The Dodge Neon SRT-4 is the embodiment of domestic compact performance. Take a 2.4-liter inline-four, boost the Hell out of it, send all the power to the front wheels and watch the BFG G-Force KDWs disappear into a smoky cloud of torque steering bliss. It's a hootin', hollerin' good time and it doesn't really come into its own until you take it to the track.
That was the idea when Dodge decided to offer up 1,100 ACR edition SRT-4s into the public's hands back in 2005, and Pearson Hurst was one of the lucky recipients.
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Follow the jump for a few more pics, the car's mod list, and instructions on how to submit your own vehicle to become our Reader Ride of the Day. And next week, our themed RR of the Day will be back and we're looking for beaters. If you've got a decrepit ride that still manages to get your from point A to point B, we want to see it. Rusted, busted or smoking, submit it by following the directions after the jump.
The ACR package was essentially designed to meet the rigors of track days and cone-lined parking lots by providing enthusiasts a few more trick components, including BBS RX wheels, 5-way adjustable Tokico shocks, a thicker rear sway bar and ACR-emblazoned seats, with pass-through slots that would allow the use of four- or five-point harnesses.
Since the SRT-4 is so receptive to modifications, Mr. Hurst has already upgraded the ECU with a Mopar Stage 1 reflash, Stage 2 injectors and wastegate actuator, along with a manual boost controller, an NGK wideband gauge, a K&N filter and solid motor mount inserts. As for the future: it's all about the Stage 2 kit, complete with Mopar's Turbo Toys, that should be good for between 265-280 HP and close to 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
We likey Mr. Hurst, now get that damn thing to a track ASAP!
How to submit to RR of the Day:
Create a Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!