering rack. The Chrysler Crossfire might not have super-car power, but its ride is relatively good, even if it feels a step slower than competitors.
The few remaining additional options include a navigation system and two-tone, heated, leather, power seats. Tire pressure monitors are now standard, and the Crossfire earns five-star passenger side-impact ratings and five-star rollover protection for both the coupe and convertible models.