Rumors about an SRT -prepped Dodge Dart have been floating around ever since the compact sedan was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show . But hopes of a successor for the Neon SRT-4 – phased out in 2005 – were somewhat crushed when SRT CEO Ralph Gilles said at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show that the brand has yet to find the right powertrain for the car.
Months have passed since we’ve heard anything about the Dart SRT, but it appears Dodge finally came to its senses and started working on a high performance compact. The good news came straight from the Fiat Chrysler alliance, who has just unveiled its massive five-year production plan.
With the SRT brand now back under Dodge , a host of new models will be built by 2018, with a high performance version of the Dart among them. Although the company has yet to confirm whether the compact will roll out with a SRT4 badge, it did say the vehicle will arrive in late 2016, right after the current-generation Dart gets its mid-cycle refresh.
The big news is that the brawny version of the sedan will be motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, just like the Caliber SRT4 and the Neon SRT4, and sold with an all-wheel-drive configuration. Specific details aren’t available at the time of this writing, but expect for the Dart SRT to get a beefed-up 2.4-liter Tigershark engine tuned to deliver at least 260 horsepower.
Naturally, the sportier version of the Dart will also arrive with a host of visual upgrades (check out our rendering here ), including a pair aggressive bumpers, a larger apron intake, a rear diffuser, and probably a hood scoop. Under-the-skin improvements are likely to include a stiffer, performance-tuned suspension and additional driving modes.
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Having already introduced the Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car and the Dodge Challenger Sportsman for the 2014 season earlier this year, Mopar has just unveiled its brand new 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock race car .
Slated to replace the Dodge Avenger Pro Stock, the brand’s most successful Pro Stock class vehicle ever with 24 NHRA titles and consecutive championships in 2012 and 2013, the 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock benefits from a similar carbureted Hemi V-8 heart as its predecessor.
Naturally, the Pro Stock car has very little in common with the road car, being developed on a virtual platform and wearing a body that has been put through aerodynamic wind tunnel testing at Chrysler’s facility in Auburn Hills. Aside from some "production-based technology and tools" and its name, the Dart Pro Stock is a long way from embodying the compact sedan you might encounter on your daily route.
As expected, driving duties were handed over to Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Allen Johnson. The former is none other than the defending title holder and five-time Pro Stock champion, while the latter won the class in the Dodge Avenger the year before. A third Dart driven by NHRA veteran Vieri Gaines will join the pack in a few weeks.
While unveiling the new race car, Mopar also announced it has extended its partnership with high-tech component manufacturer Magneti Marelli. Known for their involvement with Formula One, the Italians will act as Mopar’s primary sponsor and will adorn Allen Johnson’s car throughout the 2014 season.
Looking back at what the Avenger Pro Stock dragster has achieved over the past couple of years, the Dart has some pretty big shoes to fill. Will it succeed? It remains to be seen as the 2014 NHRA season has only started a month ago. All we know is the Dart Pro Stock made a successful debut at the Gatornationals in Florida this weekend, where Allen Johnson took the top spot with a lightning-fast 6.566-second quarter mile time at 211.73 miles per hour.
Now if only road-going Darts would be that fast...
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Dodge did, however, reveal the details on one Detroit-bound model: a 2014 Dart SXT with the Blacktop package. This is not the first Dodge to carry this package, as we’ve seen the same package added to the Durango , Charger R/T , Challenger R/T and Avenger .
The new Blacktop package will be applied to the 2014 Dart SXT models equipped with the Rallye Appearance Group. This new package adds just $295 to the Dart SXT with Rallye Appearance Group, meaning that customers will have to pay a total of $19,285 to acquire one. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.
Just like with all the other models equipped with the Blacktop package, the new Dart will include unique wheels, select exterior colors, gloss-black accents throughout and unique interior details.
Under the hood is a 2.4-liter, MultiAir Tigershark engine that produces 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet. of torque.
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The final model updated with the Scat Package for the 2013 SEMA Show — alongside the Challenger and Charger — is the 2014 Dart . The new Scat Package was built as a tribute to the original Scat Pack launched in 1968, and comes just in time for its 45th anniversary.
Just as with the other two models, the new Scat Package is all about optimized engine calibration, and a handful of upgrades on the interior and exterior.
The new Scat Package comes in three different stages, with each offering a different level of power upgrades to help push the Dart to the next level. The Scat package is based on the 2014 Dart GT, which delivers 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque from its stock 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. With that sort of power in tow from the factory, we can see these Scat Packages hit over 200 horsepower.
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If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.
Topping its past SEMA showcar roster , it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.
This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.
The first teaser images revealed today show:
- an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors
- some hot Fiat 500’s
- a Mopar Ram 1500
- and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300 .
Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.
The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!
Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.
Chrysler has unveiled the first details on a new limited-edition vehicle set to be unveiled at next month’s Chicago Auto Show. The new Mopar ’13 Dodge Dart will join the current lineup of limited-edition vehicles offered by Mopar: Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger , Mopar ’11 Dodge Charger and Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300 .
This special Dart will be distinguished by a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, plus a very cool aerodynamic kit and an updated interior.
The new Dodge Dart Mopar ’13 will be limited to only 500 units, and will be put into production this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. Each customer will also get a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.
Updated 01/31/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
UPDATE 06/13/13: Dodge has released pricing details for the Dart Mopar ’13. Click past the jump to read at least how much it’s going to cost you to own one.
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Dodge is pretty serious about giving its customers the full Dart treatment. That’s why it wasn’t surprising that it decided to unveil a slew of special-edition packages for its sporty sedan, built and designed to give the Dart an even more appealing look.
One of the special editions is called the Dart SXT Special Edition. It’s a slick name that’s backed up by a variety of new components that give more to the Dart without compromising its essential trait as a sporty model with tremendous character. It got off to a good start with unique black crosshair grille that was installed in favor of the standard make. From there, Dodge installed cool light setup on the Dart, fitting it with dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps and LED racetrack taillights. Now that’s what we’re talking about.
There’s also an integrated dual-exhaust system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, a tire pressure monitoring display, active grille shutters and an underbody aerodynamic treatment.
For all of these additions, Dodge is only charging $18,590 and that already includes all the standard features of the sporty entry-level sedan, not the least of which is its 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that churns out 160 horsepower.
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When automakers start brainstorming a new model, expectations are usually met with risks. Is the car going to be sell? Will it be popular? Will it vanish into thin air as fast as you can say "rebate?”
Fortunately, Dodge doesn’t have to worry about any of that with the 2013 Dart . Popular as it is affordable, the Dart has been a masterstroke for the folks over at Chrysler . And to give customers an opportunity to enjoy more of the sporty sedan, Dodge has decided to unveil a series of special-edition models of it, including the Dart Limited Special Edition.
It shouldn’t be confused with the Dart STX Special Edition , so let’s get that out of the way. The Dart Limited Special Edition is impressive in its own right. It comes with the smorgasbord of standard features that are included in the standard Dart while also adding some luxury touches to improve its styling credentials.
Anytime you hear “premium Nappa leather seats,” you immediately think of high-end models. The Dart Limited Special Edition has just that. But that’s not all; those front seats wrapped in Nappa leather are heated too. The heat treatment goes for the steering wheel too.
It also has a power sunroof, racetrack LED taillights, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM Satellite radio and Travel link, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a remote start, and a universal garage door opener.
We don’t know about you, but as far as we’re concerned, all those additions are more than enough to justify the car’s $21,805 price tag.
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You shouldn’t be too surprised about this decision, considering that Dodge has a total of three cars in the movie: a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 driven by Dominic (Dom) Toretto in various chase scenes, a 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 and a vintage 1969 Dodge Daytona.
Dodge created three television commercials to promote “Fast & Furious 6.” The first is called "How to Make Your Car Fast and Furious" and features an updated 2013 Dodge Dart. The second is called "Flash to the Future" and features a 2013 Dodge Charger. The third commercial is still to be announced.
While watching the commercials, between May 13 and June 30, viewers who have the Shazam App on their mobile phones will have the possibility to enter a contest and win a 2013 Dodge Dart .
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