The 2013 Dodge Dart GT can now be ordered as Chrysler Group commenced production of more dynamic variant of the compact sedan. Dodge announced in January that it would start building the Dart GT in the second quarter of 2013. The Dart GT has the privilege of being the first production car to be powered by Chrysler's 2.4-liter inline naturally aspirated four-cylinder Tigershark engine.
The engine, complemented by Fiat's MultiAir2 variable valve timing and paired to either a six-speed manual or optional automatic transmission, provides 184 hp of output and 171 pounds-feet of torque. The Dart GT boasts of leather seats, Chrysler's 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system and a 7-inch customizable instrument cluster display.
Interested buyers could avail of the GT package at starting price of $21,990, including shipping. New Dodge brand chief Tim Kuniskis expects the Dart GT to be a "home run" for the brand and the Dart. The brand sold 44,949 Darts in the first six months of 2013. Kuniskis remarked that the Dodge Dart GT provides them a chance to bring in some features that customers have been asking for since the launch of the compact sedan.
Chrysler launched the Dart launched in 2012 with two available four-cylinder engines: a standard 2.0-liter version of the Tigershark, and a turbocharged 1.4-liter. Both engines provide 160 hp of output and 148 pounds-feet of torque. According to Kuniskis, around 70 percent of Dart buyers are male, who "were looking for a little more performance." He said the 2013 Dodge Dart GT is the answer to what they are looking for.