Our spy photographers have caught something interesting rolling around Auburn Hills. This Dodge Dart R/T wears some interesting matte gray paint as well as a set of 19-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero performance rubber. It's difficult to tell from this vantage, but the sedan may sit slightly lower than other models we've seen as well. Of course, it's difficult to miss the aggressive hood scoop planted front and center. Don't get too excited, though. Odds are this is not the much-rumored SRT-4, but rather a special one-off whipped up for the 2012 SEMA show next month. That hood, for example, comes straight from the Mopar catalog.

Still, we wouldn't rule out Dodge offering a matte paint on the Dart option sheet. If Hyundai can make the coating viable on a large volume model like the Veloster, there's certainly nothing stopping Chrysler from doing the same. Keep your ear to the ground for more information.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Suzq044
      • 2 Years Ago
      uhh.. that's not matte. That's satin. also, this is no tester. LOL - this has got a deep-tinted windshield, and has parts from a GTS prototype on it. Along with some rather large wheels, without upgraded brakes. Odds are it's a show-piece. Whether its for a road-show or an incomplete SEMA car, who knows.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      That paint could easily be mistaken for primer by the untrained eye. I'm sure that paint job will be a "premium" option too, and plus it takes special maintenance to look like primer! Jeez some people are desperate to be trendy.
      Andy Dufresne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gangsta Neon. Ahhhh yeah....
      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bet those wheels weigh about 35lbs. So much for the extra performance you get from having matte paint. Maybe a couple Mopar stickers will claw back a few hp.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously more dodge dart news? This car is just an updated Neon with a Fiat engine. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/03-05_Dodge_Neon.jpg
        vince
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        ...and fiat chassis, and totally different interior/electronics...trolling or just dumb?
          Mike
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vince
          There is nothing about this car that screams new for this year besides the rear end which is taken from the charger. The sheet metal just looks like a sexier version of a '95 neon. I honestly couldn't care less for whats under the hood of this econobox if it looks like it could have been designed 17 years ago. Even if it does share a chassis with Alpha Romeo, it doesn't have the same character to it that an Alpha does. Being of the demographic that typically buys within this segment, I would definitely cough up more for a ford fusion.
          Nemebean
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vince
          "trolling or just dumb?" I don't think that's an "or" question. Or a question at all, for that matter.
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        An updated Neon? Come on, you can do better than that.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        No, it isn't. It shares nothing with the Neon.
        Mr E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Sure, he was trolling, but there's always something about the Dart that reminds me of the Neon. It's kind of a spiritual successor, and is more inline with what the Caliber should've been. The Neon might've not been a great car, but it was decently sporty, especially in SRT and race trims.
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Not that I'm a big fan of Chrysler products, but if you knew anything about the Dart you would know it's not a Neon. It's based on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, but widened and stretched. I still wouldn't buy one, but the new Dodge Dart should be a much higher quality product than the old Neons.
          Gordon Chen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tippy Dobbs
          @SloopJohnB: The 1980s called. And they...
        Est. 1978
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        I guess they don't let you read much automotive news in prison. At least say updated Caliber...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
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        Karfreek
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        I still see a lot of Neons on the road so they can't be that bad...
      s tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is not, nor ever will be, a "dart"
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @s tom
        Oh, I know the Dart you're thinking of - that execrable piece of pig iron with a slant six that my grandma drove to church every sunday. Nostalgia is crap. Stop indulging yourself in it.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @s tom
        I assume it needs to be with a 340, rear wheel drive, and ready for the quarter mile time of atleast 13 seconds...... Well, times have changed. I owned a 68 Dodge Dart (born in the 80's) and yes not close, but hey neither is the charger or challenger if you asked me. Still a Daimler product.
      Losinghope01
      • 2 Years Ago
      I test drove a dart as soon as my dealer had one in stock. All of you idiots calling this car a piece of crap are wildly misinformed. Excellent interior, decent performance, and a wide selection of engine/transmission options make this car a winner.
        jclaxton78
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Losinghope01
        People are close-minded.
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jclaxton78
          haha! I love the irony of you making that statement and getting downvoted.
        domingorobusto
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Losinghope01
        I test drove one (SXT manual, 2.0L engine) and was not super impressed. The main culprit was too much weight. It's a surprisingly heavy car for the size, and does not hide it particularly well. Handling, acceleration, and braking were all noticibly worse than the 2012 Focus SE Sport I also test drove that same day. It wasn't bad in any way, it just doesn't do anything better than it's competeition while being slightly deficient in a few areas. It definitely wouldn't be my choice in a C segment car.
      wjreiss4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Matte paint is so 2008. Time to move on.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wjreiss4
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      MotownHeavyMetal
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can anyone say, "Plymouth Lazer?" This thing will tank. Guaranteed.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        also problems with manufacturing had only manuals in stock at dealers for a while
        CJ_313
        • 2 Years Ago
        Like Camaroman101 said, only manual-transmission Darts were available when production started, which is very likely why sales weren't especially strong initially.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's my car. I used a can of spray paint. I wish everyone would stop talking about it. It wasn't hard to do.
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