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    While the Chrysler Group has all but confirmed the existence
    of the Dodge Dart SRT4, the company has done a fantastic job of making sure
    that no images or information on the high performance compact sedan has hit the
    internet…until now.  Shown above is what
    appears to be an official company rendering of the Dodge Dart SRT4 and while it
    only shows so much – it certainly shows enough to peak our interest.

    This image, which first appeared online on
    OntarioStreetCars.com, is a bit on the dark and grainy side but it offers
    plenty of insight into the Dodge Dart SRT4 along with plenty of clues that
    would lead me to believe that this could be the real thing.

    The Dodge Dart SRT4 shown in the above image looks very much
    like a car that the Chrysler Group could sent into production.  The styling differences between this car and
    the standard production Dodge Dart are enough to allow the SRT4 to stand out in
    a crowd but there really arent any specific aspects of this design that would
    make you question the ability to head into production.  There doesn’t appear to be any exorbitant carbon
    fiber panels or other things that are more likely to appear on a SEMA Show car
    than an actual production model and that is a good sign. Obviously, this image
    only gives us a good look at the front end of the SRT4 but what we can see if a
    front end that strays a great deal the other current Dart models with the most
    significant feature being the large lower fascia opening that wears the
    familiar crosshair grille that is used across nearly the entire Dodge and Ram
    brands.  On the outer edges of the front
    fascia are a set of LED fog lights that could either be floating in some sort
    of brake cooling duct or they could just be mounted in black trim to match the
    grille area.  It is very hard to see in
    the original image but there also appears to be a chin spoiler or some black
    ducting mounted below the bottom of the front fascia.  Finally, this Dart SRT4 wears a hood that is
    not all that extreme but it appears to have a central heat extraction area that
    is sunken down into the hood – similar to what we see on the new Viper, the
    Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the Dodge Charger SRT8.

    Honestly, should this turn out to be our first look at the
    production version of the Dodge Dart SRT4, I will be a little surprised at how
    understated the exterior design will be. 
    This image also appears to have black side sills hidden in the shadows
    and if there is black base trim on the front and sides, perhaps there will be a
    diffuser out back and hopefully a big ass wing like the one on the old Neon
    SRT4.  While this Dart SRT4 isnt as
    wildly styled as many had hoped it looks good and it looks like something that
    the company could actually build….but is this image the real deal?

    In terms of the authenticity, this image of the supposed
    Dodge Dart SRT4 has several things going for it.  First, the way that the image is displayed
    below a white bar which carries the logos of the various Chrysler Group brands
    with the text “PF SRT Preliminary Sketch” seems like something that would be
    from the automaker – although that is also something that is easily faked.  However, at the bottom right corner of the
    image we see the watermark of Tim Doyle. 
    Doyle has sketched previous vehicle concepts for Chrysler in the past
    including the Durango Black & Tan styling study vehicle that debuted at
    SEMA in 2010.  If someone was going to
    make a fake yet elaborate photoshop image of the Dart SRT4, it seems unlikely that
    they would go so far as to put a specific artist’s name on the final copy.  Overall, this image looks very much like something
    that the company would include in a new vehicle packet for something like the
    Detroit Auto Show that will serve to tease us before the car actually arrives.

    The 2013 Detroit Auto Show is next week so if Chrysler plans
    to do anything to tease the upcoming Dart SRT4 in the Motor City, we should
    know soon.

    Click here to head into our 2013 Dodge Dart section to discuss this awesome new compact sedan!