Although we don't doubt it's been done, turning a Dodge Neon or Caliber into a race car would be a bit of a stretch. The Dart, however, is another beast entirely. So people stood up and noticed when Dodge announced it was fielding a competition version of its Alfa Romeo-based compact sedan – with no less prominent a performer than Travis Pastrana behind the wheel – in the Global RallyCross Championship.

Now the rally-spec Dart has debuted here under the bright lights of the New York Auto Show – all 600 horsepower of it. And as far as competition versions of Dodge economy sedans go, it sure looks the business. Especially since Alfa hasn't taken the Giulietta on which the Dart is based to any races we've seen, anyway. Check it out in our gallery of high-resolution photos from the Javitz Center show floor.


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      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems the Neon had quite the history: In 2003, Cory O'Brien and Erich Heuschele drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In SCCA ProRally racing, the SRT-4 (and more recently the ACR version) has dominated the Group 5 (2WD) class since 2003. In just its first year competing, the Dodge ended the stranglehold that the FWD DSMs and Volkswagens had on the class. In 2004, with three competing the following year, the SRT-4 won every 2004 series race and end-of-season award. The SRT-4 has won every Group 5 and 2-Wheel-Drive class championship in US ProRally and Sno Drift since 2003, and its unprecedented dominance in 2004 helped Dodge earn its first US ProRally Manufacturers Championship in 28 years. In 2005, Jeff Lepper drove the SRT-4 to its first ever national road racing win in the NASA US Touring Car Championship at California Speedway in Fontana. In 2005, Dale Seeley, Kolin Aspergren, and Jamin Cummings drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In 2006, the Dodge SRT-4 officially became the world's fastest production 4-cylinder car, averaging 221 mph (356 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in a car built by Dave Harris and Phil Hurst for Racedeck Racing. Robb Holland and Dan Aweida's SPEED World Challenge SRT-4s, and multiple SRT-4s were raced in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge - Touring Car Series, and in 2006 - their second year of competition - had become one of the more successful platforms in the series. Robb Holland, of 3R Racing, became the first Pro driver to put the SRT-4 on the podium with his 3rd place finish at Road America in August 2006. This was Dodge's first podium and first manufacturer's points in World Challenge Touring Car competition. Holland would finish the season with 3 top 10 finishes and two top 5 qualifying efforts in the SRT-4. In 2007, Doug Wind, Devin Clancy, and Ken Brewer drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 5th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In 2007, Curt Simmons won the U.S. Touring Car Championship in an SRT-4 [34] and Dodge won the season manufacturer’s points championship by 29 points over Honda behind the strength of several SRT-4's. In 2007, Stan Wilson won the Speed World Challenge Touring Car Rookie Driver of the Year and the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Year awards driving the Sorted Performance Dodge SRT-4. This was Dodge's first title in Speed World Challenge Touring Car. In 2008, Curt Simmons attempts to defend his USTCC series championship, winning most recently June 29, 2008 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        It's not even just the SRT-4s, but the 1st and to a lesser degree, 2nd gen were both really successful in motorsports as well.
      fuzzyfish6
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Although we don't doubt it's been done, turning a Dodge Neon or Caliber into a race car would be a bit of a stretch." Seriously Noah? You might want to check out the Neon's track record in SCCA back when it was in production.
        sstowes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        I was juuuuuuuuuuuust about to post that: http://www.allpar.com/neon/scca.html
          sstowes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sstowes
          By the way, I've never liked the Neon, and even _I_ knew about it's SCCA history...
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fuzzyfish6
        Seems the Neon had quite a history: In 2003, Cory O'Brien and Erich Heuschele drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In SCCA ProRally racing, the SRT-4 (and more recently the ACR version) has dominated the Group 5 (2WD) class since 2003. In just its first year competing, the Dodge ended the stranglehold that the FWD DSMs and Volkswagens had on the class. In 2004, with three competing the following year, the SRT-4 won every 2004 series race and end-of-season award. The SRT-4 has won every Group 5 and 2-Wheel-Drive class championship in US ProRally and Sno Drift since 2003, and its unprecedented dominance in 2004 helped Dodge earn its first US ProRally Manufacturers Championship in 28 years. In 2005, Jeff Lepper drove the SRT-4 to its first ever national road racing win in the NASA US Touring Car Championship at California Speedway in Fontana. In 2005, Dale Seeley, Kolin Aspergren, and Jamin Cummings drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 8th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In 2006, the Dodge SRT-4 officially became the world's fastest production 4-cylinder car, averaging 221 mph (356 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in a car built by Dave Harris and Phil Hurst for Racedeck Racing. Robb Holland and Dan Aweida's SPEED World Challenge SRT-4s, and multiple SRT-4s were raced in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge - Touring Car Series, and in 2006 - their second year of competition - had become one of the more successful platforms in the series. Robb Holland, of 3R Racing, became the first Pro driver to put the SRT-4 on the podium with his 3rd place finish at Road America in August 2006. This was Dodge's first podium and first manufacturer's points in World Challenge Touring Car competition. Holland would finish the season with 3 top 10 finishes and two top 5 qualifying efforts in the SRT-4. In 2007, Doug Wind, Devin Clancy, and Ken Brewer drove an SRT-4 to a 1st in class and 5th overall finish in the Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America. In 2007, Curt Simmons won the U.S. Touring Car Championship in an SRT-4 [34] and Dodge won the season manufacturer’s points championship by 29 points over Honda behind the strength of several SRT-4's. In 2007, Stan Wilson won the Speed World Challenge Touring Car Rookie Driver of the Year and the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Year awards driving the Sorted Performance Dodge SRT-4. This was Dodge's first title in Speed World Challenge Touring Car. In 2008, Curt Simmons attempts to defend his USTCC series championship, winning most recently June 29, 2008 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The Caliber, not so much.
          fuzzyfish6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt
          It's not even just the SRT-4s, but the 1st and to a lesser degree, 2nd gen were both really successful in motorsports as well.
      dts187
      • 2 Years Ago
      Although we don't doubt it's been done, turning a Dodge Neon or Caliber into a race car would be a bit of a stretch. = The most ignorant thing I've read on Autoblog. As many have already posted, the Neon SRT-4 has a great motorsports history. And just to be ridiculous, check out the results from the 2006 Targa Newfoundland (take a look at 15th overall): 1 0:02:30 Porsche 911 79 6 Mod Lg Glen Clarke - Mountain, ON Evan Gamblin - Carleton Place, ON 2 0:02:38 Acadian Canso Sport Coupe 67 4 Mod Lg Jud Buchanan - Campbellville, ON Jim Adams - Pickering, On 3 0:02:42 Subaru WRX Sti 05 9 Std Lg Keith Townsend - Etobicoke, ON Jen Horsey - Toronto, ON 4 0:03:12 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 01 9 Std Lg Mark Swain - Port Perry, ON Mike Bell - Markham, ON 5 0:03:22 BMW 2002 69 4 Mod Sm Roy Hopkins - Spencerport, NY Adrienne Hughes - Spencerport, NY 6 0:03:33 Austin Mini 59 3 Mod Sm Richard Paterson - Newmarket, ON Tony Mattson - Auckland, Australia 7 0:04:09 Porsche 911 SC 81 6 Std Lg Scott Giannou - St. John's, NL Ray Felice - Guelph, On 8 0:04:11 Ford Mustang Fastback 65 3 Mod Lg Tom Silver - Edina, MN David Fuss - Maple Grove, MN 9 0:06:36 Porsche 911 Carrera 85 7 Std Lg Bruno Criveller - St. Davids, ON Mario Criveller - Niagara Falls, On 10 0:07:47 Volvo 142 GT 70 4 Mod Sm Ralph Grant - Mont St-ilaire, QC Steve Blanchette - Montreal, QC 11 0:08:22 Porsche 914-6 GT 70 4 Mod Lg Bob Saville - Charlotte, NC Nadine Saville - Charlotte, NC 11 0:08:22 Porsche 944 Turbo 89 7 Std Lg Gregory Holland - Boulder, CO Michael Caratti - Australia 13 0:08:47 BMW M# 95 8 Mod Lg Ross Karlin - Franklin Lakes, NJ David McIntyre - Fanwood, NJ 14 0:09:32 Chrysler Cherokee SRT8 05 9 Std Lg Dan Knott - Clarkston, MI John LeBlanc - Ottawa, On 15 0:09:38 Dodge Caliber 06 9 Mod Lg Ralph Gilles - Addison TWP, MI Karen Wagner - Sacremento, CA 16 0:09:42 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo 94 8 Mod Lg Richard Kimber - Glen Ridge, NJ Brian O'Kane - Calgary, AB 17 0:10:11 Subaru Legacy AWD Turbo 92 8 Std Lg Philip Narini - Oshawa, On Nicolas Narini - Hampton, ON 18 0:10:31 Chevrolet Cobalt 06 9 Std Lg Darrell Maher - Dartmouth, NS Troy Webb - Dartmouth, NS 19 0:10:54 Volvo 142 S 71 4 Mod Sm Doug Mepham - Belleville, ON Dave Osborn - Fort Erie, ON 20 0:11:25 Subaru WRX Wagon 02 9 Std Lg Peter Rotelle - Hatfield, PA
        Suzq044
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dts187
        The first gen Neon was a pretty good little race-car too.. No dissing the Neon's race heritage!
      TANGJO
      • 2 Years Ago
      THE DODGE DART IS BASED ON ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SO IT'S AMAZING !!THE DART HAS THE DNA FOR ALL THE WEATHER.IT IS BETTER THEN A VW!!!
      djvinnybricks
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll ask the important question no one seems to be asking: what is the drivetrain in this based off of? Probably an aftermarket sequential tranny, but is it off of an Evo architecture with a motor based off the shared 2.4 world engine, or is it something based off of some sort of existing Alfa/Fiat setup?
      Rudukai13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just the angle of the photos, but I'm noticing something. Assuming that they're attempting to display it in a manner that looks like it's landing from a jump, it's shorting the jump. The rear wheels would be kicked up and the car would be at risk of a rollover from that positioning...Just saying...
      Rudukai13
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't listen to all these idiots Mr. Joseph. Good for you for calling out the Neon as a shitty excuse for a performance vehicle.
        Kevin Gu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rudukai13
        Until you've firsthandedly seen a FSP-prepped Neon trash every single non-Formula car at a large autocross event, don't start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYbfkpVFmEM That thing SPANKED everyone barring the FSAE and Mod-class cars.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      cool it has cooper tires
      Frank
      • 2 Years Ago
      are you kidding me. make the car at least resemble the old dart in some way.its soooo ugly. not like the challenger. this not a mopar i would want
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every repeat after me. Click you ruby slippers together and chant: homologation. Homolagation. Homologation.
      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the only Dodge I would part dollars for.
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