Ok so today on my way home I came alongside a silver PT Cruiser with big ass wheels. I figured it was the PT Turbo, and it was! I'd never seen one before till now so I wondered it if was anywhere near the performance level of the SRT-4 since it shares the same engine. I pulled alongside and it was this 'middle' aged almost-granny-like figure in the car with what appeared to be her son. I looked over and smiled, and gave a little cheeky rev. AMAZINGLY, she revved back. It was on! I was actually VERY taken aback by this response.
Anyway, I NEVER launch. Never ever. I like my transmission to much. I did a 'semi-launch' when the light turned green and by 60 mph I was CONSIDERABLY ahead. I wasn't even trying. I just pulled and pulled.
I came home and checked the specs, and the car is pathetic in the 0-60 race. I quote Canadian Driver:
"Acceleration tests for the 2001 awards show a 0-100 kilometre per hour time for the base PT Cruiser with 5-speed manual transmission of 10.6 seconds. Not very quick. In contrast, the PT Cruiser GT Turbo with automatic transmission tested this year accelerated to 100 km/h in 7.93 seconds. For a 1500-kilogram car with a four-cylinder engine, that is quick. And what you would expect from 215 hp and 245 lb-ft of torque.
So how come it doesn't feel quick? In this case my seat of the pants sensors don't agree with the facts. Left to its own devices, the 4-speed automatic is a sleepy affair."
So for all those stock WRX's who are afraid of the new engine Dodge have running around, fear not the PT Turbo. Get out and run for a real challenge. (You'd probably still win)
So....blah. Meh. Pffft.