Until now, the sportiest of the Darts was the Rallye with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 160 horsepower. For 2013, Dodge is adding a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine in the GT trim that makes 184 hp mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, and it will arrive at dealerships in a few weeks. I recently had a brief drive in the 2013 Dart GT at Chrysler’s Chelsea Proving Grounds as part of the company’s annual new model extravaganza that it hosts for the media.
This is not the high-performance version of the Dart that everyone has been waiting for. This is not an “SRT Dart” that enthusiasts are hoping will someday arrive to be the spiritual successor to the much loved Dodge Neon SRT4 or to erase the memory of its successor, the awful Dodge Caliber SRT4. It’s honestly not even what we would expect from a potential Dart R/T. It is, however, a good step up on the enthusiast spectrum from the relatively soft, comfy Dart Rallye.