The Chrysler Crossfire Roadster, the open-top version of the Coupe released last year, comes to the UK this summer.

The Roadster features a powered fabric roof that lowers in 22 seconds. A fabric rather than metal roof is used so as to differentiate Chrysler’s efforts from those of its upmarket Mercedes-Benz brother.

The bodyshell has been modified to retain torsional rigidity, although weight only rises by 36kg.

The Coupe’s “boat tail” appearance, 19″ rear wheels and retractable spoiler that activates when the car reaches 60 mph have all survived the roof-chop.

In addition, the Roadster features satin silver painted sport bars that appear just behind the driver and passenger seats, and two race-inspired fairings integrated into the top of the tonneau cover.

Powered by the same Mercedes 3.2-litre V6 engine as the Coupe, the Roadster also retains the Coupe’s performance figures: a 150mph top speed and 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds.

The Roadster is available with a six-speed manual gearbox at £27,995 or a five-speed automatic transmission for £29,235. ESP, cruise control, leather upholstery and air conditioning all come as standard.

The Crossfire Roadster will be in dealer showrooms from mid-June.