From the outside the Dodge SRT4 ACR (American Club Racing) screams boy racer. In the presence of larger more powerful vehicles, it almost is a joke. Then you open the door, and sit inside the cockpit. It is as though you forget you're in a Neon.
The SRT4 ACRís race buckets hold you like King Kong scaling the Empire State Building. The steering wheel and gear shift all fall right where they belong and have just the right feel. It is a total shock to the system. Everything that touches the driver has a serious feel to it. It makes the SRT4 ACR feel a lot less like a Neon and more like the serious performance car it actually is. With 230 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque trying to find their way through the front wheels, this is no joke. Thankfully, attention has been paid to the suspension tuning and a Quaife automatic torque biasing differential has been installed. This gives the SRT4 a competence that belies its Neon hertitage and front-engine/front-wheel drive layout.
This car is a racer right out of the box. With the wider tires and Tokico adjustible suspension the SRT4 ACR is ready for the track. Despite its powerful engine, I never had to fight with the front wheels. The SRT4 is well balanced and very tossible, and it was certainly the easiest car in the SRT fleet to drive at the limit. Itís power and handling are very accessible, and it thrived within the confines of the small 1.1 mile Jefferson circuit. Expect to see these SRT4 ACRs tearing it up on the track. They are a great bargain with a $21,295 base price. For what most people spend on performance wheels and tires ($1195), the ACR package gives you light weight BBS wheels (sixteen inch), BFGoodrich KDW2 tires, adjustible Tokico dampers, a larger front anti-roll bar, and special seats that can accommodate a racing harness. The SRT4 ACR is a great car on its own, but Mopar has some kits to really crank out the power. The SRT4 can be fitted with the Mopar Stage 3R turbo kit that brings the engine output to 310 hp and 325 lb-ft on 93 octane fuel.