Only a month after unveiling the regular Caliber, Dodge already is trotting out the SRT version, the Caliber SRT4. The hot hatch features a turbocharged version of Chrysler's new 2.4-liter DOHC four. The engine makes 300 hp (at 6000 rpm) and 260 lb-ft of torque (at 2000-6000 rpm), which it sends through a six-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. The standard Caliber's optional all-wheel drive won't be offered on the SRT4, but the SRT4 does have a limited slip differential and equal-length half shafts. Chrysler claims the 3189-lb SRT4 can blast from 0 to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. The suspension is 1/2-inch lower and also firmer than a standard Caliber's, and the brakes have been upgraded as well. Dodge goes for the tuner car look here with plenty of scoops and spoilers and standard 19-inch wheels. The style carries over to the interior with aggressively bolstered seats with suede inserts, a separate boost gauge, and a leather and faux carbon fiber steering wheel. The Neon SRT4 won its way into enthusiasts hearts with its rawness and performance. The Caliber SRT4 promises greater sophistication and a lot more power. We'll see whether it has the same hypnotic effect when it goes on sale a year from this spring.
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