By Patrick Rall
There have been seemingly endless rumors about the future of the SRT Dart and whether or not it will see production or – if it does arrive in dealerships – what will be found under the hood. It has long been expected that the SRT Dart would follow in the footsteps of the uber popular Neon SRT4 with a front wheel drive, turbocharged drivetrain. However, many Dodge diehards have discussed the possibility that the Dart SRT4 would pack all wheel drive so that it could better compete with the likes of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Additionally, I have had discussions with sources within the Chrysler Group who have suggested that at one point, a far more powerful V6 has been discussed in cooperation with a model that recalls the Demon name.
A Twin turbocharged Pentastar would easily make the SRT Dart the most powerful sport compact on the market but that technology would come with a cost – both financial and functional. The V6 seems like the easy choice for a big power model but we should all keep in mind that with that extra engine volume comes a significant increase in weight and that will likely hurt the handling of a super high performance Dart. Also, that larger engine with extra hardware (two turbos, for instance) would lead to a higher price.
With all of that in mind, we want to know what you think should motivate the SRT Dart to greatness. Should it be similar to the Neon SRT4 with front wheel drive and a turbo 4 or should it be more like the Evo and STi with all wheel drive? Or should this new SRT compact sedan pack Pentastar power and all wheel drive?