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SRT to stay RWD only, Dart R/T to get turbo?

by David Zatz on

Dart SRt SRT4

Based on analysis of the Four Year Plan, some well-informed Allpar members have concluded that the SRT people will go rear-wheel-drive only, or at least will not produce an SRT Dart.

Making a “best in class” car in the turbo-compact line, at a substantially lower price than others, would be highly difficult, given competition from long-timers Mitsubishi (Evo) and Subaru (STi), not to mention BMW and others. Instead, the company may opt to provide a good value with a car that can run with the pack but not necessarily stand in front of it, and apply the Dodge Dart R/T label. Indeed, Dodge may choose to provide a car with strong performance that does not run with the Evo/STi/etc pack, but is also priced at a far more attractive point — beating normal compacts for a relatively small premium.

That would explain the first new SRT model on the Four Year Plan chart coming in 2016 — roughly when the mid-sized rear wheel drive Alfa Romeo is to be done. Public statements indicate that the plan only works if Chrysler (Dodge and/or SRT) gets a version of the car to spread the costs over a wider owner base.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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