2013 Dodge Dart Mopar ’13

Chrysler->ke21 has revealed the first details about a new limited-edition car that will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show next month. The new Mopar ’13 Dodge Dart joins the current lineup of limited edition vehicles offered by Mopar: Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger, Mopar ’11 Dodge Charger and Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300.


This special Dart->ke4128 will be distinguished by a gloss black finish with a few car-length Mopar Blue stripes, plus a very cool aerodynamic kit and an updated interior.

The new Dodge Dart Mopar ’13 will be limited to just 500 units and will enter production this spring at the company’s assembly plant in Belvidere, Illinois. Each customer will also receive a limited edition sketch of the vehicle signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group Chief Designer for the Mopar brand.

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Updated January 31, 2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specifications.

UPDATE 13-06-13: Dodge has released pricing information for the Dart Mopar ’13. Click past the jump to read how much it will cost you to own one.

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Specifications:

  • Fashion model: 2013 Dodge Dart Mopar ’13
  • Engine/Engine: inline-4

exterior

The new Dart Mopar ’13 will feature an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front chin spoiler, a one-piece spoiler on the deck lid and a very aggressive rear diffuser. The car sits on a set of gloss black 18-inch wheels with a Mopar logo and will be further distinguished by a Mopar badge in the grille.

The car is painted in a combination of glossy black and blue racing stripes.

Interior

The same black and blue combination continues in the interior where Mopar has added blue leather seats with black accents, blue paint and lighting for the center section, plus a host of other blue accents to match light black chrome and gloss black elements.

The list of standard equipment includes:

-First of all wireless charging for smartphones

– Blue stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear lever

-Clear sports pedal set

-Premium Mopar carpet floor mats

– Sill moldings

-8.4 inch navigation screen.

Drive

Under the hood, the car is equipped with a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine with intercooler, coupled with a manual transmission. The final specs have not yet been revealed, but it will certainly be slightly more than the standard 160 horsepower offered in the Dart.

Mopar also included a performance tuned exhaust that makes the bike sound even more aggressive.

Suspensions and brakes

The Dart Mopar ’13 will also include some suspension upgrades to improve handling. Each customer gets a performance steering calibration, a 7mm (0.27-inch) lower ride, plus a premium braking system inspired by Mopar race cars. The 18-inch wheels will also be wrapped in 225/40R18 high-performance tires.

Prices

The new Dodge Dart Mopar ’13 is limited to just 500 units and will go into production this spring. Dodge has announced that the Dart Mopar ’13 comes with a base price of $25,485, not including the $995 destination surcharge.

Contest

With the updates from Mopar, this special version of the Dodge Dart comes a little closer to the high-performance versions of competitors like Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima.

2013 Kia Optima SXL

Last year at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show, Kia unveiled the Optima SX Limited, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI V-6 engine that produces a total of 274 horsepower. We expect the Dart Mopar ’13 to come close to this output. The problem with this Optima is the price tag of around $35k, but you should expect something similar for the Dart Mopar ’13.

2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T

Hyundai, on the other hand, offers the Sonata 2.0T, which costs less than $25k and is powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection Theta II turbo gasoline engine rated at 274 horsepower. This is certainly a viable option if you’re just looking for comparable performance, but the updated look of the Dart makes it over the top.

Conclusion

All the updates offered for such a cool car like Dodge Dart make us very happy, but in this case we wonder if it’s really worth the probably sky-high price. Of course you’ll say we don’t have a price or specs yet, but a price of at least $30k is a near certainty. Would you pay that much for a sedan powered by a four-cylinder engine?

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