Including a plug-in hybrid R/T model.
During the First Drive event for the 2023 Dodge Hornet, CarBuzz was given a sneak peek at the new Hornet R/T GLH (Goes Like Hell) Concept.
Dodge teased a future GLH variant when the Hornet first debuted, but it was based on the gas-only GT trim. The new R/T GLH, pictured below in white, uses the smaller 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor.
The GLH add-ons will come from Direct Connection, which means they can be ordered after purchase and installed by a dealer. Dodge still hasn't specified how much power either GLH trim will produce but gave us a rough idea of what to expect from the 2.0-liter turbocharged GT version.
The Hornet GT GLH will be available with a "stage one" engine and transmission tune for the nine-speed automatic. Dodge wouldn't go into more detail about how much power this ECU tune will provide, but we expect it to boost the Hornet to over 300 horsepower while making the transmission more responsive. Unfortunately, the GT model still won't be available with paddle shifters, even in GLH form. The standard Hornet GT produces 268 hp.
Dodge brought both GLH models to the event and even started the Black GT car so we could hear it rev with the aftermarket exhaust system. Though we couldn't film it, CarBuzz can confirm that it's significantly louder than stock but not as shouty as the Hyundai Kona N.
As for the R/T GLH, Dodge's engineers were even less talkative about what upgrades it will include. Because the engine is smaller, and there's less that can be done with an electric motor (except install a more powerful one), there's a chance this GLH model will receive a lesser power bump.
Both GLH packages include a one-inch suspension lowering kit, which drops the vehicle height enough to make it look more like a hatchback than a crossover. It reminds us of the original Omni GLH, which was even available as a Shelby model. Other GLH components include special 20-inch painted, machine-faced wheels, painted lower bumpers, and graphics.
Dodge is still keeping information regarding the Hornet GLH close to the chest, and we can't wait to find out more.
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