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All I can find on the Aero package is this. (From the Chrysler media site)
Dart Aero
The Aero model includes as standard equipment the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine mated to the six-speed manual transmission or available six-speed DDCT; LED “racetrack” taillamps; underbody aero kit; active grille shutters, ultra-low-rolling resistance tires; speed-sensing power locks; keyless entry with panic alarm, body-color power mirrors; body-color door handles; air conditioning with Micron filter; Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with trip computer; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; speed control; automatic headlamps; “Aero” badge; Black Denim cloth interior; tire inflator kit; single note horn and 16-inch wheels. The Dart Aero will have an EPA fuel economy rating of at least 41 mpg highway.
This sounds like the Aero will be slotted between the SE model and the SXT. I hope they can keep the price reasonable since it seems to have the SE interior and wheels. Does anyone have any more info?
 

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It will be slotted above the sxt and next to the Rallye. The only difference really is the ultra low rolling resistance tires.
 

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It will be slotted above the sxt and next to the Rallye. The only difference really is the ultra low rolling resistance tires.
And the optional DDCT transmission.

Personally, I can't wait to see if heated seats are an option. If it is, I'll be all too tempted to get it...and then get some leather seat covers from Katzkin or such.
 

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The DDCT is also on the regular SXT and Rallye with the 1.4.

I was told they are working on a differently geared DDCT. That could either be for a sportier model or it could be for Aero, and I'm betting the latter, low resistance tires won't get you 2 mpg as far as I know.
This is correct. I was just thinking the MT.
 

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From what I understand, there is a lot of parts sharing between the manual transmission and the DDCT. The gearing would get taller if they just use the manual transmission gear ratios in the dual clutch.

Here's my guess. LRR tires, aerodynamic touches, higher gear ratios, and limited option availability.
 

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Both the manual and the DDCT are referred to as "C635" in the vehicle specs, as I recall - but gearing changes makes sense in the case of the Aero.
 

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Various implementations of the C635.

...........................................................1.4 120hp.........1.4 170hp..............1.4 DCT............1.6 diesel...........2.0 diesel......2.0 diesel DCT
........Dart manual.......Dart DCT......Alfa Giulietta......Alfa Giulietta.......Alfa Giulietta.......Alfa Giulietta......Alfa Giulietta........Alfa Giulietta
Final............4.11...............4.43.................4.118.................3.833..................4.118..................3.421..................3.421..................3.421
1st...............3.90...............4.15.................3.909.................3.909..................4.154..................4.154..................3.909..................4.154
2nd..............2.11...............2.26.................2.118.................2.118..................2.269..................2.118..................2.118..................2.118
3rd...............1.36...............1.44.................1.484.................1.484..................1.435..................1.361..................1.361..................1.361
4th...............0.97...............0.97.................1.116.................1.116..................0.978..................0.978..................0.978..................0.978
5th...............0.75...............0.75.................0.897.................0.897..................0.754..................0.754..................0.756..................0.756
6th...............0.62...............0.62.................0.767.................0.767..................0.622..................0.622..................0.622..................0.622
 

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I was beginning to think the Aero package was vaporware. But it now shows up in the build and price on the Dodge website. The Aero is a package added to the Dart SE. There is one on the way to my dealer. This is how the package is listed on the window sticker.


Aero 23V Package with 1.4L I4 Turbo Engine $ 3,300
Underbody Aerodynamic Treatment
205/55R16 Low Rolling Resistance A/S
Tires Tire Service Kit (Deletes Spare Tire)
LED "Racetrack" Tail Lamps
Automatic Headlamps
Keyless Entry with Panic Alarm
Speed Sensitive Power Locks
Electronic Vehicle Information Center
Trip Computer
Speed Control
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
Air Conditioning with Micron Filter
Body-Color Power Mirrors Body-Color Door Handles
"AERO" Badge
1.4-Liter I4 Intercooled Turbo w/ MultiAir(R) Engine
Active Grille Shutters
140-Amp Alternator
 
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