2013

2013

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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.

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.


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