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2005 Dodge SRT-4 Review
One of the fastest cars Dodge has produced.
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Introduced in 2003, the Dodge SRT-4 is one of the fastest Dodge vehicles ever produced. Closely related to the Neon, the SRT-4 is based on the standard name given to vehicles modified by Chrysler’s Performance Vehicle Operation (PVO) Group. SRT stands for ?Street and Racing Technology.? In 2004, Dodge increased the SRT-4’s power and added a limited-slip rear differential option. The 2005 Dodge SRT-4 boasts a 2.4-liter, turbocharged engine, sport suspension, a heavy-duty gearbox, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and 17-inch performance tires.
Engines: 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Dodge SRT-4
Changes to the SRT-4 have been minor for the 2005 model year but include the addition of a coppery exterior color called Orange Blast.
The 2005 SRT-4 is based on the Neon platform, but Dodge has made some effort this to distance the high-performance SRT-4 from other Neons. The air intake on the SRT-4's deep front fascia looks like an inverted version of the standard Dodge grille with two square air openings occupying the space where the grille would normally be. A tall, basket-handle spoiler in back reinforces the road-racer look, and special wheels are designed to channel air to the brakes to keep them cool. Just behind the lower opening sits a cast-aluminum intercooler, left visible to emphasize the car’s road-racer demeanor. A functional hood scoop and foglamps set into the brake ducts further emphasize the SRT-4’s race-car appearance.
Out back, a tall, basket-handle spoiler grabs attention and generates down force to improve handling. Sill-mounted ground effects give the SRT-4 the look of a sport compact. Big tires fill the wheel well openings. Special wheels are designed to channel air to the brakes to help keep them cool.
The interior of the 2005 Dodge SRT-4 features front seats with enhanced lumbar and lateral sections for better support during high-speed maneuvers. The cloth on the body of the seats is textured for better grip through corners, and the side bolsters of the front seats are trimmed in vinyl and curve to stabilize occupants. The rear seats feature the same textured fabric as the front.
Carbon-fiber-look leather wraps the top of the Dodge SRT-4 steering wheel for greater control. The wheel's unique three-spoke design also provides a better view of the instrument cluster gauges. The gauges in the SRT-4 feature silver faces with satin silver ring accents. The gauge pointer hubs also have a metal finish creating an overall impression of finely tuned precision instruments. The instrument panel center stack, areas around the heater, and air-conditioning knobs, and the door handles feature the same satin silver trim. A satin silver cue-ball shift knob tops a shifter wrapped in the same textured, carbon-fiber-look leather as the steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
The SRT-4 comes with a 2.4-liter, double-overhead-cam four-cylinder that produces 220 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque. This is teamed with a five-speed manual transmission that directs power to the front wheels. According to Dodge, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 5.8 seconds, not surprising from a car that was developed by Dodge engineers who spend weekends racing at Sports Car Club of America events.
In 2004, Dodge recalibrated the SRT-4's engine control module and specified larger, higher-flow fuel injectors, not only for more horsepower and torque but also for a broader torque band. That means less shifting under normal driving conditions. A torque-sensing, limited-slip differential provides more traction when accelerating out of corners. These were specifically developed to match the SRT-4's suspension and handling characteristics, with a tread pattern and rubber compound that maximize grip for cornering, accelerating, and braking. Disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake distribution (EBD) are standard on SRT-4.
Standard safety equipment includes dual front airbags, LATCH child-seat anchors, and side-impact door beams. Side airbags are optional. The SRT-4 earns four stars across the board in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) frontal-impact crash testing. In side-impact tests, though, it only scores three stars. The NHTSA gives the SRT-4 a rollover rating of four stars.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful engine
- Affordable price
- Good acceleration
You Won't Like
- Front-wheel drive
- No rear power windows
One of the fastest cars Dodge has produced.
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