Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is out in force at SEMA 2016, with no less than six customized vehicles representing models past and present. That includes the Dodge Shakedown Challenger, a classic 1971 Dodge Challenger with some modern touches. It’s got a 485-horsepower Hemi V8, mated to the six-speed manual transmission from a Viper. Stopping power comes courtesy of the Brembo brakes from a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Shakedown borrows headlights and taillights from a 2017 Challenger as well.
Taking the concept of blending old and new parts even further is the Jeep CJ66. It combines a 1966 Jeep CJ body with the frame from a Wrangler TJ (the version built from 1997 to 2006), along with some styling elements from a current-generation Wrangler JK. The Franken-Jeep rides on 35-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, with a 2.0-inch lift kit and beefed up axles straight out of FCA’s Mopar parts catalog.
FCA also brought a couple of modern trucks, including the Ram Macho Power Wagon. This rolling pile of testosterone is based the Ram Power Wagon off-road truck, and features enhancements like a 4.0-inch lift kit and 37-inch Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires. Focused more on on-road performance, the Dodge Durango Shaker features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8, similar to the one used in various FCA SRT performance models. It’s possible this concept previews a future Durango SRT.
It’s kind of hard to turn a Ram ProMaster delivery van or Chrysler Pacifica minivan into a performance vehicle, so FCA didn’t bother. The Ram ProMaster pit stop is a bar on wheels, complete with keg storage and four onboard taps. The Chrysler Pacifica Cadence is basically a showcase for accessories available for Chrysler’s recently-redesigned minivan, from a surfboard carrier to custom 20-inch wheels.
FCA’s gaggle of concept cars should attract plenty of attention on the SEMA show floor, and some of their less-crazy features may even make it to production as factory options or accessories.
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