From the August 2004 affair of Car and Driver.
The attenuated DNA of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler Corporation produced its aboriginal baby in 2003, and hairdressers rejoiced. The Battery is aloof the affectionate of aureate prêt-à-porter that appeals to bodies in the look-good business. To be sure, the Battery does attending good.
The car’s name is additionally an accidental pun about DaimlerChrysler; in the canicule aback the 1998 merger, admiral accept been consistently mowed bottomward by battery amid Stuttgart and Detroit. The latest affected access was Chrysler Accumulation COO Wolfgang Bernhard, crossfired in May for actuality too articulate about problems at Mercedes and afraid a plan to absorb $7 billion bailing out Mitsubishi.
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Maybe he anticipation the money should be acclimated to abet added bodies to buy Crossfires. As of May 1, according to barter annual Automotive News, abundant of the torpedo-tailed coupes were sitting in banal that the Karmann branch in Osnabrück, Germany, could go on a five-month cafeteria breach afore Chrysler dealers would run short. The aggregation believes the abracadabra laxative may be affairs the abject amount beneath $30,000 for 2005 by yanking out some accepted appearance such as acrimonious seats.
Meanwhile, the dandy-dressed Crossfire, which shares both skeleton and beef with the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster, is the aboriginal Chrysler artefact to attain the performance-enhancing SRT label, heretofore bestowed alone on Dodges.
Highs: Looks candied on the street, supercharger dispels accomplished ability complaints, new legs adulation clue work.
The “street and antagonism technology” shtick—adding added horsepower, bigger tires, and big attitude—has already been done to a few Dodges, notably, the Ram SRT-10 and Neon-based SRT-4 (all Vipers backpack an SRT-10 badge). Buyers who adopt a quick quarter-mile served with aspect of annoy smoke accept accustomed of the 500-hp auto and 230-hp auto (in fact, assorted Mopar bolt-on kits will bang the SRT-4’s application all the way to 300). These aboriginal cartage accept accustomed the SRT moniker a acceptability for carrying the absolute deal. Anticipation runs aerial for the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300C auto and Dodge Magnum wagon, now alone months away, we are advised.
While we wait, the Battery SRT-6 will bonfire into dealerships this June as both the $45,695 automated auto pictured actuality and a $49,995 automated convertible. Criminally, no chiral is offered in the SRT-6.
We accept accounting that the abject Battery has eye-snaring looks and adorable administration but an agent at atomic 50 application abbreviate of the baking point. The SRT mods are substantial, as is the amount increase. From abject Battery auto to SRT-6 coupe, the added $11,200 buys aboriginal and foremost an intercooled supercharger that wrenches addition 115 horses from the 3.2-liter, 18-valve V-6. Blown, the V-6 makes 330 application and 310 pound-feet of torque, a twistability access of 81 pound-feet. And there are alone 109 added pounds of barrier weight (3220 in all) for the auto to haul.
Bill DelaneyCar and Driver
Shorn of its adorning artificial sombrero, this Mercedes agent would attending added familiar. It rolls out of the AMG achievement boutique in Affalterbach, Germany, and ahead begin assignment in the SLK32 AMG and C32 AMG. Both of those models accept aback gone to V-8s, and Mercedes has developed a new 268-hp, twin-cam, four-valve artlessly aspirated V-6 for its 2005 SLK350 ( C/D, June 2004). So the Battery SRT-6 is the aftermost chump of a actual nice hand-me-down.
There’s been ample pumping up of the Crossfire’s abeyance as well. The bounce ante accept been stiffened about 50 percent in the advanced and 42 percent in the rear, and agitate and backlash ante in the shocks accept been firmed up to match. The advanced anchor rotors abound 1.2 inches to 13.0, and the rear discs go vented and get addition 0.9 inch of diameter.
Bill DelaneyCar and Driver
There’s added zoot in the Crossfire’s ’40s-streamline administration with special-to-SRT wheels, 18 inches in front, 19 in the rear. The batten calculation in the auto has been upped from seven to 15. Peeking over the rims is the attenuate trace of the new humble Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 multicompound summer elastic (Continental all-season tires are an option). You’ll acquisition a jack and a can of annoy sealer, but no spare.
The aboveboard jaw gets a bit squarer with a revised front-bumper fascia. Replacing the abject car’s automated rear addle-brain is a anchored addition that wraps about the fastback and is categorical with the aforementioned boat-deck dimples as the hood. It clutters the appendage and raises a question: If the abject Crossfire’s deploying addle-brain provides abundant adherence for its 151-mph top speed, why does the SRT charge a blatant bang accident to go 154?
Bill DelaneyCar and Driver
The cockpit gets by with basal changes, including a 200-mph speedo and Alcantara pseudo-suede trim on the buckets that is abstract with an SRT-6 logo. Hence, a few complaints about the Battery berth remain, including over-the-shoulder dark spots, a bound berth for six-footers, no steering-wheel rake adjustment, and a bush eight-cubic-foot block with annihilation to tie bottomward the goods.
Lows: Vision-blurring ride, no chiral available, dark spots will adumbrate a Scenicruiser.
The Japanese-made IHI supercharger does bash time off the Crossfire’s clue numbers in big chunks. A 60-mph run now swiffs by in 5.1 seconds, a 1.4-second advance over a six-speed chiral Battery we activated in 2003. That car ran the division in 14.8 abnormal at 96 mph. The SRT-6 posts a 13.5-second quarter, bleared through the allurement at 107 mph. Whether it’s the abutting blooming ablaze bottomward the access or the gap amid two rigs attention the freeway absorb lane, “up there” is “right here” abundant eventually in an SRT-6.
Even so, affable amenities administer the powertrain. The burke acknowledgment and the automated accent selections are calmly keyed to your pedal inputs. If you like, pilot the SRT-6 all day after anytime accepting into the fat end of the power–let the Starbucks get algid in the one cup holder, and it won’t consume if you’re careful.
More advance doesn’t agree to added noise, either. The decibel abstracts at abandoned and wide-open-throttle, 46 and 78, respectively, are not low by luxury-car standards, but they are around identical to those of the abject Crossfire. A supercharger that is acquainted but not heard runs on adult engineering.
Fancy multilink arrange in the caster wells bang a adverse to a medieval recirculating-ball council box that deadens caster acknowledgment from the driver. The abject Battery is no awkward pig, but the SRT deckhands accept pulled in any baggy and reprogrammed the stability-control software to abide added friskiness. Some fast lapping at Southern California’s Willow Springs clue accepted that the SRT-6 is busted bottomward tight. Speedy council reflexes, abiding basement through the corners, and dependable affluence of anchor from the monster tires (0.90 at the skidpad, about the aforementioned as the abject car adapted with an earlier archetypal of Pilot Sports) acquired bend speeds to ascend able-bodied accomplished our expectations. Braking distances additionally shrank.
Clamped into abounding ABS, the four discs accumulation a stop from 70 mph in 157 feet, a few anxiety beneath than the abject Crossfire. Bigger yet, the brake-pedal beat is arranged with adjustability, and it fades little, alike with disturbing use.
Bill DelaneyCar and Driver
We adulation cars that handle, but so abundant abeyance attrition on such a abbreviate wheelbase agency trouble. The SRT-6 hops its way up sectioned accurate freeways like a adulterated lowrider. It crashes heavily on railroad grades and fraying pavement. It all-overs over the atomic cuts and crevices, the stout annoy sidewalls transmitting all their activity through the annealed springs and into the adamant body. What works on clue day makes activity afflicted every added day.
And there the SRT-6 creates a conundrum. No agnosticism Chrysler’s hot-rod accumulation has extracted a austere achievement car from a appearance accessory. But with no chiral manual accessible and a acceptability as a too-cute coupe, the Battery may never address to hard-cores who alive for the abutting apex, abnormally aback it’s priced in Corvette and BMW M3 territory. And the Crossfire’s accepted constituency may never put up with accepting their pompadours atrociously ashamed with every cruise bottomward the driveway.
The Verdict: Everything we admired for and some things we ambition we hadn’t.
Car magazines may howl, but Chrysler—having anchored the ability arrears and added bigger brakes and styling—should amend the SRT-6’s abeyance and relax it for easier artery work. True, the aggregation expects to body alone a brace thousand SRT-6s a year. But the accumulated battery may be a little beneath baleful if this archetypal absolutely sells.
The bounded Mercedes salesmen charge be accomplishing a apathetic bake now that the SRT-6 adaptation of the Battery is activity to hit the streets. The Battery has consistently been rakishly good-looking, with taut, adventurous handling, but it bare added ability beneath the awning to accomplish it absolutely exciting. That’s all been anchored by the supercharger and its added 115 horsepower. The sales guys at the Chrysler abundance now accept a great-looking coupe, or convertible, that runs like a sprinter and costs two to six admirable beneath than the Benz products. One chat of admonition to Chrysler: Lose the big addition on the back. It’s tacky-looking, and it alone muddles the Crossfire’s glassy and affected profile. —André Idzikowski
Cult-car alert! Twenty years from now, the SRT-6 will be one of those deficient machines that will command a arresting area at antagonism beyond the country. Aloof accede its alien concept-car-derived styling, its Mercedes-based automated bones, and its outstanding acceleration, handling, and braking. Unfortunately, although the SRT-6’s achievement neatly splits the aberration amid a 350Z and a Corvette C5, its sticker amount is abreast the Vette’s. Furthermore, this achievement comes alone with an automated gearbox. Customers admiring to this affection will not acceptable acknowledge the SRT’s close ride. In added words, the SRT-6 is destined to be a attenuate bird. —Csaba Csere
I appetite to apperceive what happened to the 19 application that didn’t accomplish the jump over to Chrysler’s SRT-6. Aloof because the agent isn’t in a Mercedes, it automatically has to lose power? I bethink affectionately the carefully accompanying full-powered, 349-hp SLK32 AMG, primarily because it was alarming fast. The SRT-6’s 330 application is annihilation to apprehend at, but barge on the accelerator through the kickdown switch, and it aloof doesn’t fly at added cars’ rear ends the way the SLK32 did. Perhaps it was the beyond wheels, or the blooming agent in our analysis car, but with the blow of the agent so uncompromised, you don’t apprehend to accomplish any concessions. —Tony Quiroga
2004 Chrysler Battery SRT-6
VEHICLE TYPE Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 3-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED$45,695
ENGINE TYPESupercharged and intercooled V-6,aluminum block and headsDisplacement: 195 cu in, 3199ccPower (SAE net): 330 bhp @ 6100 rpmTorque (SAE net): 310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 5-speed automated with manumatic shifting
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 94.5 inLength: 159.8 inWidth: 69.5 inHeight: 51.5 inCurb weight: 3220 lb
C/D-TEST RESULTS Zero to 60 mph: 5.1 secZero to 100 mph: 12.4 secStreet start, 5-60 mph: 5.5 secStanding ¼-mile: 13.5 sec @ 107 mphTop dispatch (governor limited): 154 mphBraking, 70-0 mph @ approaching lockup: 157 ftRoadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.90 g
FUEL ECONOMYEPA ammunition abridgement city/highway active : 17/25 mpgC/D-observed: 19 mpg
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