2013

2013

When you have a pickup the size of the Ford F-350, the last thing you’d describe it is "eco-friendly". But somehow, EcoTrek was able to not only turn this monstrous Super Duty into a purring fuel efficient monster, but it does so while racking up the miles it takes before exhausting the tank.

If you think that your pickup is already awesome by doing a few hundred miles to a tank, EcoTrek estimates that the work they put on the F-350 allows it to rack up 1,800 miles per tank. The aftermarket company accomplished that by having fitting the 6.7-liter V-8 engine with a TransferFlow 50-gallon tank under the bed of the truck on top of a removable 75-gallon tank in the bed. With the work it put into the pickup, this F-350 is now capable of running on a variety of fuel options, including diesel, biodiesel, algae-based biodiesel or any combination of these fuels.

Moving past the extensive work done to make this F-350 into a long-distance warrior, EcoTrek also gave the pickup a 9-inch lift courtesy of a Bulletproof suspension with custom shocks and springs and a set of 20-inch BMF wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich tires.

Inside, the modifications continue with lockable storage cabinets, sleeping bags, backpacks, and a custom sliding shelf for the aforementioned locking storage.

In the past, it was rumored that the new-generation Mercedes S-Class would drop the V-12 engine from its lineup, but it looks like things have changed as of late. Car and Driver reports that Benz will unveil the new-generation S65 AMG at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and the debut of S600 will follow it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.

We expect the next S65 AMG to carry the same engine as the current model, so don’t look for any real surprises.

When it comes to its exterior look, just try to imagine an even more aggressive S63 AMG — if that’s even possible — and the interior will be even sportier and more luxurious.

Stay tuned for more information, as we creep closer the the LA Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S65 AMG.

Update 11/08/2013: Mercedes-Benz has just revealed a small amount of information about the 2015 S65 AMG on its Facebook page, as well as a few new images. The Automaker revealed that the 6.0-liter V-12 engine will put down 621 horsepower and launch the sedan to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. You can see more details after the jump.

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A few weeks ago, Mitsubishi announced it will come to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with three concept cars that preview the company’s future SUV lineup. The first of these three concepts is the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or simply the XR-PHEV. It previews a new crossover with coupe-like styling cues that will be placed under the current Outlander and will be put into production in the coming years.

According to the first details on we have this concept, it looks like it will use a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.1-liter, turbocharged MIVEC engine, which is a lightweight, compact and highly efficient engine with a high-capacity battery.

The concept will be equipped with the latest "e-Assist" active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilizes next-generation information systems that includes a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept.

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Back in September, Toyota announced the first details on its "Dream Build Challenge" launched for this year’s SEMA Show . Back then we only got a sneak peek at the models to be displayed in Las Vegas, but now we have the chance to see them in all their glory.

One of the models entering the "Toyota Dream Build Challenge" was designed by freestyle skier Simon Dumont in cooperation with Oakley Design.He specially designed the 4Runner for the needs of a man capable of doing double front flips 100 feet in the air, and then landing in one piece.

His concept is based on the recently revised 4Runner that now has an aggressive and sporty look, and an interior equipped with all the comforts appreciated by an athlete at the end of a long day. The name is also very suggesting: "Ultimate Dream Ski 4Runner."

Click past the jump to see just how the pro skier muscled up the 4Runner.

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Honda Performance Development (HPD) — the racing arm of Honda — hit the 2013 SEMA Show with quite an impressive lineup of modified vehicles. Alongside the heavily updated CR-Z , HPD also revealed a very nice list of updates for the recently revised 2014 Honda Civic .

Although the model unveiled in SEMA is only in concept form, Honda announced that it offers a glimpse at potential future street performance accessories developed from HPD.

The new Civic Street Performance Concept comes equipped with HPD racing performance parts and features a rather loud body wrap. On the performance side of things, the concept adds HPD’s Big Brake kit, HPD performance springs, HPD 25.4 mm rear anti-roll bar and a K24Z7 racing engine. The model rides on a new set of HPD 18-inch wheels
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There is no information on just how much horsepower the racing engine pumps out, but we’re sure it is plenty more than the stock 140 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Coupe.

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The replacement for the Acura RL was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and it went on sale in early 2013. Now, after just a few months, Acura is already at the 2013 SEMA Show with a special-edition RLX VIP developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports.

The update started under the hood where Evasive installed a new exhaust system that includes four titanium exhaust tips. The RLX also received a new Prototype Tein Street Flex coil-over suspension system that brings the RLX body closer to the ground. A new set of wheels combined with a high-performance brake system round out the performance upgrades offered for the sedan.

The exterior received an update by way of an aggressive body kit, and the interior gets custom neck pillows wrapped in Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print.

Click past the jump to read more about Acura RLX VIP Special Edition.

The Toyota Dream Build Challenge is one of our most anticipated happenings leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

This year, a quartet of new models are headed to SEMA and all of them are rowdy, crazy, and all sorts of awesome.

One of them is the Toyota Corolla , the Japanese automaker’s compact sedan. Or what’s left of what looks like the Corolla.

Called the Corolla Crusher, the vehicle is the official entry of BMX rider Drew Bezanzon. It sure looks like a program developed by somebody with an affinity for bicycles as shown by a pair of them sitting comfortably on the bike rack in the roof. Look closely at the front and rear of the Corolla and you’ll notice that Bezanzon installed grind rails on both components, keeping the BMX spirit alive and in full bloom.

Speaking of full bloom, this is what the Corolla is going to look like if you infused it with an active sport spirit. The radical purple colors, mixed in with spicy graphics highlighted by the headphones-wearing skull - an ode to Skullcandy - speaks to the kind of attitude this Corolla has in truckloads.

Moving back to those bikes, you can actually take both down to open the trunk, at which point, you’ll see nesting locations for bike tools, plus a pair of mountable speakers with light bars, the latter of which are connected to a ball-busting audio system from Skullcandy. Custom iPad integration controls the interior features, including music out of upgraded speakers shaped in the Skullcandy logo, while the front seat headrests carry 3-to-1 scale representations of Skullcandy’s newest Crusher headphones.

Click past the jump to read more about Drew Bezanzon’s Corolla Crusher

Black has always been one of our favorite colors on SUVs. It’s sleek, it’s intimidating and it’s all around bad-ass.

That’s probably why we immediately stood up and took notice of the SEMA -bound Chevrolet Tahoe Black Concept when the automaker released details of the concept SUV.

It’s definitely a stylized version of the fourth-generation Tahoe and something that we should hope to see in dealerships sometime in the coming year.

There aren’t a lot of noticeable upgrades done on the Tahoe Black Concept, but the overall package is definitely production worthy, especially when you see the all-black profile come with a blacked-out exterior trim to go with an aerodynamic body kit package, tinted headlamp lenses, tinted windows and a set of 22-inch, custom-painted wheels from Chevrolet Accessories.

Even the interior joined in on the black treatment, thanks to the fine leather Chevy dressed it up with to match the Carbon Flash Metallic trim accents.

It’s not the flashiest program you’ll ever see at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, but for our money, it’s one of those concepts that will likely have a future outside of only being displayed in auto events. We don’t know when it’s going to be, but we have a feeling that the Chevrolet Tahoe Black Concept will be a production model soon.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

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The new Acura RLX , which recently replaced the old Acura RL — was quite a presence at this year’s SEMA Show . There were two specially prepared RLX sedans unveiled Vegas, and one of them, dubbed the RLX Urban Luxury, coming from the talented designers at MAD Industries.

Acura described this RLX as "a performance luxury sedan for every day needs." The model includes exterior and interior upgrades, MAD Industries left the 310-horsepower, V-6 engine untouched.

The RLX Urban Luxury gets a new deck-lid spoiler from Acura Genuine Accessory and a set of sporty rims. The windows received a 3M Color Stable treatment too, which adds some style to the luxury sedan and gives its occupants a little added privacy

The interior is highlighted by a new 3M 1080 Scotchprint wrap in brushed black metallic and gloss-black accents.

For the most part, this modification is a little disappointing, as the RLX is ripe for some upgrades. Even a light tuning program could easily push its V-6 powerplant over 400 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan.

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Except of course the MPS and Mazdaspeed versions, the Mazda3 is not an overly exciting car, but for the 2013 SEMA Show the model was completely transform, so it now reveals the unbelievable sporty character of the hatchback.

The new Club Sport 3 Concept features a Mazda Design-exclusive Slate White exterior finish combined with a very cool Club Sport paint scheme. This paint scheme includes Metallic Silver lines and Glossy Light Gray and matte Black Mica patterns and some Vibrant Red vinyl across the lines.

Under its hood, the Club Sport 3 concept gets a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from the CX-5 SUV with 20-percent shorter gear ratios.

In order to be worthy of its Club Sport name, the concept was equipped with a Wavetrac helical limited-slip differential for additional torque and a CUSCO coil-over kit. Keeping this hot hatch glued to the road is a set of Rays 57 Motorsport G07FXX 20-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires, measuring 235/35R19. Doing the stopping is a set of Brembo two-piece rotors, measuring 380-by-32 mm squeezed by six-pot calipers. Lastly, a Racing Beat performance exhaust helps improves the engine’s sound.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda Club Sport 3 Concept.


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