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Dart SRT4 imagined

by David Zatz on

2015 Dart SRT4

Earlier this year, Dodge announced that it would have a thorough remake of the Dart in 2016, with a Dart SRT4 to be launched at the end of that year. The 2.4 now used in most Darts may be supplemented or replaced by a new 2.0 liter turbocharged Hurricane engine pumping out at least 220 hp (rather than the 2.4’s 172 hp).

While it seems likely that the Dart SRT4 will hold true to the current timetable of December 2016 production, it’s possible that Dodge will try to boost its brand image and still-disappointing Dart sales with an SRT version before that. How to do this is a question; turbocharged “Hurricane” engines are still being tested, and an SRT4 will need to do well against many “pocket-rocket” competitors.  It is possible that the Hurricane engines are closer to production than our sources believed, and that this may be a Detroit Auto Show surprise — though we already expect a new 300 and minivan for that January event.

An SRT4 before late 2016 is a long shot, but suzq044’s rendering — the white car, on the left — shows what it might look like. We would expect the 2016 version to have different styling.  The Hurricane engine used in Dart will at least match Caliber SRT4’s 285 horsepower, according to our sources.

Chrysler is also getting a compact sedan in 2016, dubbed 100, according to the current product plan, though some insiders say they have not seen anything of it. This long-rumored car would likely be a more pedestrian version of the current Dart, with Chrysler styling — say, using the cheaper Viaggio suspension, to provide a good ride without spending excessive money on cornering capabilities that few people will ever use.

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