By Patrick Rall
While the Canadian Dodge revealed that the Mopar 13 was based on the new Dart sedan, the full spread of information has given us a look at the newest limited edition Mopar branded vehicle. As we expected, the information from the Canadian Dodge site was somewhat inaccurate but the reality is better than we had hopes from the leaked information.
The most crucial piece of information is that the Mopar 13 Dodge Dart is powered exclusively by the 1.4L MultiAir turbocharged Fiat engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Shy of the 2.4L engine in the newly announced Dart GT, the 1.4L/6-speed package is both the most powerful and the most efficient drivetrain package available in the new Dart sedan so it is fitting that this would be the chosen setup for the Mopar 13. The 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder provides 160 horsepower and 184lb-ft of torque but Mopar has added a high flow performance exhaust system – although the company hasn’t announced what kind of power gains are to be had from this throaty exhaust package.
Once the power output was taken care of in the Mopar 13 Dodge Dart, a sport suspension system that drops the car by 7 tenths of an inch also helps this sleek compact sedan to handle the turns even better while proving a more sinister stance. The performance bits are topped off by a premium braking package that includes high fraction pads and slotted, cross drilled rotors.
The Mopar 13 exterior design begins with a black paint scheme that covers everything including the grille, the grille surround, the grille filler, the unique 18″ Mopar wheels, the mirrors and the door handles. Improving the stance and the aerodynamics of the Dart for Mopar 13 duty is a body kit package that adds a chin spoiler under the front end, a unique rear diffuser under the back end and a low profile molded trunk lid spoiler. Finally, contrasting against the black sport sedan is a twin driver’s stripe in Mopar Blue along with a chrome Mopar badge in the grille and a chrome 1.4L MultiAir badge on the trunk face.
The focal point of the interior of the Mopar 13 is the bright blue leather driver’s seat that features a Mopar M and black contrasting stitch work while the passenger seat and rear seats are wrapped in black leather with contrasting blue stitch work. This black and blue theme is continued through the dash cap, the steering wheel and the shift boot with accents in black chrome and gloss black scattered throughout. The Mopar 13 package also adds the exclusive Mopar wireless charging system, Mopar sport pedals, Mopar embroidered floor mats, Mopar door sill guards, a Mopar shift knob and a serialized dash plaque that announces the limited edition package.
Finally, as was the case with the Mopar 10 Challenger, the Mopar 11 Charger and the Mopar 12 Chrysler 300C, the Mopar 13 Dodge Dart comes with a unique owner’s kit that features a personalized plaque with full vehicle specs including the build date and the vehicle number out of 500, a Mopar 13 brochure and a limited edition sketch of the Mopar 13 signed by Mopar Chief Designer Mark Trostle.
Only 500 examples of the Mopar 13 Dodge Dart will be built and while pricing hasn’t been announced yet, the special edition Dart’s debut later this week in Chicago could come with more details including pricing and availability.