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Friday, June 8, 2012

That Dodge Dart Is Here.

The new 2013 Dodge Dart should be arriving July. That said,the 2013 Dodge Dart is the first Chrysler Group vehicle built on Fiat Group architecture. In this case it is an Alfa Romeo widened platform and is already being built here in the USA. The Alfa DNA translates into fantastic ride and handling capabilities. Depending on the options and packages the price will be from $15,995 to $22,500. The great thing is even the base car is well equipped.

There are plenty of engine and transmission variations. The 2.0-liter Tigershark engine is standard on the Dart SE, SXT, Rallye and Limited models. The preliminary performance ratings for the 2.0-liter Tigershark engine are 160 bhp (119kW) at 6,400 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. (196 Nm) of peak torque at 4,800 rpm.
Speed crazy people like me may opt for the the added performance and a dramatic torque increase, available with a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbocharged Intercooled engine. The preliminary ratings for the Dart 1.4 MultiAir Turbo engine are 160 bhp (118 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. (249 Nm) of torque from 2,500 through 4,000 rpm. The aftermarket already has 100 ways to increase power with this engine and void the warranty. This is the same engine as in the Fiat 500 Abarth. 250 should possible, do it at your own risk
Largest of the trio of engines available is the new 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir® 2, is the third Chrysler Group engine to feature MultiAir technology. The preliminary ratings for the 2.4-liter TIgershark with MultiAir 2 are 184 horsepower (137 kW) at 6,250 rpm and 171 lb.-ft. (232 Nm) of torque at 4,800 rpm. The engine is slated for availability in the third quarter of 2012. Found my engine!
Transmission choices are wonderful as they are all 6 speeds. They are a new six-speed DDCT, six-speed manual and a new six-speed automatic.

C635 Six-speed Manual Transmission
Standard on all three engines is the six-speed C635 manual transmission. This state-of-the-art gearbox is designed and built by Fiat Powertrain. Compact and lightweight, the transmission is designed to withstand maximum torque values up to 350 Nm.

C635 Dual Dry Clutch Six-speed Automatic Transmission
Improved performance and fuel efficiency are just two attributes of Chrysler Group's new C635 DDCT. The new DDCT will be available exclusively on 2013 Dodge Dart models equipped with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbocharged engine.

6F24 Six-speed Automatic Transmission
Small and compact, the new Powertech six-speed automatic transmission is fully electronic and is designed for increased fuel efficiency. Torque capacity for the new transmission is 250 Nm.

With a 5.4 gear spread, gear changes are nearly imperceptible at all speeds and optimum shift quality is provided throughout the rpm range, including launch, acceleration and passing at highway speeds. Autostick is standard.
  I am holding out for the SRT Turbo. Oops ignore
that statement.

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