Resurrecting a sport-spec designation first used in 1963, the reborn 2013 Dodge Dart GT makes its debut in Detroit. Spun from the extremely well-equipped Dart Limited, this new-gen GT embodies many of the same enthusiast-oriented cosmetic and functional touches as the original and does so at a very attractive pricepoint.
Whether fitted with the standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 6-speed PowerTech AutoStick alternative, all 2013 Dart GTs pack a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark 4-cylinder engine that uses MultiAir2 variable valve timing and features a dual-exhaust system. Other meaningful mechanical changes include a full sport suspension with frequency-sensing shock absorbers and 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 225/40 all-season tires. Exterior cosmetic tweaks on the new Dart GT are highlighted by its unique front fascia with a Hyper Black grille, a bevy of black accent bits, chrome exhaust tips and the signature LED "racetrack" taillamp.
Inside, the 2013 Dart GT gets unique premium Black Nappa perforated-leather seats with Ruby Red stitching or two-tone Black/Ruby Red, a class-exclusive heated steering wheel, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start (automatic transmission only), a universal garage door opener and the obligatory GT badge. Key options include HID headlamps, 10-speaker/506-watt Alpine Premium Sound system, Garmin Navigation with SiriusXM Travel Link integrated into the GT's standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen, a power sunroof and the Technology Group (push-button start, keyless Enter 'N Go, rain-sensing wipers, smart beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring with rear cross path detection).
Arriving in dealers during the second quarter, the 2013 Dodge Dart GT will start at $21,790 with the autoshifted version adding another $1,100 to the bottom line.
Quietly tucked away in the Dart GT release was the statement that: "Dodge continues to investigate a high-performance R/T model." All who've followed the new-era Dart saga know this range-topping variant was originally projected to join the family at some point last fall. With the GT getting the engine and many other elements originally slated for Dart R/T duty, the future of that model seems a good deal less certain. However, there's reason to believe that an even more intense SRT-spec Dart may be in the cards.
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