November 3, 2004


Chrysler Group shows concept cars at SEMA

Las Vegas, Nevada – Chrysler Group’s SkunkWerks team – a group of in-house designers, engineers, marketers and product planners – showed six new SkunkWerks vehicles at the 2004 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.

The annual SEMA show provides a forum for the Chrysler Group to demonstrate its commitment to aspirational vehicles, while stretching the envelope in the area of vehicle customization and personalization.

PT Speedster
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Developed by and for true hot rod enthusiasts, the PT Speedster is equipped with a Borla dual exhaust, and generates 235 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, courtesy of the Mopar Performance Parts Stage 1 Turbo Upgrade kit. Four-wheel slotted disc brakes with twin-piston calipers from Stainless Steel Brakes add to the PT Speedster’s performance capability.

Powered by a 400-horsepower supercharged version of the 3.2-liter V6 found in the Chrysler Crossfire SRT6, the ultra-lightweight Chrysler Crossfire Drifter features a variety of “drift-oriented” modifications. Its extreme stance is highlighted by a full body kit that includes a front and rear fascia with integrated ground effects, an air dam, lower rocker panels and a carbon fibre wing. A chopped windshield adds to the dramatic appearance of the Chrysler Crossfire Drifter, while a custom dual exhaust rounds out the performance enhancements.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Mojave features a modified 5.7-litre HEMI engine, 22-inch wheels and tires, a matte-black hood and corresponding accents, and a functional “off-road enthusiast bumper” that includes a winch and tow hooks.

Inspired by the highly specialized “pre-runner” desert racing trucks, the Dodge Dakota Warrior H.O. (High Output) delivers what the SkunkWerks team calls the logical evolution of the versatile Dodge Dakota Quad Cab. Powered by the Dodge Dakota’s 260-horsepower 4.7-liter High Output engine, the Dakota Warrior H.O. represents the ultimate off-road mid-size pickup truck.

Durango Dude
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The Dodge Durango “Dude” is powered by the 5.7-litre HEMI V-8 engine with a unique pickup configuration off the Dodge Durango platform. Modifications include a cat-back dual exhaust, lowered suspension, custom front and rear fascias, sill extensions, a composite hood inspired by the Viper-powered Dodge Ram SRT10, 20-inch billet wheels from Budnik, custom seating from Lear and PPG Tangerine Pearl paint.

Developed by engineers from Chrysler Group’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) organization, who also happen to moonlight as SkunkWerks members, the Dodge “Hot Rod” Magnum includes ties to 1970 Chrysler muscle cars, including HEMI Orange paint and graphics from Kustom Haus, a ’70s blackout hood treatment, 1970 Dodge Challenger exhaust tips and 1970 Dodge Charger HEMI medallions.

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