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Jeep® Wrangler Named ‘Hottest 4x4-SUV’ at SEMA

Jeep® Wrangler retains title as “Hottest 4x4-SUV” on trade show floor at Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas
Ram pickup recognized as finalist in “Hottest Truck” category
Dodge Charger finalist in “Hottest Sedan” category
Mopar SEMA display encompasses 13 total Mopar rides and hundreds of Mopar products, including new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit


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The Jeep® Wrangler was named “Hottest 4x4-SUV” for the eighth consecutive year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, cementing Wrangler’s position as a crowd favorite for customization. The “Hottest 4x4-SUV” trophy was presented at the SEMA Show Awards Breakfast on Tuesday morning.

Ram pickup also earned SEMA recognition as a finalist in the “Hottest Truck” category. In the “Hottest Sedan” segment, Dodge Charger also received a finalist nod.


“Customization is a key element to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. The SEMA Award for the Jeep Wrangler and special recognition for the Ram Truck and Dodge brands showcases the passion generated by our vehicle brands,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “The Jeep Wrangler is a unique case in the industry, with 98 percent of all Wrangler vehicles sold equipped with at least one of our accessories. And as the Jeep brand prepares to unveil the next-generation Wrangler, Mopar will be ready to support the most capable vehicle in the world with a new portfolio of products.”

The SEMA Show takes place Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Mopar brand’s popular SEMA exhibit, a longtime fixture at the premier automotive specialty products trade event, showcases the personalization capabilities of Mopar parts and accessories.

“The Jeep Wrangler is iconic in the aftermarket world, and the SEMA community continues to embrace the vehicle,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Given Jeep brand’s versatility and mass appeal, it’s not surprising that SEMA Show exhibitors have voted the Jeep Wrangler the Hottest 4x4-SUV year after year.”

The Mopar brand’s 15,345-square-foot display includes 13 FCA US vehicles and hundreds of Mopar products, including the new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit, nicknamed the “Hellcrate,” shown for the first time at SEMA. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit is the first-ever supercharged, 707-horsepower factory-backed crate engine kit offered.

Mopar has also established 13 Mopar Custom Shops in four different countries to enable owners to personalize all FCA US vehicles even before owners take delivery. This year, the brand is also opening two new Mopar Parts Distribution Centers (PDCs) in the U.S., and a total of three worldwide to deliver Mopar parts and accessories to dealers and customers when they need them.

The SEMA Awards, launched in 2010, are the SEMA Show’s definitive OEM award, shining a light on the hottest vehicles that showcase and launch aftermarket parts. For more information on the SEMA Show, visit www.SEMASHOW.com.
 

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Mopar Unleashes ‘Hellcrate’ 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate HEMI

Mopar Unleashes ‘Hellcrate’ 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit at SEMA
Additional Product News on Tap at Brand’s Tuesday Evening SEMA Product Presentation

New Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit — dubbed the “Hellcrate” — will debut at 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show
Mopar introduces its first-ever supercharged, 707-horsepower factory-backed crate engine kit
Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit “plugs and plays” with 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine, delivering 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque
Graveyard Carz star Mark Worman will join Mopar again at SEMA, debut 1970 Superbird Tribute build with new Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit
Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit and 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine available for ordering at www.moparhemicrate.com
15,345-square-foot Mopar SEMA exhibit features hundreds of Mopar products and 13 FCA US LLC vehicles, including Mopar-modified Dodge Durango SRT
Additional major Mopar product news to be announced at brand’s SEMA product presentation at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT on Tuesday
Watch Mopar SEMA product presentation live at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2017


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Enthusiasts demanded it, and now the Mopar brand is unleashing a new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit — nicknamed the “Hellcrate” — that injects 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit, the first-ever supercharged, 707-horsepower factory-backed crate engine kit, will debut in the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

The release of the new Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit will be followed by the unveiling of additional high-profile news during the brand’s Mopar SEMA product presentation, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 7:26 p.m. ET/4:26 p.m. PT. The product presentation can be viewed live at https://livestream.com/FCALive/MoparSEMA2017.


“Never before has a supercharged, factory-direct 707-horsepower crate engine kit been offered, and we are proud to be the first to deliver a solution enthusiasts have demanded,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service (Mopar), FCA. “This ultimate powertrain option fits the needs of owners and fans who demand iconic performance.”

The new Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine kit provides relatively simple “plug and play” with the 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine assembly — also available from Mopar. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit marries modern 707 horsepower with authentic, factory-backed quality.

The kit includes a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, engine wiring harness, chassis harness, accelerator pedal, ground jumper, oxygen sensors, charge air temperature sensors and fuel pump control module for the 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine. The PCM is unlocked and set to the factory 707- horsepower calibration. The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit is optimized for use with manual transmissions, such as the Tremec Magnum transmission kit.

An essential Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit, which includes an alternator, power steering pump, belts, pulleys and more, is among additional engine accessory hardware components available to assist in installing the Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit.

The kit, intended for pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, ships in unique packaging featuring the “Hellcrate” logo and includes in-depth information sheets with helpful installation tips and requirements.

The Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine assembly (Part Number 68303089AA) is available for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $19,530. The Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit (Part Number 77072452AB) is available at an MSRP of $2,195.

The Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit and Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine assembly feature a Mopar three-year/unlimited mileage warranty when purchased together.

For more information or to order, visit www.moparhemicrate.com.

1970 Plymouth Superbird Tribute featuring Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit
Mark Worman, star of Velocity’s Graveyard Carz vehicle restoration television show, helped Mopar introduce the brand’s 345 and 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kits last year at the SEMA Show. Worman returns to Las Vegas with a fresh new Mopar build, this time a 1970 Plymouth Superbird Tribute fueled by the plug and play capabilities of the new Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit.

A top Mopar enthusiast and brand ambassador, Worman and his Graveyard Carz team embarked on a faithful clone restoration of the Limelight Green Superbird, but decided to tweak the “Bird” to truly make it fly with 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque.

To do so, Worman dropped in the Mopar “Hellcrate” HEMI Engine Kit and 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine assembly in the Superbird clone. Power is put to the ground via a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual transmission kit. Engine accessory hardware components used in the build include the Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit.

Worman also sourced installation and restoration parts, such as the complete interior, dash assembly, exterior trim, wheels and wiring harnesses for the Superbird through Classic Industries, one of the largest, most trusted licensees of restoration and performance parts in the country. Last year at SEMA, Mopar announced a team-up with Classic Industries to provide web, technical and parts location assistance for enthusiasts seeking to restore their vintage Mopar rides. Information on Mopar Restoration parts is available at https://www.mopar.com/en-us/store/parts/mopar-restoration-parts.html.

Mopar-modified Dodge Durango SRT
The Mopar brand’s SEMA exhibit, a popular staple of the show, will incorporate product displays with hundreds of Mopar parts and accessories, as well as 13 FCA US LLC vehicles, most Mopar-modified, including a Dodge Durango SRT with custom Mopar touches.

The exterior is the true story of the “Mopar-ized” 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. The SUV’s Octane Red color is capped with a near body-wide, non-metallic Gloss Black “stripe” that covers the functional SRT hood, extends up and over the roof and ends at the rear spoiler. Non-metallic Gloss Black also masks the background of the tail lamps. Delivered with an already action-ready stance, Mopar lowering springs drop the Durango SRT even closer to the pavement, providing an even more aggressive profile.

Inside, red Katzkin leather seats mirror the outside skin, with front and middle row seatbacks embroidered with a Light Grey Mopar logo. The same Light Grey stitching outlines the red Katzkin seats and touches the console and instrument panel.

A signature Mopar Design badge marks the rear end, and interior Mopar carpet mats feature the Dodge logo. Left untouched is the powertrain of the Dodge Durango SRT — the fastest and most powerful three-row SUV in its class — letting the proven 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque speak for itself.

1968 Plymouth GTX featuring Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit
Mark Worman also worked his magic to rejuvenate a second vehicle in the Mopar display, a 1968 Plymouth GTX owned by fellow Velocity TV personality and Mopar lover Chris Jacobs.

A small fire damaged the engine compartment but left the paint and appearance of the Chip Foose-built vehicle otherwise unharmed, prompting Jacobs to contact Worman to swap out the original 440 big block engine in the silver and black GTX. Worman did so with an assist from the Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit, first revealed last year at the Mopar SEMA display. The kit, paired with a modern-day 6.4-liter HEMI engine, now puts 485 horsepower and 472 lb.-ft. of torque at the pedal.

The kit includes a power distribution center, PCM, engine and chassis wiring harnesses, accelerator pedal, oxygen sensors, ground jumper and charge air temperature sensor. Installation was aided with available Mopar hardware, including a power steering expansion kit, AC expansion kit and a Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit.

The GTX will be auctioned off for a charitable cause live on Velocity Network at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in January, with the Mopar engine swap also documented on a future episode of Worman’s Graveyard Carz TV show.

1937 Dodge pickup featuring Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit
Another Mopar engine kit to debut at last year’s SEMA Show, the Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit, highlights a 1937 Dodge pickup brought to life as part of the Mopar brand’s partnership with Pennzoil Shell.

The Mopar Blue truck, a call out to the brand’s 1937 birth year and 80th anniversary, features a vintage Mopar logo on both doors. Built by Tommy Pike Customs, the classic pickup is powered by a 5.7-liter HEMI engine packed with 383 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to help from the turnkey Mopar 345 Crate HEMI Engine Kit.

The custom chassis mates to the modified truck body, with the door handles shaved off, bumper deleted and tubbed fenders to add clearance for the custom wheels, which are accented with large Dodge center caps. The exterior features black running boards and fenders. Inside, modifications include custom seats and a Mopar 80th logo dome light added to the headliner.

The custom truck bed bottom boasts wood slats painted with the Pennzoil logo. For a final, refreshing feature, 30-gallon Pennzoil-labeled barrels staged near the pickup will hold cold beverages ready to be tapped and served following the conclusion of the Tuesday evening Mopar media briefing at SEMA.

Dodge muscle car lineup featured at SEMA
The Mopar SEMA exhibit will also include a pair of red-hot rides from Dodge’s most powerful muscle car lineup ever. Joining Mopar-modified vehicles on the show floor will be an 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car ever, and a 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, powered by the 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine.

SEMA show attendees can also take the wheel of the most high-octane drag racing simulation experience ever created. A pair of Dodge Challenger SRT Demon simulators will offer the latest state-of-the-art motion technology to deliver incredibly realistic special effects and virtual head-to-head racing

SEMA display highlights Jeep® brand
Four Jeep® display vehicles, “desert off-road” floor graphics and a wall-sized “family portrait” picturing Jeep concept vehicles on the trail at the 2017 Moab Easter Jeep Safari spotlight how Mopar assists owners in personalizing the Jeep Wrangler. Along with a historic 1944 military Jeep vehicle, Mopar-customized Jeep Wrangler vehicles on display will include the Jeep Wrangler Switchback, Jeep CJ66 and Jeep Shortcut
 

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SEMA 2017: Mopar Press Conference


Oct 31, 2017
Mopar reveals the ‘Hellcrate’ 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit, as well as the part library and the first images of the all-new, next-generation 2018 Jeep® Wrangler at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 31, 2017
 

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Insane 1,000 HP AMC Javelin at SEMA

Ringbrothers Introduce Insane 1,000 HP AMC Javelin at SEMA




Nov 01, 2017


Well-known Wisconsin-based tuning shop Ringbrothers always bring something insane to the annual SEMA Show, and 2017 was no exception.

Ringbrothers, which is run by the brother pairing of Jim and Mike Ring, debuted their AMC Javelin AMX creation at SEMA today, which they are referring to as Defiant! (the exclamation mark is part of the official name). The heavily modified Javelin is a step away from the Fords and Chevys they are perhaps best known for modifying and is much different than anything else on the floor at SEMA.








Under the hood of Defiant! is Fiat Chrysler’s 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, which has been upgraded with an absolutely massive 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger for a 293 horsepower boost in output, bringing the total to 1,000 hp. Other mods include a full Flowmaster exhaust, HRE wheels, Baer performance brakes and a custom “Jalop Gold” exterior paint color. A matte black decal spans the front of the car and has Prestone cutouts – the coolant company that sponsored this head-turning creation.

“Jim and I have always wanted to build an AMX,” said Mike Ring. “We’ve seen this particular car driving around our hometown of Plain, Wisconsin since we were kids and we always loved it. The AMX was such a neat car, unlike anything else at that time.”

What do you think, is the Ringbrothers’ crazy 1,000 hp Javelin the most impressive thing at SEMA this year? We’re beginning to believe so.



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Enthusiasts demanded it, and now the Mopar brand is unleashing a new Mopar 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI® Engine Kit — nicknamed the “Hellcrate” — that injects 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque under the hood. Todd Beddick (Head of Mopar Accessory and Performance Portfolio) explains.
 

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2017 SEMA Show Walkaround:

2017 SEMA Show Walkaround:

Nov 2, 2017
The 2017 SEMA Show is happening in Las Vegas right now and we sent an AutoGuide.com staffer who has never been to the show before to see what he thinks! Join Alex as he roams around the show floor to check out all the builds, restomods, and customized cars.
 

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The Hellcat-Powered Superbird Combines Old and New Mopar Legends
The Hellcat-powered Plymouth Superbird at the 2017 SEMA Show is one of the coolest super-sleeper Mopar muscle cars ever, combining what is likely the most famous classic Chrysler Group vehicle with one of the most popular Chrysler Group engines ever.

The biggest news from the huge Mopar display at the 2017 SEMA Show is the new Hellcat Hemi crate engine. To showcase the most powerful crate engine that Mopar has ever offered, the automaker commissioned a well-known customizer to build a vehicle powered by the plug-n-play Hellcat Hemi. Mopar picked Mark Worman from the Velocity channel’s show Graveyard Cars, who is best known for building gorgeous Mopar muscle cars – often from rusted piles of mangled metal.

The result is a Plymouth Superbird powered by the Hellcat Hemi, combining a classic legend with a modern legend.


The Hellcat-Powered Superbird
In order to grab the most attention, Mopar and Worman chose the 1970 Plymouth Superbird, which is arguably one of the most famous classic Mopar muscle cars. With the massive wing, the lineup of powerful engines and NASCAR dominance, the Superbird is one of Ma Mopar’s greatest performance cars of all time.

After they picked the vehicle, the project began to install the 707 horsepower Hellcat Hemi crate engine. Worman’s team used the Mopar Hellcat Hemi Engine Kit and the Mopar Front End Accessory Drive kit for complete plug-n-play functionality with the supercharged 6.2L Hemi. All of that blown power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a 6-speed Tremec manual transmission, preserving the gear-banging excitement of the classic muscle car – just with one of the most powerful modern Mopar engines under the hood.

During the interview with Mark Worman at SEMA, which led to the formal introduction of the Hellcat-powered Plymouth Superbird, the star of the Velocity channel show pointed out two interesting points about this project. First, the supercharged Hellcat Hemi didn’t fit under the stock hood, but they wanted to preserve the factory look, so the build team had to lower the engine mounting points so make room on top for the supercharger. Also, and more importantly, it was pointed out that the Hellcat Hemi weighs a little less than the 426 cubic inch Hemi which served as the most powerful engine option in the 1970 Superbird.

Figure that a stock 1970 Plymouth Superbird with the 426 cubic inch, 425 horsepower Hemi weighed around 3,800lbs, leading to a power-to-weight ratio of 8.94 pounds per horsepower. We don’t know the exact weight of this custom Superbird, but if the modern drivetrain cuts just 100 pounds, this car has 707 horsepower and a 3,700lb curb weight – leading to a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.23 pounds per horsepower.

In other words, if this 1970 Superbird can get traction, it is likely incredibly fast – although those skinny tires out back make me question whether this car can do anything but roast the tires. In any case, it is a beautiful car and I love it.

With the hood closed, it looks like a flawless 1970 Plymouth Superbird and when the hood opens, you learn that is packs Mopar’s most powerful full-production engine.

No Superbirds were Harmed
Before any hardcore Mopar fans head to the comment section to complain about the Graveyard Cars team cutting up one of the rare 1970 Plymouth Superbirds – rest easy, as this is a clone. The team began with a low-line Plymouth Roadrunner and they transformed it into a Superbird, with all of correct items inside and out. The creation of this stunning Superbird clone allowed Mopar to feature the Hellcat Hemi crate engine and the supporting accessory kits without devaluing one of the most famous Mopar muscle cars of all time.

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Jeep® vehicles on display in the Mopar exhibit at the 2017 SEMA Show.

The Mopar exhibit at the 2017 SEMA Show.

A 1937 Dodge pickup brought to life as part of the Mopar brand’s partnership with Pennzoil Shell includes a Mopar 345 Crate HEMI® Engine Kit, as well as Mopar 80th Anniversary touches such as a Mopar 80th dome light.

The 1968 Plymouth GTX owned by Velocity TV personality Chris Jacobs and displayed at the Mopar brand’s 2017 SEMA Show exhibit featured a Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and 6.4-liter HEMI engine swap performed by Mopar guru and Graveyard Carz TV star Mark Worman.
 

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The 1968 Plymouth GTX owned by Velocity TV personality Chris Jacobs and displayed at the Mopar brand’s 2017 SEMA Show exhibit featured a Mopar 392 Crate HEMI Engine Kit and 6.4-liter HEMI engine swap performed by Mopar guru and Graveyard Carz TV star Mark Worman.

The Mopar-modified Dodge Durango SRT on display at the 2017 SEMA Show includes custom Mopar touches, such as a near body-wide, non-metallic Gloss Black “stripe” and red Katzkin leather seats with front and middle row seatbacks embroidered with a Light Grey Mopar logo.

Mopar-modified vehicles on display in the brand’s 2017 SEMA Show exhibit include a Dodge Durango SRT with custom Mopar touches, such as a near body-wide, non-metallic Gloss Black “stripe” and Mopar lowering springs that drop the Durango SRT even closer to the pavement.

Mark Worman, star of Velocity’s Graveyard Carz vehicle restoration television show, displayed a 1970 Plymouth Superbird Tribute vehicle in the Mopar booth at SEMA to showcase the plug and play capabilities of the new Mopar “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine Kit.
 

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Ringbrothers Unveil AMC Javelin at 2017 SEMA Show


Nov 1, 2017
SEMA News talked with Jim and Mike Ring as they unveiled a Hellcat-powered AMC Javelin in the Prestone Booth.
 

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SEMA 2017 - SFZ Strike Force Zebra Jeep Products


Nov 5, 2017


2017 was Strike Force Zebra's first appearance at SEMA and I was happy to see that in addition to their truly awesome half doors, they came to show off their super nice Storage Box, way cool Central Command switch system and all NEW awesome Air Command air down and inflation system.
 

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Dodge Durango SRT Concept


Nov 15, 2017
Nicho Vardis, Manager of Mopar Design, talks about the Moparized Dodge Durango SRT concept and the appeal of the SEMA Show.
 
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