Dodge has formally unveiled the latest addition to the Dodge Dart family, the 2013 Dodge Dart GT – which promises to blend style performance and value into one exciting value-packed package.
Based on the top-of-the-line Limited model and inspired by the 1963 Dodge Dart GT, GT-grade Darts stand out from their lesser siblings by offering several new components that improve overall performance and also enhance the driving experience for Dart buyers. A new sport tuned suspension with frequency damping shock absorbers tightens up the Dart’s handling manners while dual exhausts, 18 inch alloy wheels, standard LED tailights and a GT exclusive front fascia add much needed performance touches to the Darts exterior styling. However the biggest change is found under the hood where a new 2.4 liter four cylinder engine with MultiAir 2 technology provides some muscle to back up the GT’s performance themed styling. Good for a solid 184 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, the 2.4 liter has not been available in the Dart lineup prior to the GT’s arrival and it was originally expected to be the sole powerplant for the upcoming R/T model. The R/T was delayed by the company late last year. All of this new-found performance is channeled to the front wheels through either a standard six speed manual gearbox or an optional six speed automatic for those that prefer to not do their own shifting.
In addition to its performance hardware, the interior of the 2013 Dodge Dart GT has also been tweaked and offers buyers more equipment. Perforated Nappa leather seats coddle the occupants of the GT in comfort and the built-in seat and steering wheel heaters make sure things stay warm during cold weather driving. Chrysler’s familiar 8.4-inch touchscreen system with built in backup camera is standard equipment along with the separate 7-inch TFT screen mounted in the instrument cluster. Dual zone climate control is also standard equipment and buyers that choose the automatic transmission also gain remote start capability.
Optional equipment for the Dart GT (as is the case with the rest of the Dart lineup) is quite extensive and features goodies such as HID headlamps, Garmin Navigation, power moon roof, and a special “Technology Group” package which features items such as rain sensing wipers, push button start, blind spot monitoring, and automatic high beams.
Looking to put the 2013 Dodge Dart GT in your garage? Pricing for the Dart GT will begin at a reasonable $20,995 (not including destination and optional equipment charges) which is an excellent value in the heated compact car segment and should allow the Dart to stand out from many of its competitors. After the Dart GT makes its formal debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show next week, full production of the sporty compact will begin during the second half of 2013.