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Mopar Dodge Dart

The Mopar 2013 Dodge Dart was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February. It's the fourth special-edition Mopar vehicle since the company began its relationship with Fiat in 2009.

Previously we've seen the Mopar '10 Challenger, Mopar '11 Charger and Mopar '12 300. Only 500 examples will be built, all at Chrysler's assembly plant in Belvedere, Ill.

Like most of these Mopar vehicles, the upgrades are of the visual and handling variety. The company's turbocharged 1.4-liter engine makes its way into the Mopar. It makes 160 hp and 184 lb-ft in stock form. If there's any change in output, it won't be much.

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All examples will wear Mopar's blue-stripe-on-black paintjob, with 18-inch gloss-black wheels and an aero kit. Dodge's patented crosshair grille is also done in gloss black.

To improve handling, the steering is recalibrated; the suspension is lowered 7 millimeters (or just a hair over one-quarter inch) and 40-series low-profile tires are installed. Slotted brake rotors sit at all four corners. The package is rounded out with a performance exhaust.

Inside, the Dart gets a Mopar blue driver's seat, while the other three seats are black with blue accent stitching. A "floating island gauge bezel" is illuminated with Mopar blue lights. The steering wheel and shift knob are also done in black and blue.

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The Mopar Dart comes standard with an 8.4-inch navigation screen and a pad for wirelessly charging devices.

Purchase of a Mopar Dart includes a personalized owner's kit that comes in a custom-made black case. Inside is a personalized plate with specs, date of manufacture and the VIN of the vehicle. It also has Mopar memorabilia and a limited-edition sketch of the Dart signed by Mark Trostle, Chrysler Group designer for the Mopar brand.

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