The Italian Dodge Dart
UPDATED: I hadn’t seen Jim’s post before I wrote this last night. So, for the most part it’s redundant. But it’s a testament to how exciting this whole Dodge/Alfa Romeo thing really is.
It’s expected that Dodge will revive the long-dead “Dart” nameplate. The first thing I think of is Click & Clack from NPR.
But now that Chrysler is part of Fiat S.p.A. of Torino, Italy, the new Dart is going to be a badge-engineered Alfa Romeo, specifically the Alfa Giulietta, a great-looking Golf-sized hatchback that oozes sportiness and sex appeal.
Drivers can select from a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.0-liter engine, a 16-valve 1.4-liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine, and a new Tigershark 16-valve 2.4-liter MultiAir four cylinder engine. These three engines, combined with three transmission choices, combine to redefine performance by providing the most diverse powertrain lineup in its class.
Dodge sent out this teaser:
But more importantly, here’s the Alfa itself.
And compare that to Dodge’s teased rear-end: