Dodge Dart marketed between 1960 and 1976 different versions. Today, Chrysler lives a union (the previous, with Chrysler, ending in a divorce) with Fiat, the Italian, and a first child was born: the Dodge Dart just replace the controversial Caliber that many have already forgotten.
It is ironic to hear the people of Chrysler car that marks a milestone in the history of the mark and that is meant to establish the future while it brings to life a name buried for 36 years! That being said, the car is very modern even though its origins are from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the Lancia Delta themselves derived from the Fiat Bravo. One cannot say that the Dodge Dart is entirely new.
Aesthetically, this latest Dodge is rather successful and it seems to be generally more true than in photos. In the cockpit, especially treated the dashboard, now covered in materials of beautiful invoice.
$ 15,995 to $ 23,995 and more!
The Dart is available in five versions: SE, SXT, Rally, Limited and R/T. Of course, the level of equipment increases as one moves upwards in the hierarchy and if the livery of basic costs $15,995, it can also have a price 2013 Dodge Dart for $23,995. In passing, this last, a R/T, is available only in the fall of 2012. Alternative offers, of series, the remote entry (read a “joystick”), disc brakes at all four wheels, ice and the mirrors and 10 airbags. The SXT adds, among others, 17-inch wheels. The rally has the right to a distinctive front shield and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Limited model proposes, in series, the UConnect Touch system and its 8.4 inch screen and the Group of configurable instrument via a 7 inch screen. For its part, the R/T offers four cylinder 2.4 liter and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Of course, the list of options is always here to help choose a Dart according to your taste and desired, your means.
The boof and the wow
Three engines and three transmissions will compete for the underside of the nice car. The base engine is a four 2.0 l Tigershark cylinder (RAM engine names that evoke power – as the Magnum, Marauder or Super Rocket past!) of 160 horses. This mill comes to office with the SE, SXT, rally and Limited. There is also a four-cylinder 1.6 litre MultiAir, already seen on the Fiat 500, available as an option on the above mentioned versions. Finally, the four cylinder 2.4 liter Tigershark MultiAir of the R/T promises of beautiful sensations (or thrill!) with its 184 horsepower and 171 pounds-foot of torque.
In terms of transmissions, note that all these engines (except the 2.0 liters of Limited) are related series to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is proposed in option with the 2.0 and 2.4-litre. As the 1.4 liter engine, it will be possible, within a few months, the marriage with a double clutch (DDCT) dry automatic six-speed.
At the launch, we have lead a model equipped with the 2.0 l and the automatic transmission and another with the manual. This last we was disappointed by the lack of progressiveness and sensations of his clutch, by just handling correct its shifter and, finally, by the grade reports. Indeed, on a road with curves and mounted, must constantly play the lever to try to exploit the engine ideal beach, beach that begins at about 4,000 tours. Automatic transmission is much more resourceful and km/a 0-100 h, made to the will-quickly, we gave 12.0 moments and the road was slightly downward! More serious tests will have to be conducted.
Obviously, this 2.0 liters, although it displays 160 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 148 foot pounds of torque at 4,600, lack of breath and is there than to provide a car at a reasonable price. That being said, it will satisfy people who are more for equipment/price as road excitement.
The 1.4 liter engine develops a horse more than 2.0 liters, but it will look for lowest in towers (5 500 revolutions per minute), which is a net benefit. Also, its torque is quite higher with 184 foot pounds between 2,500 and 4,000 towers/minutes. These data make it much more nervous and manual transmission may have the same gear (except for the total report) reports, it is much more comfortable with the 1.4. Even if the accelerations are more modern, we feel no effect of couple in the front wheels. Because, the Dart is a pull must specify this.
Dodge authorities were, say us that the 1.4 and 2.0 liter models have suspension settings and identical direction, does that our test with the 1.4 liter showed us a car to slightly more rigid, without being uncomfortable suspensions, and more nerve direction. And until you do the asked me, Yes, the tires were the same, of the ContiproContact 225/45R17. To obtain the calibrated more sport suspensions, go on the R/T.
Placide and jazzy
At the level of the conduct, I have often thought be behind the wheel of a Ford Focus as compact both provide the same feelings. It is therefore the dynamism of a Mazda3, for example.
The Dart has comfortable seats, many storage spaces, a glove box large enough to accommodate a laptop – we have not tried hand – a beautiful size trunk and very correct rear seats. In short, it is in the presence of a serious car.
Twelve colors of body and fourteen combinations of colors and design depending on the version, the Dart back not only name of the past. It also reduces the color in binnacles who offer generally only grey, beige or black. And options and Mopar accessories catalog will surely put more color and life in the Dodge Dart 2013!