Fastest FWD production car in North and South America.
Dodge gave their SRT devision the Neon and said, "We want to beat the Mustang GT in this," and thus the SRT-4 was born.
The car was under-rated from factory at 230bhp and 270w-tq, but most people who dyno them get somewhere around the 235-240bhp and 280b-tq mark. Car is very cheap and easy to make even faster. Buy a $400 plug-and-play handheld tuner and a $100 air-fuel gauge and you can bring the boost up from 13-14psi to 20-23psi. Add a bigger fuel pump, bigger injectors if you really want and you can turn the boost up to 24-26psi. At that amount of boost you are making somewhere around the 300+bhp mark with 350+ish w-tq. With that you will run low 13 to high 12 quarter miles.
95% of the slander it gets is because of people with modded civics and muscle cars that can't stand being beaten.
Remember its only a neon until you get beaten by it, then its an SRT-4.
Sitting at a light, minding my own business. Douchebag in a Mustang GT pulls up next to me, turns to my car and laughs. Proceeds to rev engine. On green light I step on it and destroy him, leaving the most dumbfounded look on his face. He pulls up next to me at the next light and goes, "damn, thats a fast SRT-4."