Report: 2014 Dodge Dart SRT4 to pump out close to 300-hp

The well-received, recent release of the Dodge Dart already has a variant underway to follow it up for the SRT4 performance version.

No details or specs have been released for the SRT4 yet, but some solid theories can be made on what the SRT team has in store. Given the Dart’s platform is rooted in that of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the SRT is likely to borrow again from the Giulietta Cloverleaf variant for the SRT4. The six-speed, dual-clutch transmission found in the Cloverleaf should be the same on the SRT4.

Power for the Cloverleaf won’t be enough to match the competition, and considering the last generation Caliber SRT4 made over 285hp, this SRT4’s power should exceed that. This could be done using a motor based on the model’s current 2.0-liter with a larger displacement, or the pricier option of the Alfa Romeo 4C’s 300-hp motor.

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Styling and aerodynamics could be borrowed from what has been used on other Dodge and Chrysler models, such as rear deck spoilers and vents, and suspension upgrades could easily follow suit with stiffer springs and dampers, and upgraded wheels and tires.

Since the Ford Focus ST will be the Dodge Dart SRT4’s biggest competitor, pricing should fall in the same $30,000 range.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: Motor Trend