What happens when a Dodge meets an Alfa Romeo? The Dart, that's what happens. But as promising as Auburn Hills' new economy sedan is, what we're really looking forward to is what Ralph Gilles and company over at the SRT division can cook up. And the folks over at Motor Trend think they've got a pretty good idea of what to expect.

For the Dart SRT4, Dodge could go one of two ways: turbocharging the existing Tigershark 2.0-liter four, or shoehorning in the new all-aluminum 1.8-liter turbo four from Alfa Romeo. Since the latter would likely push the Dart SRT4's price up beyond $30,000 and competitive levels, the smarter money's on the former. But in order to compete with the likes of the Ford Focus ST and Subaru WRX STI – and outshine the 285-horsepower Caliber SRT4 it succeeds – we could be looking at nearly 300 horses under the hood.

Couple that with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (we'd still hope for a manual), upgraded rolling stock, brakes and suspension, and a more aggressive aero pack and we could be looking at one very mean pocket rocket indeed.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      SRT - every Honda Civic Si and VW GTI's worst nightmare. Cheap, fast, everywhere.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Don't forget WRX/Mustang/Camaro guys either. There are a number of SRT4s that could easily shame the newer "muscle" cars being released. It's hard to tell the difference between a riced out SRT4 and a purpose-built speed machine until you see it do a solid burnout at 60mph.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys need to get rid of these AOL pop-ups!
      • 3 Years Ago
      most excellent the Chevy Cobalt SS is actually a pretty good car in stock form........I got beat at an autocross by one in stock trim and on same tires while I was on my stock E36 M3..........driver was pretty good too if Dodge gives it a good LSD, then this will be a fine car overall, if their recent interior design and quality is any indication of future form ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look forward to seeing another entry into the hot hatch/hot compact sedan race. Considering the latest SRT models, it should be competitive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, this can only mean good things when more hot hatches arrive on the market. Nothing like brisk competition to keep your favourite brand on its toes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title of the post is "Dodge Working on 300-hp Dart SRT-4." In reality there is no content in the Motor Trend or Autoblog post that suggests that a 300-hp SRT-4 is "being worked on." Its all speculation. Don't get me wrong, I am sure there will be an SRT Dart, but this is no better than message board fodder. Sloppy "journalism" Autoblog.
      Prince David
      • 3 Years Ago
      New SRT-4!!! YES YES YES!
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will be the spiritual successor of the Neon SRT.
      Nathan Carl Lewis
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yup its that "IM BACK AND IM A PISSED OFF LOOKING NEON WITH A DIFFERENT NAME" that makes all this news awesome. I say we bring back the old neon adverts, except from the rear saying "bye".
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now THAT's a nice looking car!
      Ben Hayat
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope SRT team will bring a 300HP SRT out. I'll be the first to buy. I LOVE SRT products!
      • 3 Years Ago
      David S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bear in mind the MT article doesn't actually say anything about SRT actually drawing up plans or working on the car, as AB's title suggests. They're merely thinking about what WOULD happen if SRT WAS working on it. This is more speculation than a rumor, and certainly not a report.
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