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2010

2010


Anybody who’s ever been to SEMA will tell you that a year wouldn’t be complete without seeing a plethora of tricked-out muscle cars. Whether it’s on the showroom floor or outside the parking lot, there’s never been a shortage of Camaros , Mustangs , and Challengers dressed to impress anybody who walks by them.

This particular Challenger, which was worked on by Radiatnz Inc., certainly defies logical explanation although seeing as this is SEMA, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

While the vinyl roof-top complements the purple exterior paint, we don’t really get how it goes with all the chrome, including the bumpers and the rims that was added on in the Challenger. Then, there’s the red headlights, which, quite frankly, looks like the eyes of a blood-shot machine. From a usefulness standpoint, we don’t even know how that’s going to work out on the road.

Nonetheless, this is what we signed up for with SEMA . You may not always see cars that appeal to your taste, but you definitely will leave the show with many things to talk about.


Kia is bringing back the days where if two men had a problem with each other, they would choose their weapons, count to ten, and do battle. What the heck are we talking about? Two custom Sportage concepts that were created by Antenna Magazine for taking part in "The Duel." One of the concepts is painted in matte red and is called "Play" while the other is in metallic blue and is called "Work".

The Sportage Play gets new 20-inch MRR HR4 wheels, a custom Yakima roof rack outfitted with a red and black Cannondale QuikFX Bike with unique bike pedals and seat. Illuminating the path to the technological future is the iPod Touch fitted right in the center control. The cargo area out back gets transformed by a custom-painted locker, motorized stainless steel barbecue grill, and a 22-inch LCD television. Tailgating anyone?

The Work version gets a full closet and dressing station fitted nicely within Sportage’s spacious cargo area. This allows the professionals of the world to have their option of up to two suits, five shirts, and five belts for any work situation.

The classic battle. So, which is it? Work or Play?

Press release after the jump.


As everyone expected, Honda ’s line-up at the 2010 SEMA Show was dominated by the hybrid CR-Z . The Honda hybrid making the top of our list is the CR-Z Hybrid R Concept. Of course this vehicle is not available for order, but Honda wanted to demonstrate the potential of the CR-Z for both street and racing performance.

Under the hood the Type R Concept features a turbocharger and upgraded IMA hybrid system, resulting in an estimated combined 200 HP and 175 lb-ft. of torque. Honda then added a performance clutch, limited-slip differential, ‘circuit-tuned’ suspension, upgraded brakes, and aerodynamic components.

The concept is painted in the usual Type R exterior red and features a more aggressive front grille, a huge rear wing, a lowered ride, and bigger wheels. For the interior, Honda is offering Recaro sport seats.

All we can say about this concept is that we really hope Honda will decide to offer a production version. This may not be the most fantastic looking hybrid on the market, but tuning projects like this one, give it a slightly higher advantage than before.


After being announced back in September, the CR-Z Type F Concept by Wraptivo made its debut today at SEMA Show. The concept includes a full aero kit consisting of Honda accessories aero pieces along with other aero components from Japan.

Going a step further on the tuning front, the Type-F concept will be getting a power increase thanks to a supercharger system, suspension package, an ECU Tune, exhaust system, and other speedy components. The interior will get Recaro seats, a sport shift knob, and alcantara panels.

And while waiting for the official specifications and details on where the engine updates took the car’s performance, we can sit back and enjoy the first official images of the hatchback that show the matte black and carbon black film exterior combined with its orange elements. We can only hope that Honda will take some sort of inspiration from this concept and provide the world with this funky CR-Z .

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After the success of the Hamster advertisements, Kia has decided to take it to the next level and create a Soul after the legendary rapping critters . The Kia Soul Hamstar Concept is just a concept at this point, but we hope that it will go into production soon, as it actually looks pretty good.

The Hamstar Soul Concept will turn heads while rolling down the street because of its custom red and black color scheme, topped off by a “star” graphic with the signature Hamstar script logo on the bonnet. There will be off-black matte finish stripes on the vehicle’s sides that are reminiscent of vintage warm-up pants and, as odd as that might sound, it’s what Kia has stated.

The exterior is covered with black gloss and polished aluminum sport wheels. The all black interior includes red/black sport cloth seat materials with black chenille stars on the back of the head rests. There are also special floor mats with a Hamstar badge.

So, in the event you are one of those die-hard Hamstar fans, here’s your opportunity to show your love and dedication to the world. It’s kind of the equivalent of taping posters of Justin Bieber to your ride. Oh no, now we’re providing them with ideas?!

Hit the jump to read the press release.

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Kia is offering up a snazzy Soul , called the White Tiger Concept, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This version of the Soul will take a few cues from the gorgeous white tiger, as it will use white paint on the exterior with tiger themed graphics. This will contrast very well with the jet-black leather interior.

The exterior gets fog lamps, body colored bumpers, sport spoiler, black fender vents, rear bumper cat claw appliqué, alloy fuel door, and features white-finish 18-inch alloy wheels. This should make the Soul look more like a tiger than any other car on the road. Okay, so it’s no BMW M3 Tiger Edition , but you get the idea.

Inside, the White Tiger gets push-button start, black leather seating surfaces, and heated front seats. The Soul White Tiger Tiger will be arriving in Kia retail showrooms in the coming weeks, so if you want something that resembles a Tiger and is one of the best small cars on the road, go get yourself a Kia Soul White Tiger.

Hit the jump to read the press release.


Kia’s smallest car, the Forte, will be coming to the 2010 SEMA Auto Show in what looks to be a future special edition model. Okay, so Kia says it’s only a concept, but the future for the Forte Koup Type R Concept, which was inspired by the company’s first season of racing in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is very bright. The concept was designed by Kinetic Motorsports, who built and campaigns Kia’s Forte Koup race cars.

The Type R Concept gets a matte gray exterior paint job that works with enhanced exterior panels to make the front fenders, rocker panels, and rear quarter panels appear longer. BBS RG 18-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels and racing-inspired tires along with a modified front end add to the overall look of the car.

The interior of the Type R now offers custom seat/door treatments as well as a few ergonomic improvements for the driver. Other additions include a short throw shift kit with Kinetic gear shift knob and carbon inlay, and a dampened composite fiber disc clutch.

Press release after the jump.


Toyota has arrived a SEMA with a special Yaris hatchback inspired by the IMSA GTP Toyota Eagle Racers of the 1990’s. The concept is called the GT-S Club Racer and pays homage to the popular GT-S grade Celica’s of the 1980’s and 90’s.

The new Yaris GT-S Club Racer features Molly Designs inspired graphics, a Seibon carbon fiber hood and hatchback, AeroCatch hood pins, Racing Lifestyle fender flares, I/O Port Racing Supplies tow hooks, and Lexan side and rear windows.

Under the hood there is a a Toyota 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with VVT-i modified to deliver 145 HP. These modifications include several bolt-on performance parts including a K&N air intake, a DC Sports header, and Rebello Racing Engines camshafts and cylinder head work, to name a few. A Mishimoto radiator and Coast Fabrication Ultra Lightweight racing muffler were also added. The engine is mated to a SPEC aluminum flywheel and three-puck clutch, a Kaaz limited slip differential and a 4.312 final drive gear set swapped in from a Scion xB.

Press release after the jump.


It seems that this year’s SEMA Show is all about customizing hybrid models. Toyota , for example, has brought quite an impressive number of tuned Prius models to dazzle the crowds at one of the biggest tuning shows in the world. One of them is the work of the Conversions and Accessories group at Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

The Prius C&A Custom Concept features light-weight carbon fiber all the way from the front of the hybrid to the rear, including aero side skirts with vertical spoilers, front bumper and fender flares with radically large air intakes, the engine hood, roof, rear hatch, rear spoiler, rear bumper with vertical spoiler, and rear garnish. Forged wheels with aluminum aero rings set at 18-inches finishes off the exterior package.

For the interior of the Prius, the new concept offers black Alcantara simulated suede fabric on the ceiling, “A” and “B” pillars, door trim, rear seat, and console box. As for the technologies, Conversions and Accessories has placed a navigation system by DENSO that features an eco function that displays total electric motor and engine kilowatt output.

Press release after the jump.

We may have seen a rendering of this tuning project by Rides Magazine a month ago, but it was nothing compared to the beautifully sleek and gorgeous Hyundai Sonata Turbo we see before us. This vehicle has jumped our list of must-see SEMA-bound automobiles.

The best part of this project is that everything was done in a subtle way, but with amazing results. The exterior sees new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a rear spoiler, and a roof spoiler hidden behind the matte pearl paint job from BASF. And to prove that black is indeed slimming, Rides has added a matte black debadged front grille, smoked taillights and painted headlights, and 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 concave wheels in a powder coated matte black and wrapped in Falken FK452 tires. These black accents draw your eye to the front and center of the vehicle, while still appreciating the fine lines that lead you there. Audi LED fog lights integrated into the new front bumper and a 3M vinyl carbon wrap on the roof also add to the sexiness of this ride.

For the interior, Rides is offering a combination of black leather and suede with red stitching, along with integrating carbon fiber trim throughout. The trunk gets two JBL 12-inch subwoofers paired with two JBL amplifiers. The whole package is finished by a custom quad tip exhaust and an S-Max front mount intercooler that replaces the factory unit up front.

Hyundai may be taking a couple of Genesis Coupes by Ark and Gogogear Racing as well as Rhys Millen Racing’s Equus and Hyundai’s Equus DUB Edition , but the Hyundai Sonata 2.0T by Rides Magazine definitely steals the show.

Press release after the jump.


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