Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Project Super Neon, Part 1
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Project Super Neon, Part 1

The Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

Karl Brauer
Feb 1, 1999
Photographer: Matthew Pearson

When I found out we were getting a Dodge Neon for a project buildup, my first response was, "Why would we want to alter a Neon? Those things kick butt right out of the showroom!"

To reaffirm my feelings regarding Chrysler's smallest performance car, I took our bright red coupe for a quick spin shortly after it arrived. With the optional 150hp engine, five-speed tranny, and 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels wearing Goodyear tires, it was pretty obvious that improving this pocket rocket's fun factor would take more than just swapping the springs and slapping on an aftermarket muffler.

Right out of the crate, these cars are capable of 0-60 in 8 seconds flat, .87 g's on the skidpad, and 30-plus mpg. That's a tough combination to beat. Fortunately for us, the Neon can be improved with the right mix of aftermarket add-ons.

In the coming months we'll be installing a killer tire and wheel combination. We'll also be making suspension and engine mods as well as adding a body kit, interior upgrades, bigger brakes, and external graphics. We're hoping to create a serious Super Street machine capable of holding its own on dragstrips and SCCA tracks. We're still working out the specifics, so if you have suggestions about Project Super Neon (please, no Hemi installs), we'd like to hear them. Send your ideas to: Super Street, Project Super Neon, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048-5515.

By Karl Brauer
8 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE HOW TO

Super Street’s engine and drivetrain buyer’s guide featuring the industry’s best aftermarket performance manufacturers.
Super Street StaffJan 29, 2018
Super Street’s forced induction buyer’s guide.
RodrezJan 24, 2018
The latest and greatest for your Nissan
RodrezJan 12, 2018
The top 15 parts from SEMA that might have a chance at making it onto that whip of yours
Aaron BonkJan 11, 2018
Innovate Motorsports helps out with measuring boost, ethanol content, water temp, oil temp, air/fuel ratio, oil pressure, and fuel temperature.
Richard FongJan 8, 2018
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP