The 2013 Dodge Dart is way better than that old Dodge Caliber that it replaced. Even though the 2013 Dart will be available with three different engines, the most powerful engine only packs 184 horsepower. Want even more power from the Dart, well Chrysler’s SRT team that is unveiling a new Viper in April, is also reportedly working on a SRT4 performance variant of the Dart.
Details have not been released for the 2014 Dart SRT4, but the guys over at Motor Trend seem to have an idea of what we can expect. The 2013 Dart borrows its platform from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, so you can expect the Dart SRT4 to get a version of the Giulietta’s dual-clutch, six-speed transmission. There are two possible options for the engine, a turbocharged version of the Dart’s Tigershark 2.0L four-cylinder or Alfa Romeo’s new 1.8L four-cylinder turbo. The Dart SRT4 is likely to get the turbocharged version of the Tigershark instead of the Alfa Romeo’s engine, due to the added cost of Alfa Romeo’s engine. Either way expect the Dart SRT4 to pack more power than the 285-hp Caliber SRT4.
The Dart SRT4 will also get a more aggressive body kit, an upgraded suspension and larger wheels with stickier tires.