( Autoweek ) - It's been more than a year since Dodge unveiled its replacement for the Neon-based SRT4 at the 2006 Chicago auto show. The wait comes to end this September with the debut of Caliber SRT4.
Featuring a turbocharged and intercooled version of the global Chrysler 2.4-liter DOHC inline four with dual variable valve timing, the engine produces 280 hp and 260-lb-ft of torque-and we hear the real numbers are actually as much as 5 hp and 5 lb-ft higher than that.
Power routes to the 19-inch front wheels via a six-speed manual Getrag gearbox, all managed by an electronically tuned brake lock differential that channels power while adjusting boost, spark advance and throttle to keep torque steer under control. We'll see about that when we get to drive the car later this summer.
One more tip: Remember the Neon SRT4 that was touted as the fastest car you could buy for under $20,000? Dodge hopes to maintain that edge by offering at least one stripped down version of the SRT4 that should come in just below $20,000.
This time around they're promising the "most bang for the buck."