Dodge Dart Carbon Fire
Next to the Charger Juiced was the Dodge Dart Carbon Fire, which features a bevy of exterior modifications that are either available in the Mopar aftermarket catalog or are headed for the catalog in the future. This includes a carbon fiber hood, a rear deck lid spoiler, smoked headlights and tail lights, Mopar 19” black rims and – most interestingly – a set of unique fog light bezels that carry the LED driving lights from the Grand Cherokee SRT8. Finally, Mopar has removed the crosshairs to make room for a unique mesh grille.
The Dart Carbon Fiber looks great with a design that really isn’t that different from a production model. As a Dodge purist, I am not too keen on the removal of the signature crosshair grille, but with this being such a popular modification, Mopar has done a great job of designing a look that can be replicated from the Mopar catalog.
You also have to wonder if the use of the Jeep SRT8 driving lights could be a hint to the upcoming Dart SRT. These fog light bezels fit in so subtly that many people didn’t notice that they had been swapped out, which shows how easily they could slide into production as a part of the SRT Dart package. This hood and rear spoiler are expected to arrive in the Mopar parts catalog but these are also components that could arrive in production form on the high performance Dart SRT4.
Mopar’s take on it:
The Mopar prototype carbon fiber hood has significant weight savings, while a three-piece prototype rear decklid spoiler provides downforce for fast corners. Silver brake calipers stand out while helping to control the Dodge Dart’s power.
The charcoal grey exterior is accented with a Mopar satin black front chin spoiler and a Mopar satin black body kit underneath the Dart’s fascia. The Carbon Fire sits on prototype gloss black 19-inch wheels, with Mopar logo center caps. The gloss black theme is also utilized on the prototype front fascia insert, roof and mirror covers. The prototype Mopar grille texture is another stand out, dropping the customary cross hair grille of the Dodge Dart.
The sleek feel is accentuated with light smoke headlamps and tail lamps. On the lower fascia, fog lamps are swapped for unique daytime running lights, borrowed from the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, and set in a unique bezel. Tinted windows hide an interior that features color cues from the exterior, with darker matte finishes on the interior bezels and Katzkin leather seats that follow the outside color themes.
Concept cars are often made so a car’s feel can be evaluated, problems can be foreseen, and reactions of the public can be judged. Some concepts test specific ideas, colors, controls, or materials — either subtle or out of proportion, to hide what’s being tested. Some are created to help designers think “out of the box.” The Challenger, Prowler, PT Cruiser, and Viper were all tested as production-based concepts dressed up to hide the production intent.