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Mopar 2013 Dodge Dart to be shown in Chicago

Limited-build factory custom to showcase Mopar parts and accessories

Published: February 5, 2013, 8:00 PM

Mopar '13 Dodge Dart

As a means of showcasing its Mopar brand parts and accesories, Chrysler will show a special-edition Mopar 2013 Dodge Dart at the Chicago auto show, which opens to the public this weekend.

It is the fourth limited-production, Mopar-badged vehicle to be released since 2009, following Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger and Mopar ’12 300

Production of the Mopar ’13 Dart is scheduled to begin this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois.

"For this special, limited-edition vehicle, we specifically kept the driver in mind as we added select Mopar parts and accessories," said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Chrysler's Mopar brand.

Inspired by the tuner scene, the car is powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir intercooled turbo engine with a manual transmission. It features a gloss-black finish with a pair of car-length Mopar Blue stripes, which mirror each of the three previous Mopar-themed models.

Other Mopar upgrades include a performance steering-gear calibration, a 7 millimetre-lowered suspension, low-profile 225/40R18 performance tires and a premium brake kit with slotted rotors.

Additional enhancements include a performance-tuned exhaust system and Mopar’s ground-effects kit, which includes a front-chin spoiler, one-piece deck-lid spoiler and a unique rear diffuser.

Appearance elements comprise a Mopar badge in the crosshair grille and gloss-black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo on the wheel centre caps.

Inside, there's a serialized ID plate and a custom Mopar Blue leather driver's seat with black accents. All other seats are black with blue accent stitching.

The centrepiece of the interior is a floating island bezel, accented with Mopar Blue paint and lighting. Other details, include Mopar Blue accent thread, as well as light-black chrome and gloss-black elements.

The Mopar ’13 dart also 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 its customer with a personalized owner kit in a custom-made black case. Its contents include a personalized plate with vehicle specifications, the date of manufacture and a unique identification number, a Mopar ’13 brochure and other memorabilia, plus a limited-edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, chief designer for the Mopar Brand.

Pricing information has not yet been released.