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2013


Somewhere in the mind of some aftermarket tuner, the thought of combing rugged functionality with luxury amenities sounds like a pretty good idea. But Cars by Kris isn’t just content with thinking about ideas like this; it actually put went all out and built one.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show , Cars by Kris presents the Ford Super Duty High Roller. The name already implies something that’s used to describe people living with affluent lifestyles and for the most part, the interior of this Super Duty speaks that kind of language.

You don’t normally see pickups carrying custom upholstery with hexagon stitching on the seats and custom gauges, but this Super Duty has this material in spades. Painted interior accents also adorn the cabin and the custom floor mats, while not really jazzing up the cabin, still give it the kind of personalized touch you normally associated with exotics. And to ensure that the cabin is as cool and pin-drop quiet, Cars by Kris installed a QuietRIDE Solutions system to reduce the amount of noise inside.

Moving outside, the aftermarket company gives the Super Duty all sorts of performance and handling modifications, beginning with a Banks Power performance products, a Straight-Shot Water-Methanol Injection System, iQ Man-Machine Interface and a MagnaFlow exhaust system, giving more life and power to its 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel engine.

Rounding out the mods for the High Roller is a Carli Suspension setup and a set of 22-inch, American Force, eight-lug wheels wrapped in Open Country tires from Toyo.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty

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It looks like for this year’s SEMA Show, Mopar worked hard on paying tribute to some of the coolest models from yesteryear, like the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker " that drew inspiration from the 1970s Challenger with the Shaker hood and 426 HEMI and the Scat Package that pays tribute to the old Scat Pack Club and the Scat Package Mopar parts from the 1960s and 70s.

The Scat Package is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce it to the Dodge lineup, and attach it to the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart . As in the past, the new Scat package is all about engine calibration, but Mopar also added a series of updates to the exterior and the interior to round it all out.

Just like on the Challenger , the new Scat Package offered for the Charger includes three different stages of upgrades, each delivering a different level of power. Unfortunately, Dodge is remaining mum on the final numbers.

Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge announced today full specifications figures and prices for the optional Scat Packages. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about Dodge Charger with Scat Package.

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As Mazda announced few weeks ago , this year’s SEMA Show is all about showing the amazing tuning capacities of its new Mazda3 and Mazda6 models. To help meet this goal, Mazda developed four concept cars, with one of them being the Ceramic 6, which is based on the all-new Mazda6 sedan.

The new Ceramic 6 Concept looks the part of a racetrack-ready car, and it features a nice matte Ceramic White exterior hue littered with Taupe Silver accent stripes. The concept rides on 20-inch wheels in a 10-spoke design finished in Taupe Silver to match the striping.

Sure, the Ceramic 6 Concept may not have any upgrades to its standard engine, but it does feature an array of handling upgrades required to hit the track, including an H&R spring kit and a custom-built Brembo brake system with two-piece rotors sized 380-by-32 mm (14.96-by-1.26-inch) and six-piston calipers.

Additionally, a Racing Beat custom dual-exhaust system helps give the Mazda6 a nice rumble as it tackles a twisty track.

The interior also gets a nice upgrade with premium soft leather combined with intricate stitching and overlapping-weave patterns. The concept combines white with black leather on the steering wheel, arm rests, emergency brake and center console. The steering wheel gets Light White Momo-style stitching and a matching leather strip at the high-noon position.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda6.

American Expedition Vehicles just threw down the gauntlet. The company known for outfitting Jeep Wranglers with assembly-line-quality aftermarket parts has unveiled this 2014 Ram 2500 concept for this year’s SEMA event .

Starting with a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Diesel , AEV fitted 40-inch-tall tires under the Ram with a three-inch suspension lift. The result is a heavy-duty truck that’s still usable around town, but can handle any off-road challenge thrown its way.

AEV made a name for itself by developing its aftermarket products with guidance from Chrysler engineers, ensuring top-notch quality. The tradition continues in the Ram project with such examples as the suspension setup. The front springs remain stock and sit atop cast-aluminum spacers, so as not to change the ride quality, while heavy-duty Bilstein shocks help manage the expected abuses found off-road.

The Ram’s front bumper is 3/16-inch-thick stamped steel — over four times thicker than the stock unit — and hides a massive 16,500-pound Warn winch. Two recovery points predominantly protrude out front, ready for D-ring shackles. The bumper is divided into three separate pieces for easy replacement of damaged parts, or even further user-customization.

Around to the Ram’s side are the AEV high-clearance finders with integrated flares. They provide the capability to run 40-inch-tall tires with such a minimal lift. (Normally 40-inch tires require six to eight inches of lift) Unique 17x10, AVE-designed “Katla” cast-aluminum wheels are ruggedly stylish and can carry 3,650 pounds each.

In addition to the suspension setup, AEV added a high-steer kit that corrects for the steering gear’s new geometry, while only two inches of lift were added to the rear axle, making the truck level.

While the truck as a whole isn’t headed for production, the individual AEV parts are. They go on sale sometime in 2014.

Click past the jump for more on the 2014 Ram Concept by AEV

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Mopar came to this year’s SEMA Show with more than 20 vehicles , but the coolest ones are those based on the 2014 Dodge Challenger .

The Mopar `14 Challenger joins an already impressive lineup that includes the Mopar ’10 Challenger , Mopar ’11 Charger , Mopar ’12 300 , and Mopar ’13 Dart .

This special-edition Challenger will come only in white or black exterior colors combined with blue stripes and the recently resurrected "Shaker " hood. Mopar performed an exhaustive list of updates on the exterior, interior and the performance of the aging muscle car.

Some of the performance mods include a new exhaust, a performance suspension system with lowering springs, and another SEMA star: the Scat Packages .

The Mopar `14 Challenger will be limited to only 100 units and will be put on sale in the second quarter of 2014.

Updated 11/06/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger.

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The ILX is a recent addition to the Acura lineup, and the automaker wants to show off exactly what its resident entry-level sedan is capable of to help draw in the younger crowd. With this desire for youthful buyers, Acura took to task developing the Street Performance ILX for the 2013 SEMA Show .

Acura teamed up with MAD Industries to build this performance sedan, and it’s described as "a fun car that feels at home on city streets or a curvy mountain pass." Just like with all the other models Acura hauled to Las Vegas, the most important work on this concept ILX took place under its hood.

The 2.4-liter model was treated to a healthy dose of forced air by way of a supercharger kit and intake from CT Engineering. Acura and MAD then tossed in a Greddy SP Elite prototype exhaust system to allow the engine to exhale after that huge helping of extra air. These changes gave the ILX a modest bump of 49 horsepower to a total of 250 ponies — the stock ILX puts down 201 horses.

Click past the jump to read more about the Acura Street Performance ILX.

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Dodge used the "Shaker" name for the first time in 1970s when it unveiled a special hood for the Challenger . This special Shaker hood featured large air intakes that protruded from an opening in the center of the sheet metal and shook right along with the with the nasty 426 HEMI engine.

Now, the Shaker name returns for the 2014 model year on a limited-run Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker, which is just one of the many models that Dodge and Mopar are showing off at the 2013 SEMA Show .

In the true spirit of the model launched in the 1970s, the new Challenger Shaker features the famed "Shaker" hood with a set of nostrils popping out of the center. It also gains an updated exterior look and the ability to increase the engine’s output with the new "Scat Packages."

The new Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker will rumble their way into showrooms in the first-quarter of 2014 at a a reasonable $36,995. The bad news is that Dodge will only pony up 1,000 units, so get to ordering.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker.

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The second winner of this year’s Scion Tuner Challenge is Josh Croll from Mertztown, Pa. and the owner of Croll’s Customs. Just like the two other winners, he received a stock 2014 tC plus $15,000 to design and modify the car within 90 days. The model is now on display at the 2013 SEMA Show , next to all the other tuning kits from Scion.

Croll opted to design the only right-hand drive tC in the world. His car features a flashy hot-rod orange color, Croll also gave the timid tC an aggressive look by way of a set of wide wheels housed by a wide-body kit. In designing the car, Croll took inspiration from every aspect of the automotive lifestyle, given his goal was to create a vehicle loaded with everything you need to have fun, while remaining functional.

Croll started his work under the hood where he increased the output to 324 horsepower. To achieve this massive boost in power — up from the stock 179 horsepower — the tuner installed a Dezod Motorsports turbo kit with a Garrett turbocharger, replaced the manifold and the intercooler pipes, added a new 2.5-inch intake system and installed a new DEI titanium exhaust system.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion WSD-tC by Josh Croll.

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Lexus offered its fans the chance to design their dream 2014 IS , and the seven best of the bunch were bought to life and put on display at the 2013 SEMA Show . One of the models that became a reality features a Tommy Kaira body kit and sits on Vossen wheels. It is on displayed at booth No. 46119.

This concept is based on the IS350 F-Sport and is one of the coolest IS models you will ever see. The concept features a special Pearl Yellow paint specially created by Platinum Motorsport for the Lexus LFA supercar.

This new paint suits the Tommy Kaira full aero package, which includes new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a discreet spoiler. The front bumper features additional air intakes for a better engine cooling, while additional LED lights give it a sinister glare at nighttime.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS350 F-Sport by Vossen Wheels.


The Chevrolet Camaro Performance Garage Concept may be based on the Camaro SS , but it’s also a track-oriented muscle car that carries a host of performance components from the SS’ big brothers: the Z/28 and ZL1 .

Safe to say, this is the ultimate Camaro mash-up, something that a lot of enthusiasts will be looking into if Chevrolet decides to drop the ’concept’ label and send this car into production, even on a limited basis.

Not taking any shortcuts on giving the Garage Camaro Concept the modifications it deserves, Chevrolet Accessories added a host of new aero components on the muscle car. These components are highlighted by RS headlamps and taillights, a new rear spoiler and grille, blacked-out mirrors, a new rear diffuser, and, of course, a set of satin-black, 10-spoke Track Pack wheels.

There are also a number of "Chevrolet Performance" graphics on the muscle car, particularly on the windshield header and rockers, ensuring that the concept’s characteristics are remembered by those who see it.

In addition to the aesthetic and aero upgrades, Chevy also spent a lot of time tweaking the Camaro Garage Concept’s performance credentials, using components sourced from the ZL1 and the Z/28 parts pins. The short-throw shifter and the brake system were taken from the former. The latter’s parts are well-represented too, including: “Shorty” exhaust headers, a 2.75-inch exhaust system, front ride/handling links, rear upper control arms, stabilizer bars, a Helical differential with an internal cooling system, brake ducts and racing-derived DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL


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