Dodge Dart GLH Concept: A Modern Tribute to a Classic Icon

Before There Was The Hornet GLH...

Dodge has been a staple in the automotive industry for over a century, producing some of the most iconic vehicles in history. Among them is the Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell), a compact car that became a legend among enthusiasts for its performance capabilities. Dodge paid tribute to this classic ride with the 2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept, showcasing its commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries of what a compact car could be.

2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept. (Dodge).

The Dart GLH Concept’s athletic and stylish exterior was finished in Pitch Black and looked ready to pounce. Its in-your-face front fascia with concept grille details and a Mopar Performance aluminum hood was reminiscent of the original Omni GLH. The body kit created a speedy, nimble appearance, featuring a production front chin splitter, side sill accents, and rear fascia diffuser, with red accents outlining the lower body. The Mopar 18-inch wheels, painted anodized black with matching Mopar center caps, added to the car’s sleek and menacing appearance.

2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept. (Dodge).

The Dart GLH Concept’s interior was equally impressive, with all-black Katzkin leather seats modified with concept red mesh seat inserts and red stitch accent touches on the bolsters and armrest. The Dodge sport steering wheel, Mopar pedal kit, Mopar shift knob, Mopar premium carpet mats, and Mopar door sill guards featuring the Dart logo added extra performance to the car. The red on the door pulls and instrument panel tracer were production offerings, completing the car’s enhanced interior.

2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept. (Dodge).

The Dart GLH Concept was a tribute to the Omni GLH’s legacy and captured the spirit of performance that Dodge enthusiasts had come to expect from the brand. The compact car segment was fiercely competitive, and the Dart GLH Concept stood out with its bold design and enhanced performance features. The car was proof that even in the modern era, Dodge still had what it took to produce a car that embodied the spirit of the classic Omni GLH.

2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept. (Dodge).

Fast forward to today, and Dodge has continued to evolve the GLH Concept, introducing the new Hornet GLH through its Direct Connection parts catalog in August for the 2023 Dodge Hornet GT. The Hornet GLH boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, producing 260 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The car also features Mopar performance parts such as a high-performance brake kit, cold air intake, and a cat-back exhaust system. The Hornet GLH’s design is just as impressive, with its unique front grille and blacked-out exterior accents.

2023 Dodge Hornet GT GLH from Direct Connection. (MoparInsiders).

The Hornet GLH is the latest in a long line of Dodge vehicles that embody the brand’s legacy of performance. From the Omni GLH to the Dart GLH Concept to the Hornet GLH, Dodge has continuously pushed the boundaries of what a compact car can be, delivering vehicles that are not only fun to drive but also stylish and eye-catching.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for,, and but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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Wider fenders and AWD system out of the Cherokee with Pentastar would have made a fun car. Too bad GME 2.0 wasn't available back then would have been even more fun.

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The Dart that might have been. Most folks forget that FCA under its merger agreement was under enormous pressure to meet fuel economy numbers imposed on the Dart. What came at launch was a significantly European engineering design, utilizing Fiat like proven mechanics that ignored American tastes and needs. I am to this day stunned that the attractive, comfortable and capable Dart was so bungled by FCA that it never became a huge success. Once again Triple T and I agree, with some design changes, the Dart would have been so much better received, but first impressions saddled the car from launch and FCA never updated it enough to overcome their mistakes. Darn GLH looks great to this day, does it not? ll think the Dart, based on my driving experiences with one, was a really nice car. Sadly, the Dart became a convenient target for journalist who found a punching bag to go after to grab onto a negative story line that was repeated for years. First impressions just matter forever sometimes.
Indeed, looking here at this Dart we truly must speculate about the Dart that might have been, if only.....

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