Cars by name Trucks and Jeeps. In the model years, more than 25, Dodge Neon SRT4s were sold — far more than the projected 7, per year. The Caliber SRT4 uses different control arms, knuckles, and a revised lower crossmember along with the brake differential setup. The Neon SRT4 used different knuckles and a claimed revised cross member some thought it was for clearance of the unique transmission but control arm angles could have been changed, I cannot confirm. Absolutely incredible and always on the edge.
Erich Heuschele wrote, in the Chrysler blog, that the SRT team had taken the standard Caliber and dropped the front end 28 mm and the rear 22 mm, making the half-shafts flatter to help cut back on torque steer. Dampers were shortened to provide some of the jounce travel lost in the lowering.
The brake system is using the 5. It is actually [using] the export C 5. You can buy those from Mopar. Those are a little more track capable if your main focus with the car is at the track.
The rear brake is essentially a Sebring rear disc set up. We have pretty darn stiff calipers and I think a pretty good pedal feel.
2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4
I think especially for a slider floating calipersthis is the benchmark brake system for our segment. The SRT4 has a much bigger master cylinder to push the fluid volume because we've got twin pistons on the front brakes. We bump the rear sway bar from a 15 to an 18 mm.
The front fascia has functional brake cooling ducts and a larger grille opening than normal Calibers, along with a cooling air scoop.
A large integrated spoiler above the rear glass is tuned for smoother air flow and lift reduction. Paint could be black, sunburst orange, silver, and red. An Getrag DMT-6 six- speed transmission put the power to the ground; no automatic was available, and the car was front wheel drive only.
Standard features included a turbo boost gauge, stability control, all Caliber standard fatures, side window curtain air bag, driver knee blocker, filtered air conditioning, illuminated cup holders, AC outlet, sport seating with aggressive bolstering and performance fabric inserts, and SRT-unique aluminum wheels. The block was specially machined for increased water and oil flow.
Unique cast pistons were cooled by oil squirters; forged connecting rods with tri-metal bearings helped reliability. The aluminum 2. Exhaust valves were unique for SRT; the micro-alloy steel crankshaft and the camshaft were not. The crankshaft also used tri-metal bearings for durability. The air cleaner drew through an opening in a front crossmember to get cool air; the TD04 turbocharger was configured for packaging. Air went from the turbocharger through an intercooler to a 57mm throttle body.
High flow injectors were developed specifically for the SRT4. The free-flow exhaust had two catalytic converters — one immediately downstream from the turbo, and another further along the 3-inch single-pipe exhaust system.The basic recipe has been a Chrysler cookbook favorite through several management regimes, foreign and domestic. It goes like this: Take one small basic-transportation appliance.
Add boost. Cook to taste. Chrysler's tradition of pressure-cooker pocket rockets began in with the Dodge Omni GLH Turbo it stood for "Goes Like Hell"created at a time when the corporation was still edging back from the lip of an economic abyss and had little in the way of engine resources.
The solution was turbocharging, a cheap route to extracting big power from small displacements. Standards have changed since the GLH. For example, it is no longer acceptable for the car to try to snatch the steering wheel from the driver's hands. Our GLH road test [May ] warned the world that if an unwary driver should "apply full throttle in first or second gear with the front wheels cocked a bit to port or starboard, the GLH Turbo is going to go where it's pointed—into that ditch, up that snowbank, or around that tree.
With horsepower and pound-feet of torque, the Caliber clearly fits that description. We're happy to report that the SRT guys have largely tamed that particular demon, at least compared with a couple other cars in this class. However, we're getting ahead of our narrative. What you really want to know is the hardware story, what the hardware adds up to in terms of performance, what it costs, and how all of this stacks up versus the other pocket-rocket players.
So let's address those power points in that order. Mechanically and cosmetically, the not-so-blank canvas on which the SRT troops were invited to exercise their go-faster artistry represented a much bigger challenge than did the Neon.
Tall But you play the cards you're dealt, and considering the nature of the base car, the SRT achievement is impressive.
08-09 Dodge Caliber SRT-4
The first order of business was the suspension. Although there were no concerns with chassis rigidity--the front-shock-tower connecting brace common to so many factory hot-rod packages is conspicuous by its absence here--the team had to figure out how to make a big reduction in ride height and still retain acceptable ride and handling. There were two reasons for the lowering job.
One--minor--was cosmetic. Getting the car a little closer to the ground, and filling the wheel wells with 7. Second, reducing the ride height As you'd expect, the suspension has undergone a general stiffening, with ZF Sachs twin-tube dampers all around, higher spring rates fore-and-aft, and a stiffer by 0.
Given the car's speed potential, the SRT team decided it was best to be conservative with rear roll stiffness. However, for hard-core autocrossers, Mopar plans to offer a track kit with much higher spring rates and firmer dampers.
The brakes are formidable: Not only does this system provide fade-free braking, but the heavy-duty dimensions of the front rotors allowed the engineers to be aggressive with the so-called brake-lock differential.
The brake-lock diff is an alternative to a conventional mechanical limited-slip differential and relies on the traction-control system. Operating on info from the ABS sensors, it limits wheelspin by squeezing the rotor of the wheel that has lost traction, which sends power to the opposite wheel.
The system tends to chew the rotors pretty hard, but the SRT engineers figure their robust setup can handle it. Other elements of the chassis inventory include power rack-and-pinion steering, traction control, and stability control.
The latter can't be entirely shut down, although its threshold is high. But it does add to the challenge of achieving optimal drag-racing holeshots.
More on that later. First, let's take a look under the hood, which is distinguished by one real hood scoop and two fake breather vents. The starting point for the SRT4 engine was the same 2.Suspension Components. From engine upgrades to suspension components, we make it easy for a used Dodge Neon SRT 4 to perform even better than when it first rolled off the factory floor.
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Your Cart Summary. Choose Your Car. Evo X. Mustang Ecoboost. Fiesta ST. Pay securely with.Plant your right foot to the floor and call up all the Dodge Caliber SRT-4's torque, limited to pound-feet in first gear.
The carbon-fiber-pattern leather steering-wheel rim lists in your hands left, then right, like you're piloting the SS Minnow. Or a Saab turbo. At least there's no excessive squat, so the nose is steady as you shift to second for pound-feet, and then through third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, where you get all pound-feet.
Equal-length halfshafts and the lowered ride height, as detailed in Frank Markus's sidebar, aren't enough to scare away the torque-steering jitters on a road-racing circuit, either. The second time, more speed and confidence squish the front wheels into understeering submission.
Traction control adds some speed scrubbing through a couple of the tightest turns. From the moment Dodge revealed the new SRT-4's specs some time ago, the big question was: Why no all-wheel drive? The answer starts with those remedies in said sidebar and concludes with the SRT-4 finding the even torquier front-drive Mazdaspeed3 as its chief competitor.
What's a little or a lot of torque steer? Street and Racing Technology's claimed 0-tomph time of six seconds flat probably is conservative, although that torque-management in the first two gears prevents any neck snapping.
As in a WRX, accelerating out of a second-gear turn requires waiting for the boost to build. SRT's six-second estimate matches our recorded time for the Mazdaspeed3, and it's 0.
SRT also boasts 0-toto-0 mph in about 19 seconds and an autobahnesque top speed of mph, reasonable given the way the little Caliber can pick up steam on Putnam Park's long straight.
That's the great thing about this segment; you can be smug about fuel economy and emissions while having fun. Fun is to be had thanks to the turbocharging and intercooling of the 2. Besides adding Mitsubishi's TD04 turbo, SRT has a polished intake manifold and a forged crankshaft, connecting-rod oil squirters for stouter reliability, and a stainless-steel exhaust.
Like the standard engine, it has variable valve timing for intake and exhaust. The new Getrag six-speed gearbox has dual-cone synchros for first through fourth gears, and the throws are an inch shorter.
That's compared with a base Caliber's five-speed, which feels good only in comparison with the Caliber's continuously variable transmission. The Getrag six-speed feels slick and precise, but the throws are long next to those of a Miata or Civic Si. With twin-tube ZF Sachs shocks and 28mm front and 18mm rear anti-roll bars and Hondalike minimalist sound dampening, the Caliber SRT-4 gives you a tactile connection to the road.
You can-almost-feel the yellow lines in the middle of the two-lane, but the suspension stops short of harsh crashing over poor pavement. On the track, there's moderate roll, but the body remains controllable even if the steering doesn't help. Highly bolstered seats keep you in place, but the pedals are too far apart for any heel-and-toe action.The Dodge Caliber is a front-engine, front-wheel drive five-door compact hatchback  manufactured and marketed by Chrysler's Dodge division from model years toreplacing the Dodge Neon and Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Following the Caliber concept which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show the pre-production version debuted on at the North American International Auto Showwith market launch in March The Caliber was manufactured at the Belvidere Assembly Illinois plant, and across its six-year model run, just overwere produced.
The Caliber was one of Dodge's first modern offerings in Europe and in Asian markets such as Japan and Singapore, as it established new distribution channels there. It was also introduced in China in as Dodge's second modern vehicle offering in that market.
The introduction of the Caliber had marked the return of the Dodge brand to Australia since the early s. The Caliber in Japan joined the Chrysler PT Cruiser inas the PT Cruiser was offered sincebut as with previous Chrysler products sold in Japan, the width dimension exceeded Japanese Government dimension regulationsand Japanese consumers were liable for annual taxes for driving a larger car which affected sales.
As Chrysler products were considered large to the Japanese market, Chrysler offered products that offered spacious interiors with four doors and one piece liftgates to broaden their appeal to the Japanese as a compromise for paying the annual tax for large vehicles. It uses a four-cylinder 1. It shares a portion of the platform with the Mitsubishi Lancerbut is most similar to the Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot.
The Caliber wheels have a 5-hole pattern with a The Dodge Caliber was standard with side curtain airbags, but torso side airbags were optional. However, that Caliber was not equipped with the optional torso side airbag. The base SE model features front-wheel drive and a 1. The standard configuration for the SE lacks air conditioning, power windows, door locks, or mirrors. The grille surround is body-colored, while that of all other models is chromed.
Some options were not available on the SE. Forthis model was named Express, reverting to SE for Forthe CVT transmission option was dropped only for the SE, leaving the five-speed manual transmission as the only available transmission option for the SE.
Air conditioning is standard equipment at this level, including the Chill Zone beverage cooler inside the front lower glove compartment. The gauge cluster gains a tachometer and an optional trip computer. The driver's seat adds height adjustment, the passenger seat folds flat for load-carrying, and the rear seats recline. Power windows, locks, mirrors, and remote keyless entry are included.
The cargo area light includes a removable and rechargeable flashlight while the front dome light incorporates two reading lamps. In Europe this version was also commercialized equipped with a VW-built 2. Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels were standard, while chromed versions were optional. A front-wheel drive variant with the T 5-speed manual transmission commenced production in late summer ABS was standard, and the suspension and steering systems were tuned for performance.
Internally, the car came standard with color-keyed fabric seat inserts, while leather seats were an option as on the SXT. Color-keyed instrument panel trim was also standard, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and speed control, and a cargo area cover all options on the SXT.
It featured a 2. Edmunds called the manufacturer's rating conservative; putting more power to the road than cars costing twice as much. This engine is mated to a Getrag six-speed manual transmission, and uses a front-wheel drive drivetrain. The SRT4 came with large It also featured four-wheel ABS, with electronic assistance.
For the model, the Caliber underwent a minor revamp. In addition, the trunk lid was reduced in weight and simplified in opening. In the interior, all panels were made black instead of grey. The car model title, previously indicated on the right, was moved to the bottom right corner of the gate lid.The "4" in the SRT-4's name denotes the number of cylinders of the engine.
Gale noted a list of performance features he saw on the sport compact cars at the show, and wanted to integrate those features into Chrysler's compact production car, the Dodge Neon. Gale was the design chief of the original Dodge Viper concept vehicle, and recognized an opportunity to build a sport compact that would appeal to the younger auto generation who grew up on tuner carswho may prefer a new car with the same performance appeal right off the showroom floor. A group of young Dodge and Chrysler talent was assembled to put together a vehicle to meet Gale's request, with all of the team members sharing first-hand knowledge and familiarity of the existing Dodge Neon.
They created a concept carthe Neon SRT, in just 4 months, with a 2. Sport Compact Car magazine tested the car in the Feb. The group put more than miles on the test track with the vehicle in under two weeks. The vehicle was then shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show in Januarycenter stage on a turntable.
They even parked the second car in Gale's parking spot in order to get it noticed. Regardless, in fall ofthe executive committee rejected the production car proposal. The team put together a list of reasons why the car was not approved, and worked through the list item by item to find solutions to every issue presented.
The executive committee once again considered the vehicle in the spring ofand this time gave the go ahead for the project. A turbocharged 2. The car was then given a New Venture Gear T five-speed manual transmission based on the unit from the European turbodiesel minivansequal-length half shaftsand a high capacity Sachs performance clutch. The suspension had stiffer springs, SRT-tuned Tokico struts with travel reduced to provide clearance for the larger wheelsand larger front and rear sway bars were added.
A unique steering gear, PT Cruiser steering knucklesand an updated K member were also incorporated. Front brakes used The wheels were designed with a unique spoke pattern to allow for improved airflow to the brakes, and were similar to that of the TSW VX1 wheels used on the original Neon SRT. Unique side skirts, rear fascia, and a large rear wing spoiler were used to upgrade the exterior look of the vehicle.
The cooling ducts front nostrils were added to the pre-production car in late on the front fascia to help reduce temperatures in the engine bay of the vehicle. On the interior, the standard agate-colored front seats were modeled after the Dodge Viper SRT seats, and featured enhanced lumbar and lateral side bolsters to stabilize occupants during performance driving.
Inbase Neon side air-bag seats were added as an option. Unique gauge designs in the SRT-4 which were exclusive to the SRT lineup featured special silver faces with satin silver ring accents, and the SRT-4 logo on the facing. The same satin metal trim was also featured on the instrument panel center stack, climate control knobs and on the door handles. Like all other Neon models, the SRT-4 had power front windows, and manual rear windows, a costs saving feature.
Overall, the vehicle's entire powertrain engine and transmissionsuspension, braking system, exhaust, wheels, and tires were upgraded from that of the base model Neon, along with the interior upgrades. Initially, Dodge expected to sell a conservative number of only 2, units per year. However, during the three year production run throughmore than 25, Neon SRT-4s were produced. This would indicate that the SRT-4 produces more power than the manufacturer claims.
The cylinder head was also different for turbo engines, from naturally aspirated. The turbo version PT Cruiser GT Turbo and SRT-4 included: larger diameter valves and seats, exhaust valves made of Inconelimproved cooling and larger oil drain back passages, different camshafts.If there ever has been a domestic automaker we can rely on for its development of exhilarating pocket rocketsit has always been Dodge.
While other U. Power was shifted to the front wheels, and the cylinder count was cut in half. With increased fuel-efficiency standards and higher fuel costs, it was time to think about performance objectively. With the addition of a turbocharger, these four-cylinder mills were suddenly as powerful as their V8 counterparts — if not more due to suffocating emissions regulations. Despite the stubborn group of purists who only accepted performance cars that followed the tried and true methods of the past, the vast majority of consumers liked the direction Dodge was headed.
Though not quite as small as the wildly popular Neon SRT-4, the Caliber was certainly more stylish with its aggressive body kit and inch five-spoke alloys. Lay into the throttle, and the Mitsubishi TD04 small-scroll turbocharger builds boost quickly.
According to a road test review from Car and Driver60 miles per hour comes rushing by in only 5. But it made up for it with excellent handling and braking.
2007-2009 Dodge Caliber SRT4: screaming fast American hot hatch
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