At the 2013 Detroit Motor Show Dodge will unveil a new sporty version of the Dart called Dart GT. This model comes with exclusive interior and exterior appointments, sport-tuned suspension, and the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine.
With 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque, that engine offers acceptable performance with good fuel economy. It can be had with a six-speed manual or available six-speed PowerTech automatic AutoStick. The power is delivered to the ground via 18-inch wheels, above which you find sport suspension with frequency sensing damping shocks.
Visually, Dart GT features performance front fascia with black accents and Hyper Black grille; black projector headlamp bezels; body-color door handles; and integrated dual exhaust with bright exhaust tips. It also has something called racetrack LED lights, which, presumably, should only be turned on at the race track.
Interior upgrades include premium Nappa perforated leather seats in Black with Ruby Red stitching or two-tone Black/Ruby Red; class-exclusive heated steering wheel; heated front seats; dual-zone automatic temperature control; remote start (with automatic transmission); universal garage door opener and GT badge.
It is easy to mock Dodge Dart’s economy looks and mediocre performance, but there is no denying that with a base MSRP of $20,995, this Dart GT model offers pretty good value for money.
Standard equipment on the 2013 Dart GT model includes: projector fog lamps; power heated mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps; class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen; class-exclusive floating island bezel; ParkView rear backup camera; class-exclusive 7-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) reconfigurable instrument cluster display; premium door trim panel with soft-touch upper surfaces; leather steering wheel with audio controls and speed control; accent stitching on the instrument panel; power 10-way driver seat, including power lumbar support; driver and front passenger seatback pockets; overhead console with sunglass holder; front passenger in-seat storage; illuminated front cup holders; illuminated vanity mirrors; temperature and compass gauge; 12-volt auxiliary power outlet in console; speed-sensitive power locks; power windows with express one-touch up/down front windows; ambient LED interior lighting; automatic headlamps; active grille shutters; underbody aerodynamic treatment; tire pressure monitoring display; air conditioning with micron filter; power mirrors; remote keyless entry; front center console with fore and aft sliding armrest; 60/40 split folding rear seat with armrest with storage/cup holders and trunk pass-through; six-speakers; security alarm; front and rear floor mats and 600-amp maintenance-free battery.