Dodge is getting ready to spread the Blacktop-themed love to the smallest member of its lineup. Last year, the automaker offered up Blacktop versions of the Avenger, Challenger, Charger, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey. And now the Dart, too, gets its dark on for 2014, with the $295 package offered on Dart SXT models equipped with the Rallye Appearance Group. The Dart Blacktop will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week.

As with the other Blacktop special-edition models, the Dart Blacktop gets glossy black accents for a "sporty, sinister look." The blacked-out treatment spreads across the 18-inch wheels to the crosshair grille, grille surround and headlamp bezels. The interior sees a similar treatment, with black and light tungsten or black and ruby red cloth to go with red accent stitching on the instrument panel, center console and seat bolsters.

For the 2014 model year, all Dart SXT and Limited models receive the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark engine with 184 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, and since the Blacktop is based on the SXT, that's the powerplant buyers of this special-edition will get, too. Expect the 2014 Dart Blacktop to hit dealers in the first quarter, and while you're waiting, feel free to read more in the official press release below.
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-- With unique wheels, select exterior colors and Gloss Black accents throughout, Dodge brand's popular Blacktop packages offer customization from the factory, giving vehicles a sporty, sinister look
-- 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop package offers unique 18-inch Gloss Black wheels, Gloss Black side mirrors and a unique sport interior for a U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $295
-- Along with the Dart, Dodge also offers Blacktop packages for Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan


January 7, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is expanding its lineup of Blacktop packages to the 2014 Dodge Dart, building on the success of the Blacktop packages already offered on Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan. The new 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Built to give customers a sporty, distinct look customized by the factory at a tremendous value, the Dodge Blacktop vehicles add unique Gloss Black wheels, select exterior paint colors, Gloss Black-painted split-crosshair grilles with Gloss Black matching grille surround, darkened headlamp bezels, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.

"The Blacktops have become a signature of sorts for the Dodge Brand," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "With the addition of the Blacktop package for the Dodge Dart, we're adding to our line-up of vehicles that offer the more aggressive look that has become so popular with our customers."

The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package will start arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2014.

2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop
The 2014 Dodge Dart shows its sinister side with the Dart Blacktop package. The new package complements the freshened 2014 Dart lineup, which features the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark engine that produces 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque now standard in the 2014 Dart SXT and Limited models, and featuring a unique calibration on GT models.

The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package is based on the 2014 Dart SXT model with the Rallye Appearance Group. On the exterior, the Blacktop package adds as standard equipment Gloss Black mirrors and unique 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, adding to the features already included on the SXT and Rallye Appearance Group, including Gloss Black mask and split crosshair grille, dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, integrated dual exhaust, LED racetrack tail lamps, leather-rapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and much more.

The Dodge Dart Blacktop will be available in Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver, Pitch Black and Bright White.

The Dart Blacktop also features unique interior details, including Black/Ruby Red premium cloth interior with Ruby Red accent stitching on the instrument panel brow , center console and seat bolsters. dual Ruby Red accent stripes on the front seats. and Ruby Red accents in the door trim panels. A Black/Light Tungsten cloth interior is also available on Dart Blacktop models.

As with all Dodge Dart SXT models, the Blacktop can also be equipped with the Sun and Sound Group, which features a power express open/close sunroof, nine Alpine speakers with subwoofer, 506-watt amplifier, Uconnect 8.4 CD/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, iPod control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 12-month subscription, ParkView rear backup camera, floating island bezel illuminated instrument panel surround and glove box lamp, Navigation and the Cold Weather Group, which includes heated exterior mirrors, heated front premium cloth seats, tire-pressure monitoring display and remote start (with automatic transmission).

The 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop package is available at a U.S. MSRP of just $295 on the Dart SXT with Rallye Appearance Group.


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      malgu
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dodge, stop playing around and release the SRT Dart
      Bill Burke
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm still befuddled at why the Dart is not selling like hotcakes. Every time I see one on the road I think... " this thing is heads and tails better looking than anything in it's class". Sure there were lots of glitches with the launch and the engine and transmission mix still needs some fine tuning to satisfy auto press nitpickers, but for the average driver, they are most likely just fine as they are now. So what is keeping sales at a modest, if not slowly improving pace? Sure this is a hard market to crash, but the obvious advantages over the competition should be apparent to the buying public by now. I guess the "plain-Jane" segment of the auto buying public finds it hard to give up on old buying habits as they stick with Toyota, Honda and Nissan when there is a new product to consider. I guess Dodge has to keep plugging away and hope people begin to give the Dart more consideration. Perhaps specialty vehicles like the Blacktop will get some attention and kick start sales.
        JGM038
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke
        I'm guessing price. A quick auto trader search shows the majority of darts in my area are mid to low 20s, with not a single dart under 19k. That, combined with transmission and engine offerings that even Sergio says sucks..well..yeah..
          Scooter
          • 11 Months Ago
          @JGM038
          The specs, the pricing put in company with every compact on the market. From what I've been seeing, the elderly seem to enjoy it.
          JJussicat
          • 11 Months Ago
          @JGM038
          Have you tried Edmunds? We started there-- They give you a great starting point-- though you can typically find them much cheaper at the actual dealer's website independently-- When we found our's, we 'built' it from the Dodge site, then did the search from our zip code radius-- and went to each dealer's lot link. We found the incentives through Dodge too. That helped save us, too. Right now, in Augusta, GA, at Milton Rubin Dodge there is a Dart Limited 1.4 that's sticker IS in the 20s but the price online is 7k off! But you can only find that price through their site-- not Edmunds-- and I know some insurance companies-- like USAA-- offer a price point, too-- where they guarantee a certain low price, but I don't know all the groups that do. Just a thought. And the 1.4 doesn't suck-- The 2.4 wasn't impressive granted...
        L1011
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke
        To each his own regarding the styling of the Dart. I think it's hideously ugly, but that's just me.
        audisp0rta4
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke
        You're delusional man. The Dart was decent lookin when it came out, but it wasn't a better package than the old Mazda 3. Now that the new Mazda 3 is out, the package has been improved even more, and the looks blow the dart out of the water. If I was buying in that segment, I'd probably stop my search at the Mazda 3. If not, I'd consider a Civic Si, Cruze or Jetta diesel before I gave the Dart a chance. It just offers too little to be a contender. Now if Gilles would bring out an SRT 4 already...this would be a mute subject.
          JJussicat
          • 11 Months Ago
          @audisp0rta4
          Well-- THEN you drive them-- And I did... The 3 IS a great car-- IF you like a hatch... The Coupe hasn't made it NEAR Atlanta... Or didn't by the time I was buying. Unfortunately--even the Best Car reviewers haven't been kind to Madza3's interior quality, have they..? Um...no.. I had high hopes because I thought it to be an adorable car with a sweet smiley 'face'-- Plus, I had had a Mazda before. I trusted them. Sadly, It was loud, rough, and I was disappointed at best. I didn't automatically consider Dodge. Who does? Honestly...? But.. It caught my eye.. It was pretty. Then... The colors.. Then...FEATURES Price point-- feature by feature, comfort and need lined up with what I wanted to each other-- The Dart Limited (with the 1.4 Turbo w/ Tech Package) beat the #$% out of Civic-- which didn't even offer a TOUCH SCREEN-- no nav system, the sales guy was like "Isn't that an Iphone? Don't you have that..?" (Seriously) -- No heated seats, none of the little comforts, and the gas mileage is competitive with my 1.4 and I've never had great gas mileage because of a heavy foot. (Though dimensionally, this car reminds me of our first brand new car which WAS a 93 Honda Civic EX on how it drives, how tall it stands, how I feel in it, etc etc) Then... Cruze ... UCK... ugly... SO... UGGGGLY... so IS the FORD monstrosity.. I considered the Fiat Pop and the Beatle as well. But they didn't stack up to the Dart on features and price point. Though they ARE adorable!! The Jetta--- to be competitive---would have priced itself out of my range. The 3-- NOT a Hatch, the 14 vs the 13 with interior improvements-- might have been worth it but I wanted it then, not a year from now and with the prices, a 6 was closer but too much car for me. Will I win any races..? Probably not. But-- my husband is happy about that. I may be one of the few people in the world who managed speeding tickets in both a Toyota Yaris and a Nissan Sentra. I can also tell you it will easily and happily jet to 85 without any effort and I've never thought, 'Gosh, I wish I could go faster....' -- and NOT been able to--- Unlike others, I'm GLAD this isn't a hatchback. I don't understand that craze. STATIONWAGON. I DO wish it came in a coupe. That'd be awesome! I LOVE my Dart!!
        radroach
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Bill Burke
        There's a few things going against it like curb weight, 3300lb. Compare that to the Fiat Abarth, which has the same turbocharged engine but at 2500lb, 800lbs less than the Dart, it makes sense which one the sports-driving crowd is going to go for. The 20k Dart GT It doesn't have any obvious advantages over competition except a lower msrp - which is more closely a Ford Fiesta ST, which then again still weighs 500lbs less than the Dart.
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just stop with all the stupid spin offs and do an SRT 4 already!!!
      S40Powered
      • 11 Months Ago
      No SRT4, not interested. How hard is to get it right?
      kagroyalo
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Jeep Cherokee sales shows (the transmission calibration delay not withstanding) what an aggressive ad campaign and having ALL the powertrain options available at launch can do. Sergio (Chrysler) couldn't have screwed up the launch of this car anymore if they tried. When the iron was hot dealers only had vehicles with manual shift transmissions, not all the powertrain combinations were out yet, price points WAY too close to the bigger V-6 equipped Avenger and 200, not seeing the type of advertising/marketing for a car that is supposed to be the benchmark of the compact class. I agree, I feel it is a good car and has only been out a little over a year, but paint treatments and decals aren't going to cut it. They need a turbo 2.4 for a GTS and maybe a SRT 6 to really shake things up
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 11 Months Ago
      Uh ok, can we just get the SRT4 now please?
      flammablewater
      • 11 Months Ago
      Still no hatchback :( I really like the design of the Dart but ... I need a hatch.
        drew
        • 11 Months Ago
        @flammablewater
        You'd think it wouldn't be all that hard since the Giulietta was a gorgeous hatch to begin with.
          ehisforadam
          • 11 Months Ago
          @drew
          The Dart platform is longer and wider than the Giulietta. Being based on something doesn't mean it's all that close. Making a US version of the Chinese hatchback however, wouldn't be all that difficult.
      Turbo_S60
      • 11 Months Ago
      If all the models are getting the 2.4, what makes the GT special now? Oh and where the hell is my SRT4?
      Hazdaz
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Dart needs a hatchback version. Offering AWD would be nice as well.
      GFB
      • 11 Months Ago
      With a name like Blacktop, did I expect to see a weight-saving carbon fibre roof on this car? Not really. At $295, this "special" treatment is probably worth it to some customers but without a performance boost, why bother?.
        Camaroman101
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GFB
        Appearance package, you've never altered the looks of your car? For $300 it's a pretty good deal.
        radroach
        • 11 Months Ago
        @GFB
        Agreed, the Dart could use a lot of weight savings to bring it down to sporting car levels.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sportiest midsize out there with more interior room than a Malibu while having a compact price, compact gas mileage and the availability of a six speed manual. A great replacement for the Avenger. The Dart GT has a different final drive ratio for quicker acceleration. SRT going forward will only be Hemi powered. The coming rear wheel drive midsize based on the Alfa Guilia will be the one for heavy footed car enthusiasts with Turbo fours and Pentastars for Dodge while giving SRT another Hemi platform. Mopar ├╝ber alles
      truckguy
      • 11 Months Ago
      See no hood no buy. Now most new vehicles you can see the hoods, my dreams are coming true!
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