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 |  Oct 25 2011, 7:15 PM

Dodge will be showing off a flashy Durango “Tow Hook” at this year’s SEMA Show, featuring a vibrant four-coat orange and satin-black color scheme that has been applied inside and out on the vehicle. Accenting the bright orange paint is a satin-black roof, bumper and hood accents, and blacked-out lighting. On all four corners are 22×9.5-inch forged Superalloy wheels paired with Pirelli rubber.

The custom Durango Tow Hook also sports a throatier note thanks to a custom Corsa exhaust system, aiding in giving the Durango some additional horsepower as well. Finishing touches on the outside include a Piano Black split-crosshair grille and suspension lowering the Durango by almost an inch.

On the inside, the black, perforated Mopar Katzkin leather is accented by orange leather trim, stitching and piping. For seat inserts, perforated Barracuda suede was used while smooth suede bolsters with orange stitching and silver metal brush trim is shared on the dash and just above the glove box.

AutoGuide will be sure to stop by the Chrysler booth to check out their huge collection of vehicles at this year’s show.

See the complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here and look for full coverage starting November 1st.

 |  Oct 25 2011, 3:00 PM

Developed by Chrysler Group’s Mopar Underground team, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR is heavily influenced by the success of the Mopar Drag Pak Challenger and more recently, the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR that reset the production lap time record at the Nurburgring. Based on the Challenger SRT8 392, Mopar Underground focused on paying homage to the original option-delete cars of the 1960s and 70s with the SRT8 ACR that will make its debut at this year’s SEMA Show.

On the outside, the Challenger SRT8 ACR takes design cues from the infamous Viper SRT10 ACR. The Challenger will sport a white body, charcoal-painted roof, carbon fiber hood, rear deck lid, rear spoiler and tail lamp surround, and an offset flame red stripe that runs the length of the project. The mirror caps and brake calipers were then painted red, contrasting the white while giving the Challenger a true race-inspired theme. For wheels, 20-inchers adorn each corner in a unique black-painted finish. To top off the aesthetics, red ACR fender badging was added.

The red and white theme continues onto the interior where Mopar Underground added white accents on the carbon fiber door panels, red armrest bars with white foam padding, red door latch release tethers, red painted roll bars and accents on the carbon fiber racing seats covered in black Katzkin leather.

But what Challenger SRT8 featuring the ACR badging wouldn’t have performance modifications? Mopar Underground outfitted the Challenger with a complete collection of parts straight out of a Mopar catalog. The suspension has been completely overhauled thanks to a set of coilovers, braces and brace caps in the front and the rear. A cat-back exhaust with custom headers were bolted on, giving the Challenger SRT8 a whole new note and extra horsepower while minor accessories include a Drag Pack center stack, carbon fiber bezel kit, door sill entry guards, Mopar fuel door and a short-throw shifter. The race-inspired vehicle has also had its rear seat removed in exchange for a roll bar and fire extinguisher.

Dodge did not make any announcement on whether or not they plan on producing the Challenger SRT8 ACR. One can only hope.

See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here