Everything you need to know about the 1980s-inspired Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept

Cleverness made quite a statement at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan this year when it dropped the 1980s-inspired Hornet GT GLH Concept. The car came loaded with a specific package commemorating the company’s rich past. The highlight of the event, however, was not only the concept, but also the road-going Hornet. Dodge claims this is the most powerful compact SUV you can get for less than $30,000. And given what the car offers as a package, the Hornet could shock the CUV segment in America.


So with a car this impressive and a concept that takes being cool to another level, it’s only fair that we take a closer look at what the new Dodge cars are all about.


The Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept is as cool as its name

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Displayed at Hornet’s global unveiling at the M1 Concourse, the Dodge Hornet GT GLH Concept pays homage to the high-performance Dodge Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell) produced in the mid-1980s. The Hornet GT GLH has a better power-to-weight ratio than the original and offers a glimpse into a potential performance path created with Direct Connection parts.

These include a stowage kit that provides stackable performance upgrades for the GT model, a suspension lowering kit that lowers the Hornet more than an inch, providing a lower center of gravity and improved cornering dynamics, unrestricted dual exhaust with black chrome ends for a guttural performance note, exclusive Direction Connection GLH 20-inch painted and machine-coated wheels, exclusive Direct Connection GLH graphics, including stripes and logos, and black painted lower trim with rear exhaust cutout.

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The Road-Going Dodge Hornet is also impressive

2023 Dodge Hornet Exterior View
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In terms of design, the new street version of the Hornet is very similar to a Dodge. The hood features integrated heat sinks, while the front also features a “mail slot” style grille opening. This type of grille also enhances the horizontal brow of the top grille and lamp graphics. The grille is flanked by two smaller inserts that fall in line with its stable mates.

The Hornet R/T gets a unique new Abyss painted under-trim and tailgate with integrated dual exhaust ports. The headlights feature LED reflectors and an illuminated daytime running light (DRL).

At the rear, the taillight extends the width of the vehicle and features an illuminated red signature, as well as an illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo in the center. The illuminated taillight and Rhombi logo, while featured on the Hornet, also serve as a subtle nod to the electrified performance of the Hornet R/T PHEV model.

The car also gets a new Hornet badge on the fender that harkens back to the revival of the Hornet – a name first used on the famed Hudson Hornet in the 1950s and again in 2006 as a popular Dodge concept car. An additional exterior feature is an available external panel roof.

The Hornet R/T rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels (the GT has standard 17-inch silver alloy wheels). It also gets a Blacktop package with 18-inch Abyss alloy wheels, gloss black badging and mirror caps, and gloss black painted daylight opening (DLO) molding.

There is also a track pack package, which upgrades to 20-inch Abyss wheels, with additional performance and interior features. The Hornet also comes in seven exterior colors, including Acapulco Gold, Blu Bayou, Blue Steele, Gray Cray, Hot Tamale, Q Ball, and 8 Ball.

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The Dodge Hornet interior gets it right

2023 Dodge Hornet interior view
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On the inside, the car gets controls on the center console and displays subtly “tilted” towards the driver. The instrument panel uses a wrapped and stitched center strut that runs through the instrument panel. Red stitching is standard on Hornet and flows through the black interior, including on the center rest, seats and armrest. Accents on the air vents and central switches provide a sleek, technical detail that enhances the performance-oriented appearance of the interior.

Ignition controls are located on the painted-accented console, and additional performance controls are placed within easy reach with a button on the flat-bottom performance steering wheel. Speaking of, from here drivers can choose between Sport and Standard driving modes for the GT and hybrid driving modes for the R/T.

Premium elements in the car come with Alcantara seats, with an embroidered Dodge Rhombi logo, included with the Track Pack option. Leather seats are standard for the GT Plus and R/T Plus, and Dodge made sure to offer optional red leather seats.

So obviously there’s a lot going on with the new Dodge CUVs and a lot of it is just right. Most of all, though, we’re just happy to see a badge name like GLH making a comeback, albeit at a concept stage. Hopefully there will be a production version of the GLH soon.

Source: Stellantis, Dodge

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