• Sep 2, 2009
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Today, we mourn the passing of a fallen pint-sized performer. If reports from Inside Line's Straightline blog are accurate, it seems that the Dodge Caliber SRT4 will no longer be offered after the 2009 model year draws to a close, and that's something of a shame.

As we've already covered, the 2010 Caliber is blessed with a significantly improved interior that brings the car much closer to its intended competition, a development that could have put the SRT4 on a few more shopping lists. Plus, if the Caliber is going to be filling Dodge showrooms anyway, enthusiasts and brand loyalists would surely prefer the option of a performance model. Of course, we're not sure how good a business case the small-volume SRT4 ever made for itself, so perhaps it's been a money loser from the get-go and Dodge didn't want to risk investing in any further model-specific interior updates. We'll probably never know.

Unfortunately, this news means that the 285-horsepower turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission from the SRT4 will never be mated up with the interior the Pentastar should have put in the Caliber from the very beginning. Oh well, hot hatch fans still have a few good options to choose from here in the States, including the brand new 263-horsepower 2010 Mazdaspeed3 that we recently sampled for the first time. Rest in peace, SRT4.



[Source: Straightline]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      No lose, really. Another high riding box bites the dust.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing had a freaking brake-bias differential, which is hardly a 'differential' at all. Performance cars don't have brake-bias differentials.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The BLD was good enough for the AMG Black series, and more than enough to school a NSRT at the dragstrip.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You mean it uses brake application to simulate limited slip? Yeah, performance cars don't have that. But the Golf GTi does! Which is a step up from the year before when it didn't even have that. I'm baffled VW can still sell that car with an open diff. I know it's a nice car, two co workers have them, but the fact that when you try to uncork it you have to deal with the inside wheel spinning, it really makes the car feel incomplete.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I hate the Cobalt SS's interior, I would much rather take that over this pig (before that goes as well with the introduction of the Cruze).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yea...until you actually have to drive it a considerable distance, have to fit more than two people, or actually want to take some gear with you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real shame of this car is that it even existed at all.

      It's predecessor, the Neon SRT-4 was a fast as stink econocar (albeit with questionable reliability).

      Instead of cultivating that marque, what do they do? They turned it into a CUV and hoped for continued success- how'd that work out for ya?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's funny...I haven't seen a Neon in ages. Considering they were made until 2005 that's scary, especially since Corollas and Civics from the 90s are still so prevalent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      trust me-we hardly wanted to know ye
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good riddance.
      An engine looking for a chassis, with an interior contracted out to Rubbermaid.
      That's what the Caliber SRT-4 was.

      My mom has an SXT model. I drove it, and it just sucks. The headrests are the worst ever put into a car, everything feels rock hard, the steering is connected to a vat of lard, and the powertrain lacks refinement that my 2002 Protégé5 has with almost 100,000 miles on it. And Mazdas aren't exactly Lexus, know what I mean?

      Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, Dan, I appreciate that you're sticking up for the car that you love, but have you driven a MS3 or a GTI? Dodge did a lot for the prcie, but there's a lot more to making a good car than the dyno.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LMFAO @ LBuzzer

        You definitely are correct about the Caliber's quality and took the words right out of my mouth.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, P5! wooot! The Mazda 2.0 loves to rev, it ain't quiet but its smooth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's been fun reading the comments of people that have never driven this car, and feel that driving a normal Caliber is a valid comparison.

      I challenge all of you to stop regurgitating all the crap that the car magazines and websites keep dishing out, and actually go drive one and review it for yourself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow, great "challenge". I just told you im curious to try and that your probably right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haters! I have put over 70,000 km on my '08 SRT4. It ain't perfect, not by a long shot. But it's more performance than i could have afforded otherwise, the handling is actually quite good (though there is body roll), it has a ton of features, room for my wife and kids, and gets good mileage.

      Seriously, people. Just because it isn't for you doesn't mean that everyone who likes it is stupid. The Caliber SRT4, if it really is done, WILL be missed by many fans of affordable performance, such as the people who comment on it positively everywhere I go, and the hundreds on the CSRT4 forums.

      Put the fangs away! Live and let live!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never saw one in the wild, that didn't have dealer plates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think I would want to go that fast in a Caliber...at least with other fast cars, there's more than chewing gum holding all the bits together.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @oZ

        Because after driving such an immaculate vehicle, there is no way someone would gest at its expense, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty pathetic reporting here. The Caliber SRT-4 is dead thing blew up and blew over like more than a month ago. The SRT-4 will continue, production ramping in January, stand down red-alert, cancel the funeral.

      Inside information has leaked indicating production for the 2.4L Turbo model (SRT-4) will not be halted, it just took them a while to leak that bit. The lack of that led to a lot of speculation that it was cancelled, but that's since proven false.

      Pathetic reporting, but another good example of how "news" spreads on the internet in the complete abscence of fact checking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I never digged the sooped-up SUV style this thing had. It's a wierd sports compact for sure..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah Remy. You and I both know that a souped up MINIVAN is more dear to my heart, than a small SUV-ish thing. I see my old minivan every now and again. Like last Sunday.
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