It looks like for this year’s SEMA Show, Mopar worked hard on paying tribute to some of the coolest models from yesteryear, like the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker " that drew inspiration from the 1970s Challenger with the Shaker hood and 426 HEMI and the Scat Package that pays tribute to the old Scat Pack Club and the Scat Package Mopar parts from the 1960s and 70s.
The Scat Package is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce it to the Dodge lineup, and attach it to the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart . As in the past, the new Scat package is all about engine calibration, but Mopar also added a series of updates to the exterior and the interior to round it all out.
Just like on the Challenger , the new Scat Package offered for the Charger includes three different stages of upgrades, each delivering a different level of power. Unfortunately, Dodge is remaining mum on the final numbers.
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Mopar, AMG , SVT, and TRD – all names synonymous with factory performance with balanced characteristics and an intact vehicle warranty. Yet with these great names in manufacturer-approved performance parts, one automaker was suspiciously absent from the scene despite having a huge aftermarket following: Honda .
That’s about to change with Honda’s new Honda Performance Development, or HPD division. Roll out will be quite slow, however, as the division builds a name for itself within the Honda brand. HPD’s first project is the slow-selling Honda CR-Z hybrid .
Owners of manual-transmission CR-Zs can now have Honda install a 200,000 rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger mated to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler. A respectable 57-horsepower increase is expected, bringing total horsepower to 187 ponies, while fuel consumption remains at 42 mpg. Other modifications to the CR-Z includes a performance exhaust, suspension upgrades, a wheel and tire package, and a big brake kit. Not bad for a hybrid.
Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview that, “We’re sticking our first toe in the water. We didn’t want to start with too high volume. We need to know who’s going to build the parts and distribute them. We need to get our dealers and logistics up to speed."
LaPointe continued saying the performance parts for other Honda models would go on sale over the next few years. Buys will likely be waiting till the all-new 2016 Civic rolls out before a full-on HPD kit would be available from the dealer showroom, however. “The dream scenario is to have performance parts available at [new-product] launch,” he said.
Although the factory warranty would remain, HPD-outfitted cars would likely see their warranties reduced by years and mileage. The traditional five-year/60,000-mile warranty would fall to three-years/30,000 miles. Reason being that Honda’s durability testing for new cars doesn’t include the extra strains of “spirited driving” and “high-speed loading” typically seen on modified, performance-oriented versions of its vehicles.
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As Mazda announced few weeks ago , this year’s SEMA Show is all about showing the amazing tuning capacities of its new Mazda3 and Mazda6 models. To help meet this goal, Mazda developed four concept cars, with one of them being the Ceramic 6, which is based on the all-new Mazda6 sedan.
The new Ceramic 6 Concept looks the part of a racetrack-ready car, and it features a nice matte Ceramic White exterior hue littered with Taupe Silver accent stripes. The concept rides on 20-inch wheels in a 10-spoke design finished in Taupe Silver to match the striping.
Sure, the Ceramic 6 Concept may not have any upgrades to its standard engine, but it does feature an array of handling upgrades required to hit the track, including an H&R spring kit and a custom-built Brembo brake system with two-piece rotors sized 380-by-32 mm (14.96-by-1.26-inch) and six-piston calipers.
Additionally, a Racing Beat custom dual-exhaust system helps give the Mazda6 a nice rumble as it tackles a twisty track.
The interior also gets a nice upgrade with premium soft leather combined with intricate stitching and overlapping-weave patterns. The concept combines white with black leather on the steering wheel, arm rests, emergency brake and center console. The steering wheel gets Light White Momo-style stitching and a matching leather strip at the high-noon position.
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Starting with a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Diesel , AEV fitted 40-inch-tall tires under the Ram with a three-inch suspension lift. The result is a heavy-duty truck that’s still usable around town, but can handle any off-road challenge thrown its way.
AEV made a name for itself by developing its aftermarket products with guidance from Chrysler engineers, ensuring top-notch quality. The tradition continues in the Ram project with such examples as the suspension setup. The front springs remain stock and sit atop cast-aluminum spacers, so as not to change the ride quality, while heavy-duty Bilstein shocks help manage the expected abuses found off-road.
The Ram’s front bumper is 3/16-inch-thick stamped steel — over four times thicker than the stock unit — and hides a massive 16,500-pound Warn winch. Two recovery points predominantly protrude out front, ready for D-ring shackles. The bumper is divided into three separate pieces for easy replacement of damaged parts, or even further user-customization.
Around to the Ram’s side are the AEV high-clearance finders with integrated flares. They provide the capability to run 40-inch-tall tires with such a minimal lift. (Normally 40-inch tires require six to eight inches of lift) Unique 17x10, AVE-designed “Katla” cast-aluminum wheels are ruggedly stylish and can carry 3,650 pounds each.
In addition to the suspension setup, AEV added a high-steer kit that corrects for the steering gear’s new geometry, while only two inches of lift were added to the rear axle, making the truck level.
While the truck as a whole isn’t headed for production, the individual AEV parts are. They go on sale sometime in 2014.
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The 2013 SEMA Show often welcomes projects that are modded like mad, but sometimes, the adage ’less is more’ has equal value in a place like SEMA. This year, Chevrolet is proving as much with the introduction of the Silverado Cheyenne Concept.
On the outside, you might not think of any comprehensive upgrade given to this Silverado. Actually, you really have to look real closely at the pickup to notice the carbon-fiber replacements given to a number of the pickups exterior components, including the bumpers, the inner cargo box, and the tailgate. Not only does the carbon fiber make the Silverado look more exotic, but it also shaves around 200 pounds off the pickups overall weight.
Outside of the "obvious" enhancements, the Silverado Cheyenne Concept also benefits from a lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar, a set of 19-inch wheels that it borrowed from the Camaro Z/28 and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
Moving inside, you’re going to see Recaro sport seats take the place of the standard seats, while a flat-bottom steering wheel also was installed in favor of the normal configuration.
No engine upgrades were given, less the throaty Borla exhaust system, but given the reduction in weight, you can expect the Silverado Cheyenne Concept’s performance figures to go up a tick, albeit a small one at that. That’s not a small feat considering that Chevy’s new EcoTec3 6.2-liter, V-8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – the highest rated output in the light-duty truck segment, and 65-horsepower and 77 lb-ft more than the production 5.3-liter, V-8 engine.
This special-edition Challenger will come only in white or black exterior colors combined with blue stripes and the recently resurrected "Shaker " hood. Mopar performed an exhaustive list of updates on the exterior, interior and the performance of the aging muscle car.
Some of the performance mods include a new exhaust, a performance suspension system with lowering springs, and another SEMA star: the Scat Packages .
The Mopar `14 Challenger will be limited to only 100 units and will be put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.
Updated 11/06/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
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The ILX is a recent addition to the Acura lineup, and the automaker wants to show off exactly what its resident entry-level sedan is capable of to help draw in the younger crowd. With this desire for youthful buyers, Acura took to task developing the Street Performance ILX for the 2013 SEMA Show .
Acura teamed up with MAD Industries to build this performance sedan, and it’s described as "a fun car that feels at home on city streets or a curvy mountain pass." Just like with all the other models Acura hauled to Las Vegas, the most important work on this concept ILX took place under its hood.
The 2.4-liter model was treated to a healthy dose of forced air by way of a supercharger kit and intake from CT Engineering. Acura and MAD then tossed in a Greddy SP Elite prototype exhaust system to allow the engine to exhale after that huge helping of extra air. These changes gave the ILX a modest bump of 49 horsepower to a total of 250 ponies — the stock ILX puts down 201 horses.
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Chrysler and its subsidiaries — Mopar, in particular — are rolling into the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an amazing entourage of vehicles. Together they have developed over 20 new vehicles for this show, and one of them is a new Scat Package that pays tribute to legendary "Scat Pack Club" offered back in 1968.
The new package comes just in time to celebrate Scat’s 45th anniversary, and it will be offered for the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart models. The new Scat Package will be available starting the spring of 2014.
For the Challenger, the Scat Package is all about bumping up the output of the 5.7-Liter HEMI V-8 and it will come in three different stages: Scat Package 1, 2 and 3. The only issue is that Chrysler has yet to formally announce how the kits will affect the HEMI’s output.
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Concentrating mostly on the suspension and brakes, GSR Autosport added Bilstein’s new IRC suspension, which uses the latest technology and can be controlled via a smartphone. The suspension continually adapts to changing conditions, using a g-load sensor in an onboard computer, along with the g-load sensor within the smartphone. Other suspension parts were swapped out with upgraded BMW M components for greater handling.
The BMW’s engine was treated to a few additional horsepower, thanks to a cold-air intake and larger intercooler, while the stock 335i brakes were tossed in favor of huge Brembo calibers and cross-drilled rotors.
“This isn’t just a track day car,” says Michael Essa. “This is a car you can go to the track with and drive everyday.” With the adjustable suspension, the driver can put it into sport, track, street, or comfort modes depending on the situation.
The lucky winner of the raffle, David Smit, will be driving home the GSR Autosport/Bilstein BMW 335i after the companies show it off at this year’s SEMA auto show.
Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.
Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .
In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."
The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.
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