Dodge to have SRT Dart option by 2016 alongside re-designed exterior!
Posted on 06 May 2014
Fiat Chrysler confirm SRT Dart in 2016 as an AWD, turbocharged, Rally Inspired sedan. Could this be the next STi competitor?
Since the re-release of the Dodge Dart in 2012, Dodge, Fiat, and Mopar fans have been screaming for an SRT version of the car. It has long been rumored and anticipated that an SRT4 Dart would be AWD with a larger turbo, but it was never confirmed by Dodge, Chrysler, or Fiat. That is, until today.
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Official Production Timeline from Fiat Chrysler showing 5 year plan.[/caption]
While the specifications of the turbocharged engine remain a mystery, simply hearing the news about an AWD SRT4 Dodge Dart makes even the modest Mopar fan excited. Given the popularity of the AWD Sedan in the United States (via the Lancer Evo and Impreza STi) and the lack of a major competitor to Subaru with the departure of the Evo, an AWD Dart could be a huge success.
One would think that an SRT Dart would have a larger turbo given the fact that the Dart already has a turbocharger option. However, Dodge may pull the turbo option from Limited and SXT Dart's in order to entice more SRT Dart sales, or even wipe those models entirely. Many complain that the Turbocharged Dart is vastly underpowered from the factory despite it's aftermarket potential, so it would be in the best interest of Fiat Chrysler to offer a larger turbo or more aggressive tuning in a Dart SRT.
We'll be sure to keep an eye out for official concepts of the new Dart, but I wouldn't anticipate any until the end of this year / early next year. With a mid-season 2016 release for the new model, Dodge is surely keeping the design under wraps for a few more months. However, fan renderings of an SRT Dart look pretty awesome:
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Fan Rendering of the SRT Dart. Pretty good looking, don't you think?[/caption]
What do you think Fiat Chrysler will do with the new SRT Dart. What features would you like to see implemented, either interior, exterior, or performance wise? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to keep an eye on the MAP blog for more updates in the future!