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Chrysler Crossfire Convertible, interior

THE Chrysler Crossfire coupe and roadster might look like classic American sportscars but the drivetrain is right up to date.

Under the bonnet of most in this front engine, rear wheel drive sportster is a petrol 3.2-litre V6, with 215bhp giving plenty of mid-range urge and a lovely purr from the exhaust once you reach 4,000rpm.

Traction is good and body control is excellent, but the ride is poor, making passengers feel like a ball in a bucket over the worst lumps and bumps.

Performance is strong and grip is excellent but the steering is dull and lifeless. However, those out of the ordinary looks are bound to tempt more than a few drivers as prices come down.

There are two models available, the standard 3.2-litre with 215bhp, and the SRT6, which adds a turbo to give 330bhp.

The lower powered model comes with a choice of manual or auto gearboxes but the SRT is only available with the automatic.

Insurance is high, and economy not great, with a best of 25mpg in the lower powered model, which is actually better to drive.

A low seating position and high window line make the cabin cosy, although rear visibility is restricted somewhat.

The two-seat cockpit is comfortable, and the boot is big enough for a couple of sets of gold clubs.

FAST FACTS

Price: Pay about £4,000 for an '06 06-reg coupe, or £7,000 for an '08 08-reg roadster auto

Mechanical: 215bhp, 3,199cc, 6cyl petrol engine driving rear wheels via 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic gearbox

Max Speed: 155mph

0-62mph: 6.5 seconds

Combined MPG: 25

Insurance Group: 43

C02 emissions: 250g/km

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