Dodge Dart adds GT model

Sporty new model will debut at the North American International Auto Show

Published: January 9, 2013, 5:00 AM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:00 PM

Key features of the Dart GT include a 184-horsepower engine, premium Nappa leather interior trim and a sport-tuned suspension. Production of the new model will begin at Chrysler’s Belvidere, Illinois assembly plant during the second quarter of this year.

Like the Dart itself, the Dart GT reprises an old model name, introduced in 1963. It is powered by a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine, rated at 184 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed Powertech automatic with AutoStick is available as an option.

The Dart GT's sport suspension system includes frequency-sensing dampers (shock absorbers) and is said to provide ride and handling attributes designed to cater to driving enthusiasts.

Exterior and interior design elements include a unique front fascia with black accents and Hyper Black grille, integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips, standard 18-inch aluminum wheels and heated seats with premium perforated Nappa leather trim.

Other features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 7-inch TFT display, in-seat storage, class-exclusive heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start (with automatic transmission); universal garage door opener and GT badge.

"The Dart GT represents the sweet spot in the compact car market, offering mid-size roominess combined with premium amenities," says Reid Bigland, president and CEO of the Dodge brand and CEO of Chrysler Canada. "(It) embodies the best attributes that compact car buyers are looking for, including outstanding style, performance, technology and value."