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House of Chrysler


Photos by Adrian Streather
In the past American design of automobiles was let us say not the most pleasing to the eye. Since Chrysler has been taken over by Daimler-Benz that has begun to change. The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 is a very smart automobile in both coupe and cabriolet versions. I have a developed a serious soft spot for the Crossfire SRT-6 roadster. The SRT-6 appears to be based heavily on the Mercedes Benz SLK32. It is fitted with AMG-built, 3.2-liter, 224 kW (330 hp) supercharged V6. The transmission is a five-speed automatic with Auto-Stick manual control. The SRT coupe and cabriolet are capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 kph (0 to 62 mph) in just over five seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 254 kph (158 mph). The latest technology Michelin Pilot Sport tires 225/40R18 are fitted to the front 18 inch 15 spoke alloy wheels and 255/35R19 are fitted to the rear 19 inch 15 spoke alloy wheels. The brakes are four-wheel ventilated discs with twin-piston calipers. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is standard and compared to the standard Crossfire the suspension via the springs has been stiffened considerably. The interior features Nappa Pearl leather seats with suede inserts. Both the Crossfire SRT-6 coupe and roadster will be manufactured in Osnabrück, Germany.

House of Sportec


Photos by Adrian Streather
Now we are going to start to crank up into the higher cost performance automobiles. The Sportec SP600 is a 447 kW (600 hp) tuned version of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. There is little else to say about this very smart looking machine. Sportec is a Swiss company and they also had on display their Sportec SP580, which are a tuned 432.5 kW (580 hp) and aero-kitted cabriolet based on the new Porsche 911 (996) Twin Turbo cabriolet. Not on display was their monster 559 kW (750 hp) version of the Porsche GT-2. Sportec also tune some of the Audi series and turn them into performance monsters as well. Their Audi RS4 and RS6s versions are legendary.


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