Chrysler’s Mopar division has taken the wraps off its latest special edition model, the 2013 Mopar ’13 Dart which will make its formal debut at the 2013 Chicago Motor Show next week.
Styling for the Mopar ’13 Dart retains many of the familiar themes and cues that have been seen on past Mopar edition models, with the car covered in sleek gloss black paint which features a bold blue stripe for a stylish contrasting effect. Mopar claims that the rest of the car’s styling was inspired by the vehicle tuning community and the Mopar ’13 channels this theme with several tuner inspired features. A model exclusive body kit improves the car’s aerodynamic profile and features small spoilers on the front bumper and trunk lid as well as a small air diffuser in the rear to optimize airflow and reduce drag. Rounding out the exterior changes are slick 18 inch gloss black alloy wheels which add a sinister touch to the car’s overall look.
While Chrysler did not release any detailed images of the interior, the company claims that the car will feature plenty of Mopar-influenced styling cues such as a blue stitched steering wheel, sport pedals, and a small dashboard-mounted plaque showcasing the car’s production number. In an interesting styling move, the front seats of the Mopar ’13 Dart will feature two separate color schemes, with the drivers seat covered in Mopar blue with black accents, while the passenger seat flips the color order around and features a solid black hue with blue accent stitching. In addition to these model-exclusive touches, expect many of the high end features offered in other Dart variants to carry over to the Mopar ’13 including the familiar 8.4-inch touch screen infotainment system, heated seats, and wireless charging for smart phones and other mobile devices.
Providing the muscle for the Mopar ’13 Dart is the familiar 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine seen in other Dart models which features MultiAir technology and is good for a solid 160 horsepower and a stout 184 lb ft of torque. All of this power is routed to the front wheels through a six speed manual gearbox. While Mopar engineers left those components unchanged, they did upgrade the car’s handling capabilities thanks to a stiffened suspension that has also been lowered 7mm as well as a reworked steering system which promises to deliver improved feedback. Braking performance has also been upgraded with the addition of slotted rotors and other upgraded components.
Interested in putting a Mopar ’13 Dart in your garage? Production of the sleek compact will be limited to a mere 500 copies and each model will feature a special personalized plate that highlights its VIN number, date of production, and the unique specifications equipped to it. Buyers of the Mopar ’13 Dart will also receive a host of free Mopar goodies including a special Mopar ’13 brochure, and a equally rare sketch signed by Mopar chief engineer Mark Trostle. Look for official pricing to be formally unveiled closer to the car’s launch date.