Is The 2016 Chrysler 200 Just A Grown Man’s Dodge Neon SRT-4?

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Former SRT Head Honcho Ralph Gilles certainly thinks that the 2016 Chrysler 200 is the reincarnation of that boy racer Dodge Neon SRT-4. Ralph definitely has a point. 

It’s been over 11 years since the last Dodge Neon SRT-4 rolled off the assembly line in Belvidere, Illinois, but cruise on over to your local car meet and you’re bound to come across this turbocharged boy racer in the hands of some hot shot millennial. Now that most of that early 2000 tuner bunch have a bit of disposable income under their belt, you’d think there’s nothing on the market that could satisfy that Neon SRT-4 itch.

But according to current head of Global Design of Fiat Chrysler Ralph Gilles (more synonymous with SRT then anything,) Ralph thinks that the 2016 Chrysler 200S might be the spiritual reincarnation of that overpowered front-wheel drive Neon from a decade ago. According to one of his earlier Instagram posts earlier this week, Gilles brought up some valid points that are worth the read.

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Obviously both cars come from different classes and serve different purposes. One is an econobox turned FWD hot-rod while the other is a mid-sized sedan with a bit of sporty-handling made to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.

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But you have to admit, if you’re looking for a four-door sedan that’ll do the grocery run but will still give you a kick in the pants on that Sunday drive up Mulholland for a reasonable price, the 2016 Chrysler 200 just might be your ticket.