Yesterday I had the chance to test drive a yellow SRT-4. So i'll give a full write up on it.
My first impression of the exterior was, it's not as ugly as I expected, but it could do without the fake hood scoop. The FMIC looks mean! It looks a littler higher off the ground than in the pictures, but still not that bad.
Interior was cheap, that's for sure. Although the guages were pretty nice. Seats were very grippy, but not very comfortable. I hate the damn roll down windows in the rear. The rear seats were pretty descent, and good footroom for such a small car.
Now to the performance. The shifter is very sloppy and not very precise. I missed 3rd a few times. The clutch is very light for an American car, lets out at the top, and you have to let it out very carefully or you can easily chirp the tires just trying to take off slow.
The power delivery was much like a wrx. Descent until 3k rpms, then all hell breaks loose(but in this case so do the tires). From a stop, I mashed the gas and car took off then got to about 4k and the tires slipped and spun all the way to redline. Shifting into 2nd it is really easy to get the tires to break lose again. The exhaust is very loud and drones at cruising speeds.
I didn't get a chance to test the handling, but the ride felt very firm and the brakes felt pretty responsive.
Since this was the only other car I'm even slightly considering getting besides a WRX, I'm glad I drove it. It's definitely faster than a wrx, but there is no way in hell you can drive it in the rain with the traction issues. And with as much highway driving as I do, the exhaust would get annoying and the seats would not be comfortable for a 300 mile round trip once a month.
I have much respect for this car after driving it, it's a beast from the factory with alot of tuning potential, but it's just not the car for me.