Jeep Mopar Concept CJ66

At the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Mopar and Jeep display for the first time their mixed breed concept vehicle called the CJ66.

Combining parts from the Jeep TJ Wrangler, a 1966 Jeep CJ Tuxedo Park, and a Jeep JK Wrangler to create this new model could probably only be done with the help of Mopar.

This is in addition to all the previous concept vehicles created by these two companies.

Mopar is an organization within Fiat Chrysler that provide parts and services. They have also produced a number of custom vehicles. Mopar has regularly sponsored drivers in NASCAR and other professional racing competitions.

Jeep is owned by a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler. Jeeps were first produced in 1941 for the military, and the first civilian models were produced in 1945.

The new CJ66 uses the frame from the TJ Wrangler, and the old 1966 CJ body. The old CJ was developed as an upscale version to the more rugged Jeeps of the era. Mopar specifically used the very rare long-wheelbase universal model from 1964 for this concept.

This vehicle will have a Mopar V-8 Engine, the details of which were not specified yet. This engine will combine with a six speed manual transmission which sends power to Mopar Dana 44 axles.

The CJ66 also comes with 8 pistons, and the 5.7 liter Hemi engine produces 383 horsepower.

This vehicle features a Copper Canyon finish, 35 inch all terrain tires, Mopar cold-air intake, and Mopar cat-back exhaust system. It also comes with Mopar JK front and rear bumpers, JPP skidplates, and trimmed JP rock rails, which are from Jeep Performance Parts.

Additional features include Warn winch behind the front bumper, an on-board tire air pressure toggle system, custom roll cage, and rock sliders. A custom Jeep Safari steering wheel was also included.

Mopar also provides the instrument-panel gauges, and all weather mats. The center console and shifter were taken from the JK. The mandrel was also bent to fit the modified windshield.

But the sweetest feature could very well be the Dodge Viper seats, which are featured in other concept vehicles at the SEMA Show this year. These Viper seating comes with seat risers, and is shaded by a bikini-style netting top.

After all these parts were combined, you might think this vehicle would look like a weird monster, but it actually looks pretty good.

Sources and References:

http://www.autoblog.com/2016/11/01/jeep-cj66-concept-wrangler-sema
http://blog.caranddriver.com/get-your-kicks-cj66-concept-melds-generations-of-jeeps-with-modern-mopar-hardware
http://www.fourwheeler.com/sema/2016/1611-jeep-cj66-mopars-2016-sema-concept-unveiled-tensema16