Project SRT-4 is turning into a more serious driver's tool every month. With decent stick, big power and monster brakes, it's getting easier and easier to hunt EVOs and WRXs in this low-budget, big-boost econobox. This month, we add to Project SRT-4's arsenal
The sport compact industry is undoubtedly dominated by import manufacturers, with Hondas, Acuras and Toyotas comprising the majority of car owners in this niche crowd. A few eyebrows have been raised over at the Domestic camp and they have frantically worked a
Going fast comes with a cost. Everyone who's played with cars knows this. Traditionally, that cost goes toward horsepower parts. But anyone who's gone fast long enough knows the benefits of being able to stop.
Project SRT-4 is fun to drive. Not goofy fun like a fat girl on a moped; rather, the little Mopar is fun like its automotive brethren, the muscle cars of yesteryear. It boils automotive good times down to the most basic form: Cheap, smoky burnouts.
Nineteen sixty-four Pontiac GTO, 1962 Chevy Impala SS 409, 1969 Chevy Camaro, 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda, 2003 Dodge SRT-4--musclecars, every one. Dodge reinvented the classic formula for performance last year when it crammed a huge engine in a small body and crea
Careful analysis of this magazine's demographics and harmonization of those figures with historical records indicates that the most important date in our average reader's life was January 26, 1979. That, of course, was the Friday night "The Dukes of Hazzard" replaced "The Incredible Hulk" on the CBS
If the Dodge SRT-4 needs anything, it's a limited-slip differential, not more power. For 2004, it's getting both. In addition to a factory-installed Quaife differential, the new SRT-4 is getting a ratings boost from 215 hp to 230. As anyone with a right foot a
Continuing sport compact drag racing's rapid descent in e.t., at May's NHRA Sport Compact Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in New Jersey, George Ioannou took his purple Bullish Motor Racing Toyota Solara to the first run in the 6.70s for the series. Setting a new Pro RWD record at what
Let me tell you something. The biggest thing I've learned [by being involved with sport compact drag racing] is that innovation is hard to come by. Nobody ever tries anything new. They don't look to see what F1, CART, or rally racers are doing-this includes th
Fast. Raw. American. Dodge's new SRT-4 redefines this collective concept. This ridiculous little car overwhelmed us every time we stepped on the gas. It spun tires, snorted turbo sounds from its mufflerless exhaust and proved without question that Dodge is pla
Automotive tastes in the scene can, to some degree, be looked at regionally. Hondas are big in the West, Diamond Stars are hard hitters in the heartland, old schoolers populate the East Coast, and Supras and RX-7s are scattered all over. There is crossover at
Several moons ago, our engineering editor, Dave Coleman, made a comment in his nerdy "Technobabble" that he had yet to see a fast Neon. This low-down, thinly veiled insult caused Coleman to be burned in effigy by a mob of enraged Mopar lovers in our parking lo
In our first installment of Project Neon, we tweaked the suspension of our underrated underdog. Now we're turning our efforts to the underachieving SOHC engine. As we said before, we didn't start with the DOHC Neon, because the SOHC Neon is more common. Beside
Sold! To The Deepest DreamerThere's nothing like a high-end car auction to gauge the health of the economy. No one is there out of need. Desire, yes, but to buy wheels for mere transport? No. Transactions are willing, sometimes desperate, surrenders of money. Some bidders are driven by speculation,
Back when my older brother was shacked up with some hippies in Northern California, the family often made the trek from the L.A. area to feed him and to verify a basic level of hygiene. The common practice was for my old man to drive scenic Route 1 through Big
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May 1, 2001
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