2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4

It’s taken a while, but Dodge has finally released pricing information on its forthcoming Caliber SRT4. As early as October, you’ll be able to grab your nearest Dodge dealer by the horns, plunk down $22,995, and drive away in your 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 (from 2000 to 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 six seconds. The suspension is a half-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. We wonder if the awkward-looking Caliber can do the same. Check back after September 1, 2007, for our driving impressions of the Caliber SRT4.

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24 City / 29 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 48 cu. ft.