In 1984, Carroll Shelby did not tune the Ford Mustang. He’s deep into the show scene at Dodge, breathing extra life into various vehicles. Arguably the most famous – or perhaps most surprising – Shelby product of the era was the Omni GLH, where GLH literally means go like hell. It was a proper hot hatchback that garnered a following for decades, and now Dodge is honoring that legacy with the Hornet GT GLH Concept.
Obviously, the concept is taken straight from the new Dodge Hornet 2023 compact crossover. Dodge also doesn’t pull a punch in this segment, coming out swinging with descriptions of power and speed where you’d normally hear about practicality and price. The GT GLH concept goes a step further by showing what speed-loving Hornet buyers can do with upgraded parts sourced from Dodge Direct Connection.
Upgrades include a lower suspension that drops the Hornet by an inch, giving it more of a road-focused position. An “unlimited” dual exhaust system with black chrome tips brings aural pleasure to the Hornet GT’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It sports exclusive painted 20-inch Direct Connection wheels, and gets special GLH graphics with black-painted bottom trim for a true-to-dark, classic GLH look.
The Hornet GT GLH concept features parts available after purchase, but can Dodge build them from the factory? There’s no indication that’s the case, and with the 265 horsepower already available in the standard Hornet GT, this little crossover isn’t slow. Dodge lists a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds, and that’s the entry-level model. Stepping up to the R/T PHEV brings the addition of all-wheel drive and a combined output of over 285 hp, culminating in a 60 mph sprint in 6.1 seconds. Furthermore, the Hornet R/T PHEV can cover a distance of more than 30 miles on electric power alone.
The new Dodge Hornet GT will hit dealer showrooms in late 2022.