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Chrysler Previews SEMA Lineup


author photo by Jeffrey Archer October 2011

Although it was once limited to tuning companies and aftermarket suppliers, the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas has grown considerably in recent years to include many major automakers. This year, Chrysler will be one of several manufacturers participating, showing off highly modified versions of more than 30 products from its Dodge Durango SUV to the tiny FIAT 500 subcompact.

While several different models will be shown, highlights of Chrysler's car line display include modified versions of its 300 sedan and Dodge Challenger coupe. The tricked-out 300, officially dubbed the SF6, pays homage to Chrysler's "Spring Festival," an annual gathering of the sedan's owners in southern California. According to Chrysler, its Mopar Underground Team designed the car specifically for the group's sixth annual event, adding 22-inch wheels, improved brakes and suspension, and an upgraded interior.

Las Vegas will also play host to the debut of a high-performance version of the sporty Dodge Challenger. Officially called the Challenger SRT8 ACR - for "American Championship Racing" - the upgraded coupe includes a short-throw shifter, a front splitter, a cat-back exhaust, custom headers, and high performance tires. Designed to recall the recently discontinued Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR, exterior modifications include a rear spoiler and carbon fiber hood

But Chrysler isn't just showing off cars at SEMA. The automaker also announced its plans to debut the special-edition Dodge Durango Tow Hook, which adds sportier styling and an eye-catching paint scheme to the large SUV. Other modifications include 22-inch wheels and performance tires, a custom exhaust system, and a reduced ride height for a more aggressive look. While Chrysler hasn't announced its entire SEMA lineup, the automaker also revealed that a high-performance version of its full-size Ram pickup would make its debut at the show.

Chrysler's SEMA display will also include several unique special editions of the small FIAT 500 hatchback. According to Chrysler, highlights include the FIAT 500 Titanium, which offers matte surfaces and an aggressive body kit, and the FIAT 500 Carbon, which shows off a unique blue paint scheme, 17-inch wheels and sport-tuned suspension.

Keep checking back for more information and photos of the finished products as they debut, which we'll cover live from the SEMA show when it opens early next month.

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Chrysler Previews SEMA Lineup - Autotrader