When Dodge released the SRT-4 version of their Neon econobox, the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) group did so with an extended middle finger to the automotive establishment. BMW could take their rear-wheel-drive balance and shove it — Subaru could put their all-wheel-drive grip where the sun don’t shine — and Audi put their refinement up their nose if it could reach that high. The SRT-4 Neon was a front-drive line walking burnout machine with a frontier wagon interior and all the class of Dale Watson singing “I Lie When I Drink” and all the subtlety of Johnny Cash signing “Cocaine Blues.” I have to admit that as a used car junky I salivated at the idea of the SRT-4s hitting their depreciation curve and you can get this 1 of 1175 ACR edition examples (the ACR added wider wheels/tires, lowered ride height, thicker rear sway bar, adjustable shocks, and other stuff) for next to nothing. It is indeed a big upgrade in speed/performance/fun versus the basic Neon we posted the other day. Find this 2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 ACR offered for $6000 in Las Vegas, NV via craigslist.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Here’s an interesting find – a platform mate to the final generation of Lancer Evolution! But while they shared the same GEMA engine block and some of their underpinnings. the Caliber SRT-4 wasn’t a precision all wheel drive rally weapon – more like a […]
Fewer cars have a worse reputation for being a cheap ride than the Dodge/Plymouth Neon. It is true that the interior materials used in these cars is low rent, but the layout is decent enough and very functional. First gen ACR model Neons made due with same DOHC engine that was available on lesser models. […]
Have the last two turbo minivans left you wanting more? The Dodge Caravan Shelby clone, with its rad graphics, and SRT-4 swapped Voyager, with 300 horsepower, both fell short in the gear-change department. Now, you can pulverize latent childhood insecurities by running a 13-second quarter mile in the first car you puked in, while feeding […]
Dodge didn’t have a legitimate reason for making the SRT-4 as a sedan instead of a coupe, except everyone else was doing sedans. No homologation purposes, no rich heritage to uphold, and only a marginal increase in practicality. Although really, who buys a torque-steering turbo rocket for practicality? So why not put the SRT-4 muscle […]
Everybody loves a sleeper – that dowdy-looking car that attracts no attention until it lays down two perfect patches or blows the doors off of your buddy’s Vette at a stoplight. A station wagon is a good choice as a build platform, because it makes the end product that much more entertaining, but what if […]
P is for poseurs, pansies and petrified pedants. P isn’t for powerful and it certainly isn’t for pants-dropping, unless you are referring to a prostate exam…because PT cruisers are predominantly driven by aging Costco Hawaiian shirt shoppers who picked it out of the lineup of econoboxes at their nearest mile-o-cars because it looked retro but […]