MOPAR ROCKS SEMA!
With no less than 10 hot rides uncovered, Mopar certainly set the standard for SEMA 2015.
The host of new rides on display were modified with a mix of production and concept Mopar Products to great effect. Amongst those on display were the Chrysler 300 Super S, Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept and the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3.
CHRYSLER 300 SUPER S
Style and sophistication can meld harmoniously with performance and attitude. For proof, take the Chrysler 300 Super S. The bold persona of the customized Chrysler 300 Super S begins with a concept, aggressive front fascia. More than 300 unique “Easter eggs” are hidden on the Matte Black grille, where miniature Mopar “M” letters, painted Dark Hyper Black low gloss, dot the entire grille.
The lowered body (thanks to a Mopar coilover lowering kit) is planted on concept Mopar 22-inch wheels at the front and rear. Like the Mopar “M” grille lettering, production Mopar center caps are painted to match the Dark Hyper Black low gloss wheels, which are set off stunningly against the Matte Cerulean exterior finish. At the back, a concept rear valence and a deck-lid spoiler from the Mopar brand portfolio drive the tires to the pavement. Unique 300 Super S and Mopar Design badges round out the exterior appointments.
The aggressiveness of the exterior is paired with premium styling inside. Concept Katzkin light grey leather seats are trimmed in blue stitching, as are the armrests, with blue flourishes also featured on the side panels and instrument panel. The production 300’s rotary shifter has been swapped out for a concept polystable T-handle shifter and the steering wheel replaced with a sportier, flat-bottom version. Production Mopar door sill guards carry the Chrysler logo, and premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat feature metal badging.
Beneath the 300 Super S hood lurks a powerful beast. The 5.7-litre HEMI engine is beefed up with Mopar Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Upgrade Kits, which exactly mimic the modifications and performance boosts delivered by Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits available for the 5.7-litre HEMI engine-equipped Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles.
Additional Mopar production parts include front and rear performance strut tower braces, which provide extra stiffness for cornering and handling, as well as a Mopar Big Brake Kit.
DODGE CHALLENGER GT AWD CONCEPT
It’s V8 muscle with all-wheel drive. Yes, you read that right. The Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept is a one-of-a-kind, year-round muscle car that lets you have your cake and eat it too, combining wickedly fast power and performance with the confidence of increased traction.
Mopar stepped outside its usual colour palette in designing the Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept, choosing Header Orange highlights to line the grille and taillight surround of the Destroyer Grey body. Header Orange continues as a distinct contrast point for the Destroyer Grey body colour stripe that runs through the Matte Black paint blanketing the upper portion of the vehicle, from tip to rear. Mirror caps are also painted with Header Orange accent stripes.
The Challenger GT AWD Concept enhances its signature muscle car proportions, bulging out with Mopar’s concept wide body kit and its massive wheel flares housing concept Mopar five-spoke wheels: 20-inch x 10-inch on the front and 20-inch x 11-inch on the rear. Mopar center caps are painted to match the body and wheels.
The body kit compliments Challenger’s heritage-inspired styling, adding an aggressive profile with a front chin splitter and rear spoiler, which are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Additional Mopar modifications dress up the rear, including quad Mopar exhaust tips painted in a powder-coated Satin Black, a Mopar fuel filler door painted Satin Black with a unique Mopar graphic and a concept Mopar Design decklid badge.
The interior takes cues from the exterior, with Header Orange stitching embellishing the rich Katzkin leather seats, center console, shifter boot and side panels. The Katzkin seats are also upgraded with medium taupe suede inserts. Additional control is gained for navigating tight corners with a flat-bottom steering wheel. Mopar door sill guards with the Challenger logo and a trunk mat round out the interior.
The vehicle’s 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine uses an AWD package to power all four wheels, paired with an eight-speed transmission. The 5.7-litre engine is upgraded with the Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit.
The Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit maximizes gains achieved by the Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 kits by adding new Mopar Performance CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, a gasket set, exhaust manifolds, exhaust adapter, mounting brackets, hardware and two Scat Pack 3 badges. The Scat Pack 3 kit — as with Scat Pack 1 and 2 — boosts performance while maintaining the factory warranty.
A concept Mopar suspension kit drops the Challenger GT AWD Concept closer to the road, lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity for race-inspired handling, with an assist from production Mopar performance front and rear strut tower braces.
DODGE CHARGER DEEP STAGE 3
For the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3, Mopar injected up to 75 additional horsepower (56kW) with the Mopar Scat Pack 3 Kit and then for good measure bolted on a selection of production and concept Mopar products to create a completely original, performance-driven version of the four-door muscle car.
The Silver Bullet exterior colour is masked by full-length Matte Black paint covering the top of the vehicle. Body colour comes through the Matte Black via centre stripes bordered by Mopar Blue tracer accents. The styling, inspired by the second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, is modified with a concept Mopar body kit, including a front chin splitter, side sills, rear spoiler and unique rear valance, providing an aggressive look while augmenting aerodynamic characteristics.
In keeping with the Charger Deep Stage 3’s name, it rolls on concept Mopar Dark Bronze 22-inch Classic III wheels, with colour matched Mopar centre caps. A concept Mopar decal flanks both front fenders, with Scat Pack 3 badges and a Mopar Design decklid badge displayed.
Heading inside, concept Katzkin leather seats boast such selections as a special R/T embroidery with a blue surround and the R/T logo centred in black to pick up on exterior cues, perforated Katzkin fog suede seat inserts and Mopar blue stitching on the armrests, steering wheel and seat inserts. Pulled from the Mopar catalogue are door sill guards emblazoned with the Charger logo, premium carpet floor mats and a cargo mat carry metal Dodge badging.
Powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI engine, the Charger Deep Stage 3 is punched up in three phases by the trio of Mopar Scat Pack Performance kits. Mopar Scat Pack 1 and Scat Pack 2 upgrades, featuring a Mopar cold-air intake, Mopar cat-back exhaust, Mopar low-restriction oil filter, new Mopar Performance camshaft, a set of Mopar Performance valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods and all the gaskets, are finished off with an up to 75 horsepower boost (56kW) and 44 lb.-ft. (60Nm) of torque improvement of the Scat Pack 3 kit.
A Mopar coilover lowering kit enhances handling while providing a menacing appearance by bringing the Charger Deep Stage 3 closer to the street. Mopar Performance front and rear strut tower braces keep the tires in contact with the road. Reining in the car’s horsepower is a job the Mopar Big Brake Kit is equipped to handle.