By Patrick Rall
While most folks are quick to associate Mopar Muscle with big old American V8s, the Chrysler Group has put together an impressive resume of high performance 4-cylinder cars that offer both stunning performance and incredible potential. Just like the crazy fast Dodge Neon SRT4 in the video below.
The stock Neon SRT4 was one of the quicker cars of the early 2000s, serving as a massive headache for Mustang GT owners while also being one of the most impressive American compact performance cars ever. While the SRT4 was pretty quick in stock form, Mopar got the modification ball rolling early with their own lineup of high performance “stage” packages that made the Neon big competition for not just the stock Mustang GT…but the whole performance world.
The Dodge Neon SRT4 shown in the video below is one of the best examples I’ve seen of an ultra fast modified SRT4 in action with quarter mile times in the low 9 second range and trap speeds of 163 miles per hour. The video starts off with a quick, healthy burnout followed by the same incredible quarter mile pass from two different angles. What is even more impressive than the 9.16 quarter mile pass is the fact that this run sounded like it had room for improvement. There is a bit of a hesitation between first and second gear followed by what sounds like the rev limiter engaging – both of which could have made enough of a difference to keep this Neon out of the 8s.
Check out this Neon SRT4 screaming down the quarter mile with a trap speed of 163.61 miles per hour and make sure that your speakers are cranked up so you can hear the sweet sound of this super-boosted Dodge 4-cylinder mill.