The new 2013 Dodge Dart is one of the most popular compact cars on the road today for several good reasons. With more space, better technology, and a nicer interior than other compact and sub-compact cars on the road today, the Dart has a lot going for it. One thing that drivers are still begging for though is more power and a sportier setup, something to follow in the footsteps of popular SRT models of the past like the SRT4.
That’s where the Dodge Dart GT comes in. Dark-grey, 17-inch wheels and a blacked-out front grille set the GT model apart from other Darts on the outside while an upscale interior with race-style black leather seats with red stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, a soft-touch instrument panel, a customizable TFT (thin-film transistor) display, and an optional moonroof make it a nice car to be driving or riding in. The real differences are mechanical though.
First, the Dart GT gets a more powerful, 2.4-Liter Tigershark 4-cylinder with MultiAir II, making 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. This engine has more responsive acceleration and a tuned exhaust note for a more engaging experience. Revised suspension (including a sport-tuned MacPhearson strut setup up front and a bi-link independent suspension in the rear) makes for better handling and less body roll in the corners. Finally, a revised six-speed manual or automatic transmission offers crisper shifts for better acceleration.
While it’s no SRT model, the 2013 Dodge Dart GT does offer a more aggressive option for car-buyers who want a compact with some hutzpah. Stop by Cumberland Chrysler Center in Cookeville, TN for more information or to check one out in person.