With Chrysler Group’s announcement of a 2017 Dodge Dart SRT scheduled to arrive on the scene in late 2016, the rumors are flying. The automaker is enjoying the suspenseful silence, offering few details other than what can be found in the company’s five year plan. Here’s what we at Cumberland Chrysler have deduced:
The anticipated Dart SRT will likely be based on the previous Dodge Caliber SRT while aiming to embody some of the fight the Neon SRT model possessed.
The Caliber SRT was a front-wheel drive powerhouse producing 285 hp and 265 pounds per feet of torque. TorqueNews guestimates the Dodge Dart SRT will get a modernized edition of a similar 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that will pack at least that much power. The inclusion of all-wheel drive will make it an even more formidable competitor among its Japanese rivals.
Speaking of competitors, even with the performance we expect the new Dart SRT to display, it will likely cost less than similar performance vehicles if the current pricing is any indication. A Dodge Dart Limited with all the boxes checked still costs less than competitors’ models.
We’ll have to wait for Chrysler to confirm our suspicions, but so far it seems like the 2017 Dodge Dart SRT will be the model to watch.