Mopar '13 Dodge Dart

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The Mopar ‘13 Dart will be introduced at the upcoming 2013 Chicago Auto Show (8-18 February) and will be the fourth vehicle to carry the name of the Parts, Service and Customer Care organization of the Chrysler Group after the Mopar ‘10 Challenger, the Mopar ‘11 Charger and the Mopar ‘12 300. This limited edition sedan is obviously based on the Dodge Dart and uses a gloss-black paint job with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes mirroring each of the three previous Mopar-themed models. The models also boasts a number of new stylistic or aerodynamic elements, including glossy black 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with sporty 225/40 tires, a ride height lowered by 7 mm, a more precise and effective steering adjustment and an enhanced braking system. Mopar’s engineers have also installed a high-performance exhaust system and an aerodynamic kit with the most profitable appendices, including a rear diffuser.

The black and blue theme that characterises the exterior continues in the cabin with a steering wheel rim finished in blue, leather seats (the driver seat is Mopar Blue while all other seats are black with blue accent stitching), sports pedals, door-sill guards, light- black chrome and gloss-black elements and the mandatory metal plate with the name of the special edition and the serial number, ’signed’ by Mark Trostle (responsible for the design for the brand). Then we have a 8.4-inch touch screen and a industry-first wireless charging for smart-phones.

The model is powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder intercooled turbo engine Under with MultiAir technology (the same unit pulsing under the bonnet of the Fiat 500 Abarth) which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Mopar ‘13 Dart is credited with an output of 160 horsepower and 250 Nm of peak torque. 500 units will be produced in the plant in Belvidere (Illinois).

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