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.
Driving enthusiasts are sure to love the new 2013 Dodge Dart GT as its suspension has been tuned to have sporty qualities. It also has a unique style with the class-exclusive LED racing tail lamps and the integrated dual exhaust. There are also a number of premium features fitted inside as standard like the 7-inch TFT and the 8.4-inch screen with touch capabilities.
The perforated Nappa Leather heated seats are included as well. According to Dodge, the Dart GT is the latest model to be part of the 2013 Dodge Dart range. At present, this lineup has the Aero, Rallye, SE, SXT, and Limited. The brand revealed that it is still investigating the high-performance R/T model. Dodge Brand CEO and President Reid Bigland said that the new Dart GT has the best characteristics that customers look for in a compact car.
These include, he added, exceptional style, value, technology, and performance. The Dart GT has its output measured at 184 hp with a sport suspension and fitted with aluminum 18-inch wheels. The interior shows the use of premium leather with other features that are truly class-exclusive.
Bigland continued that all of these qualities comprise the best example of that sweet spot especially for the compact car class. Given the price, he said further, the Dart GT has excellent value with its premium features and the mid-size roominess. U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the 2013 Dodge Dart GT begins at $20,995, which excludes destination.