2013 Dodge Dart GT to debut at Detroit
The 2013 Dodge Dart GT will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.
The 2013 Dodge Dart GT will join Chrysler's stand at the Detroit Auto Show next week. For now, it will be the top trim in the Dart lineup, with a sticker price of $21,790 including destination. Dodge says it is still investigating the possibility of an R/T model for the Dart.
The GT setup adds a sport suspension with frequency-sensing damping shocks. It will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission — an automatic is optional — and Chrysler's 2.4-liter four-cylinder Tigershark is the only engine available, producing 184 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.
The GT is based on the Dart Limited package. Standard equipment includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, a more aggressive front fascia with black accents, dual exhaust with chrome tips, LED taillights and a unique interior treatment with a heated steering wheel. Additionally, the Dart GT will get projector fog lights, power heated mirrors, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, backup camera and a host of other upgrades, which you can see below.
Optional equipment consists of HID headlights, black aluminum wheels, power sunroof, premium sound system and the Technology group, which includes push-button start, keyless entry, rain-sensing wipers and blind-spot indicators with rear cross-path detection.
The Dart GT will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.
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The first front-wheel drive car that was practical from an economic point of view was the old 3 cyl. 2-stroke SAAB, followed by the 850cc Mini in 1960. If I recall correctly, the Citroen 2CV was in this time frame also. Like the real MINI, the SAAB was an 850 cc engine.
All of these cars were very easy to repair for the person of only average mechanical skills, back then there were no "quick lube" joints & almost everybody did their own tune-ups & oil changes The SAAB, being a 2-stroke didn't need oil changes, you checked the oil level (850 Monte Carlo) or added oil to the gas at every fill up. They were definitely NOT made to be complex to repair, it's only the Federal BS smog regulations that made cars hard to tune & keep running right. 40 MPG was not impossible in an early to late 60's VW, Fiat, Renault or early Datsun. The required "smog" regs made cars run like crap & give poor mileage. These were dictated by legislation by morons that had ZERO knowledge of mechanics or engineering. And front wheel drive was devised to make a compact power package & increase interior room due to not needing to interfere with the interior space for driveline considerations The traction benefits just happened, due to weight distribution..