AT HOME ON THE RACE
TRACK OR THE STREET - If “there’s a little bit of Viper in every
Dodge,” the SRT-4 has it in spades: the attitude, the outrageousness
and a lot of the performance. “We’re continuing to develop the Dodge
SRT-4 in ways that resonate with customers,” said Dan Knott,
Director Street and Racing Technology, DaimlerChrysler Corp.
“We know from the tuner market and our
grassroots efforts that our buyers want the performance, the sound,
the colors. And we’ll continue to provide these ingredients in the
SRT-4.” Still second only to the Viper in quickness among the Dodge
car lineup (0-60 mph in an estimated 5.8 seconds), SRT-4 continues
to benefit from the engineers at the Chrysler Group’s Street and
Racing Technology (SRT), who bring hard-earned knowledge from
motorsports and their own personal street and racing experiences to
build on the SRT-4 formula. What is the SRT-4 formula?
It starts with a 2.4-liter
turbocharged, intercooled, 16-valve double-overhead-cam
four-cylinder engine, kicking out 230 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and
250 lb.-ft. of torque in the 2,200 to 4,400 rpm range. That
driver-friendly power band is the result of high-flow fuel injectors
and a specially calibrated engine controller that delivers optimum
torque throughout a wider rpm range, cutting down on the need for
shifting under most normal driving conditions.
The formula continues with a T850 five-speed transaxle, putting
power to the pavement through a specially designed torque-sensing
limited-slip differential developed in conjunction with Quaife,
which is well-known in the automotive industry for its driveline
components. This factory-installed unit provides more linear power
delivery and better traction to the Dodge SRT-4’s drive wheels
during straight-line and corner-exit acceleration.
High-performance suspension refined by SRT engineers from their
experiences on the track and street add to the overall formula.
Developed to work with that suspension are BF Goodrich KDW2
three-season tires, which provide optimum grip for accelerating,
braking and cornering, while still delivering civilized ride
characteristics for everyday driving. For 2005, a new body color
"Orange Blast" is available in addition to Flame Red, Black and
Bright Silver Metallic.
For dedicated audiophiles who want a performance sound system with
their performance car, a new-for-2005 optional Kicker/SRT Livin’
Loud audio system that incorporates a six-disc CD changer is also
available. This system kicks out the sounds with two 1-inch
high-performance Neodymium tweeters, two 75-watt, 5.5-inch
full-range speakers, two 90-watt, 6-inch x 9-inch coaxials and a
10-inch, 100-watt SVC amplified subwoofer. The subwoofer design
tucks neatly into the side of the trunk area so package space isn’t
compromised. Plus, the head unit-equalizer is specially tuned to
provide crisp high-frequency response and thumpin’ bass.
“We know that sound systems are important to the Dodge SRT-4 buyer,
so we wanted to give them a system with outstanding
performance—right from the factory,” Knott explained. Side air bags
and power sun roof continue to be available as options on the Dodge
SRT-4, providing more choices for customers who want to customize
their cars right from the factory. The Dodge SRT-4 is built at the
Belvedere Assembly Plant in Belvedere, Ill.