Probably one of the most beloved Dodge//SRT vehicles from the past two-decades has to be the Neon-based SRT-4. At the time of its release, the SRT-4 was the fastest, most powerful vehicle in its segment and attracted young performance enthusiasts to the performance brand. With a 2.4-liter turbocharged 16-valve DOHC engine with ( 215 horsepower for 2003 (230 horsepower for 2004 & 2005) and 245 lb.-ft. (250 lb.-ft. in 2004 & 2005) of torque under its hood for the impressive price of $21,000 USD (with inflation is about $29,165 in 2019).
At 2,970 lbs. the compact SRT-4 was a rocket on the street. Only available with a heavy-duty NVG T850 five-speed manual, the SRT-4 was a pure driver’s car. The SRT-4 was the perfect car to introduce Dodge//SRT performance to a younger generation, as at the time the brand did not have the current muscle car portfolio it does not when the SRT-4 came to market in the 2003 model year.
With just over 20,500 units built in its three years of production, the Neon-based SRT-4 was a high success. The Dodge//SRT brand tried to continue the SRT-4 success with the introduction in 2008 of the Caliber SRT-4. However, the Caliber-based performance model never had the success of the Neon-based predecessor, with just over 5,500 Caliber SRT-4 being built in a two-year production run.
It’s been 16 years since the Neon SRT-4 made its debut and with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) focus moving away from small and mid-size cars to trucks and SUVs, Mopar collectors have been smitten about snapping up SRT-4s for their garages. The demand for good condition Neon SRT-4 models for collectors has even overshadowed the other legendary compact-turbocharged Dodge, the Omni-based Shelby GLHS in some instances.
President of the Canadian Mopar Club and a good friend to MoparInsiders, Jovita happens to be one Mopar collector that is super passionate when it comes to the SRT-4. How much so? She is the owner of not one, but three of the turbocharged SRT-4. We recently caught up with Jovita and three SRT-4s on the streets of British Columbia, to get reacquainted with the turbocharged Dodge.
With its unique looks that include an aggressive front-end with dual-nostrils in the upper grille for additional cooling, a tall body-color rear spoiler, and with a performance stance, the SRT-4 still looks good on the road today. So let’s take a look at the Dodge//SRT vehicle that set the compact tuner world on fire. Jovita takes us on a quick tour of three SRT-4 models and shows us just how cool the SRT-4 is 16 years after its initial debut.
Neon SRT-4 Production Numbers:
|2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4 Production Numbers:|
|Bright Silver Metallic||619|
|Total Production Numbers:||3,199|
|2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4 Production Numbers:|
|Bright Silver Metallic||2,039|
|Total Production Numbers:||9,206|
|2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 Production Numbers:|
|Total Production Numbers:||8,418|
|Dodge Neon SRT-4 Total Production Numbers:|
|2003 = 3,199||2004 = 9,206||2005 = 8,418||Total = 20,553|