Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s (FCA’s) answer to the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and other compact sedans could always use a shot in the arm as it competes against the class leaders. The Sleuth has learned that to generate a bit more brand excitement, FCA’s Dodge division will likely bring back the old GLH name as a special Dart model. The GLH (short for Goes Like Hell) moniker was applied to a version of Dodge’s Omni hatchback in the 1980s. That lightweight turbocharged terror featured unique front, rear and side body add-ons designed by race driver and Cobra car builder Carroll Shelby. The Dart GLH will come with similar distinctive pieces as well as a lightweight aluminum hood, bigger brakes, sport exhaust and various interior dress-up bits. The car could go on sale as early as next spring.
The Dart GLH will add special trim and some performance touches, but what about power? That’s important for the image as well as street cred, especially when the Ford Focus RS makes 350 horses.