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Dodge Dart GTS (1969)

Dodge Dart GTS (1969)

Dodge first introduced the compact Dart in 1963 and, far from being a performance model, it came that year with a six-cylinder engine only. But as the mid-60s turned to the late-'60s the Dart developed much like the rest of the Dodge line-up, hence it got a small-block V8 in '64, though with just 180 bhp (134 kW) performance was brisk rather than exciting. It was certainly a long way from the larger, hemi cars which had 425 bhp (316 kW) under their hoods. Even so, the Dart grew in popularity and had increasingly bigger displacement engines. By 1969 the top sport model was the GTS, which came with the company's new 340 ci (5571 cc) small-block, firmer shocks, 'Rallye' uprated springs, Red Tread wider tyres and bumble bee stripes over the trunk and sides. Optional on the engine was the 'Six Pack' consisting of three two-barrel carburettors which gave 15bhp (11kW) increase in power.

Dodge Dart GTS (1969) Specifications

Top speed:118 mph (189 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):6.8 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:340 ci (5,571 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:290 bhp (216 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:360 lb ft (624 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Weight:3,097 lb (1,407 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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