When Dodge unveiled the all-new Dart earlier this year at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, it stole the show. The Dart’s youthful looks inside and out coupled with enthusiastic powertrain options was like a shot of life for the North American compact car market, and things are about to get even more interesting when the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) commences.
That’s because Dodge and SRT Motorsports announced that they will enter the GRC with an all-new 2013 Dodge Dart Rally Car. Even better, the car will be piloted by four-time Rally America Champion and 17-time X Games Gold Medalist Travis Pastrana in the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) Series.
The Dart rally car is custom built specifically for Global RallyCross racing, and is powered by a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbo-charged 600-horsepower engine. The engine is mated to a Sedav gear box that puts out more than 550 lb.-ft. of torque that sends the power to all four wheels.
Pastrana, 28, is a four-time Rally America champion and owner of multiple supercross and motorcross championships. He also owns Nitro Circus, an empire that includes a television show, live tours and 3D feature film project. Pastrana is one of the most searched athletes in the world (6 million Google searches in 2010) and he has more than 3.5 million Facebook followers.
The series begins May 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and concludes September 29 in Las Vegas. Also included are races at X Games scheduled for June 30-July 1 in Los Angeles. It’s one of the most anticipated stops on the schedule. ESPN will broadcast live coverage of the entire 2012 race series.
The 2013 production Dodge Dart features three state-of-the-art powertrains that produce up to 184 horsepower that promises a sporty driving experience. Additionally, the Dart will offer 12 exterior colors and 14 interior colors, plus 5 trim level choices — enough to fit nearly any customer.
The Dart’s interior will blend comfort and style with exciting bursts of color and more interior roominess than some mid-size sedans. The new Dodge Dart offers drivers thousands of ways to personalize their car with 12 exterior colors, 14 interior colors and trim combinations, 3 fuel-efficient engines, 3 transmissions, 6 wheel choices and 5 trim levels. Dart customers can choose a vehicle that fits their personality without sacrificing comfort or value. The all-new 2013 Dodge Dart offers the interior room of some mid-size sedans, class-leading safety, state-of-the-art technology and unmistakable style starting at a U.S. MSRP of just $15,995 (excluding destination).