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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4

2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4
2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 Specifications
Chassis
Brakes F/R:ABS, vented disc/disc
Tires F-R:225/45 R19
Driveline:Front Wheel Drive
Engine
Type:Turbocharged Inline-4
Displacement cu in (cc):144 (2360)
Power bhp (kW) at RPM:285(213) / 5700-6400
Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:265(352) / 2000-5600
Redline at RPM:6500
Exterior
Length Width Height in:173.8 68.8 59.7
Weight lb (kg):3189 (1447)
Performance
Acceleration 0-60 mph s:~ 6.3
Top Speed mph (km/h):n.a.
Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):21/26 (n.a.)
Base Price: 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 - $22,995 (last update: 10/25/2007)

2008 Caliber SRT4 Hopes to Succeed in Sport-compact Market

Chrysler's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) organization continues the SRT4 legacy with the introduction of the all-new 285-horsepower 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4.

Every SRT vehicle showcases five key aspects: exterior styling that resonates with the brand image; race-inspired interiors; world-class ride and handling characteristics across a broad range; benchmark braking; and standout powertrain. The all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 unquestionably delivers in all five areas.

Standout Powertrain

"The all-new 2.4-liter turbocharged World Engine delivers a level of power you'd expect from a V-8," said Pete Gladysz, Senior Manager - SRT Powertrain. "With the engine in the all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4, we were able to take advantage of tried-and-true performance improvements, such as increased cylinder-head flow and higher compression ratio, as well as newer technologies such as Variable Valve Timing (VVT)."

To achieve its high-performance Dodge Caliber SRT4 configuration, the aluminum 2.4-liter World Engine block is specially machined for increased water flow. Unique cast pistons travel within iron cylinder liners, and are cooled by oil squirters and affixed to forged connecting rods for high-revving reliability.

Free-flow induction begins with an all-new air cleaner assembly that draws cool air through an opening in the front upper crossmember. The air is then compressed in a TD04 turbocharger specially configured for the engine's inlet and outlet packaging requirements, and sent through a large11-row intercooler to a 57mm throttle body.

Power is transferred through a dual-mass flywheel to the GF six-speed manual transmission.

Bold Exterior Styling

Because there is only one chance to make a first impression, the all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 makes the most of it with muscular exterior styling.

"From the very first sketches of the all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4, we wanted an aggressive, SRT-signature look," said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President - Design. "For example, because the intercooler is positioned so high behind the front grille, we moved the fascia slightly forward and extended the walls of the grille. The result is a much more aggressive look than the standard Dodge Caliber."

An all-new front fascia below the signature Dodge crosshair grille incorporates functional performance features including ducts that direct air to cool the brakes and a wide center inlet that provides air flow to the radiator. Fog lamps are also set into the fascia, alongside brake ducts. The 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4's hood incorporates a functional scoop that brings cooling air into the engine compartment and a pair of extractors that exhaust hot air.

Four exterior colors will be available on the all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4: Brilliant Black, Sunburst Orange, Bright Silver and Inferno Red.

Race-inspired Interior

In the "business office" of the all-new 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4, a new interpretation of traditional SRT themes is carried out.

Unique SRT touches include sport seating with aggressive bolstering and performance fabric inserts to hold occupants during spirited driving, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a "carbon fiber" pattern on the upper portion. The seats, steering wheel and leather shift boot feature contrasting stitching. Also unique to the 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 is an "alloy silver" finish on the instrument panel and shift bezel, and bright aluminum pedal pads that feature rubber studs for enhanced grip.

The instrument panel features three gauge "tunnels" outfitted with performance-oriented instrumentation, including a center-mounted tachometer, 180-mph speedometer, and coolant temperature and fuel gauges. Available "performance pages" in the Reconfigurable Display (RCD) can display 0-60 mph acceleration time, 1/8-mile and 1-mile acceleration time and speed, braking distance, and G-forces. An electronic boost gauge is located on the left side of the instrument panel.
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