And yet it still has a stock transmission.
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the Chrysler PT Cruiser was highly influential. The retro-inspired styling may have been an acquired taste, but the PT Cruiser started a new retro craze in the auto industry and was a massive sales success for Chrysler in the early 2000s.
It’s easy to forget, though, that Chrysler launched a performance variant called the PT Cruiser GT powered by a version of the 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder found in the Dodge Neon SRT-4 mated to a five-speed manual. At the time, the PT Cruiser developed a respectable 215 horsepower, while later models increased the output to 230 hp. Even better, it was available with a five-speed stick. In stock form, it could do the quarter mile in 15.7 seconds when it was new. This version, however, is not your typical PT Cruiser.
A video posted by 1320Video shows a heavily modified PT Cruiser that produces an astonishing 808 hp at the wheels. More photos of the blacked-out beast can be found on the owners Instagram page showing its aggressive makeover. The significant power boost was achieved by a Garrett GT35R turbocharger pushing 36 pounds of boost.
The fuel system also had to be substantially upgraded with 2,000-cc injectors, new fuel pumps, and an upgrade to E85. Naturally, the engine runs on custom software. Other modifications include Hoosier drag slicks at the front, additional aero bolted to the front to make it more aerodynamically efficient at speed, racing seats, and a rollcage.
Remarkably, this PT Cruiser still retains its stock Getrag five-speed transmission, so it must be stronger than we thought to withstand all that extra power. With a previous tune, this PT Cruiser managed to hit 165.9 mph in the half mile, so the extra modifications must surely push it over 170 mph. Surely, this must make it the fastest PT Cruiser in the world by a significant margin.