Major Announcements for 2013

Words by Richard Kratz

Mopar had some big news, some expected news and some yet-to-determined-how-good-it-is news for the Mopar nation at their annual SEMA press conference. NHRA Pro Stock racer (and likely 2012 world champion) Allen Johnson and 2011 Funny Car world champion Matt Hagan put in cameo appearances on the stage with Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier.

First, the long overdue good news for Jeep owners and fans: Mopar and the Jeep brand will work together to create Jeep Performance Parts, a portfolio of high-end, hard-core Jeep parts including axles, lift kits, bumpers, winches, skid plates and suspension components. These parts will offer factory-engineered solutions to increase off-road performance. Whether rock crawling or desert hauling, the catalog for these parts will continue to grow in order to meet customer needs for off-road adventures. The catalog will be packed with useful data to help transform stock rides into top trail performers.

Mopar's newly created off-road division will announce a new Mopar 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine conversion kit that covers 2007 through 2011 model-year Jeep Wranglers. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $18,599 and the part number is P5156162.

Producing approximately 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, the Mopar V-8 conversion kit gives Jeep Wrangler enthusiasts an unprecedented blend of power and capability. The Mopar Wrangler 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 conversion kit will mate to Chrysler Group's W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission, and eventually to the six-speed manual transmission.

The new 5.7-liter HEMI conversion kit also covers 2007 through 2011 model-year Jeep Wranglers. The MSRP is $15,599 and the part number is P5156213. The engine generates approximately 375 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

Mopar CEO Pietro Gorlier, comedian Jeff Dunham and SRT President Ralph Gilles before the unveiling of Dunham’s custom late model Challenger, “Ultra-Violet.”  (Richard Kratz photo)