Mopar unveils tuner-inspired Dart

Last updated 11:39 01/02/2013
Mopar's '13 Dodge Dart.
Mopar's '13 Dodge Dart.

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Inspired by the tuner scene, Mopar has created a limited-edition version of the Dodge Dart.

Click photo for more views of the Mopar '13 Dodge Dart.

Mopar (a contraction of the words motor and parts) is Chrysler's customisation outlet and the '13 Dodge Dart is the fourth special-edition Mopar-badged vehicle created since the company partnered with Fiat in 2009.

The car, to be shown at next week's Chicago Auto Show, follows the Mopar '10 Challenger, Mopar '11 Charger and the Mopar '12 300, and will be limited to just 500 units.

The Dodge Dart is an Italian American creation based largely on Italy's Alfa Romeo Giulietta, an offspring of Italy's Fiat, the owner of all things Chrysler, Dodge and Alfa Romeo.

The Mopar Dart will be powered by a 1.4-litre intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission and will sport a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes.

For enhanced handling, upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimetre-lowered suspension and low-profile 40 aspect performance tyres (225/40R18). From the racing scene, Mopar has added a premium brake kit with slotted rotors. Engine breathing is enhanced with a performance-tuned exhaust and to further optimise 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 interior features a serialised plate and to keep the emphasis on the driver, the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching.hanced with rich details, including Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light- black chrome and gloss-black elements.

Along with a serialised badge on the dash, the special-edition 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.

Each car will be delivered to each customer with a personalised owner kit. Assembled in a custom-made black case, contents include a personalised 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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