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 |  Jul 29 2011, 2:00 PM

‘Today, it was announced that Mopar will be offering more than 150 accessories including key covers, graphics, body kits, bike carriers, roof racks and seat covers for the new 2012 Fiat 500. Prices will range from $21 for a locking gas cap to $1,400 for a body kit.

“The FIAT 500 is one of the most accessorized vehicles in Europe,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We expect that trend to continue here in North America and will offer more than 150 accessories for those looking to personalize their ride. Our all-new FIAT 500 is the perfect canvas for customization.”

One of the most interesting accessories is the UConnect Web option which allows each passenger to separately access the Web. The in-vehicle router receives broadband Internet. Passengers can access social media, maps, e-mail, online games and more. This option starts at $399.

The Fiat 500 is offered in three models including the Pop ($15,500), Sport ($17,500) and Lounge ($19,500). The Fiat 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter inline four cylinder engine featuring MultiAir technology. The engine is rated at 30 mpg city and 38 mpg highway for a 33 mpg combined number.

 |  Jul 14 2011, 8:31 PM

Jeep has released the JK-8 conversion package, based on the current Wrangler Unlimited. The installation of the kit involves removing the doors, roof and bumpers, as well as drilling out spot welds on some body panels. The kit comes with a new shortened roof panel made out of fiberglass, stamped sheet metal reinforcements for the body panels that become the truck bed and a converted sport bar.

The bed after the conversion measures 44 inches by 50 inches and was inspired by the 1981 CJ-8 Scrambler. The kit is available for purchase at any Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram dealership, where it can be installed. If the kit is installed at any Mopar dealership, it will come with a three-year, 36,000 mile warranty. The kit will cost $5,499 with the Unlimited model for just under $32,000.

 |  May 26 2011, 4:05 PM

We’ve already heard about Mopar’s Ram Runner package for 1500 pickups, that essentially turns one into a street-legal Pre-Runner type truck, now we’ve got official pricing on it.

As part of a line of accessories available through the Mopar catalog, enthusiasts have the option of acquiring the complete Ram Runner package in one go or doing it peacemeal.

The  Pre Runner Stage II kit, includes a five-link rear suspension, Fox Shox, chromemoly lower control arms, replacement upper arms, forged-steel tie rods and rebuildable high angle ball-joints.

Purchasing the entire kit will set you back $13,270, plus the cost of the donor truck and labor/installation charges and taxes. In addition; Mopar sells a specific off-road front bumper ($1,250) plus an off-road tire carrier, designed to be mounted in the bed ($1,010).

There’s also a set of fiberglass front and rear fenders ($1.020 per set) plus a stamped aluminum hood ($978) that includes twin scoops, plus a performance dual exhaust system ($1,135) to give your Ram Runner the sound only a Hemi can provide through a set of big pipes.

If you add the cost of all this additional stuff, then by the time you’re done, you’re probably looking at close $50,000, factoring in the cost of the truck, the taxes and labor charges.

Is it worth it? Depends on your viewpoint. But, considering you’ll have a Hemi powered rig with 14 inches of suspension travel and a 41-degree approach angle, it’ll still be fun to go out and beat on some F-150 Raptors.

 |  May 10 2011, 12:51 PM

The first generation Chrysler 300 was famously described by comedian Katt Williams as  ”…a [Rolls Royce] Phantom…until a Phantom pull up next to you…”, and that ignominious distinction was no doubt fueled by the frequent addition of an aftermarket Bentley-esque egg-crate grille by some owners.

Chrysler’s Mopar division is looking to capitalize on this trend by offering a range of eight grilles, ranging from $310 to $750. The higher end models are two-piece units constructed from billet aluminum, a far cry from the cheap plastic units common on most Bentley-fied Chryslers.

Mopar will also offer six wheel options, ranging from 18 to 20 inches in diameter, with a price range from $265 to $610 per wheel. While most of the choices will be finished in such “urban” styles as chrome, gloss black and “satin carbon”, two “Rallye” style wheel options will be offered, which we can assume mimic the classic 5-spoke mag wheels offered on some Dodge Challengers.

 |  Apr 14 2011, 7:46 AM

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Set to make its first public appearance at the New York International Auto Show later this month, Mopar has revealed its Dodge Avenger rally car showing off its new relationship with Italian aftermarket parts supplier Magneti Marelli.

Based off of a stock 2011 Dodge Avenger Heat, the combination of Italian aftermarket parts and American muscle makes for an intriguing rally car. Magneti Marelli’s expertise in European rally competition clearly shows in the finished product.

With the rising interest of rally racing in America, Mopar’s Avenger should garner plenty of attention with its blend of European and American flair. The Avenger has been lightened 200-lbs from its factory form thanks to a gutted/race interior accented by lightweight carbon fiber components. Mopar equips the Avenger with a full eight-point roll cage for safety while Magneti Marelli put in a helping hand with a carbon fiber hydra-graphics center stack and fully programmable slim racing display with shift lights and alarm multi-color LEDs.

Under the hood, a 3.6L V6 Dodge Pentastar powerplant can be seen along with a traditional Mopar cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust with Magneti Marelli tips. The motor is mated to a standard six-speed 62TE autostick transmission and power has been upped to 300-hp.

Brakes and suspension were obviously upgraded on this rally machine, with Mopar/Magneti Marelli teaming up to create a 14.25-inch front rotor upgrade while the rear features 13.5-inch rotors. The car is lowered 1.5-inches on 18-inch wheels by Mopar and Magneti Marelli.

Dodge says the car has been given a full track shakedown, although no announcement has been made about a racing program – nor is one expected.

GALLERY: Mopar Avenger Rally Car

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 |  Apr 14 2011, 7:27 AM

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Mopar’s newest offering will be limited to only 1,000 units and will feature a fine collection of Mopar parts to upgrade the already potent performance of the 2011 Dodge Charger. Equipped with the infamous 5.7-liter HEMI, the Charger will push out 370-hp and 395 ft-lbs, optimized by the Super Trac Pac option. The Super Trac Pac option aids in extracting the maximum amount of torque and engine power thanks to a specially calibrated engine controller.

Paired with a five-speed W5A580 automatic transmission, the Mopar Charger will feature the newest generation Pistol Grip shifter combined with Auto Stick. This will allow drivers to select a higher or lower gear without worrying about over-revving the motor. Unique to the Mopar Charger is a 3.91:1 final drive which enhances acceleration giving the Mopar Charger a 0-60 time in the low five-second range.

Suspension upgrades will also be included with a larger 30-mm stabilizer bar up front while the rear features a 20-mm bar (up from 27-mm and 16-mm respectively). Cross-car braces can also be seen in the front and the rear improving the overall stability and handling of the Charger.

On all four corners, 20×8-inch Envy wheels are paired with Goodyear’s F1 tires in a 245/45/20 sizing. The wheels are finished off with a high-gloss black theme which matches the Pitch Black finish of the Mopar Charger. Peeking behind each of the five-spoke wheels are dual-piston sliding calipers and upgraded rotors in the front while the rear is outfitted with single-piston calipers.

Along with the Pitch Black exterior finish is a pair of Mopar Blue racing stripes and a rear spoiler. Inside, Katzkin leather seats feature Mopar Blue stitching, which match the leather steering wheel as well.

As mentioned, only 1,000 units will be available (900 for the U.S., 100 for Canada) and will start at $39,750.

Presumably, this is one of two reveals Chrysler has announced for the 2011 New York Auto Show. Look for live photos from New York on April 20th and see the full preview and coverage page here.

GALLERY: 2011 Mopar Charger

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 |  Apr 11 2011, 11:16 AM

It’s only been out for a month, but now, thanks to the efforts of veteran racer Dave Thomas; the 2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak (Mopar’s spelling not ours), has blazed into the history books.

During a test session at Atco Raceway in New Jersey last week, in preparation for the NHRA Division 1 National Open; Thomas rattled off an Elapsed Time of 9.43 seconds at 143.90 mph in the quartermile, setting a new fastest record in the process.

Thomas, who’s been drag racing since 1971, took delivery of his turn-key drag spec Challenger just two weeks prior. Powered by a version of the Viper’s 500 cubic inch V-10 and equipped with a two-speed drag transmission and solid rear axle, plus a competition fuel system; Thomas says the only changes from what Mopar offers out of the box were adding weight bars.

“It’s a spectacular car,” he said. “On its first-ever run, the car went a 9.79 at 137 mph. It’s a turn-key operation. There are no headaches involved in setting it up at all. You just get in there and drive it. It’s neat that the factory can make something like this.”

 |  Apr 08 2011, 2:29 PM

For some, the Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, where off-roaders from across the world to tackle the trails of Utah’s Red Rock country, is a big deal. So big, in fact, that Jeep is choosing the mid-April event to unveil six new models hopped up by Mopar.

These six models range from turning the mild-mannered Compass into something less embarrassing, to the sort of rock-crawling, nitrous-injected, rollover-prone monsters that crash in spectacular fashion on Youtube. There’s something for every off-road enthusiast in here—especially for those who may be forced to drive through a Camel Trophy trail on the way to dropping their kids off at school.

The Wrangler above is the wildest of the bunch: ready for rock crawling and off-road racing, Mopar jammed a 426-in aluminum HEMI in there good for 540 horsepower, 39-inch tires attached to custom driveshafts, and a full cage enveloping racing seats and a fuel cell. The other two Wranglers are “tamer” in comparison: the silver one is dubbed “Pork Chop” and is an exercise in weight savings, while the black Wrangler is a V8-powered Renegade that harkens back to the CJs of the 1970s.

For those that aren’t ready to go tearing up the rocks, Mopar also prepped some milder models, including a Grand Cherokee with skid plates and handsome 32″ wheels, and a Compass that’s actually Trail-Rated. The most interesting is the safari-ready Liberty, which is actually a diesel model from overseas where they still call it the Cherokee. White steel rims and questionable zebra striping add to the jungle-ready look.

 |  Apr 08 2011, 1:25 PM

A public service announcement: the boys at Mopar would like to remind you that the Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t the only drool-worthy uber-truck on the market. The Ram Runner, a build-it-yourself off-road kit for the Dodge Ram 1500, is also available for purchase by overexcited man-children.

Here is Jim Sassorossi, Director of Mopar, talking to Autoblog about why the Ram Runner rules and the Raptor drools. The Ram Runner Stage II, which is one letter away from bootlegging Caribbean liquors, includes such parts as new front and rear bumpers, bigger control arms, the same Fox-branded shocks as on the Raptor, and a Ford-beating 14 inches of wheel travel. Including the beefy fenders, the entire kit will be $19,000 over the base price of a Ram—which is right in the Raptor’s $41,550 base price.

Don’t think this Raptor-targeting isn’t intentional: Sassorossi mentions the Raptor no less than four times through the brief interview, and mentions the Ram Runner with the words “best in class.”

 |  Apr 08 2011, 9:04 AM

The Off Road Championship (TORC); is one of the most gruelling race series going. Each event is a short track natural course where jumps and fender banging are par for the course, much like a four-wheeled motorcross, which makes it very entertaining to watch.

Chrysler’s Mopar and Ram divisions recently announced that they will be official sponsors for the series, providing trucks for drivers as well as an official pace vehicle in the shape of a Ram Runner Pickup. First revealed at the Jeep Easter Safari last year, the Ram Runner is a package designed for 1500 trucks that adopts pre runner style equipment, such as larger wheels and tires, suspension upgrades, including Fox Racing shox and flared fenders.

The five drivers which will be sponsored by Mopar and Ram in the TORC series are Rob MacCachren and two-time drift champ Samuel Hubinette of Traxxas Racing and Bryce Menzies, plus Ricky and Luke Johnson of Menzies Motorsports.

The first race in this year’s TORC series is set to kick off at Redbud MX in Buchanan, Michigan on Memorial Day weekend. Mopar says that fans who attend the events this year will also have a chance at experiencing off-road driving themselves. Now that’s interaction.

 |  Apr 05 2011, 11:47 AM

Dodge is preparing a special Mopar edition of its Charger sedan, similar to its Mopar ’10 Challenger, and has revealed a sketch of the car, shod in the familiar black-and-blue paint scheme.

Blue stripes run across the body of the car, and the Charger’s tacky hood scoops are also gone, making this car almost worth the price of admission. Chrysler hasn’t released any mechanical details beyond noting that the car will offer”…even more performance”, but considering that the Challenger was offered with a 5.7L Hemi V8 and a couple bolt-ons, we don’t think the changes will be too drastic.

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 |  Mar 28 2011, 4:49 PM

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The 2011 Formula Drift season is just around the corner, and competing vehicles are out in full testing mode. Samuel Hubinette hasn’t been at the top of the podium for a couple of years now, but it looks like this year his two-car team will be something to look out for. He’ll be behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger, while Dean Kearney of Ireland will be piloting the infamous Dodge Viper SRT-10.

Both cars are sporting new looks for the 2011 season, welcoming sponsorship from Dodge, V-LEDs, BFGoodrich and Federal Tires. Dodge will be the primary sponsor of Hubinette’s Challenger, while V-LEDs is the primary sponsor of Kearney’s Viper. Interestingly enough, it looks like Hubinette will be driving on his traditional BFGoodrich rubber while Kearney will be burning off Federal Tires.

Kearney captured the 2009 European Pro Drift Championship, and with the experienced Hubinette by his side, it’ll be an interesting year to see how these two battle it out with the rest of the field. We’ll be looking forward to the season opener on April 8-9th at Long Beach, California.

Check out the video of Hubinette testing his Challenger after the break, along with the official press release.

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 |  Feb 16 2011, 12:55 PM

After a wildly enthusiastic reception to the Ram Runner, the dune-bashing variant of the Ram pickup, Chrysler engineers have decided to go back to the drawing board and make the upgrade kit street legal, giving Ram loyalists a weapon against the Ford F-150 Raptor.

While any stock Ram 1500 can be used as a basis, the parts used will have more in common with Baja race trucks than anything seen on the street. The vehicle is so wide that special side markets have been mandated by the government. Track is widened by 3 inches in the front and 6 inches in the rear, while special Fox shocks, new control arms and widened fenders are just some of the modifications made for the Ram Runner.

Buyers can purchase a complete package, or the individual bits to upgrade their truck over time. Chrysler is looking at making a factory version but stated that “If we did, we would use a [second stage] partner to build the trucks.”

[Source: PickupTucks.com]

 |  Jan 10 2011, 10:34 AM

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Mopar lowered the car by three inches and added a number of accessories including a gloss black mesh grille, lower chin spoiler, vented hood, 19-inch wheels, decklid spoiler, rear valance and two-tone paint.

Will we see a 200 S enter production any time soon? Not likely. It’s worth noting the 200 Super S was the only Mopar-ized model Chrysler displayed that was fenced off by a small glass barrier, and the interior including the previously announced Katzkin leather seats was not available for viewing. The vented hood wasn’t even included in the preview image released in the days before the show, suggesting the 200 Super S concept is still very much a work in progress.

GALLERY: Mopar Chrysler 200 S

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 |  Jan 10 2011, 9:30 AM

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Chrysler set its Mopar division on the Fiat 500 for the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and the Italian runabout emerged with a matte black makeover and a number of other upgrades.

Double blue stripes stand out sharply against the black paint while chrome accents provide some added flair.

Other accessories include gloss black wheels, a strut tower brace, and a carbon fiber ‘style’ shift knob and e-brake, while the Katzkin leather seats are also black with blue stitching.

With the Fiat 500 set to hit dealers soon, there’s little doubt a long list of in-house ‘aftermarket’ accessories will be offered. The Mopar goodies aren’t bad, but in the future Fiat will bring some well-rounded performance versions of the hatch from it’s Abarth tuning division.

GALLERY: Mopar-Equipped Fiat 500

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 |  Jan 06 2011, 4:01 PM

Joining a sizable group of other Moparized vehicles on display at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be the 2011 Chrysler 200 S.

Rumors had indicated Chrysler was working on a more sport oriented ‘S’ version of the 200 and while this Mopar model isn’t likely to come to market, a line of products for the car is. This Mopar-tuned model could also serve as a concept car to inspire a future production ‘S’ model.

Looking like a cheesy tuner car, the Mopar model gets a two-tone paint job and a set of beautiful 19-inch wheels that just don’t suit the car.

Other upgrades include a subtle body kit, vented hood, gloss black accenting and a suspension that’s been lowered by 3-inches. Inside are Katzkin leather seats.

In addition to the 200 S, Mopar will also display versions of the Chrysler 200, Dodge Durango, the Ram Outdoorsman, Ram Runner the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition. Plus, there will be a Moparized version of the Fiat 500.

Having revamped its entire line of products, Chrysler is looking to attract more customers though in-house aftermarket accessories. “More than 30 percent of the people who are in the market for a new vehicle are influenced by the breadth and availability of aftermarket accessories,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar. “With our company’s launch of 16 new vehicles, Mopar is coming to the party with a truck-load of accessories that will fit a variety of lifestyles.”

Look for live photos with the kick-off of the Detroit Auto Show next Monday, January 10th. Until then, see AutoGuide’s 2011 Detroit Auto Show preview here.

 |  Dec 21 2010, 2:18 PM

For those customers who purchase a new 2011 Dodge Journey Lux or Durango Citadel, Dodge and Mopar are throwing in a three-year no charge scheduled ‘No Cost Maintenance Plus’  plan as part of the deal.

The program, which has a retail value of $1,100; includes oil, lube and filter changes every three months or 3,000 miles up to the 36 month period, scheduled maintenance every 6,000 miles, $35 per day courtesy car rental, up to a period of five days for any mechanical repairs, $100 sign up and go roadside assistance and a $1,000 trip interruption coverage, which covers up to $1,000 in rental car and lodging expenses, should the vehicle suffer from component failure covered by the factory warranty, more than 100 miles from home.

“Our mission at Mopar is to add value to our customer’s experience with our vehicles and our brands,” declared Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO – Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “With this specific no-cost maintenance plan, we are offering an added benefit to those customers who check all of boxes on their all-new Durango or Journey. In addition, we are helping these customers build a long-term relationship with their local dealer.”

 |  Dec 09 2010, 10:01 PM

Every December, racers and gearheads gather at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show, located in sunny Orlando, Florida.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for the automakers and their parts divisions to roll out some serious hardware, in preparation for next year’s racing season. In 2010, Chrysler is pulling out all the stops – it’s Motor Parts division (yes, that’s what MOPAR really stands for), is releasing an all new 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, based on the Generation III series architecture.

This motor sports an aluminum block and heads, comes with a complete oil pan and intake manifold assembly and will retail for $13,675, when production begins later this month. Considering it cranks out a whopping 540-hp and 530 ft-lbs of torque, plus what original factory iron-block 426s go for, that’s a considerable bargain.

Other cool stuff at the PRI Mopar display this year, include a new Challenger Drag Pack car, powered by a 500-plus cubic-inch V10. Already approved for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing, the first of these limited edition drag only specials will roll off the assembly line next year and promise to make things rather interesting, especially as Ford is about to dish up another Cobra Jet Mustang, likely in time for the 2012 season.

Other cool Mopar stuff  for 2011 includes cold air intake kits, new W2 aluminum cylinder heads for traditional small block V8s (read 340/360 Wedge engines), Gen III Hemi valvetrain tie bars, aluminum blocks, head stud kits and new Challenger rear strut brace kits. For information on these and other new Mopar products, click on the link below.

[Source: Mopar]

 |  Nov 03 2010, 8:04 PM

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Although images of the Dodge Mopar ’10 Challenger have previous surfaced, we managed to get some live shots of the first special edition Challenger.

The Mopar ’10 Challenger is actually based on the Challenger R/T rather than the SRT-8, giving customers the choice of an automatic or manual transmission. Upgrades include a cold-air intake, front and rear strut tower braces, 20″ forged wheels, hood pins, unique badging.

The Mopar ’10 Challenger will only be available in a run of 500, and will be offered only in Brilliant Black. Check out the gallery below for more pictures.

Gallery: Mopar ’10 Challenger

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 |  Nov 03 2010, 3:43 PM

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Having just officially announced the new 2011 Charger last week, Dodge has unveiled a special RedLine version of the car at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Built by Mopar’s “Underground” division the car is based on the 5.7-liter HEMI R/T model and gets a long list of upgrades.

Outside there’s a more aggressive front and rear, with a carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler while black accenting is used on the roof as well as on the hood. A set of carbon fiber mirror caps also help complete the look.

The suspension has been lowered by roughly one-inch, with a Mopar strut tower brace under the hood and a set of 22-inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. Several other Mopar parts improve overall performance with new headers, a cold air intake and complete exhaust system.

GALLERY: 2011 Dodge RedLine Charger

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 |  Nov 03 2010, 1:01 PM

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Debuting alongside the new 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Dodge unveiled an even more potent version of its Mopar Drag Pak model. While you might expect it to also come with a 392 under the hood, you’d be wrong. In it’s place is something even better: the Viper’s 8.4-liter V10! That’s right, with 512 cubic inches of displacement, the engine makes 600-hp and 560 ft-lbs of torque.

Also included in the package is a 2-speed automatic transmission, fuel cell, light weight polycarbonate door windows, lightweight drag racing front brakes and racing wheels and tires. And of course, it’s a full body-in-white with everything stripped out so you can take it straight to the track.

Just 70 versions of the Mopar Challenger V10 Drag Pak will be built, for the price of $85,512. Like street cars, Dodge will offer option packs, including a $7,950 Competition Package with an eight-point coll cage, six-point safety harnesses and a mesh window net. There’s also a $950 Mopar Body Logo Wrap, or paint for $6,800.

GALLERY: Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak at SEMA

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GALLERY: Dodge Challenger V10 Drag Pak

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 |  Oct 28 2010, 8:47 AM

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Chrysler‘s high-performance Mopar division has already teased and revealed a few of its SEMA projects and now they’ve released a short video of a few more Moparized models headed to the world’s largest aftermarket expo. The three vehicles covered have actually been shown one before, but their debut wasn’t well publicized, taking place at the 44th annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

Of the trio, the Jeep NuKaiser 715 easily stands out, based on the J8 military vehicle. Using a 2.8-liter diesel engine, it’s off-road capable thanks to Dynatrac axles and 38-inch BFG tires. Designed to look like the original Kaiser truck, it features a chopped top and an aftermarket AEV Brute pickup box designed for he TJ.

The second Jeep is the Wrangler J7 Stripper that does away with frivolous items like fog lights and carpets, while adding a two-inch lift and 35-inch Mickey Thompson tires.

Finally, there’s the Ram Power Wagon. Based on the Ram 1500 it features a a 4-inch suspension lift an massive 40-inch tires, plus plenty of custom bodywork.

Coverage of the 2010 SEMA Show starts November 2nd here. Until then, check out our SEMA Preview here.

GALLERY: Mopar Off-Road Concepts for SEMA

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[Source: CarScoop]

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 |  Oct 25 2010, 10:04 AM

Chrysler‘s Mopar division will unveil a new slate of vehicles at the 2010 SEMA show, with an updated Dodge Challenger SRT-8 as the brand’s star debut.

The updated Challenger SRT-8 will feature an all-new 6.4L V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy will get a 15-20 percent bump on the highway, thanks to a multi-displacement system (that allows for deactivation of cylinders at highway speeds), variable valve timing and a variable intake manifold.

A limited run of Inaugural Edition vehicles will ship after Thanksgiving in a run of 1,492 cars that will kick off the car’s production. The Inaugural Edition will feature special paint and stripe packages and other special accouterments. Pricing will be announced shortly, and Autoguide will have full coverage of the car’s debut at the SEMA show starting November 1.

[Source: Chrysler]

 |  Oct 04 2010, 9:58 AM

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With a new 6.4-liter V8 due out for the 2011 Dodge Challenger, you’d expect the 2011 model year version of the special edition Mopar Drag Pak model to also get the more powerful engine… but you’d be wrong. In it’s place is something even better: the Viper’s 8.4-liter V10! That’s right, with 512 cubic inches of displacement, the engine makes 600-hp and 560 ft-lbs of torque.

Also included in the package is a 2-speed automatic transmission, fuel cell, light weight polycarbonate door windows, lightweight drag racing front brakes and racing wheels and tires. And of course, it’s a full body-in-white with everything stripped out so you can take it straight to the track.

Just 70 versions of the Mopar Challenger V10 Drag Pak will be built, for the price of $85,512. Like street cars, Dodge will offer option packs, including a $7,950 Competition Package with an eight-point coll cage, six-point safety harnesses and a mesh window net. There’s also a $950 Mopar Body Logo Wrap, or paint for $6,800.

Dodge will officially reveal the new Mopar Challenger V10 Drag Pack at the SEMA Show in early November.

GALLERY: 2011 Mopar Challenger V10 Drag Pack

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Official release after the jump:

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