Okay, we all pretty much figured that the BRZ and FR-S would likely have a strong presence in SEMA this year, as it was only one of the most talked about cars all year. To boot, with Toyota and Subaru dragging their collective feet about releasing higher-performance models, aftermarket companies have been working double-time to develop performance parts to hop up its 200-horsepower 4-banger engine.
Our colleagues over at Rides magazine managed to compile a gallery chock-full of just about every BRZ and FR-S at SEMA. We’re not too sure if this is a complete list of the examples at SEMA, but the total count in the gallery is 50 different examples – all but one or two are of the FR-S. We’re not too sure exactly how many cars showed up for SEMA this year, but we can say with some confidence that the FR-S takes the trophy for most heavily represented at the show.
Check out our gallery to see all of the examples that Rides provided us.
NASCAR legend and ESPN racing analyst, Ray Evernham, unveiled a very cool, street-legal 1964 Plymouth Belvedere at the 2012 SEMA Show. The project, called "ForPly," was brought back to life by Sherwin-Williams Automotive and was built on a 1964 Belvedere as a tribute to the year when the car won the Daytona 500 and NASCAR Grand National Championship.
The ForPly features a distinctive Radiant Red automotive matte finish with Graphite racing stripes. For the interior, the tuner opted for a Graphite Grey color combined with carbon fiber inlay and bucket race seats.
The most amazing aspect of the modification was the upgrade for the engine. The ForPly is powered by an updated Dodge R5-P7 race engine with an impressive output of 750 HP. Other special features include NASCAR Sprint Cup shocks, custom 18-inch NASCAR-style wheels, NASCAR-style front splitter and rear spoiler, and an all-digital, backlit dual-display dashboard.
The Plymouth Belvedere ForPly by Sherwin-Williams Automotive will be put on auction at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction in January 2013. All proceeds will go to Evernham Family Racing - a foundation that funds the Autism Society of North Carolina.
The Scion FR-S has stolen the show at SEMA and not just because the company set up a tuning challenge for three companies to compete in. It looks like most of the tuning packages seen in Las Vegas were based on the tiny sports coupe, with some of the most impressive ones being the FR-S GT by Daniel Song and the FR-S Evasive Motorsports.
Along with the other tuning packages released, Ken Stout Racing (KSR) has unveiled the FR-S Pirelli World Challenge Race Car that will be raced in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class starting March 2013. Their FR-S has been fully equipped for the race track, receiving a full roll cage, a five-point safety harness, an OMP flat-bottom steering wheel, and a Racetech racing seat. The car sits on a new set of 18" wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires and features a huge APR carbon-fiber wing that helps improve aerodynamics.
Under the hood, the car’s standard boxer engine has received a TRD supercharger, a C&R radiator, and JE forged pistons. Other additions include a new Vertex exhaust system, a new suspension, and new racing brakes.
Back in 1978, Dodge rolled out a special edition package for its D150 pickup trucks, which were not yet named “Ram.” This new package was known internally as Package Code YH6 and featured a high-output 360-cubic-inch V-8 engine with a 4-barrel carb pumping in fuel. The engine boasted high-flow cylinder heads and an aggressive cam shave and it all hooked up to a 3.55-to-1 rear end. This package, which we all know as the L’il Red Express, only lasted two years – 1978 and 1979 – and saw only 2,188 units in 1978 and 5,118 units in 1979. This makes it one of the most sought after Dodge pickups ever built.
Well, Ram is rolling out a remake of this classic short-body pickup truck in the form of its SEMA-stationed L’il Red Express Truck. Though it is more modern than the original rendition, it certainly pays it homage rather well. It features the bright-red paint of the original, a side-stack exhaust system, and a wood-trimmed bed.
In addition, this remake of the cult classic pickup features 22-inch Mopar rims with gold inserts, a 5.7-liter HEMI engine that pumps out 390 horsepower and 407 pound-feet of torque, gold accent stripes, “Hyperblack” painted grille inserts, and a custom Katzkin (no, not “cat skin”) interior. Sure, it lacks the flare-side styling and the wood-outlined bed of the original, but it is bad-ass nonetheless.
There is no mention of this special edition ever coming to the Ram lineup, but don’t be too surprised to see it roll out in 2013 and 2014, as Chrysler loves running special-edition Rams – there have been plenty of them. One thing is for sure, it would definitely carry a higher premium than the $1,131 price for the original L’il Red Express package.
Stay tuned to find our of Chrysler plans to launch this model or not.
If anyone ever had any doubt that the Honda CR-Z is an incredible vehicle, despite its hybrid powertrain, then they should be checked into the hospital. The CR-Z drives and feels like any other sports car on the market, maybe even better, but for those that are doubtful, check out the new CR-Z introduced by Honda Performance Development at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show.
The Honda HPD Supercharged CR-Z Concept continues with the improvements introduced last year, but is even better with a few enhancements to improve acceleration, handling, and stopping. For starters, the CR-Z’s IMA hybrid system gets bumped up from 124 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque to a total of 185 HP and 169 lb-ft of torque. In addition to this bump in power, the CR-Z also gets a new sport exhaust and a new sport suspension. The concept sits on a new set of wheels wrapped in high performance tires combined with sport brakes. Then there’s that incredible red exterior paint finish that just screams, "Look at me!"
It may only be a concept, but there’s always hope for production when it comes to cars like this.
The ChevroletCamaro has seen just as many tuning packages as the Ford Mustang, so these two primes examples of muscle car goodness are always trying to take the lead for supremacy. Chevy has already introduced some examples of the Mustang at the 2012 SEMA Show and LINE-X Protective Coatings in cooperation with West Coast Customs are releasing yet one more. Their package is based on a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS Coupe.
The new Camaro Line-X received the new announced LINE-X Body Armour in "West Coast Customs Blue," as well as a series of exterior updates to add aggression to muscle. These include a performance hood and prototype front fascia and spoiler, rocker panels by Street Scene Equipment, an SLP rear wing, and, of course, a new set of LINE-X coated wheels by Asanti.
The interior is even more impressive with Roadwire Retro leather and fabric accents, plus a new audio system.
Under the hood, the guys at West Coast Customs opted to modify the stock headers with SLP High Performance Headers and added a SLP Supercharger System. The last element was a new performance-based custom dual high flow exhaust package.
The 2013 Honda Accord Coupe made its official debut just three months ago and it looks like Honda has already decided to amaze us with the car’s incredible updating possibilities. One of the limited editions prepared by the company for the 2012 SEMA Show is a very cool limited edition Coupe HFP (Honda Factory Performance). The model will be limited to only 500 units and will add another $4,650 over the Accord’s standard price of $23,350. Sales will begin in the spring of 2013.
The new HFP package will add a series of impressive updates that will enhance the exclusive appeal of the 2013 Accord Coupe. It will include HFP front, side, and rear underbody spoilers and a decklid spoiler. The car will sit on a new set of 19" HFP alloy wheels combined with a new HFP sport suspension that lowers the car’s height by 15 mm and enhances handling.
The interior will receive red illumination, HFP floor mats and HFP badges for each side and the trunk.
With the 2012 SEMA Show kicking off, we’ve seen a number of vehicles dressed to impress, including Subaru and its WRX and WRX STI Special Edition featuring an "Orange and Black" custom paint scheme. It will be limited to only 200 WRX sedans and 100 WRX STI sedans and will go on sale in spring of 2013.
The WRX’s Tangerine Orange exterior paint is combined with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badges, and black exterior mirrors. On demand, customera can also get black exterior graphics. The same paint scheme continues on the interior where the black trim is combined with orange stitching on the seats, doors, shift boot, and custom trimmed floor mats.
Both models are powered by a Subaru Boxer engine, with the WRX delivering a total of 265 HP and the WRX STI pumping out 305 HP. Both models are also offered with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.
UPDATE 02/05/2013: Subaru announced today prices for the 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions set to be put on sale in spring of 2013. The standard WRX Special Edition will be priced at $28,795 – an additional $500 compared to the WRX Premium; while the WRX STI Special Edition is priced at $34,795 - an increase of $500 compared to the WRX STI.
At the 2011 SEMA Show, Mazdaarrived with a cool MX-5 Super20 Concept that lit up the stage in Las Vegas. Mazda claimed that the concept was loud, proud, and boisterous with its bursts of turbocharged energy, but that they have brought something even better to the 2012 SEMA Show: the Super25. Mazda claims this new version is better, meaner, and has been crafted with endurance racing in mind.
Such a great amount of attention has been placed on Mazda’s resident sports car because they say the MX-5 Miata "is the epitome of a light and limber sports car that won’t burn a hole through an enthusiast’s pocket." No arguments there, as the MX5 is small, light, and puts up the right kind of competition to other, more expensive sports car. That being said, is this enough to handle such long-distance, weary-heavy racing?
Hit the jump to find out whether the Mazda MX-5 Super25 has what it takes.
Back in September we announced that the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester was just about finished and that a few leaky valves had allowed some information to be released. We knew that the Forster was going to hit showrooms riding on a revised version of the Impreza’s platform and that this would result in a few extra inches here and there. We also outlined the rumored engines that the new Forester would feature.
Well, no more speculation and links, as Subaru has officially lifted the veil off of some of the Forester’s key details just before its official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Surprisingly – or maybe not to those that know how leaks work – the information we received was actually pretty accurate, save for a few horsepower from the engine.
So, what exactly is Subaru offering us with its all-new part-SUV, part-station-wagon that it has offered up since 1998?
Updated 11/29/2012: The new generation Subaru Forester made its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and this was the perfect opportunity for us to add a new set of high res images. The 2014 Forester will go on sale on the U.S. market next spring in two trims: 2.5i available in base, Premium, Limited and Touring versions and 2.0XT offered in the Premium and Touring versions.
Updated 01/18/2013: Subaru announced today prices for the 2014 Forester that will go on sale in base, Premium, Limited and top-line Touring versions. Pricing for the Forester begins at $21,995 for the base model 2.5i and from $27,995 for the Premium versions.
Click past the jump to read all of the details and find out.