R/T 4dr Front-wheel Drive Hatchback
2008 Dodge Caliber

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$19,310
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Engine Engine 2.4LI-4
MPG MPG 23 City / 29 Hwy
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2008 Caliber Overview

click above image to view high-res gallery of the 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4 Picture the following scene if you will. It's early 2004. A meeting comes to order somewhere deep within the halls of a tower adorned with a five-pointed star just off I-75 in Auburn Hills, MI. A group of engineers and product planners gather to shoot around some ideas for what kind of car they want to create that will top off the upcoming Dodge Caliber line-up. The leader of the team opens the meeting by placing a cup in the middle of the table and declaring that anyone who utters the words 'subtle' or 'subdued' during the discussions must pay a dollar into the cup toward the beer fund. And thus, the Caliber SRT-4 was born. We have absolutely no idea if it actually went down that way, but there's no doubt that the latest addition to the Chrysler SRT family is in no way subtle or subdued. If you are looking for a Q-ship, move right along because you will not find one here. In many ways the Caliber SRT-4 is the spiritual successor to the original Omni GLH, a rowdy rip-snortin' hot hatch, with too much power for a front-wheel-drive car. Read on after the jump to find out what it's like to live with the latest SRT-4. %Gallery-10857% All photos ©2007 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. click any image to enlarge The Omni was a car already way too far along in its life-cycle when the turbocharged GLH (stands for Goes Like Hell) was debuted. The Caliber, however, is still relatively new to the world, and even the base version shares many of its Dodge brothers' aggressive design cues. Unfortunately, it's never been entirely clear what the Caliber was supposed to be: a crossover, economy hatch, wagon-lette or what? The SRT-4 doesn't really do much to answer this question, and actually just confounds it more. The Caliber's closest direct competitors would probably be the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix, although neither of those models can be ordered with anything near the power of the SRT-4. Whatever this vehicle is supposed to be, it does stand out in a crowd, especially wearing the Inferno Red color of the test unit. Like other Dodge-branded SRT models, it gets the obligatory hood scoop, along with a pair of rear facing vents in the hood. The front clip bristles with openings, allowing plenty of airflow through the mesh grille-work to the inter-cooler and radiator. Unlike some sporty vehicles, all the openings in the SRT-4 are fully functional. Evidently the power-train in this little beast generates some major heat that has to be dissipated. Continuing the theme of aggression are the sharp looking 19-inch five-spoke wheels and 225/45R19 tires that fill out the wheel wells nicely. Thanks to their thin spokes, the bright red painted brake calipers front and rear are clearly visible at all times. Overall the changes to the SRT complement the butch styling of the Caliber …
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2008 Caliber Overview

click above image to view high-res gallery of the 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4 Picture the following scene if you will. It's early 2004. A meeting comes to order somewhere deep within the halls of a tower adorned with a five-pointed star just off I-75 in Auburn Hills, MI. A group of engineers and product planners gather to shoot around some ideas for what kind of car they want to create that will top off the upcoming Dodge Caliber line-up. The leader of the team opens the meeting by placing a cup in the middle of the table and declaring that anyone who utters the words 'subtle' or 'subdued' during the discussions must pay a dollar into the cup toward the beer fund. And thus, the Caliber SRT-4 was born. We have absolutely no idea if it actually went down that way, but there's no doubt that the latest addition to the Chrysler SRT family is in no way subtle or subdued. If you are looking for a Q-ship, move right along because you will not find one here. In many ways the Caliber SRT-4 is the spiritual successor to the original Omni GLH, a rowdy rip-snortin' hot hatch, with too much power for a front-wheel-drive car. Read on after the jump to find out what it's like to live with the latest SRT-4. %Gallery-10857% All photos ©2007 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. click any image to enlarge The Omni was a car already way too far along in its life-cycle when the turbocharged GLH (stands for Goes Like Hell) was debuted. The Caliber, however, is still relatively new to the world, and even the base version shares many of its Dodge brothers' aggressive design cues. Unfortunately, it's never been entirely clear what the Caliber was supposed to be: a crossover, economy hatch, wagon-lette or what? The SRT-4 doesn't really do much to answer this question, and actually just confounds it more. The Caliber's closest direct competitors would probably be the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix, although neither of those models can be ordered with anything near the power of the SRT-4. Whatever this vehicle is supposed to be, it does stand out in a crowd, especially wearing the Inferno Red color of the test unit. Like other Dodge-branded SRT models, it gets the obligatory hood scoop, along with a pair of rear facing vents in the hood. The front clip bristles with openings, allowing plenty of airflow through the mesh grille-work to the inter-cooler and radiator. Unlike some sporty vehicles, all the openings in the SRT-4 are fully functional. Evidently the power-train in this little beast generates some major heat that has to be dissipated. Continuing the theme of aggression are the sharp looking 19-inch five-spoke wheels and 225/45R19 tires that fill out the wheel wells nicely. Thanks to their thin spokes, the bright red painted brake calipers front and rear are clearly visible at all times. Overall the changes to the SRT complement the butch styling of the Caliber …Hide Full Review