2016 Dodge Dart SRT Specs, Engine and Review

Reports are saying that the 2016 Dodge Dart SRT is currently under extensive development. The long-promised car will feature some new technologies including new design styling, improve interior, new engines and of course the new nine-speed automatic transmission. The company claims that all new technologies used in the upcoming Dart will significantly improve fuel economy. Well, that’s interesting.

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Rumors about an SRT -prepped Dodge Dart have been floating around ever since the compact sedan was unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show . But hopes of a successor for the Neon SRT-4 – phased out in 2005 – were somewhat crushed when SRT CEO Ralph Gilles said at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show that the brand has yet to find the right powertrain for the car.

The Chrysler 5 year plan revealed that a new Dodge Dart SRT will arrive late in 2016 with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and all wheel drive, which very well could allow the high performance Dart to dominate the American sport compact segment – but what does it need to become a legend like the Dodge Neon SRT?

The Chrysler Group has announced that there will be a Dodge Dart SRT in late 2016 and that it will feature a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a new all wheel drive system but they didn’t go into any further detail as to how well this car will perform. Fortunately, by looking at the previous compact SRT product – the Dodge Caliber SRT4 – and by looking at the top dogs in the American sport compact segment we can make a few estimates as to what we can expect from the 2017 Dodge Dart SRT.

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Powertrain

The big news is that the brawny version of the sedan will be motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, just like the Caliber SRT4 and the Neon SRT4, and sold with an all-wheel-drive configuration. Specific details aren’t available at the time of this writing, but expect for the Dart SRT to get a beefed-up 2.4-liter Tigershark engine tuned to deliver at least 260 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Few other techonlogies are going to be applied to improve fuel economy.

Exterior

The Dart’s upcoming facelift will see a trim level reshuffling that will result in fewer standard features and fewer available configurations, resulting in a lower starting price and a streamlined lineup. Bolder exterior styling is also expected, as is a new SRT performance model that should arrive in late 2016.

Naturally, the sportier version of the Dart will also arrive with a host of visual upgrades (check out our rendering here ), including a pair aggressive bumpers, a larger apron intake, a rear diffuser, and probably a hood scoop. Under-the-skin improvements are likely to include a stiffer, performance-tuned suspension and additional driving modes.

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Release Date and Price

We have mentioned above, the 2016 Dodge Dart SRT will likely be introduced in late 2016. Pricing is estimated to start at $25,000. That’s all what we’ve got for now, more information should be available as the development progresses.

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