Automakers don’t go all out building concepts for the SEMA show every year just for fun. A lot of times, these concepts are built either to show off available factory performance parts, to gauge consumer interest in a potential future product, or both. There’s a few concepts Fiat Chrysler introduced at this year’s SEMA show that we think they should actually build, and while there’s a slim chance it will happen, we’re still going to back up our beliefs with an easy-to-digest list.
The future of the Chrysler 300 is uncertain. The full-size sedan has been with us in one form or another since 2010, so a replacement, whether it’s in the form of a mid-size crossover or a four-door, coukd be inbound soon. The Chrysler 300 SRT was killed off in 2014 as Fiat Chrysler established Dodge as its exclusive performance brand, but we think giving Chrysler fans one last chance to own a performance-oriented 300 before its gone forever wouldn’t be a bad idea.
The 300 Super S uses Chrysler’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8, however it’s been upgraded with the ScatPack 1, ScatPack 2 and ScatPack 3 kits available for the Challenger. Chrysler didn’t confirm the car’s output, but if the ScatPack 3 Challenger is any indication, the 300 C Super S should push at least 450 horsepower. More importantly, the car is fitted with beefier suspension parts and a big brake kit, making the boat-like 300 a bit more adept through the bends.
These would be some easy upgrades to slap on the 300 on a by-order basis, and if the response to the 300 Super S is good, why couldn’t it be done?
We’ve already stated once before that we’d like to see a production version of the Dart GLH, and while rumors suggesting the car is on its way surfaced in August, we’re beginning to think its future is dim. We’ve seen nothing in the way of spy shots, but with FCA’s recent push for more performance products, we’re trying our best to remain positive.
A production Dart GLH would not only offer enthusiasts a successor to the well-regarded Neon SRT4, but up the slow-selling Dart’s image in the eyes of consumers. We heard a production Dart GLH could have 300 horsepower and all-wheel drive, a combo which has the potential to sell so long as the price is right – not to mention make for a good answer to the successful Focus ST and new RS.
Of all the SEMA concepts FCA introduced this year, the Fiat 500X Chicane probably stands the best chance of seeing the light of day in production form. We’ve already heard Fiat is considering an Abarth performance version of the 500X and with a sportier look, stiffer suspension, larger wheels and a performance exhaust, the 500X is essentially a 500X Abarth without a scorpion badge.
For the production 500X Abarth, we’d like to see sportier seats akin to those found in the 500 Abarth, an even more aggressive front end and rear diffuser than that seen on the 500X, and a big brake kit and more Fiat-esque wheels. We just may get our wish, too, considering the recent uptick in crossover and SUV sales.