Cigar Aficionado

Chrysler Crossfire Roadster Humidor

Women must think men have some sort of mental defect when it comes to buying new cars. We find a great deal that saves us thousands and then a slippery salesman baits-and-hooks us with an array of add-ons that boost the sticker price back up to the sky. OK, sure, some of those extras might be superfluous, but can you really fault a man for wanting to trick out his ride with cool accessories? Is there really such a thing as too much cowbell?

DaimlerChrysler doesn't think so. The company has made cigar humidors a standard option ($215) with the 2005 Chrysler Crossfire Roadster, and while a humidor in your car may seem excessive, the truth is it's a necessity. Think about it. If you've got the open road ahead of you, the top down and your Crossfire cruising at 80 mph, isn't a heater in order? Especially one that can be accessed from a box conveniently located in the console, without your ever taking your eyes off the road? Exactly. So let's face it, guys, you're going to need that humidor.

The humidor's design follows the sleek lines of the Roadster itself. It features the Chrysler logo and the Crossfire's grooved hood and matches the satin silver accents of the car's interior. But this is a performance humidor, not a mere design consideration. The interior is made of Spanish cedar and holds as many as a dozen cigars, depending on their size. There is a humidifier and a hygrometer, plus a Xikar cutter and a butane lighter from Prometheus.

As for the Crossfire itself, with its 3.2-liter, 90-degree, 18-valve SOHC V-6 engine under the hood, it has been tested at 150 mph. It is available with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission, boasts 215 horses and has more pounds of torque than the Porsche Boxster, the BMW Z4 and the Audi TT Quattro. Among a seemingly endless list of amenities are power steering, touring suspension and an optional rocking stereo with GPS navigation.

The Crossfire handles as you'd expect a sports car to. It is quick and fast, and its sleek and saucy appearance will turn heads. But if you buy this car and don't get the humidor, you'll be doing yourself and anybody who rides in it a disservice.