2013 Dodge Dart GT debuts at NAIAS

By Staff Contributor.

The sporty 2013 Dodge Dart GT model originally made its debut in 1963 I was lucky enough that my first car was a 1973 Dodge Dart Sport and smoked through tons of tires within the first year.

The Dart GT model is the latest addition to the 2013 Dodge Dart lineup, which currently includes the Dart SE, SXT, Rallye, Aero and Limited models. Dodge continues to investigate a high-performance R/T model, which we can hardly wait to test drive this model.

2013 Dodge Dart GT

It has a cool 184 horsepower, premium Nappa leather and a sport-tuned suspension that caters to the driving enthusiast. Plus delivers an incredible value with an MSRP of only $20,995. “The new Dart GT embodies the best attributes that compact car buyers are looking for, including outstanding style, performance, technology and value,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO Dodge Brand.

Some highlights of the new Dodge Dart GT are as follows:

  • Dart GT is powered by the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2 four-cylinder engine, which produces 184 hp and 174 lb.-ft. of torque. Which provides just the right balance of power and fuel efficiency,
  • The new Dart GT model features a sport suspension with frequency-sensing damping shocks that delivers ride and handling attributes designed to cater to driving enthusiasts,
  • Unique exterior and interior design, including standard 18-inch aluminum wheels and premium perforated Nappa heated leather seats, differentiate the GT model from the rest of the Dart lineup,
  • Standard class-exclusive features include racetrack LED tail lamps, integrated dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touch-screen, 7-inch TFT display, in-seat storage.
2013 Dodge Dart GT

Of course there is a ton of awesome additional standard equipment on the GT model which includes: projector fog lamps; power heated mirrors with supplemental signals and courtesy lamps; class-exclusive 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen; class-exclusive floating island bezel; Park View rear backup camera; class-exclusive 7-inch TFT (Thin Film Transistor) reconfigurable instrument cluster display; premium door trim panel with soft-touch upper surfaces; leather steering wheel with audio controls and speed control; accent stitching on the instrument panel; power 10-way driver seat with power lumbar support; driver and front passenger seatback pockets; overhead console with sunglass holder; front passenger in-seat storage; illuminated front cup holders; illuminated vanity mirrors; temperature and compass gauge; 12-volt auxiliary power outlet in console; speed-sensitive power locks; power windows with express one-touch up/down front windows; ambient LED interior lighting; automatic headlamps; active grille shutters; underbody aerodynamic treatment; tire pressure monitoring display; air conditioning with micron filter; power mirrors; remote keyless entry; front center console with fore and aft sliding armrest; 60/40 split folding rear seat with armrest with storage/cup holders and trunk pass-through; six-speakers; security alarm; front and rear floor mats and 600-amp maintenance-free battery.

You also have the opportunity to personalize your GT to your exact specifications. Starting with a choice of 12 exterior colors (all available at no extra charge) including Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Laguna Blue, Citrus Peel, Pitch Black, Tungsten, Bright Silver, True Blue, Maximum Steel, Bright White and Winter Chill.

2013 Dodge Dart GT

With optional equipment to choose from; six-speed Powertech automatic transmission with AutoStick, Technology Group (push-button start, keyless Enter ‘N Go, rain sensing wipers, smart beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring with rear cross path detection), 18-inch hyper black aluminum wheels, power sunroof, HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlamps, SiriusXM satellite radio, Garmin navigation with Sirius XM travel link, Alpine premium sound System with 10 speakers (including subwoofer) and 506 watt amplifier and engine block heater.

The best part of all thanks to Chrysler the 2013 Dodge Dart is built in America at Belvidere Assembly Plant in Belvidere, Ill and the production of the 2013 Dodge Dart GT will begin in the second quarter 2013. You’ll have to get in line behind me to test drive this Dodge vehicle.

(Note: All vehicles provided by manufacturers for comparison test purposes. Photos provided by Dodge.)