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2019 Dodge Lowliner Concept by Mopar

2019 Dodge Lowliner Concept by Mopar

Mopar has reincarnated the heavy-duty workhorse from the past as a wannabe pimp ride!

Thanks to shows like SEMA, aftermarket companies are able to exercise their creative sides in bringing out the funkiest concepts which, otherwise, wouldn’t have garnered a lot of attention. And, when the products are from brands like Mopar, you know that you’re in for a treat. Mopar will be bringing two concept trucks to the SEMA – a Dodge D200-series ‘Lowliner’ pickup truck and a 1500 Rebel-based concept. We’ll be talking about the former one here, and to say the least, Dodge sure had fun reimagining this truck from the 1960s.

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2018 Dodge Redeye Express

2018 Dodge Redeye Express

Santa’s new ride matches his new shredded bod

By his own admission, the start of 2018 wasn’t a good time for Santa Claus. He had just finished his 2017 holiday delivery schedule and found himself more exhausted than he usually was. His back was screaming, his knees hurt, and he was, in his own words, growing a “bowl of jelly” in his stomach. Six months passed and Santa was still stuck in a rut. He knew he needed to work out. He just wasn’t inspired to do it. Then, in one fateful night in June, Santa visited his favorite auto website — we think it’s Topspeed — and saw the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The very next day, Santa called up his local Dodge dealer in the North Pole and asked to test drive the 797-horsepower monster.

We jump to the present day, and Santa’s a completely different man. His “bowl of jelly” is gone, replaced by muscles that sat on top of muscles. He credits his physical makeover to the test-drive he had back in June, saying that it transformed his outlook in life. That same test drive also inspired him to transform his old ride to match his new “shredded bod.” And so, the Dodge Redeye Express was born.

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2016 Dodge Shakedown Challenger

2016 Dodge Shakedown Challenger

A Modern Challenger in a 1971 body

The 2016 SEMA Show is upon us and the Las Vegas event is once again packed with hot cars and aftermarket parts. Nearly all major automakers brought at least one new product or concept to SEMA. Mopar is once again among the brands that have set up a booth at the event and, as usual, the

FCA

owned company has plenty of concept cars on display. They all have all sort of exciting features to brag about, but none is as spectacular as the Shakedown Challenger.

Although the name suggests we’re looking at a modern Challenger loaded with concept and aftermarket accessories, the vehicle is actually based on a first-generation car. Specifically, Mopar used a 1971 Challenger body and interior for this build. Pretty much a restomod as far as styling goes, the Shakedown rides on modern underpinning and features a large number of parts borrowed from the 2017 Challenger. On top of that, it showcases some of Mopar’s newest concept parts, some of which will be offered as production accessories starting 2017.

Find out what makes the Shakedown Challenger special in our review below and don’t forget to check out other Mopar builds from this year’s SEMA Show, including the Dodge Durango Shaker or the Jeep CJ66.

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2016 Dodge Durango Shaker concept

2016 Dodge Durango Shaker concept

Shaker hood and Viper seats in an SUV? You got it!

Launched in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the third-generation Durango arrived in showrooms a full year after Dodge discontinued the nameplate. The relaunch brought a significantly redesigned SUV with a more upscale interior. While the 5.7-liter V-8 soldiered on with updates, the 3.7-liter V-6 was replaced by the 3.6-liter Pentastar, and the 4.7-liter V-8 was dropped from the lineup. The SUV received its mid-cycle facelift for the 2014 model year, when it gained sportier features, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and redesigned taillights.

Praised for its spacious third-row seats, reliable infotainment system, solid performance of the V-8, and strong towing capacity, the third-gen Durango has been doing quite well sales-wise since the facelift. Although figures aren’t as good as the early 2000s, the Durango sold more than 60,000 units a year in 2014 and 2015, prompting Dodge to add more features with each model year. More recently, rumors of a high-performance version surfaced the Interwebz, backed by spy shots of a more aggressive looking SUV. The production model has yet to be unveiled as of November 2016, but Dodge showcased a higher-performance Durango concept at the 2016 SEMA Show.

Dubbed Durango Shaker concept, it features an array of Mopar accessories, as well as elements usually offered on muscle cars, including the Shaker hood. Dodge didn’t say whether the concept previews an actual road-going SUV, but it’s presence in Las Vegas will definitely get Mopar fans excited. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept

2015 Dodge Dart GLH Concept

The Dodge Omni first broke into the auto scene back in 1977 but it wasn’t until 1984 when the performance-oriented Omni GLH (Goes Like Hell) was unleashed to the public. In its short lifespan - it only lasted until 1986 - the Omni GLH was able to create a loyal fan base that included no less than Carroll Shelby himself. In fact, the final 500 units of the 1985 Omni GLH-T were all sold to Shelby, who in turn, modified them to become the 1986 Shelby GLHS (Goes Like Hell S’More).

It’s an incredible history for a car that lasted only a few years. That history has remained untouched, at least until now. Yes, Dodge is bringing back the classic GLH name at the 2015 SEMA Auto Show in the form of the Dodge Dart GLH Concept.

For all intents and purposes, the Dart GLH Concept is a tribute car to the original Omni GLH, a cult classic that has somehow never received its just due. It’s a fitting homage to one of Dodge’s most underrated classics and it shows throughout the Dart GLH Concept’s dramatic styling. The original Omni GLH may have been lost to history and the occasional wall posters hanging on someone’s room, but its memory now lives on through the Dart GLH Concept.

Work on the Dart GLH Concept was done with the help of Mopar as shown by the extensive amount of new components and accessories from Chrysler’s in-house performance division.

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2015 Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3

2015 Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3

Dodge would like you to remember, as you look through the countless aftermarket examples of its cars that will turn up to SEMA, that there are also quite a few Mopar options for customizing your Charger. Even though an argument could be made that optioning your Charger with Mopar accessories doesn’t really make it aftermarket, this kind of thing is always common at SEMA, and from more manufacturers than just Dodge. There are a number of Mopar cars at this year’s show, and for the Charger, the in-house tuner has a concept called the Dodge Charger Deep Stage 3.

The car is tame by SEMA standards, but is a realistic approximation of what most people who wish to tune their Charger will probably be looking to do. Most of the modifications are existing products that are available right now from Mopar, but not quite everything. Hopefully this is one of those situations where Mopar is using the concept as a way of gauging the public’s reaction to the car, and future offerings will be based on that reaction. But, even if that isn’t the purpose, and Mopar just wants to remind everyone that you can buy go-fast parts right from the dealership, it’s still a good looking car.

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2015 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

2015 Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept

Mopar, Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care division, has been using the SEMA Show to display numerous wild concept cars for quite a few years now, and the 2015 edition is no exception. This year’s display was a bit more special, however, as alongside the visually-enhanced Chryslers, Dodges, Rams and Fiats, Mopar also showcased an all-wheel drive Challenger.

Yes, you read that right! Mopar just built a V-8-powered muscle car that combines power and performance with the confidence of increased traction that comes with an AWD system. Most old-school enthusiasts might find it profane, but to others the Challenger GT AWD Concept may be like a dream come true.

Unfortunately, since this show car isn’t likely to become a production vehicle, chances of seeing it in showrooms anytime soon are rather slim. It remains to be seen whether the next-generation Challenger will get an AWD option or not, but until then all we can do is have a closer look at this unique concept car.

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2015 Dodge Dart R/T Concept

2015 Dodge Dart R/T Concept

The list of Dodge vehicles prepped for SEMA keeps growing. This one is the Dart R/T Concept and combines quite a few exterior modifications to strengthen the Dart’s street cred.

Most noticeable is the matte-black hood, roof, and rear decklid combined with matching 18-inch wheels. That’s contrasted by Dodge’s O-So-Orange paint that really makes the Dart stand out.

Besides the color combination, this Dart sports a new front fascia with an enlarged grille opening that provides extra airflow to the engine’s intercooler. The grille features new textures and LED fog-lamp surrounds. Also feeding more air into the car is that updated hood. The all aluminum piece has a large intake that forces air directly into the turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four’s air intake. Further back, a heat extractor helps remove hot air and positive pressure from the engine bay.

Dodge added several Mopar parts to this concept that dress it up even more, including a front chin splitter, side-sill accents, and a rear fascia diffuser. That rear diffuser molds itself around some bold, 3.5-inch exhaust tips that let everyone know the Dart is coming. On the decklid, a large three-piece spoiler adds some downforce and sport.

Last but certainly not least are some actual mechanical modifications. A Mopar big-brake kit brings the whole operation to a halt and adjustable coil-over shocks help the Dart feel more darty.

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2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

2015 Dodge Viper ACR Concept

The Viper ACR (American Club Racing) model was introduced in 1999, three years into the second generation of the sports car. Available only as a coupe, the ACR received a host of aerodynamic and mechanical enhancements developed for the track. A revised front bumper, a vented hood and a fixed rear wing were the main body highlights, while a stiffer, adjustable suspension improved its handling. Likewise, the 8.0-liter V-10 of the second-gen Viper had its output increased by 10 ponies to 460 horsepower for the ACR. Curb weight was reduced by more than 50 pounds. The third-gen Viper didn’t offer an ACR version, but the track-ready sports car returned in 2008 with even more updates. But unlike its predecessor, the new ACR didn’t have any engine modifications as the 8.4-liter V-10 kept its stock 600 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. In 2011, a 2010 Viper ACR lapped the Nurburgring track in 7 minutes, 12.13 seconds. The sports car remains the sixth fastest production car on the "Green Hell" as of 2014. The 2010 model year was the last year for the ACR, but as we approach 2015, Dodge is showcasing an ACR Concept based on the fifth-generation model at the SEMA Show.

Could this mean the track-spec Viper is returning after a four-year absence? Dodge has yet to confirm it, but the concept car looks very familiar and ready to hit the assembly line. Check out the details after the jump as we wait for Chrysler to release more photos of the new ACR.

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2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar Concept

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Mopar Concept

The 2014 SEMA Auto Show is just around the corner so Mopar’s been extremely busy these days with plenty of products headed to Las Vegas. Two, in particular, are of the Dodge Charger variety, one of which is the Charger R/T Mopar Concept. The conceptual preview version may not have the dealership immediacy another SEMA-bound Charger, the Charger Scat Pack, but it does provide a good indication on what the meaty, four-door muscle car could look after spending some time on Mopar’s operating table.

The Charger R/T Mopar Concept isn’t meant to dramatically alter our perception of the Charger. Instead, Mopar opted for more subtle improvements, enough at least to give the Charger a little more pep in its step. It’s debatable if the Charger really does need one, but for the sake of the R/T Mopar Concept, let’s just say that it does.

It features a healthy dose of Mopar products, carefully added for both aesthetic and aerodynamic reasons. It even gets a fancy, new exterior paint, a set of massive wheels, and engine modifications that gives the four-door muscle car a “jolt” of added power. That’s a nice way of putting it, although it would have been really nice if Dodge and/or Mopar actually revealed how much “jolt” the Charger really got.

Remember, the Charger already packs a 5.7-liter, Hemi, V-8 engine that pumps out 370 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque on its own.

Hopefully, Mopar spills the beans when the Charger R/T Mopar Concept is unveiled at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show together with the entire Mopar-tuned brood.

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2014 Dodge Challenger A/T Concept

2014 Dodge Challenger A/T Concept

Now that the Hellcat engine and its 707 horsepower has been introduced, it’s safe to say the 2015 Challenger is the most powerful, factory-build muscle car. But while the ink is still wet on the Challenger Hellcat and its outstanding performance figures, a brand-new concept is here to give Chrysler’s muscle car a totally new meaning. Meet the Challenger A/T Concept, the all-terrain pony that could put a Jeep Wrangler to shame.

Created by Joey Ruiter, the man behind several off-road vehicle, bike and even power boat projects, the Challenger A/T is still a concept car. However, the proposition is not just some silly idea thrown around just for kicks, but a highly customized Challenger that’s now capable to run across the desert alongside the Ford SVT Raptor. Will we be able to buy such a contraption at a Chrysler dealership? Not likely, but it’s a great idea to start from if you want to go dirt racing in a massive coupe like Dodge Challenger.

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2012 Dodge Ram L'il Red Express Truck

2012 Dodge Ram L’il Red Express Truck

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.

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