Dodge Omni 024
|Dodge Omni 024|
|Also called||Dodge 024
Plymouth Horizon TC3
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive|
|Engine||1.7 L Volkswagen I4
2.2 L K I4
|Wheelbase||97 in (2,453 mm)|
|Length||174 in (4,419 mm)|
|Width||67 in (1,694 mm)|
|Height||51 in (1,290 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,551 lb (1,157 kg)|
|Successor||Dodge Charger / Plymouth Turismo|
The Dodge Omni 024 was a modified version of the popular Dodge Omni made from 1979 to 1982. Analogous to the VW Scirocco, this car was a lower, sportier version of the Chrysler/Simca Horizon, using the four-door hatchback's floor pan and chassis as a basis. The cars were designed in-house at the prompting of Lee Iacocca.
It used the same chassis and engine options as the Omni but had a fastback and a new front fascia. The base engine was a 1.7 L Volkswagen inline four producing 70 hp (52 kW), with a 2.2 L, 84 hp (63 kW) Chrysler inline four as an option beginning in 1981. By then, the smaller engine only produced 63 hp (47 kW). For the first year, the wheels were painted in the exterior color, and had a folding back seat. The car's looks promised more performance than the engine could deliver, and the car was not as practical as the Omni. Both the Omni and Horizon prefixes were dropped for 1981, making them the "024" and "TC3", respectively.
The 024 did not sell well and was renamed as the Dodge Charger for the 1983 model year, a name which had been gradually introduced as part of a special "Charger 2.2" package beginning in 1981. The 024 had a twin called the Plymouth Horizon TC3. (The name "TC3" may have referred to the car being a Touring Coupe with 3 doors.) It, too, was renamed in the 1983 model year: to the Plymouth Turismo. The "Turismo" label had already been used on a sport package beginning in 1980.
In 1980 the Plymouth Horizon TC3 also became available with the Turismo sport package. For the Dodge Omni 024 this was called the DeTomaso package, with De Tomaso designed trim and wheels but the standard drivetrain. 1,333 De Tomaso 024's were built in 1980, followed by 619 more in 1981. The 1981 De Tomasos were only available with the new 2.2 litre engine.
Also in 1980, in cooperation with Chrysler partner Mitsubishi, the Chrysler Omni 024 was briefly sold in Japan. It was available for two years at Mitsubishi dealerships and it complied with Japanese Government dimension regulations. Unfortunately it didn't sell well, with only 1491 finding Japanese buyers.
- Lee, John (1990). Standard Catalog of Chrysler, 1924-1990. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-87341-142-0.
- Nicalek, Bryan T. "Charger, Turismo, 024, and TC3: Omni/Horizon Coupes". Allpar.
- Hogg, Tony (ed.). "1981 Buyer's Guide". Road & Track's Road Test Annual & Buyer's Guide 1981 (January-February 1981): 93.
- Lee, pp. 320, 434.
- Lee, p. 432.
- Karpi, Aaron. "The Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon". My Cars. Archived from the original on September 10, 2006.
- Lee, pp. 317, 320.
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