New 2013 Dodge Dart Debuts at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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Michael Farner
Dodge Forum

The new Dart represents the mind-meld of Chrysler and Fiat producing something that builds on the tradition of American muscle, and maybe even floats a little above it. The Dart is built on a modified Alfa Romeo Giullietta chassis, and looks both sleek and aggressive, with the “racetrack” taillamps taken directly from the Charger, and a wide stance and lower front-end which showcases the split crosshair grille, marking it unmistakably as a Dodge.

Three engine options, each available in a six-speed transmission, offer power in distinct ways: the Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter four-cylinder rates 160 bhp, the Fiat 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo rates the same bhp but with 184 lb-ft of torque, or the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 four-cylinder with an estimated 184 horsepower. The Turbo comes with the fuel efficiency package.

As a Dodge, there are numerous Mopar customization options. What makes the Dart stand out from the past few years of Dodge offerings is not only the new Fiat/Chrysler engines, but the whole focus on style and performance that used to be a Dodge hallmark. Frankly, we’re thrilled to see the return.

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