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<B>2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4</B><P>The Neon SRT-4 is the second-quickest car in the Dodge lineup, accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in <B>5.9 seconds</B>, trailing only the Dodge Viper SRT-10. It has a 2.4-liter, turbocharged, <B>205-horsepower</B> engine. The SRT-4 comes equipped with Viper-style racing seats, 17-inch aluminum performance wheels and performance gauges. <P>The car is priced at $19,995 and will be manufactured at the Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois, home of the Neon. Chrysler will likely pitch the SRT-4 as the fastest car available under $20,000. <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/specials/2002_la/srt4/prev2.jpg"> <BR> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2002/01/04/WKA2002010447090_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2002/01/04/WKA2002010446702_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2002/01/04/WKA2002010439897_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2002/01/04/WKA2002010439917_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://osx.wieck.com/pv/WKA/2002/01/04/WKA2002010439934_pv.jpg"> <P> <IMG SRC="http://www.allpar.com/neon/srt/panel.jpg"> <P>-Drew<p>[This message has been edited by InDy (edited 01-04-2002).]
 

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As probably the only Neon enthusiast on the board, I'll admit that I like the motor and interior treatment, but the pre-riced exterior doesn't do it for me.<P>cheers,<BR>scott<BR> <IMG SRC="http://piston-ported.netfirms.com/Image039.jpg"> <P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by jesse850GLT:<BR><B>0-60 in 5.9 sec. can that be right?I would think it would be somewhere around 6.3 to 6.8 sec.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>205hp, 220ft/lbs in a ~2700lb car. I guess it all depends on the gearing (will it be geared so you don't have to shift to third?) and how well it launches (it's got equal length half shafts which is good, but it's missing an lsd).<P>It's a year away, and after neither the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V nor the Focus SVT living up to all the pre-production hype, I'm not going to even try to make any serious performance predictions (I will bet that that motor stuffed into my 2400lb. ACR would be deep in the 5's and 13's).<P>cheers,<BR>scott<P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by scootergeek:<BR><B><BR>It's a year away, and after neither the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V nor the Focus SVT living up to all the pre-production hype,...<P>cheers,<BR>scott<BR></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>I would agree with you on the Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V, but from everything that I have heard, the Focus SVT is a supurb little car that handles great. I have driven two different 'Foci' and I was really impressed, although I still favor the Mazda Protege ES 2.0.<P>-Drew<P>
 

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This small car market with super hot motors is getting a little full. It'll be interesting to see how that goes.<P>It's probably also reasonable to expect that this motor will find its way into the PT Cruiser. That'd be an interesting package.<p>[This message has been edited by [email protected] (edited 01-05-2002).]
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>It's probably also reasonable to expect that this motor will find its way into the PT Cruiser. That'd be an interesting package.<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>This particular 2.4t package* was developed for the PT Cruiser (DC calls it the GT Cruiser) and was then shoehorned in the Neon to try to help it's sagging image and sales.<P>The reaction from the small car enthusiasts I've seen has been pretty much a love it or hate it thing. I've noticed a growing fascination for the old turbo Dodges, so DC's timing on this looks good to me.<P>I think the turbo appreciating folks in the US really owe a debt of gratitude to Volvo and VW for changing the negative reliability image factory turbo cars suffered from in the mid 90's.<P><BR>*A slightly better breathing 2.4t has been available in Mexico for a few years on the first gen. Stratus R/T.<P>cheers,<BR>scott<P>
 

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Scott,<P>Yeah, I have heard about the GT Cruiser as well, and I think that it should be coming out soon, with that same engine.<P>By-the-way, what is the 'ACR' Neon? I have heard of them, but what does the package mean?<P>-Drew
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by InDy:<BR><B><BR>By-the-way, what is the 'ACR' Neon? I have heard of them, but what does the package mean?<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>It's the American Club Racing package, designed to highlight the Neon's handling abilities in SCCA showroom stock racing (although it turns out it got better known for it's autocrossing abilities).<P>Basically, it starts with a base neon, the sedan keeps the 2.0l 132hp SOHC 16v motor, while the coupe got the 2.0l 150hp DOHC 16v motor (to put them in different classes).<P>From there on the treatment was the same - they got a 22mm front sway bar and a 16mm rear bar (normal is 20mm front, no rear), four wheel discs with no ABS, 16:1 steering rack (vs. normal 18:1) with a revalve pump to reduce assist, slightly stiffer springs, Koni single-adjustable struts (from '97 to '99) with stiffer bump stops, thicker front hubs, 14x6 aluminum wheels, shortened fifth gear ratio (.81 versus normal .72) and 3.94 final gearing, heavy duty radiator, minimal sound deadening, better bolstered seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and only three convenience options were available - A/C, radio/cassette and rear window defrost (I got all three). They came with no side moldings and the 'sport' front fascia which comes with fog light holes, but no fog lights (extra cooling they claim).<P>Not bad for a $2k option package, and really makes the difference between an ordinary economy car and an economy car that gives me a buzz every time I drive it.<P>cheers,<BR>scott<P>
 

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Another econobox turned race car...for me to spank at the first possible opportunity <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/biggrin.gif"><P>
 
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