(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
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This year, Chrysler will turn heads and drop jaws with the introduction
of its new 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster at the 2004 North American
International Auto Show. The 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster will
arrive in dealerships this spring.
“The new 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster is absolutely stunning,” said
Jeff Bell, Vice President, Chrysler. “The styling, technology and
performance get the adrenaline flowing. This spring, the car to be seen
in is the Chrysler Crossfire Roadster.”
The new 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster is low-slung with a sculpted
appearance. Under the hood is a 3.2-liter 90-degree V-6, 18-valve SOHC
engine available with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic
To remove the top, simply release and pull down the center-mounted
handle located on the windshield header, turn the handle which releases
the convertible fabric top and lowers the side glass, and lift the front
of the top approximately eight inches. Press the button on the center
console and the hard tonneau opens up, the soft fabric top folds in, and
the hard tonneau closes again.
“With the Chrysler Crossfire Roadster, consumers can choose their
passion,” said Bell. “Top up or down, this is a great-looking sports
car. Sunshine and fresh air are just 22 seconds away.”
“Our new 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster
captures the spirit of the Crossfire coupe,” said Trevor Creed, Senior
Vice President, Design, Chrysler Group. “We use sport bars and tonneau
cover fairings to give Crossfire Roadster even more of an aerodynamic
Crossfire Roadster’s rear view is stunning with a tapered, “boat tail”
appearance that emphasizes the sports car’s mammoth rear wheels.
A retractable spoiler is designed into the rear of the vehicle and
activates when the car reaches 60 miles per hour. The center
high-mounted stop lamp (CHMSL) runs the width of the deployable rear
spoiler. Seam lines on the cloth top flow with and complement Roadster’s
rear “boat tail” lines.
To achieve even more of a dynamic appearance, satin silver painted sport
bars appear just behind the driver and passenger seats. Two
race-inspired fairings integrated into the top of the tonneau cover
complete the dynamic appearance of the sports car.
With its long hood and fast back, Chrysler Crossfire Roadster’s side
view is instantly recognizable. The car’s broad shoulders envelop
19-inch rear wheels. Front wheels measure 18 inches. With larger wheels
in back, the side profile has a poised stance.
The sculptured hood prominently showcases Chrysler’s new signature
winged badge which spans the entire upper width of the chrome grille.
Six grooves run the length of hood and complement the front grille.
From plan view, a center spine runs the length of the car and provides a
chiseled, carved appearance. The line starts at the front grille and
concludes at the dual exhaust tips.
Chrysler Crossfire Roadster’s
sophisticated twin cockpit interior complements the exterior. The center
spine shape on the exterior appears on the center console, shifter and
instrument panel. From the driver’s seat, the center spine shape appears
to continue from the instrument panel through the windshield and on to
Seats are trimmed in leather with Chrysler’s signature winged badge
embossed into both headrests. The ignition switch is located on the
instrument panel as opposed to the steering column.
Precise, elegant gauges are white-on-black with a black bezel and satin
silver trim ring. The center console has a metallic appearance that
flows from the top of the instrument panel through the center of the car
to achieve a cockpit environment. Satin silver accents are featured
throughout the interior including on the doors, steering wheel, and