The Dart Story: Six-Speed Manual Transmission


A key to the 2013 Dart’s design mission is what Dodge engineers call “fun-to-drive dynamics.” For many drivers, shifting gears is an important part of the fun, and the Dart’s six-speed manual transmission is tailor-made for them.


Offered as standard equipment with all three available Dart engines, the six-speed manual transmission is a compact and lightweight state-of-the-art unit. Carrying the internal designation C635, the transmission has a rated capacity of 350 Newton-meters (258 lb-ft). The Dart’s gear ratios are optimized to maintain low engine rpm at highway speeds to minimize cabin noise and maximize fuel economy.


Another noteworthy feature is the Hill-start Assist system, which automatically engages when it senses that the vehicle is on a hill, in first gear, and both the clutch and brake pedals are depressed. The system’s controller then keeps the brakes on for about 1.5 seconds after the brake pedal is released to prevent the vehicle from rolling downhill, ensuring a smooth departure from a stop.




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  • Joe
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I’d be curious to know, what will be the percentage of Darts built with six speed manual. Less than 10%? Will Dodge publish those figures?
    I haven’t noticed the hill start assist yet. Guess I’ll have to go find a steep hill to try it on.
    Overall, I’m quite happy with the six speed, but if I could ask for one improvement, it would be a shorter stick, for a shorter throw.

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