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Dodge Dart R/T Concept: The High-Performance Compact Dodge Needs to Build

Dodge has a fascinating history of building hot compacts, one prominent example being the Omni GLHS by Shelby, while the Caliber SRT4 marked a low point in terms of style and refinement. For the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the carmaker has taken its sensible Dart and tweaked it significantly to make it digestible to more discerning enthusiasts.

Painted in bright orange with matte black as a contrast color, and fitted with a prominent rear spoiler and diffuser, this Dart R/T concept looks pleasantly aggressive. But it also looks rather refined, thanks to a revised front fascia that turns the grille into a slit, while creating a large lower air intake visually separated by a body-colored strip. This feeds more air to the intercooler, Dodge says. We say it just looks cool.

The flat-black aluminum hood incorporates a large duct that not only appears awesome, but also feeds extra air to the unspecified engine’s intake box (the hood will be available as a Mopar add-on beginning early next year). Fiat-Chrysler claims the Dart R/T concept seems “poised to strike fear in the competition.” We wouldn’t go that far, but we will say that the package is an impressive improvement over the already sleek-looking Dart. With 18-inch lightweight wheels, a big-brake kit, and adjustable coil-over suspension from the Mopar catalog, it promises better road manners, too.

Who knows—this concept may actually inspire a series-production variant and add another chapter to Dodge’s remarkable history of compact high-performance beasts. Given the Dart’s general “meh”-ness, we think such a car can’t arrive quickly enough.

As read on: http://blog.caranddriver.com/dodge-dart-rt-concept-the-high-performance-compact-dodge-needs-to-build/

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Fuel for your Dream Machine – SEMA 2013

Watch the Mopar Press Conference via Livestream here on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:40 p.m. Eastern (4:40 p.m. Pacific)

For many of us enthusiasts, adding a new or gently used vehicle to the garage is just the beginning. We know that with just a few additions the newest member of the family fleet will look cooler, sound meaner and go faster – and make it a truly one of a kind Dream Machine.

One place where those dreams take shape is the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. Every year in early November the Las Vegas Convention Center fills with automakers and companies that build practically any automotive accessory you can imagine.

SEMA is one of Mopar’s favorite events. It’s the time we get to gather up all those crazy “what ifs” that get tossed out during lunches and after-work hangouts and make a few of them come to life. Such as last year’s show, where we rolled out the Jeep Wrangler Sand Trooper and the Dodge Charger Juiced (with a Viper V-10 under the hood!)

This year, we’ll have nearly 20 vehicles at SEMA that showcase the transformative powers of big wheels and tires, paint, engine upgrades and interior trim. We’ve already given you a slight hint at what’s to come this year.

The SEMA show is an industry trade event – it’s not open to the public. But stick with us here at the Mopar Blog and we’ll take you inside the show and give you access to all the amazing things Mopar can do for your car.

Join us here on Tuesday, Nov. 5, as we’ll broadcast the Mopar press conference at SEMA live on the Internet, beginning at 7:40 p.m. Eastern (4:40 p.m. Pacific). We’ll have the concepts and news that will fuel your dreams, and then follow it up with live interviews with some of the people who make these things happen.

Now, you tell us – what do you want to see added to the Dodge ChargerChallenger or Dart?

Stay connected with Mopar for all things SEMA

  • Watch the Mopar Press Conference via Livestream here on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:40 p.m. Eastern (4:40 p.m. Pacific)
  • Get a sneak peak of the Moparized vehicles!  And learn more about them here!
  • Learn about our host Steve Magnante 
  • Follow @OfficialMopar and the following hashtags on Twitter for live updates from the show:
    • #SEMAshow
    • #Mopar
    • #MoparChat