The 2015 Chrysler 200 finally got its long-overdue update when Chrysler decided to introduce the revised model at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. It really couldn’t have come at a better time as a lot of people were getting tired of the old 200. Now, the 200S is getting the full Mopar blowout at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. For those who already have the 2015 200S in their garages, this is the blueprint you need to follow to make it stand out even more.
The showpiece model didn’t get any peculiar colors or massive performance bumps, which might confuse some people because SEMA is usually associated with bombastic shades and outlandish engine modifications. Instead, Chrysler and Mopar opted for a more subdued, yet infinitely more realistic upgrade. There’s a new body kit somewhere in there, and while it’s not as obvious as those 19-inch matte-bronze wheels, Mopar also did a number on the 200S’ suspension system to help it in the corners.
The best part about this program is the fact that these Mopar accessories are going to be available to the public beginning in 2015. The Mopar body kit will hit stores in the first quarter of 2015 with the wheels and the other upgrades following at later dates.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chrysler 200S Mopar.
If there is one show that really brings the best out of Chrysler’s MOPAR tuning division, it is SEMA in Las Vegas.
Topping its past SEMA showcar roster, it looks like Mopar is once again pretty busy developing the models it will display in Las Vegas during the 2013 SEMA Show.
This year Mopar will bring no less than 20 heavily modified models, coming from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and SRT. Plus a few buyer customers from Chrysler’s Facebook challenge prize-winners.
The first teaser images revealed today show:an updated Jeep Cherokee in various flavors some hot Fiat 500’s a Mopar Ram 1500 and the latest look for the Mopar Chrysler 300.
Those of you whom will be in Las Vegas this year will also have the chance to take a first look at the latest Jeep Performance Parts, developed by Mopar Off-Road Division and even for sale in many Jeep dealers.
The 2013 SEMA will open its door on November 5th, but stay tuned for all the pre-show news!
Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart Slingshot - the model that made quite a sensation last year at SEMA.
Automakers are known to come up with contests for their fans that are launched to get the latter more involved in the inner workings of the industry. We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again.
This time around, it’s Chrysler that has taken that role, opening up a new online contest to encourage its fans to show their customized Chrysler vehicles.
To drive up the interest in the contest, which has been dubbed the Chrysler Custom Challenge, the automaker decided to roll out a number of prizes that are too cool to pass up, including attending the 2013 SEMA Auto Show with their customized Chryslers, as well as a trip to the 2014 NAIAS and a lease of a Chrysler vehicle.
That last part alone would’ve gotten us interested.
As far as entering the competition is concerned, interested participants are invited to visit Chrysler’s Facebook page and submit an image of their customized Chrysler brand vehicle to go with a brief description of the customizations.
All entries will then be subjected to public voting until July 1st at which time three finalists and ten runner-up winners will be selected by a combination of judges’ scores and public votes.
So if any of you have any Chrysler-modded vehicles in your garage, stand proud and show them off. Who knows, you might be rewarded with a trip to SEMA with your baby for your efforts.
Click past the jump to see some of the past Chrysler aftermarket programs that would make for good contenders in this contest
Back in 1978, Dodge rolled out a special edition package for its D150 pickup trucks, which were not yet named “Ram.” This new package was known internally as Package Code YH6 and featured a high-output 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carb pumping in fuel. The engine boasted high-flow cylinder heads and an aggressive cam shave and it all hooked up to a 3.55-to-1 rear end. This package, which we all know as the L’il Red Express, only lasted two years – 1978 and 1979 – and saw only 2,188 units in 1978 and 5,118 units in 1979. This makes it one of the most sought after Dodge pickups ever built.
Well, Ram is rolling out a remake of this classic short-body pickup truck in the form of its SEMA-stationed L’il Red Express Truck. Though it is more modern than the original rendition, it certainly pays it homage rather well. It features the bright-red paint of the original, a side-stack exhaust system, and a wood-trimmed bed.
In addition, this remake of the cult classic pickup features 22-inch Mopar rims with gold inserts, a 5.7-liter HEMI engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, gold accent stripes, “Hyperblack” painted grille inserts, and a custom Katzkin (no, not “cat skin”) interior. Sure, it lacks the flare-side styling and the wood-outlined bed of the original, but it is bad-ass nonetheless.
There is no mention of this special edition ever coming to the Ram lineup, but don’t be too surprised to see it roll out in 2013 and 2014, as Chrysler loves running special-edition Rams – there have been plenty of them. One thing is for sure, it would definitely carry a higher premium than the $1,131 price for the original L’il Red Express package.
Stay tuned to find our of Chrysler plans to launch this model or not.
If you want to take a break from all the Paris Auto Show-related news, check out some of the new details we dug up on the next big auto show of the year: SEMA. Mopar has unveiled a series of teaser images for their upcoming line-up, which will be presented in Las Vegas from Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to Friday, November 2, 2012. These images only show five different vehicles, but the company has promised that more than 20 Moparized Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat, and SRT vehicles will be at the show.
The teaser images show a widebody Fiat 500, a custom RAM pickup, an updated Dodge Charger,
a heavily modified Jeep, and - our favorite - a very nicely updated Dodge Dart. With its growing list of Mopar-first features, including Electronic Vehicle Tracking Systems (EVTS), Wireless charging, Vehicle-information apps, and Electronic owner manuals, we’re psyched to see what Chrysler’s service, parts, and customer-care brand has to offer at this year’s SEMA Auto Show.
"At Mopar, we always look forward to the SEMA season," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The show is an opportunity for us to inspire owners to customize their vehicles, and it’s the perfect place to showcase our vast portfolio of quality-tested performance parts and accessories."
The last and arguably most impressive program Chrysler and Mopar built to celebrate the latter’s 75th anniversary is the Mopar 300, a comprehensive tuning program built for the Chrysler 300.
As a special edition model, the Mopar 300 is distinguished by a slew of aerodynamic and aesthetic modifications, including a new black chrome grille, tinted headlights, blue decal body stripes with matching special badging, and a new set of 20" wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. Meanwhile, interior modifications done on the Mopar 300 include perforated Katzkin leather seats, a thick-rimmed steering wheel with die-cast paddle shifters, carbon fiber trim, piano black accents, a new gear knob, an Alpine audio system, and a Uconnect Touch infotainment system.
Performance modifications include a sport-tuned suspension system, high-performance brakes, and revised gearing, improving the acceleration capabilities of the 300’s 363-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine from six seconds down to around five seconds.
Anybody looking to score a piece of this special edition, Mopar-tuned Chrysler 300 will get a chance to do so this summer when the car becomes available at a price of $49,700.
With the 2012 North American International Auto Show just around the corner, renowned tuning firm Mopar has set its sights on a 2012 Chrysler 200 with a special edition model called the 200 Super S.
Set to debut in Detroit in the coming weeks, the 200 Super S showcases the latest in Mopar’s aerodynamic components that will be made available to the sedan beginning later this year.
"The Super S is Mopar’s interpretation of the Chrysler 200," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. "The extensive list of high-quality Mopar parts enhances the performance and appearance of our Chrysler 200."
As you can imagine, Mopar is offering an extensive list of programs for the 200 that includes a Stage I aerodynamic program that includes a large chin spoiler, a satin chrome fog light trim, a satin chrome grille surround and mesh in the upper and lower grilles, a gloss black grille, new side sills, a satin chrome belt molding, black chrome "200" badges, a new trunk lid spoiler, a satin chrome light bar, a matte black lower diffuser with attached exhaust openings, and a new set of 18" "S" alloy wheels that come in either Gray or Hyper Black color options.
Adding to the pretty comprehensive Stage I program is the Stage II program, which comes with performance tweaks that include a new coil-over suspension, a new cold-air intake, and a new cat-back exhaust.
About the only downside to this model is that it doesn’t have any engine upgrades. That being said, the 200’s standard numbers are still impressive in their own right: a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 283 horsepower and 260 lb/ft of torque.
The Chrysler PT Cruiser is – or should we say, was – a car that you would never mistake for being a powerhouse. Retro-looking, sure. Snorting horsepower? Hardly.
The only way you could give the PT Cruiser some street rep is to take out its four-cylinder mechanical guts and place something akin to a Dodge Viper’s powerhouse V10 in it, which, fortunately, is exactly what someone did to their beloved, little hatch. The result is a vehicle that epitomizes substance over style. On the outside, the first thing you’ll notice is the fact that this PT Cruiser was turned into a pick-up, which is weird enough on its own considering the retro hatch’s unmistakable profile. So without the rear doors and a hatch that has since been replaced with a pick-up bed, the PT Cruiser’s new profile lends itself a curious look.
That is until you pop open the hood.
Where a 2.4-liter four-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine that produces 150 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque once resided is now an old 8.0-liter V10 engine that produces 500 horsepower to go with the Viper’s six-speed transmission, rear suspension, and steering rack. The car is said to have been built some years back, but given it’s uniqueness and downright peculiarity – not to mention the insane power under its hood – it’s still something that will catch your attention.
Now is it enough to warrant a bid on eBay for more than the $13,100 price tag currently on display? We say absolutely only because something this weird with that much horsepower is bound to make anyone stand out in a crowd.
Having an auto show without any Mopar vehicles is like having a sundae without any whipped cream; it may still taste good, but it’s just not the same. Thankfully, we won’t have to experience that because the Detroit Auto Show will be chalk full of "Moparized" models. Among them there will be a Chrysler 200 Super S that has received the full on Mopar treatment.
To get to this final project as seen in the rendering released by Chrysler, Mopar started off with a 2011 Chrysler 200 which they then covered in a Black and Tungsten - which is just a fancy way of saying black and gray - paint scheme. After that, the tuners added a gloss black grille surround, a gloss black mesh grille, recessed wing badge, vented hood, and lower chin spoiler. Other small additions consist of a fog light bezel with light bar and brake induction openings. This rendering doesn’t show the back of the car, but if it did, we’d see a bright exhaust tip and a decklid spoiler. The exterior package is finished off with a new set of 19" wheels.
The interior won’t receive much in the way of anything, but it will get Katzkin leather seats and numerous black elements to go along with the exterior.
The Chrysler 200 Super S doesn’t get anything in the form of an engine modification, so we’re not sure if it can live up to the "Super" name. Guess we’ll have to wait and see just how fitting this name is when the Detroit Motor Show opens its doors next week.
Press release after the jump.
The Performance Racing industry show came and went with a series of new parts for all of our racing needs. Among the most notable of these items was Mopar’s new 426 ’Elephant’ Hemi V8 engine. This engine is all aluminum and delivers an impressive 540 HP and 530 ft.-lbs. of torque, all for a bargain price of $13,675. Production for the engine has already started.
Along with the new 426 engine, Mopar brought out the new 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak. The drag pak comes with a 8.4-liter 512 cubic-inch engine with a 2-speed automatic transmission. Based on the 2011 Dodge Challenger and finished in a Stock Eliminator and Super Stock configuration, the 2011 Mopar Challenger V-10 Drag Pak is the first and only 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car.
Alongside the 426 ’Elephant’ Hemi V8 engine and the V10 Drag Pak, Mopar also brought valvetrain tie bars, a rear strut tower, midget race cylinder head, aluminum engine blocks, cylinder head stud kit, cold-air intake, W2 heads, and a Gen III distributor kit to the show. All of these parts can be ordered individually to increase your car’s performance.
Press release after the jump.
Speed and power was never the calling card of this cute, little Italian import we’ve come to love as the Fiat 500. Despite not having the trademark Italian machismo than it’s more powerful compatriot – hello, Ferrari – is known for, the Fiat 500 is special for a very different reason. It’s cute, it’s affordable, and it’s a lot of fun to drive. Safe to say, it’s three of the most important things that people look for in a car. And if you’ve ever wondered how popular the little hatch is, look no further than the 60 plus awards it has bagged, including the 2008 European Car of the Year and the 2009 World Car Design of the Year.
And now that Fiat has a stake in Chrysler, it would have been a crime if SEMA came along and the Fiat 500 wasn’t there to introduce itself to the land of Ford and the home of Chevrolet. Fortunately, the neckties over at Chrysler thought of the same idea and, together with Mopar Underground, have decided to give the 500 a nice dress up for its introduction to the American market.
Continued after the jump.
While the Chrysler 300C’s death is imminent, tuners want to give the car just one last chance. The British tuner MaxPower is offering a tuning package for the American sedan that includes exterior updates and a new exhaust system.
The exterior package includes a new front grille with five horizontal bars, a front bumper with additional air intakes and new front fenders incorporating air outlets. It will also sport new side skirts, a rear window spoiler, a discreet spoiler lip, and a sport exhaust system.
The entire package is finished by two-tone finish wheels with a black center and a aluminum polished outer wheel rim.
We wish we could say that this completely changed our minds on the vehicle, but that is simply not the case. MaxPower’s attempt to jazz up the Chrysler 300C left us wishing we had caught the poetry reading down the street instead. The add-ons provided to the vehicle were just not exciting enough to marvel over. We have to say it was a meager attempt in pimping the 300. Sorry, MaxPower, we are just not impressed.
It doesn’t happen too often but it seems that today we are witnesses at the birth of a new tuning company, named Techco. The new company is formed by the team that designed, develop and tested the Saleen S7, Saleen S281 Mustangs, Saleen/Parnelli Jones Limited Edition Mustang, and Saleen S331 Sport Trucks. The company’s new flagship represents the Techco Reverse-Revolution Twin Screw Supercharger, which according to the them, it doesn’t have a new technology in supercharging, but it represents a new product featuring a revolutionary design, providing superior power and performance. The new supercharger is available for 5.7 L/6.1 L engines found in the Dodge Challenger, Charger, Magnum and the Chrysler 300C but also for the 4.6L 3v Musntang engine and the C6/C6 Corvette.
If we all had the time, money and ability, then everyone would have a custom car. That’s what makes this one so special, an amateur built in his own time this custom Chrysler Sport Coach. As you can see the car looks really special, featuring chromed wheels, 22 inch on the front and 24 inch on the rear. Under the hood, what else than an iconic Hemi 5.7l engine capable to leave behind modern muscle cars such as Ford Mustang and Dodge Charger.
In order to be more comfortable, the car not only features a new adjustable suspension system, but also a new set of brakes. The four individual seats are covered in premium leather as well as the door panels and roof. Price of the vehicle: priceless!
This vehicle is a clear example that if you don’t have the money to buy yourself a new car, then you can update your old one. The car you see in the photos is a Mercedes E-Class and due to the fact that is old the owner wanted to refresh it a little and updated with a facelift. As you can see from the front the car looks exactly like a Chrysler 300C...too bad that the rest of the car remained the same...the owner could modify also the rear to look like a Chrysler. What’s your opinion?
Startech revealed at the Geneva Motor Show a tuning kit based on the current generation Chrysler 300C. The tuning kit adds front spoiler and custom-tailored mounting elements with daylight running lights, giving the 300C a more sportier look.
The Startech Chrysler 300C is powered a 3.0-liter V6 common-rail turbodiesel engine that bumps power output from standard 218 hp (214 hp SAE net) / 160 kW to 262 hp (259 hp SAE net) / 193 kW at 4,000 rpm. Even more important for everyday driving is the increase in torque from 510 Nm to 580 Nm (376 to 428 lb-ft), available already between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm.
The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is shortened from 7.6 (wagon: 7.9) seconds for the production car to 7.2 (Touring: 7.5) seconds with STARTECH SD6 tuning. Top speed grows to 238 (wagon: 232) km/h (149 and 145 mph).
Press release after the jump.
How about a 300C with a Phantom grille? Sounds pretty aggressive no? Well so it looks like! Webb Bland took a Chrysler 300C, lowered it, tinted it, and had the tail lights blacked out.
next they added Asanti Forged 3PC Chrome 24" Wheels, Jackknife Doors and of course the Phantom Grille!