This one is, and seriously. At the same time, they also were secretly piecing together a second car using production-oriented parts and a design more adaptable to the existing Neon platform. The clearance value, also called the ride height, is taken on standard tires. All these interior dimensions are calculated separately for the front, rear and the third row of seats and make up the passenger volume. We just kept going until there was nothing left on the list. Acceleration figures pure stock Car and Driver: 0-60 in 5. The rear seat is standard Neon fare, with room for two people in reasonable comfort or three more cozily.
The new seat cloth was textured for better grip; the side bolsters of the front seats were trimmed in vinyl and curve to stabilize occupants. The Mopar muscle cars of the 1960s may be long gone, but their spirit lives on. The front has Viperesque interpretation of the Dodge grille, with smaller openings above, a chin spoiler below, and prominent foglamps. Production increased quite a bit from original estimates. With more than 200 horses under the hood, it was one of the most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market.
Acceleration was strong from any engine speed, with no need to be up in the high 4,000+ rpms before getting turbo boost and a kick in the pants. Sixty mph comes up in less than six seconds, even without serious clutch abuse. It also deals admirably with irregular real-world pavement. Meet the new hot Neon: 230 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, with a limited-slip differential developed with specialist manufacturer Quaife and near-perfect suspension tuning to get that power to the ground in an almost civilized manner. That allows the car to remain level and even drop down a little in the front to get you off the line faster. The grille, bumper fascia, and hood are unique, and, with their lumps, bumps, and vents, they look like they came right off the track.
Construction seems tight and solid. Instruments are hooded by the dashboard brow and finished in white with black numerals and metal bezels. These basic exterior dimensions also cross our mind when we have concerns about parking space in the yard. Hey, don't expect a luxury car ride from a high-performance sport compact. With heritage and specs like that, Dodge could be excused for leaving it alone for its sophomore year. This doesn't cost anything additional.
While only 3,000 per year were originally projected for construction, production in 2004 reportedly reached 13,000 per year; exact figures were not released. Apex Technology found 248 hp at the wheels. It's what happens when a Neon is left too close to a Viper, unsupervised. The engine was fairly loud with a rumbling, Camaro-style sound. A large, wide intercooler peers through the grille, and red brake calipers peek through 17-inch spoked alloy wheels. Chalk it up to the entertainment budget. This is not a car for anyone who wants to keep a low profile.
There was minimal badging in satin silver to keep the appearance uncluttered. Four colors were sold at launch - Solar Yellow, Black, Flame Red, and Bright Silver Metallic. It's a turnkey factory-built tuner car with a full factory warranty. Despite the legend, they did not come with the Mopar Stage 1 kit installed. That made it cheaper than a base model Dodge Stratus, the mid-size car. People usually search for car length, width and height when they are curious to know if the vehicle fits into their garage. The gauges were done in silver with satin ring accents; the pointer hubs had a metal finish.
The car used a five-speed manual T850 transaxle and a muffler-free, dual outlet exhaust system with 2. Body styling is very responsible for the drag coefficient with sedans usually boasting of values above 0. Somehow, Dodge got by the Federal inspectors with minimal muffling. Look elsewhere for a retro-mobile. The team members shared first-hand experience in one form or another with the existing Dodge Neon.
As long as the revs are up, there is no turbo lag. The seats were supportive, with clear sides which made it a little hard to get out, and may cause larger people some consternation, but helped to keep people in the targeted size range stable around turns. With longer wheelbase, on the other hand, your car gains in stability but at the same time you should be cautious while driving over the bumps. Shorter wheelbase delivers a greater maneuverability which is handy while drifting around the city with its curvy and narrow streets. A small add-on boost gauge sits to the right of the main instrument cluster. It's not peaky and there are no sudden surprises, so driving is easy - just watch that right foot. I can see the look of disbelief on your face from here.