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Photo of employees cars in front of Modern Performance

The other day, we had a great lineup of cars outside of MP. Several of our employees drove their Neons/Cobalt/Caliber to work. It was quite a cool sight to see all of the cars we specialize in (other than the 03-05 SRT4, we didnt have one this day) parked outside of MP.

From left to right : Kyles 96 Neon, Charles’s 97 Neon, John driving the 09 Cobalt SS, Cory’s 08 Caliber SRT4, and Matt’s 98 Neon.

Modern Performance Employee car lineup Houston TExas

Modern Performance Shop Tour Part 2 – Time to show off our framed Neon/Caliber/SRT4 brochures

Part 2 of Modern Performance Shop Tour

As we’re sure you already know by now, Modern Performance is run, and staffed by car enthusiasts, and we love American four cylinder cars. Over the years we have collected various articles, had them framed, and posted them in our offices. Lets take a look !

Dodge Neon SRT4 - Early Prototype SUPERCHARGED !
The framed piece above is a Chrysler brochure put out around 2001-2002 to tease the public about the upcoming Dodge SRT-4. Chrysler produced a few of these cars as mules for testing, that were 2000 era Dodge Neons with a 2.0 Supercharged motor. Eventually Chrysler scrapped the 2.0 supercharged motor and put in a 2.4 TURBO motor that was being used in the GT Cruiser. Notice the hood, lower bumper, and wheels, and how the production SRT4 looks very similar to it.

Prototype Dodge SRT4 - Early version
This framed article was from an unknown magazine in which the 2003 Dodge SRT-4 was test driven. This car was a pre production 2.4 Turbo car that was passed around to magazines for review. Notice how the bumper doesnt have the holes under the hood to further cool down the radiator like production units, as well as the Enkei wheels that didnt make it into production.

Caliber SRT-4 Magazine review
This article reviewed the 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4, and overall the magazine review was positive, calling it a BAD-ASS BREAD BOX.

1995 Dodge Neon Sport Coupe Dohc Car and Driver article
Here we have a January 1995 Car and Driver article on the 1995 Dodge Neon Sport Coupe. The article is titled: The Neon loses two of its doors and says bye to hi. The article compared the Neon Sport Coupe Dohc to the Saturn SC2, Ford Escort GT, and the Hyundai Scoupe Turbo. Overall, the Neon had the best acceleration out of all of the competitors, as well as best gas mileage. It had the worst braking compared to the other cars though. The Dohc Sport Coupe is listed as having 0-60 acceleration of 7.6 seconds, and quarter mile time of 16.0 at 89 mph.

2001 Chrysler Neon R/T Export Brochure
Pictured above is a Chrysler brochure for the 2001 Neon R/T that was destined for export to Europe. The Neon was sold in Europe with limited success, mainly due to engine size taxes (motors over 1.6 liters in most of europe are taxed more than motors under 1.6). 2000-2005 Neon enthusiasts will notice the different Chrysler grill in the front bumper, as well as the euro rear fog lights integrated into the rear bumper. Also quite obvious is the steering wheel being on the right side of the car.

1995 Dodge Neon Magazine article
Here we have a Magazine article that looks like a periodic table from High School. It lists the elements Oxygen, Fluorine, Chlorine, Hydrogen, Neon and Argon, along with their atomic weight. Under the Neon element, it shows a Dodge Neon, and shows it costing $10,300. Pretty cheap !

2001 Dodge Neon RT Chrysler Brochure
Pictured above is a 2001 Dodge Neon R/T brochure from Chrysler. This car came from the factory with a 2.0 High Output Magnum SOHC motor. It came with 16 inch wheels, and leather interior was an option as well!

Jayde Nicole Signed Sema 2007 Poster
Last but not least, we have a signed poster from Jayde Nicole, a model that was being used in the Vibrant Performance booth at Sema 2007. Jayde went on in 2008 to become a model for Playboy, and she became quite famous after her breakout modeling position with Vibrant. How lucky were we to be able to get a poster of her, signed no less before she became famous! She was just as beautiful in person as in this poster as well !

Pictures from 7-18-09 SRT-4/Neon/Caliber meet at MP.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Modern Performance held a Neon, Neon SRT4, Chevrolet Cobalt, and Caliber SRT4 meet on 7-18-09 and we had in excess of 60 cars show up.

The meet took place in Houston, Texas at Modern Performance’s office/warehouse.

MP hosted the meet in the heigth of July, which is one of the hottest months of the year, and it was a challenge to keep everyone cool when it was 90-100 degrees outside!

Throughout the day, we had the following show up at the meet :
7-8 1995-1999 Dodge Neons
2-3 2000-2005 Dodge Neons
40-45 2003-2005 Dodge SRT-4′s
4-5 2008-2009 Dodge Caliber SRT-4′s
2-3 2005-2009 Chevrolet Cobalts

We didnt take count of how many people showed up, but it would not be suprising if we had in excess of 75-100 people.

Throughout the day, MP provided :
320 Cokes, Sprites, Bottled waters
75 cookies
15 Large Pepperoni, Hamburger, and Cheese pizzas

At the end of the day, there were NO food, or drinks leftover!

Anyways, onto the photos!

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

This is a photo behind Neon Row. All of these cars are owned by MP’s employees. From left to right, Cory Haines’s 95 Neon, Matt’s 98 Neon, Charles’s 97 Neon, and Kyles 96 Neon.
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Here we have Ryans 97 Neon with 2.4 turbo being run on Megasquirt. Its really a miracle that Ryan was able to piece this car together, get it running, and idling with Megasquirt! Right next to it, is our project 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Ryans car is in really rough shape, but it runs!!

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Here we have a yellow SRT-4. Its pretty rare to see a yellow SRT-4 nowadays!

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Here we have a STI being surrounded by first gen Neons.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

This is a really clean Blue SRT-4.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Under the hood of Ryans 98 Megasquirted 2.4 Neon.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Matt’s 97 Neon with Sohc motor, Hahn Racecraft Turbo kit with Portfueler. It also has 2003-2005 Neon Mopar accesories side skirt, front lip installed.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Twin turbo Neon SRT-4. Ill post more details in a seperate blog post on this car..

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Really nice Silver SRT-4. This reminds me a lot of our old project 03 Neon SRT-4 which was silver with carbon fiber accents.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Orange Caliber SRT-4 with Synapse blow off valve and a hot air intake.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Red SRT-4 with Kosei K1′s !

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Old School Turbo Daytona !

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Black Caliber SRT-4 with chrome wheels. Forgot what size wheels it had..

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Jason’s 97 Neon. This car was painted by Jason the NIGHT before the meet by himself.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Check out Jason’s cut rear bumper, homemade spoiler risers, and SRT-4 exhaust.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

This was one of the cleanest Silver SRT-4′s at the meet.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet
Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

At one point we ran out of room in our parking lot so we had to have cars park in the alley next to MP.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet

Heres Zoes SRT-4. I heard the last time he dyno tested his car he made 601 horsepower to the wheels.

Modern Performance 7-18-09 Meet