The Chrysler Neon range in the UK has a new sporting feel with the introduction of a 150bhp range-topping model.
The new uprated version, featuring a leather interior, boot spoiler, side skirts and deep front air dam, is badged the Neon R/T, is on sale now priced £13,995 on-the-road.
At the same time, Chrysler has reduced the price of its popular Neon LX model which, in manual form, will now cost £12,695. Automatic transmission (with cruise control) will become a chargeable option at £300. The entry level Neon SE remains priced at £10,995 on-the-road.
Added to the LX specification in the R/T is Dark Slate leather interior, 4-disc in-dash CD changer, dual chrome tipped exhausts, and unique badging, together with low profile tyres and 16-inch alloys.
The car also features, as standard, a powered height adjustable driver's seat, power front windows, power heated foldaway door mirrors, tinted glass, front fog lamps and front and side airbags.
A choice of Flame Red, Black or Bright Silver colours is offered.
Under the bonnet the manual transmission-only Neon R/T is the '2.0L High Output' giving the car a 0-62mph time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed, where permissible, of 132mph.
The Neon R/T returns an extra urban cycle economy of 42.2 mpg.
This new Neon (pictured) is supplied with a three year/60,000-mile mechanical warranty, Chrysler Assistance offering three years roadside assistance and six years anti-corrosion warranty. The R/T is in insurance group 12A.
Since it was launched in 1996, almost 14,500 Neons have been sold in the UK, more than 3,800 of those in 2000 alone, the car's best year for sales in this country.
"Exceptional value for money, modest running costs, low insurance groupings and generous equipment levels are all traits of the popular Chrysler Neon range," said Simon Elliott, Director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK.
"The new Neon R/T now adds an extra dimension – that of even sportier and more exciting looks and performance. I am sure this new car will appeal not only to existing Neon owners – of which there are thousands – but to a new band of British motorists."