Post from www.srtforums.com
One of our forum members did a great write up, I think it desserves a post in the frontpage:
Well, September of this year will see the end of the Dodge SRT4 as we currently know it. With DCX planning to match GM’s employee pricing plans (announced in Canada today), and the last of the ’05s and ’05 1/2’s getting ready to be built, there has never been a better time to buy an SRT4… or take a moment and think back on it’s short, 3-year run.
It goes to sleep as the king of its roost; the Cobalt SS, Ion Redline, and the various import competition still haven’t matched its brutal assault on the sport compact market as its nearest competitor has nearly a 30-horsepower disadvantage. It’s still the best bang for the buck, and it still starts around $20k (US).
Originally, the SRT4 was simply the Dodge SRT, and instead of being turbocharged, the first prototype was supercharged. And only 2.0 liters to boot. But it caught people’s attention, and the SRT team (then called PVO; Performance Vehicle Operations) kept the project evolving. Soon yellow and red prototypes were photographed here and there, minus the production model’s dual air intakes on either side of the front Dodge emblem, and wore PT GT 17” rims. But the key ingredients were there – turbocharged motor, dual-outlet muffler-less exhaust (which many magazines doubted would make it into production), boost gauge and Viper-inspired race seats.
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