The Jeep CJ66 Concept has debuted today at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with the retro-inspired looks and V8 grunt so many modern day Wrangler owners crave.
Mopar melded several generations of Jeep together to create the CJ66. The frame is borrowed from a Wrangler TJ, while the body is from a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park. Parts from the Wrangler JK, such as the headlamps, are also scattered about.
Under the hood sits Mopar’s new 5.7-liter HEMI V8 crate engine, which has been upgraded with a Mopar cold air intake. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and drives all four wheels via front and rear Mopar Dana 44 Crate axles.
Exterior details include a special ‘Copper Canyon’ exterior color, Jeep Performance Parts 17-inch beadlock wheels shod in 35-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires, oversized concept fender flares, JPP rock rails and Mopar 10th anniversary Wrangler JK front and rear bumpers. A two-inch lift kit builds on the all-terrain look and, along with a two-way air system, provides premium off-road performance.
The cabin is set off with Viper bucket seats, a custom-built rollcage and bikini top netting, a custom steering wheel with a 50th Anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo and the center console and shift knob from a Wrangler JK. Mopar-made parts include Mopar instruments and all-weather floor mats.