Thanks to a cryptic teaser issued last week, we knew Chrysler’s Mopar brand was working up a limited-edition version of the 2013 Dodge Dart, but this is our first complete look at the finished product, which is officially known as the Mopar ’13 Dart.
Let’s start with the mechanicals. Mopar says this entire treatment was “inspired by tuners,” but don’t expect any wild, hopped-up motor underhood. Mopar ’13 Darts are fitted with the Fiat-sourced 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 available on other Dart trim levels. Although Mopar’s added a performance exhaust, we suspect output will likely remain close to the stock engine’s 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Other mechanical improvements include a revised steering gear ratio, a suspension ride height that’s 7 mm lower than stock, and upgraded brakes with slotted rotors.
In Mopar’s annual fashion, most amendments are cosmetic. Like the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, and Mopar ’12 Chrysler 300 special-edition models, the Mopar ’13 Dart wears gloss black paint and an off-set blue stripe that runs the entire length of the car. A body kit – which adds a new chin spoiler, decklid spoiler, and rear diffuser – is cribbed from Mopar’s accessory catalog, but the glossy black 18-inch wheels (complete, of course, with Mopar badging) appear to be bespoke.
The blue-on-black color scheme continues within, but with an unusual twist. All seats are covered in leather sourced from Katzkin, but the driver’s seat is dyed blue. All other positions receive black leather trim, along with blue accents and stitching. The “racetrack” accent lighting surrounding the instrument cluster, which is usually red, is now Mopar blue, as is the stitching applied to the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Mopar also tosses in a serialized dash emblem, bright pedals, door sill guards, and wireless charging for smartphones.
We’ve yet to see pricing for these cars, but Mopar plans on building only 500. Despite the fact Darts with the 1.4-liter I-4 are available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, Mopar says each and every Mopar ’13 Dart will only be offered with a six-speed manual transmission.