The all-new Dodge Dart was revealed at the recent Detroit Motorshow and according to Motor Trend, the SRT team is preparing a hot SRT4 performance variant. The model will feature an aggressive body kit, a sport-tuned suspension, larger alloy wheels and a rear spoiler.
Based on the Alfa Giulietta platform, the SRT4 is expected to be equipped with the upgraded version of the Giulietta Cloverleaf's six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine options remain unclear at the moment. Since its main rival, the upcoming Ford Focus ST will be churning out at least 247 hp and 250lb-ft or torque, we can expect the Dart SRT4 to do more than that. Although the new 300 hp 1.8L direct-injected 4-cylinder for the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C is an ideal choice, it could be a tad expensive according to Motor Trend. A force-fed version of the existing 2.0L “Tigershark” engine with larger capacity could be another possibility.
The SRT lineage began in 2003 with the Dodge Neon SRT4. SRT stands for “Street and Racing Technology” and the “4” denotes the number of cylinder. The original SRT was powered by a supercharged 2.0L 16-Valve 4 cylinder engine generating 208 hp – a very impressive figure some 9 years ago. At that time, the car was the second fastest stock production vehicle in the Dodge lineup, second only to the Viper.