Update1: A pretty glaring fact error in this article, but kindly pointed out by a loyal reader. The error surrounds the Tigershark engines versus the MultiAir engines – only the smallest 1.4-liter is a turbocharged unit.
The larger 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter Tigershark engines are naturally aspirated – meaning any horsepower gains will be more than just an ECU re-flash away.
Even so, a cold-air intake and a less-restrictive exhaust setup are sure to liberate an extra 15 ponies each – along with this engine’s true shriek!Orig Published Dec 23, 2013 @ 13:04
The Dodge Dart GT is the sportiest model in the range, and it has some really amazing styling and potential as a sport compact tuner machine.
As Dodge showed at SEMA 2013, the Scat Pack Club tuning kits can turn this from a Corolla-fighter into a track-able Viper chase car.
Let’s assume all OEM turbo/intercooled cars are tuned for efficiency and regular gasoline. This is certainly the case for the Dart Aero, which does not require premium fuel.
The core package of this Dart GT is the 2.4-liter Tigershark engine, which comes with the GT’s six-speed manual from just $21,000.
This is a new “metric” I just made up. But imagine the tradition power-to-weight or bang/buck ratios, except this time we are looking for the maximum turbo engine displacement, divided by cost.
At 2.4-liters and delivering 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque, this Tigershark
turbocharger is not working very hard.
Edit: the 2.4-liter is not turbocharged.
The 1.4-liter MultiAir is the only turbocharged engine in the range.
Across other uses in the Abarth 500 and others, this engine runs max boost levels between 18 and 22 PSI from stock. If the
Tigershark MultiAir 1.4L were to hit these boost levels, and is running premium fuel, a conservative power estimate is 220 horsepower.
The top-rated chip tuning kits are about $600.
As far as induction and exhaust, let’s say the Dart’s 2.4-liter could hit 205 horsepower.
The math adds up to a Dodge Dart that could be running 6.3-second sprints to 60 mph — with just a tiny bit of aftermarket assistance.
2014 Dodge Dart – Exteriors
2014 Dodge Dart – Interiors
Dodge Dart “Scat Pack” Stage 3 – MOPAR SEMA 2013
Official Scat Pack release from Dodge below.
Staged for Launch: Dodge Reveals New Scat Package Stage Kits with Mopar Performance Parts at 2013 SEMA Show
Dodge and Mopar join forces to introduce new Scat Package performance upgrade kits for 2014 Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Dart
Scat Package 1, Scat Package 2, and Scat Package 3 kits available for 2014 Dodge Challenger, Charger and Dart include optimized calibration and much more
Multiple options make affordable performance upgrades available to owners ranging from the everyday enthusiast to the weekend warrior
Vehicles on display at SEMA include various Mopar stand-alone parts, in addition to the Scat Package kits
Scat Package kits to be available in the Spring of 2014
2014 Dodge Dart
Completing the Scat Package offerings for Dodge at SEMA is the 2014 Dodge Dart GT, powered by a 184 horsepower 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with six-speed manual transmission.
The Dodge Dart offering consists of three kits, with Scat Package 1 providing a shot in the arm of performance and handling improvements from Mopar through a cold-air intake, performance brake pads and a new short-throw shifter.
The next-level, Scat Package 2 amps up horsepower by providing Dodge Dart owners with a no-nonsense customized engine calibration to work in harmony with a Mopar cat-back exhaust.
At the top level, Scat Package 3 provides the ultimate package for those seeking optimal track times. Included is a Mopar big brake kit, including 13-inch vented rotors, four-piston front calipers and stainless steel lines to maintain optimum temperatures during extreme braking maneuvers. Also included is a performance suspension comprising of adjustable springs for ride height, adjustable dampening struts and front and rear sway bars.
Mopar modifications extend beyond the Scat Package kits with the dual vented functional aluminum hood, which captures cool air for the Mopar cold-air intake and exhausts hot air to achieve optimal operating temperature.
The aero package from the limited-edition Mopar ’13 Dart is imported into the 2014 Dodge Dart, with Mopar side sills, chin splitter and rear diffuser, and a unique new three-piece decklid spoiler to boost downforce. A new exhaust dump with side exhaust helps the engine breathe, and the Dart rides on concept 19 x 8-inch lightweight gloss black wheels, accented with Mopar logo center caps.
As with the Dodge Challenger and Charger, Katzkin performance leather seats add a premium touch to Dodge Dart’s interior. Door bolster inserts with a red border and red accent stitching on the seats, dash, armrest, wheel and shift boot are also found inside, along with red seat-belt webbing on the driver’s side, red trim accents and premium floor mats with red piping. Black chrome graces the door pulls, HVAC bezels, and shifter cluster, while an array of Mopar accessories, including the bright-pedal kit, leather-wrapped shift knob, bright door-sill guards, molded cargo tray and wireless charging complete the interior.
SCAT PACKAGE 1 2.4-liter
Mopar cold-air intake
Mopar short-throw shifter
Mopar performance brakes, including slotted rotors and performance brake pads
SCAT PACKAGE 2 2.4-liter
“Optimized” engine calibration (premium octane)
Mopar cat-back exhaust
Mopar big brake kit with stainless lines
Performance suspension with adjustable springs and struts
Upgraded performance front and rear sway bars
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