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Mopar charges into SEMA with macho and muscle

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The Ram Macho Power Wagon is one of six Mopar concepts for SEMA this year
The Ram Macho Power Wagon is one of six Mopar concepts for SEMA this year
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Viper seats make the CJ66 Jeep a comfortable place to spend time off-road
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Viper seats make the CJ66 Jeep a comfortable place to spend time off-road
The wheel on the CJ66 Jeep bears the shield revealed at this year's Easter Safari
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The wheel on the CJ66 Jeep bears the shield revealed at this year's Easter Safari
The CJ66 is a curious combination of classic and modern Jeeps
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The CJ66 is a curious combination of classic and modern Jeeps
The CJ66 mixes elements from the 1960s, 1990s and 2000s into one cohesive package
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The CJ66 mixes elements from the 1960s, 1990s and 2000s into one cohesive package
The taps in the Ram ProMaster Van 
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The taps in the Ram ProMaster Van 
MOPAR put the Ram PowerWagon's practicality on show at SEMA
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MOPAR put the Ram PowerWagon's practicality on show at SEMA
The PowerWagon Pit Stop shows what can be done with a van and a catalog of Mopar parts
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The PowerWagon Pit Stop shows what can be done with a van and a catalog of Mopar parts
Aside from the special bar fittings, the PowerWagon Pit Stop is a standard van
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Aside from the special bar fittings, the PowerWagon Pit Stop is a standard van
One of Mopar's tamer offerings at SEMA, the Ram PowerWagon Pit Stop
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One of Mopar's tamer offerings at SEMA, the Ram PowerWagon Pit Stop
The Macho Power Wagon is a pumped up Ram
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The Macho Power Wagon is a pumped up Ram
Behind the wheel of the Macho Power Wagon
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Behind the wheel of the Macho Power Wagon
The Ram Macho Power Wagon draws its name from a 1970s truck
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The Ram Macho Power Wagon draws its name from a 1970s truck
The RamRack slides back and forth to accommodate all kinds of sporting equipment
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The RamRack slides back and forth to accommodate all kinds of sporting equipment
The Ram Macho Power Wagon is one of six Mopar concepts for SEMA this year
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The Ram Macho Power Wagon is one of six Mopar concepts for SEMA this year
The Macho Power Wagon benefits from a six-inch lift kit
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The Macho Power Wagon benefits from a six-inch lift kit
The shaker hood on the Challenger Shakedown looks mean, although its performance benefits are questionable 
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The shaker hood on the Challenger Shakedown looks mean, although its performance benefits are questionable 
Dodge wants the Challenger Shakedown to act as a retro revival
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Dodge wants the Challenger Shakedown to act as a retro revival
The Shakedown is a throwback Challenger
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The Shakedown is a throwback Challenger
Behind the wheel of the Challenger Shakedown
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Behind the wheel of the Challenger Shakedown
A three-inch drop in ride height makes the Shakedown look meaner than a regular Challenger
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A three-inch drop in ride height makes the Shakedown look meaner than a regular Challenger
The Challenger Shakedown in black and red trim
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The Challenger Shakedown in black and red trim
There's a cold-air intake kit and new exhaust for a bit more noise in the Challenger Shakedown
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There's a cold-air intake kit and new exhaust for a bit more noise in the Challenger Shakedown
The Durango Shaker is powered by a HEMI V8
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The Durango Shaker is powered by a HEMI V8
Dodge is bringing more noise and drama to the Durango with the Shaker
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Dodge is bringing more noise and drama to the Durango with the Shaker
The Shaker is the first Durango to wear a shaker hood
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The Shaker is the first Durango to wear a shaker hood
Chrysler wants to make the minivan cool again with the Pacifica
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Chrysler wants to make the minivan cool again with the Pacifica
The Durango Shaker is meaner than the average family SUV
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The Durango Shaker is meaner than the average family SUV
The Durango Shaker sits lower than a regular Durango, and there's more power too
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The Durango Shaker sits lower than a regular Durango, and there's more power too
Is the Chrysler Pacifica Cadence enough to make minivans cool again?
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Is the Chrysler Pacifica Cadence enough to make minivans cool again?
The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence will debut at SEMA
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The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence will debut at SEMA
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Chevrolet and Ford have both been active in the lead up to SEMA, but we hadn't heard a peep from Mopar. Finally, the aftermarket supplier for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has shown its hand, whipping the covers off six show cars for its stand at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Highlights include a Challenger, a retro-modern Jeep and a RAM Power Wagon.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger

The Challenger Shakedown in black and red trim
The Challenger Shakedown in black and red trim

There's nothing like a big, old-fashioned muscle car, and none of the current muscle cars are bigger or more old-fashioned than the Dodge Challenger. The Shakedown is inspired by the 1971 Challenger, but uses modern Mopar parts for more power and presence.

Any good muscle car is defined by what's under the hood, so Mopar has put plenty of work into improving the Challenger's HEMI V8. A new cold-air intake and custom twin exhaust should free up some more noise, and the shaker hood is a neat throwback – although it offers no real performance benefits.

The engine's 485 hp (362 kW) is put to the road through a Viper Tremec T6060 six-speed gearbox. The Shakedown sits on lowered springs and blacked-out 19-inch wheels, and hiding behind those wheels are bigger Brembo brakes borrowed from the 707 hp (527 kW) Challenger Hellcat.

Inside, the rear seats have been ripped out to make room for a roll bar and storage net, and the cabin has been trimmed in a combination of contrast stitched leather and Alcantara.

Jeep CJ66

The CJ66 mixes elements from the 1960s, 1990s and 2000s into one cohesive package
The CJ66 mixes elements from the 1960s, 1990s and 2000s into one cohesive package

Like the Shakedown Challenger, the CJ66 has been designed with one eye on the past. The car's frame has been taken from a TJ Wrangler (1997 to 2006), and the body is adapted from a 1966 Wrangler CJ. There are also elements of the current JK Wrangler scattered around the body, adding the finishing touches on this complex intergenerational experiment.

Throw a low-cut windscreen, concept fender flares and unique Copper Canyon paint finish into the mix, and you've got one seriously cool Wrangler.

Beyond the styling, Mopar has chosen its upgrades to make the CJ66 a good fit for even the toughest off-road expeditions. It sits on beadlock wheels taken from the Jeep Performance Catalog, and they're wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires. A concept two-way air system even lets drivers inflate and deflate them remotely, making it easier to optimize pressures in changing conditions without getting their hands dirty.

Opening the door reveals a set of Viper bucket seats sitting on custom made risers, along with four-point harnesses.

Dodge Durango Shaker

The Durango Shaker is meaner than the average family SUV
The Durango Shaker is meaner than the average family SUV

The Shaker takes an otherwise average seven-seat Durango and turns it into a high-riding muscle car. Power comes from a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which has been upgraded with a cold-air intake and custom catback exhaust, and the whole package sits three inches (8 cm) lower than the standard car.

Working with the dropped suspension is a set of 22-inch black wheels sitting under custom fender flares, and the car has been finished in a special shade of blue to really make it stand out under the show-floor lights. Inside, all three rows of seats have been replaced with Viper buckets, and all the trim pieces have been finished in the same shade of blue as the exterior.

RAM Macho Power Wagon

The Macho Power Wagon benefits from a six-inch lift kit
The Macho Power Wagon benefits from a six-inch lift kit

It might borrow its name from a 1970 Dodge Power Wagon, but the RAM Macho isn't another shameless throwback.

Instead, it's been designed to showcase the RamRack, which slides back and forward along the sides of the bed to accommodate kayaks, surfboards and snowboards of every shape and size. It hides away under the truck's sail panel when it's not being used.

Beyond the RamRack, the Macho Power Wagon has been fitted with a 4-inch (10-cm) lift kit and chunky beadlock wheels for a tougher look. It's also finished in a unique red and black paint scheme, which has been carried over to the leather interior.

RAM ProMaster Pit Stop

Aside from the special bar fittings, the PowerWagon Pit Stop is a standard van
Aside from the special bar fittings, the PowerWagon Pit Stop is a standard van

The ProMaster Pit Stop is designed to show off the level of customization available on RAM vans. The back of the vehicle is home to a pop-up bar, and the sliding door on the side of the cargo hold has been replaced with an upwards-opening hydraulic door. There's even a flip-down bar, giving patrons of the Mopar bar somewhere to sit their beers.

Beside the food-truck fittings, the rest of the changes made to the PowerWagon are purely cosmetic. It sits on new 20-inch wheels, and the chunky plastic wheel arches have been extended for a bit of extra attitude.

Chrysler Pacifica Cadence

The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence will debut at SEMA
The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence will debut at SEMA

When it launched the Pacifica at this year's Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler set itself an ambitious goal: to make the minivan cool again. The Pacifica Cadence doesn't do much to change the standard car's design, instead aiming to help its cause with a unique paint job and roof racks.

Unlike some of the other concepts here, this really is just a Mopar parts bin special. Aside from the lairy decal, everything from the wheels to the roof racks can be added at the dealer. We're not sure how many moms are desperate for blacked out wheels on their minivan, but it's nice to know the option is there, right?

Source: Fiat Chrysler America

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