I voted for "Turbocharged 4 Cylinder, All Wheel Drive" for the following reasons:
1. 4 cylinder to keep the heritage of the Neon SRT4
2. AWD as a lesson learned from the Focus ST. anything close to 300hp and FWD is nothing but a torque steer monster.
3. leave the 6 cylinder for a possible SRT Cherokee or 2015 Avenger/Barracuda.
I second it. Those are the exact reasons why I choose the turbo inline 4. But the SRT4 model needs the 2.4 tigershark boosted to at minimum 300 hp and 250 ft lbs, 6 speed manual, AWD. If the tigershark makes anything less then 250 hp. The aftermarket industry might just explode with new products to give it over 350hp. AWD is required with anything that small making more then 225 hp, hopefully they learn from Audi and some German's. AWD could really make the dart a full on competitor with modified ricer straight off the lots. 0-60 needs to be under 3.5 seconds.
I only own V8s
Last edited by Blacknights; 10-15-2013 at 04:14 AM..
I don't think Dodge can compete on the 4cyl level with the imports so they should tweak a version of the pentastar and at least have one thing in common with the original dart whereas you get something big stuffed into a little non assuming cheap package. Let's not forget that people who want a 4cup rice cooker buy a ricer. I have one out of memory of a late sister but would much rather have the bigger 6cyl any day of the week.
You don't need a V6 to get the power.
V6 clog up the engine bay, weigh more and cause steering response issue's, are just very expensive to maintain.
The weight distro is much better with a 4cyl and with the Technology these days and variable turbo's, there's no need for a V6 in a small car like that.
Ford is proving V8's useless already with their V6 Turbo trucks. Bigger IS NOT better in cars.