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Dodge News: Rumorpile: Dodge Dart Coming With A V6


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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

November 18, 2013

Chrysler could be going down a different road with their compact car according to a new report from Allpar. The site has learned from sources that a small group of engineers tackling whether or not it would be possible to shoehorn a V6 engine into the Dodge Dart.

Why is this being tackled? Allpar figures that Dart's current engine lineup; the 1.4T MultiAir and 2.4L Tigershark four-cylinder are meeting customer's expectations or are a bit sluggish.

So what V6 engines are being considered? The most likely candidate is the 3.2L Pentastar V6 found in the Jeep Cherokee. Both the Cherokee and Dart share hardware and packaging. Also in contention is a 3.0L Pentastar V6 that was built with Europe and China in mind as a effort to avoid taxes on engines above three liters. The 3.0L produces 230 horsepower and 210 pound-feet.

We're not quite sure why Chrysler thinks a V6 in the Dart is a good idea, but we'll be keeping a close eye to see if anything pans out.

Source: Allpar


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Why not just Twin Turbo the 4 bangers? This would probably beat the V6 for HP and Torque and over all performance. The V6 numbers are pathetic compared to other companies that are hitting 300HP and 300+ Torque on a TT setup.

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I feeling something may have been lost in translation..... I can't see them putting a V6 in the Dart.... a Dart platform Avenger maybe... but not the Dart itself.

Which would make sense..I've read the Avenger/200 replacement would probably be on a stretched Dart platform...

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If they did this it would be the first non premium compact sedan to offer a V6 sense the Chevy Cavalier Z24! This could be the makings for an interesting 3.2L 270HP AWD Dart RT!!

I would think they could do an AWD Dart with a Twin Turbo 4 banger.

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I feeling something may have been lost in translation..... I can't see them putting a V6 in the Dart.... a Dart platform Avenger maybe... but not the Dart itself.

I'd agree. The 2.4 liter in the Dart is already bigger than most compacts. 1.8-2.0 liter is common in this segment. Even the majority of the midsize segment is 4 cylinder, with CAFE toughing and Chrysler being weak there already a V6 Dart doesn't make sense. Imagine the torque steer on a 270 hp Dart also, unless it was AWD, in which case the gas mileage will suck.

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I feeling something may have been lost in translation..... I can't see them putting a V6 in the Dart.... a Dart platform Avenger maybe... but not the Dart itself.

Imagine the torque steer on a 270 hp Dart also, unless it was AWD, in which case the gas mileage will suck.

... it would be the same as any other 270 hp front driver.... not sure what the fact that it is a Dart has anything to do with it.

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I feeling something may have been lost in translation..... I can't see them putting a V6 in the Dart.... a Dart platform Avenger maybe... but not the Dart itself.

Imagine the torque steer on a 270 hp Dart also, unless it was AWD, in which case the gas mileage will suck.

... it would be the same as any other 270 hp front driver.... not sure what the fact that it is a Dart has anything to do with it.

Well most 270 hp front drivers are bigger cars that weigh about 3700 lbs, so the acceleration isn't as quick as it would be with 270 hp in a 3100 lb compact car. I'd imagine a 300 hp Cruze would have more torque steer feel than a 300 hp Impala. Baring massive changes to the steering and suspension from the standard Cruze.

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I have to say with techonology, I have not found cars with big HP to have Torque Steer any more.

Drew or Mud, you both have been driving more FWD this year than most of us, do you notice Torque Steer in your FWD Auto's?

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GM has pretty much clipped off torque steer completely with Hy-per strut.... but that doesn't tell us what a high powered Chrysler FWD car would do.

I actively avoid the Chrysler 200/Dodge Avenger, and that, in V6 form, would be the most powerful FWD car they offer

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Alfa 159 was about the same size and weight as Dart and was offered with a 3.2 V6...


If they did this it would be the first non premium compact sedan to offer a V6 sense the Chevy Cavalier Z24! This could be the makings for an interesting 3.2L 270HP AWD Dart RT!!

There was Jetta VR6 too.

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I have to say with technology, I have not found cars with big HP to have Torque Steer any more.

Drew or Mud, you both have been driving more FWD this year than most of us, do you notice Torque Steer in your FWD Auto's?

Not really, automakers have been doing a pretty good job of minimizing torque steer.

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Yes, but we're in a time now where Turbo 4-Cylinders can put out 270hp without breaking a sweat and still get over 30mpg.

Right, and a V6 at best is going to get 30 mpg, a lot of turbo 4's can get closer to 35, and probably with a flatter torque curve. And who wants to a 270 hp Dodge Dart anyway, lol.

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Yes, but we're in a time now where Turbo 4-Cylinders can put out 270hp without breaking a sweat and still get over 30mpg.

Right, and a V6 at best is going to get 30 mpg, a lot of turbo 4's can get closer to 35, and probably with a flatter torque curve. And who wants to a 270 hp Dodge Dart anyway, lol.

If done right, the same people who want a WRX, or Evo, or Focus ST, or can't afford an ILX Turbo

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