Driven: the original Dodge Dart
With a new 2012 Dodge Dart announced in Detroit, we take a spin in the iconic original
Posted: 12 Jan 2012
Billed as compact, frugal work-a-day transport, it's actually quite petite compared to its contemporaries. And by petite, we mean massive - this one's 4.9 metres long and 1.7 metres wide. Still, that's almost two feet shorter than a Chevrolet Impala, which was tailored for the same market.
What about frugality, then? Unlike the new ‘un, you won't find four cylinders here. Well, you will, but they'll have another two - or four - strapped to them. The smallest was a 2.8-litre slant six, rising to 3.2 and 3.7-litre capacity. Then there were the V8s. They started at 4.5-litres and rose all the way to a 6.3-litre.
And while its American stablemates would muster similar, if not worse figures (the popular, middle-of-the-range 318 V8 returned around 16mpg) contemporary competitors like the Honda N600, Datsun 510 and Volkswagen Beetle would manage up to 40mpg. And fit in the boot. Or trunk. Or whatever.