2012 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Chrysler is bringing four custom cars to the Chicago auto show to mark the 75th anniversary of the Mopar brand.
- Consumers will get their first look at a Mopar-accessorized 2013 Dodge Dart.
- Other custom showcars include the Mopar '12 300, Jeep Compass True North and Fiat 500 Stinger.
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan — Chrysler is bringing four custom cars, among them the 2013 Dodge Dart GTS 210 Tribute, to the Chicago show to mark the 75th anniversary of the Mopar brand.
The Dart GTS 210 Tribute showcases some of the 150-plus Mopar accessories that will be available on the all-new 2013 Dart, which goes on sale this summer.
The Mopar Stage 1 appearance package for the Dart bundles matte-black exterior trim, including chin spoiler, side sills, rear spoiler and rear diffuser, as well as a carbon-fiber hood with air scoop, 18-inch forged alloy wheels, Katzkin leather upholstery and trim and piano black accents.
The Mopar Stage 2 performance package for the Dart pushes output on the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to 210 horsepower, thanks to a low-back-pressure exhaust, improved air-flow intake and other engine tweaks.
The Mopar customization kits for the new Dart will be available this fall.
Other custom showcars include the Mopar '12 300, Jeep Compass True North and Fiat 500 Stinger.
The Mopar '12 300 is the latest factory-built Mopar-badged product, featuring performance and appearance parts from the Mopar catalog. Based on the Chrysler 300 sedan, it goes into limited production this summer and will be priced from $49,700, including an $825 shipping charge.
Among the new bits on the car are a Mopar shifter, rear differential, tuned suspension with stiffer springs, performance brake linings, engine cover, black-chrome grille, body-side stripes and forged alloy wheels, shod with P245/45R20 Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. A Katzkin interior and a 506-watt Alpine nine-speaker premium audio system are part of the upgrade.
The Fiat 500 Stinger integrates two Mopar stage kits and is finished in a yellow Giallo paint scheme with black-chrome accents and vinyl graphics. The car also gets 17-inch Abarth hyper-black alloy wheels with wider 205/40R17 performance tires, Katzkin leather seats, gloss-black shifter ball, cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust and performance brakes with cross-drilled rotors.
The Compass True North gets a matte-black roof, wheel flares, lower fascia, door cladding and grille, as well as front and rear foglamps, front and rear brush bars, custom rock rails, matte-black 16-inch alloy wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires and a Rocky Road 2-inch lift kit. The cabin features a Kicker audio system as well as Mopar pedals, gauge pod, sill guards, rear cargo tray, shift knob and neoprene seats.
The Mopar brand, most often associated with Chrysler performance parts, dates to 1937 and is a contraction of Motor Parts.
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