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Chrysler flexes its Mopar muscle at SEMA 2013 (pictures)

Chrysler's Mopar performance group shows that it can be a jack-of-all-trades at SEMA, showcasing a varitety of custom vehicles for road, dirt, and track.

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Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver

LAS VEGAS -- The Trail Carver starts with the V-6 powered Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and upgrades it to better handle off-road conditions. The underbody, fuel tank, oil pan, suspension and more are protected by skid plates.
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Trailhawk wheels

The Trailhawk wheels have been painted granite crystal to better match the auburn pearl paint and are shod with destination mud tires.
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Topographic pattern

The hood features a topographic pattern that is contrasted with matte paint and rimmed with orange paint.
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Leather and tech

Inside, the cabin has been reupholstered with Katzkin leather. Meanwhile, the dashboard features Chrysler's full Uconnect infotainment system complete with wireless smartphone charging.
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Fiat 500L Adventurer

Fiat's new 500L gets ready for adventure with the Adventurer concept. A cat-back exhaust, a cold-air intake, and a custom performance lift kit have this 500L ready for light off-roading.
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Fiat 500L Adventurer

Custom 18-inch wheels are finished off with Fiat center caps. 500L graphics and bright orange highlights help catch the eye.
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Fiat 500L Thalassa

The 500L Thalassa is beach-ready with a surfboard on its Mopar roof rack.
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Fiat 500L Thalassa

Rather than a lift, the Thalassa has been lowered on custom springs over custom Beach Cruiser wheels. It also features a cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust to boost performance.
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Fiat 500L Thalassa

Inside, the surf theme continues with teakwood floor mats and color-matched interior panels.
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Ram Sun Chaser

Also ready for the beach is the Ram Sun Chaser. This Ram 1500 Crew Cab is coated with vibrance orange blast paint and features a 2-inch suspension lift, custom 17-inch beadlock wheels with Mickey Thompson Baja tires, and intake and exhaust upgrades.
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Shower station

The Ram's bed features rails for surfboards and a custom shower station built into its Ram fender storage.
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SRT Viper

When people think Mopar, they're usually thinking performance. And there's no better higher-performance Chrysler Group vehicle than the SRT Viper.
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SRT Viper

This example is mostly stock, featuring only a few performance modifications from Mopar's catalog.
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SRT Viper

Forged aluminum ultralightweight wheels and carbon fiber cross bracing add strength, but not a lot of weight.
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Dodge Challenger

The Challenger and its four-doored sibling, the Charger, are more attainable Mopar moddable vehicles.
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Mopar spoiler

Mopar offers styling and aerodynamic upgrades such as this lip spoiler.
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Mopar wheels

Plus-sized wheels and tires give the Challenger a more muscular appearance.
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Dodge Challenger

The Challenger and Charger are probably the most customizable vehicles in Chrysler's fleet. Drivers can go extreme or stick close to stock like this example.
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Dodge Dart

The Italian-influenced Dart is the new kid on Dodge's block. This example features many styling and performance upgrades.
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Ram Promaster

The new Ram Promaster commercial van makes an appearance at the SEMA show; this one has been outfitted as a mobile garage and weekend race support vehicle.
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Ram Promaster

The cargo area is possibly better outfitted to maintain a race car than most drivers' garages are. Looking inside, I was amused to find not one, but two RoboReels.
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Fiat 500 Abarth

The vehicle that the Promaster is supporting is a race-prepped Abarth 500.
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Fiat 500 Abarth

The cabin of the Abarth is a veritable spider web of braces and roll cage bars.
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Dodge Durango R/T

This Durango has been moderately upgraded with bigger brakes, lower springs, and a freer-flowing exhaust. Twenty-two-inch alloy wheels fill the wells.
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Jeep Wrangler Stitch

Let's get crazy again. The Jeep Wrangler Stitch is ridiculously lightweight for a modern Wrangler -- only 3,000 pounds -- giving it a power-to-weight ratio similar to that of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. Jeep was able to do this by replacing many of the body panels with fabric stretched over a composite frame.
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Jeep Wrangler Stitch

The suspension has been modified with King shocks and air bumps along with a host of off-road modifications to the drivetrain and chassis. The whole thing sits atop 35-inch Mickey Thompson off-road tires, while the driver sits atop SRT Viper seats that have been lightened and retrimmed.
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Jeep Wrangler Mopar Recon

The Mopar Recon celebrates Jeep's long history with the United States military with 470-horsepower of firepower from its 6.4-liter Hemi crate engine. That's just the beginning of a laundry list of upgrades that ends with battleship gray exterior paint.

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