The three tenors were not Italian, two of them were Spanish, but the idea of the three tenors came from an Italian man. Two of the three engines are not American, one of the transmissions is Korean, but the idea is headed by the Italian conductor, Sergio Marchionne.
Dave Schmidt, the Chief engineer for the 1.4-liter engines for Dodge, gave Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, a walk around the engines and the transmissions Dodge will be using in their 2013 Dodge Dart.
You have the 2.0-liter tigershark that gets 160 horsepower and 148 lb. ft of torque. Dodge couples that with Hyundai’s six-speed powertech ATX transmission. You will find this mating on the 2013 Dodge Dart Limited. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 24 city/34 highway/27 combined.
Next is the 1.4-liter multi-air turbo engine. The multi-air is a first for Dodge. It is an award-winning engine from Fiat (launched in the Alfa Romeo Mito) but now built in Dundee, Michigan. The engine will make 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft of torque. When it is coupled with the six-speed C635 MTX transmission the EPA estimate is 27 city/39 highway/32 combined. You can get that mating in the 2013 Dodge Dart Limited. When the 1.4-liter is mated with Fiat’s six-speed dual drive clutch (DDCT) the EPA estimate is 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg. You can get that mating on the 2013 Dodge Dart Limited as well. The Dodge Dart Aero will get 28city /41 highway mpg using the multi-air engine.
Finally, there is the 2.4-liter tiger shark with Multi-air II that will be on the Dodge Dart RT. This sporty engine will be able to make 184 horsepower and 171 lb.-ft of torque.