Only a month after unveiling the regular Caliber, Dodge already trotted out the SRT version, the Caliber SRT4, at the Chicago auto show. The Geneva show marks the car's European debut. 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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