Jeep CJ66, Chrysler Pacifica Cadence, Ram ProMaster PitStop concepts also headed to the aftermarket show.

Fiat Chrysler’s Mopar brand is working its magic on the company’s production cars once again, with six modified vehicles destined for this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The six new vehicles include the Challenger and Jeep already teased.

Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept
Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept


That first concept, the Dodge Shakedown Challenger, is a classic example of resto-modding. The Mopar team took a 1971 Challenger, slammed it to the ground, and fitted a long list of modern-day performance parts. Brembo brakes from the Dodge Hellcat models provide stopping power, while Mopar concept wheels measure 19 inches in front, 20 inches in rear. There’s a 485-horsepower V8 underhood, backed by a Viper six-speed manual transmission. In fact, Viper parts abound: the Challenger also cribs its seats and steering wheel from the supercar.

The Challenger’s rear seats have been removed to make space for a roll bar, and it rides on custom sports suspension. Other visual tweaks include a functional ‘Shaker’ hood, shaved door handles, and the head- and taillights from a 2017 Challenger grafted onto the old-school body. 

Jeep CJ66 concept
Jeep CJ66 concept


The Jeep CJ66 concept is a veritable mash-up of Jeeps past, with the frame from a TH-generation Wrangler (1997-2006) combined with the body of a 1966 Jeep CJ and several parts from today’s JK Wrangler. It’s an ultra-retro design designed for tackling trails in style. The copper-and-black paint scheme combines with a handful of Mopar crate parts available for any Jeep shopper to purchase: a new air intake and exhaust kit; Dana 44 axles; and Jeep Rubicon bumpers, rock rails, and skid plates that were cut to fit the CJ66.

Practical upgrades include a Mopar Warn winch, LED fog lights, Viper seats with harnesses, a roll cage, 35-inch tires on beadlock 17-inch wheels, a two-inch suspension lift, and an on-board compressor for re-inflating tires. Inside, look for the center console and shifter from a JK Wrangler, as well as Mopar instruments and rubber mats.

Dodge Durango Shaker concept
Dodge Durango Shaker concept


Mopar representatives say the Dodge Durango Shaker concept is meant as a tribute to the many Durango owners who show up at Mopar or Dodge events around the country. Think of it as a Challenger SRT 392 Shaker but in SUV form. The Durango has the same B5 Blue paint, Shaker hood, and 6.4-liter V8 engine as the Challenger, but in a family friendly package. Well, not too friendly: all the seats have been replaced by ones from the Viper; good luck strapping child seats in there.

Still, the Durango Shaker looks totally bad-ass. It’s lowered by 3 inches and rides on 22-inch satin black wheels that are hidden by new fender flares, and up front there’s a new open mesh grille instead of the standard crosshairs design, as well as new splitter. To rein in that new V8 engine, SRT six-piston brakes grab big brake discs up front. 

Ram Macho Power Wagon concept
Ram Macho Power Wagon concept


Can the Ram Power Wagon get any tougher? Maybe with this Macho Power Wagon concept. It’s a beefed-up, burly version of the Power Wagon highlighted by a unique new rack system for stowing accessories of all kinds. The concept RamRack is an upright hoop design that can slide fore and aft within the bed to accommodate carrying items of different lengths; stowing it up against the back of the cab leaves bed space nearly unaffected. 

Other changes to make the Power Wagon more, uh, Macho include 37-inch tires, a four-inch suspension lift, Macho Mango paint, a new front bumper with a winch, a light bar with LED illumination, concept running boards, and concept fender flares. Underhood is a 6.4-liter V8 backed by a six-speed automatic. All in, this truck is a super-cool look at how the Power Wagon could become an even better fit for adventures of all kinds.

Chrysler Pacifica Cadence concept
Chrysler Pacifica Cadence concept


The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence concept is significantly tamer, but shows the type of Mopar accessories in store for the new minivan. They include new running boards, 20-inch wheels, a special pet kennel for the cargo area, wireless phone charging kits, and an on-board first-aid kid. There’s also a new roof rack able to carry a surf or stand-up paddleboard measuring up to nine feet in length, though representatives note you could also fit it inside with the seats folded.

Ram ProMaster Pitstop concept
Ram ProMaster Pitstop concept


Perhaps the most intriguing concept of all – but certainly the least likely to ever reach a showroom – is the Ram ProMaster Pit Stop. It’s a Ram ProMaster cargo van that has had part of its side cut open and turned into a giant door that opens to reveal a mobile bar. Yes, the ProMaster now packs kegs, various neon signs, and refrigerators. Much of the decor, as well as the Mopar-branded bar stools, are available from the Mopar catalog. Other tweaks to the ProMaster include new 20-inch Mopar wheels, LED lights, and subtle “Brewmaster” badges.

And before you say anything, I already asked whether I can borrow the van for my next party or tailgate. The answer was a firm no.

Source: Mopar

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