Dodge Viper ACR concept among Mopar's cars for SEMA
SEMA is just around the corner, and the flow of concepts being released continues to grow. Toca has already offered a glimpse of a heavily reworked Hyundai Genesis, and Chevrolet is taking a brace of cars to Las Vegas. Mopar has revealed its lineup of modified cars for SEMA, ranging from a Dodge Challenger muscle car to a Jeep Wrangler off-roader.
The Mopar-tuned Dodge Challenger T/A is designed to be a modern interpretation of that 1970’s T/A package available on the original Challenger. The car is finished in an eye-catching shade of green, which is offset by black T/A stripes that run along the car’s hood and roof. Continuing the throwback theme, the Challenger T/A is fitted with a central hood scoop that feeds a Mopar induction system for the car’s 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine.
Up front, styling changes include a more aggressive, matte black splitter and "air catcher" headlamps, which hide LED lights behind an air intake and feed extra air to the engine. The front splitter is coupled with a matte black spoiler mounted on the car’s trunk lid, which Dodge claims will provide extra downforce over the standard Challenger’s aero setup. The T/A Challenger sits on 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, which are 9.5 inches wide and hide six-piston Brembo brake calipers that clamp on two-piece slotted and ventilated rotors.
Inside, the Challenger’s rear seats have been replaced with a rollbar, and the front seats are carbon fiber buckets designed to hold drivers tight in the racetrack. The T/A also gains a flat bottom steering wheel, and a pistol grip shifter.
In similar fashion to the Challenger T/A, the Dodge Charger R/T gains a Mopar front splitter, side sills and a unique rear valance, which help to provide extra downforce when coupled with the car’s one-piece rear spoiler. The T/A heading for the SEMA booth will be painted red, with a gloss black contrast roof and low-gloss 20-inch wheels for some added visual punch.
Under the hood, the Charger's 5.7-liter HEMI V8 has been fitted with a cold-air intake, and the chassis has been upgraded with front and rear strut and tower braces.
While Mopar has spent time on Dodge’s range-topping muscle cars, they aren’t the only vehicles in the range to be modified.
The Dodge Dart has been upgraded with a matte black aluminum hood, while the roof and boot lid have also been given the matte black treatment. As well as the paintjob changes, the Dart’s front end has been made more aggressive with a chin splitter and central hood scoop.
Mopar’s bodykit also extends to more pronounced side sills, a rear-fascia diffuser and a three-piece trunk lid spoiler. 18-inch black wheels are wrapped around a Mopar big-brake kit, and the whole package sits on adjustable coilover suspension.
Perhaps the most exciting concept that Mopar will be showing at SEMA is the Viper ACR. The ACR concept is a track-focused Viper, with all the unnecessary weight cut out for a hardcore, track-focused experience.
ACR Vipers are differentiated from standard cars by their more aggressive, carbon fiber front splitter and competition spec rear wing, as well as the satin black 19-inch wheels. Behind the new wheels are massive 15.4-in carbon ceramic two-piece brake rotors and six piston Brembo brake calipers.
Other changes include the carbon fiber "dive planes" and heat extractors on the front fenders, and the differential cooling ducts hidden behind the car’s side windows. Inside, the ACR concept’s interior is all about saving weight. There is no radio or carpet – even the standard car’s sound deadening material was deemed unnecessary on the ACR. Carbon fiber trim is littered throughout the car’s interior, while Alcantara has been used on the Viper’s steering wheel, gearshift lever and seats.
The ACR Viper is finished in white, with a central black stripe and offset red stripe to finish the package off.
Mopar’s SEMA cars are not just about smashing lap times on a track. Jeep’s Wrangler has been tweaked to provide even better trail credentials than the standard off-roader. The Mojo has been fitted with a 2-in lift kit, with locking Dana 44 axles and a 4:1 Rock-Trac transfer case for improved rock-crawling performance.
To show off the extra off-road capability of the Mojo Wrangler, Mopar has fitted the car with shorty bumpers from the Jeep Performance Parts catalog and prototype flat-top fenders, while extra off-road protection is provided by a front skid plate. The package sits on 37 inch BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires and beadlock wheels.
Inside, the Wrangler's dash is sporting a two-tone finish, and retains the standard car's focus on easy cleaning after a hard day of off-roading.
These cars will be accompanied by a number of other Mopar concepts at SEMA, images of which are available in our gallery. Gizmag will be on the ground in Las Vegas covering the show.