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by George Skentzos

Yesterday we brought you the first offering from the Chrysler Group stable in the form of the HEMI V8 Jeep Wrangler Concept, and now that the doors have officially opened, we can bring you all the rest Chrysler had to offer at this years Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) auto show.

Vehicles from Chrysler’s subsidiary brands Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge were handed over to the Mopar Underground design team for their radical transformations.

Mopar Underground is a group of in-house automotive enthusiasts who donate their time to the SEMA project vehicles.

Jeep Wrangler JT

Based on the military version of the all new Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler JT is a showcase of the new platforms flexibility.

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When it was first unveiled at the 2007 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah,  it dominated the steep climbs and descents on the slopes of the Hell’s Revenge trail with its superior 4×4 capability.

The Mopar design team created a very nimble, rugged and practical off-road vehicle based on the platform from the Wrangler Ultimate, adding a 1.5 metre pickup bed with removable hardtop.

Off-road enhancements included 3-in. suspension lift provided by Superlift, 35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tyres, rear bumper and tyre carrier from Mopar, front bumper from Mopar as well as a Warn 9500ti winch.

Jeep Wrangler All-Access

This all-American offering at the SEMA show would fit in perfectly with the Australian surf culture, the Jeep Wrangler All-access with its open-air design, and off-road credibility make it the perfect summer surf vehicle.

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The designers added Mopar performance parts including Rubicon Express 4-inch suspension lift, front and rear bumper with tyre carrier, rock rails, cold air intake and Warn 9500ti winch.

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Painted ‘Surf Blue’, the Wrangler All-Access also features 35-inch BFG Mud Terrain tyres.

Dodge Ram BFT

The Dodge Ram BFT is one “big fast truck”, although another word springs to mind to replace “fast’.

Described as the ultimate work-horse, the BFT features a standard cab on Dodge’s 160-inch (4064mm) Heavy Duty wheelbase frame which brings the box (tray) to in excess of 3m.

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The team also accommodated the dually setup with a 6-inch suspension lift kit from Superlift and Alcoa’s 22.5-in 10-lug semi wheels. The BFT also features full-length polished bed and step rails.

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The Ram BFT is powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins turbo diesel engine  mated to an automatic transmission.

Dodge Avenger Tuner – Stormtrooper

The Star Wars-inspired Dodge Avenger represents a fusion of technology, racing, comfort and performance designed to appeal to an adult tuner with an appreciation for technical superiority, exhilarating performance and unbridled luxury and style, Dodge says.

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Power is derived from a 4.0-litre V6 engine featuring an all-wheel-drive powertrain and a six-speed automatic gearbox with AutoStick steering wheel paddleshifters.

The custom pearl white body reflecting the Stormtroopers inspiration sits on large 20×9-in custom Alcoa Forged rims come with die-sublimation custom graphics wrapped in Michelin 245/35R20 Pilot Sport PS2 tyres.

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The Alcantara suede-lined interior features four black and white Dodge SRT8 bucket seats with red stitching and stripes, while the instrument panel, doors, headliner and pillars are also swathed in this performance material.

However the centerpiece of this concept are two Azentek mobile PCs installed with 1.8GHz Intel Core Duo processors and two gigs of ram – one unit is in the front dash and one is in the rear seat centre console.

At the touch of a finger the driver can access to engine tuning and read vitals, download engine calibrations through Mopar, communicate with engineers and other Dodge owners in Web logs and chat rooms, adjust fuel maps and even download Technical Service Bulletins – and access the plans of the Death Star, no doubt.






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