Dodge SRT-4

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The Dodge SRT-4 is a turbocharged variant of the Neon[1] introduced by DaimlerChrysler’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) in-house tuner group (originally known as PVO for Performance Vehicle Operations) in 2003 and sold under the Dodge marque. SRT stands for “Street and Racing Technology”, and the “4” in the SRT-4’s name denotes the number of cylinders of the engine. ACR and Commemorative Edition models were later introduced as well. The SRT-4 was marketed towards the racing and muscle car crowd[citation needed], as well as designed to attract younger buyers who had previously only considered owning Japanese sport compacts. Dodge Press Release

Dodge, through its parts distribution network Mopar, also offers many performance enhancements for the SRT-4, from suspension kits to engine performance upgrade kits. The engine performance kits were made available for all three years from 2003 to 2005. Stage 1 for the 2003 model included an upgraded PCM as well as larger injectors. The 2004 and 2005 stage one only contained the upgraded PCM because the cars came stock with upgraded injectors. The stage 2 upgrages for all three years included the stage 2 PCM, 682 cc/min fuel injectors (a 30% increase), wastegate actuator, 3.0 bar TIP sensor, and turbo toys could be purchased as well for the stage 2 and stage 3 for all three years. The stage 3 engine upgraddes for all three years also contained the same components and if purchased, transformed an already fast car into a complete beast. The stage 3 kit includes everything that the stage 2 includes but it also comes with a larger turbo and manifold to achieve 310 horsepower at 5600 RPM or if you have the turbo toys in high octane mode you will be pushing 355 horsepower at 5200 RPM.

Built in Belvidere, Illinois with 84% US content, the SRT-4 differed from the Neon, the model on which it was based, in many ways. The SRT-4’s entire powertrain (engine and transmission), suspension, braking system, exhaust, wheels, tires, and a small portion of the interior were upgraded from the Neon. On the outside, the SRT-4’s unique front fascia and hood featuring a functional hood scoop was distinctly different. The car also featured side skirts, a unique rear fascia, large rear wing, and model specific 17×6 inch wheels.

Under the hood was a turbocharged 2.4-liter straight-4 gasoline engine. This engine debuted in the United States alongside the 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser GT (as the A853 engine), but the SRT-4 version (A855 engine) had a unique intake manifold to package the engine in the neon engine bay. The SRT-4 used a New Venture Gear T-850 five-speed manual transmission (based on the unit from the European turbodiesel minivans), equal-length half shafts, and a high-capacity Sachs performance clutch. The suspension used stiffer springs, SRT tuned Tokico struts, larger sway bars front and rear, a unique steering gear, PT Cruiser steering knuckles, and a unique K-member. 11.0-inch (279 mm) vented disc brakes (with extra-thick rotors to prevent warping) were used in front, with 10.6 in (270 mm) non-vented discs in the rear.

Inside, the front seats featured enhanced lumbar and lateral support for performance driving, and a faux carbon fiber steering wheel shiftboot cover and satin silver “cue ball” shift knob were used. The gauges had special SRT faces and silver rings matching those on the climate controls. An Auto-Meter brand boost gauge was used as well. The front windows are power operated, while the rear windows are manual.

The 2004 model was updated with more power and torque, a torque-sensing Quaife limited-slip differential, larger fuel injectors, BF Goodrich KDW2 three-season ultra-high performance tires, newer engine management hardware, and paint and trim changes. 2005 also featured new colors and the return of the American Club Racer (ACR) edition. The ACR package included wider 16″x7″ BBS RX lightweight racing wheels with wider 225/45R16 B.F. Goodrich KDW2 tires, 5-position rebound adjustable Tokico Illumina shock absorbers, a thicker rear sway bar, front seats with pass-through slots for racing harnesses, increased allowable front camber adjustment, and ACR logos on the exterior and embroidered on the front seats. The struts on the ACR also used common spring seat height locations as a base Neon, which lowered the front 10 mm (0.4 in) and the rear 23.5 mm (0.9 in) from a base SRT-4. A limited edition and numbered 2005 SRT-4 Commemorative Edition appearance package (in white with blue “Viper stripes”) was also offered, but not with the ACR package.

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