Chrysler introduces the 2013 Dodge Dart Mopar

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2013

The limited-edition '13 Dart has recently been unveiled by Chrysler's performance-focused Mopar division. The modified Dart is set to debut at the upcoming Chicago Motor Show. It comes with a bold exterior design from Mopar that gets inspiration from the tuner industry. This car uses gloss black paint with a contrasting blue stripe and it features an aerodynamic body kit that is comprised of discreet spoilers on the front bumper and on the trunk lid, as well as an air diffuser out back.

The '13 Dart rides on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels that have gloss black paint. Chrysler said that the Moparized Dart gets a blue-stitched steering wheel and sport pedals as well as a numbered plaque on the dash. It comes with several advanced features as standard.

These include an 8.4-inch touch screen and wireless charging for mobile devices. Mopar didn’t change anything under the hood. The '13 Dart comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 160hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. The Fiat 500 Abarth features the MultiAir mill that’s linked to a six-speed manual transmission.

To build a livelier driving experience, the newest Mopar-designed vehicle gets a re-calibrated steering system, a lowered and stiffened suspension and improved brakes.

The Belvidere, Illinois, plant of Chrysler will build only 500 units of the Mopar '13 Dart. Every car will get a personalized plate that indicates the vehicle's specifications, its manufacturing date and its VIN number. Customers will also get a Mopar '13 brochure and a limited-edition sketch that bears the signature of Mopar's chief designer Mark Trostle.

Press Release

Dodge Dart Mopar

Chrysler Group LLC introduced the limited-edition Mopar '13 Dart, marking the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat S.p.A in 2009. The car will be shown at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Building on the success of the Mopar '10 Challenger, Mopar '11 Charger and the Mopar '12 300, the limited-edition Mopar '13 Dart will be built and customized with Mopar performance parts and accessories. Production for a limited run of 500 units will begin this spring at the company's assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill.

"Our new Mopar '13 Dart will turn heads and stand out from the crowd," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand. "For this special, limited-edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories."

Inspired by the tuner scene, the Mopar '13 Dart is designed for driving enthusiasts. Powered by a 1.4-liter MultiAir® intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission, the Mopar '13 sports a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar-themed models.

For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimeter-lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tires (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimize aerodynamics and increase downforce, the custom Dart features Mopar's ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler, as well as a unique and aggressively styled rear diffuser.

Unique exterior elements include a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel center caps. The vehicle's unique interior, featuring a serialized plate, gives the driver a custom Mopar Blue leather seat with black accents. To keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching. The centerpiece of the interior is a floating island bezel that is accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. The interior is further enhanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light-black chrome and gloss-black elements.

Along with a Mopar serialized badge on the dash, the special-edition Mopar '13 includes industry-first wireless charging for smartphones, a blue-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel with an identically garnished shifter knob, a bright sport-pedal kit, premium Mopar carpet floor mats, door-sill guards and an 8.4-inch navigation screen.

The limited-edition Mopar '13 Dart will be delivered to each customer with a personalized owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and the unique identification number (of 500) of the vehicle. Along with a Mopar '13 brochure and other memorabilia, the kit will include a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar Brand.

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