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  A concept car is a car prototype made to showcase a new vehicle's styling, technology, and overall design before production. They are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not have a chance of being produced.

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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.

Mopar, AMG , SVT, and TRD – all names synonymous with factory performance with balanced characteristics and an intact vehicle warranty. Yet with these great names in manufacturer-approved performance parts, one automaker was suspiciously absent from the scene despite having a huge aftermarket following: Honda .

That’s about to change with Honda’s new Honda Performance Development, or HPD division. Roll out will be quite slow, however, as the division builds a name for itself within the Honda brand. HPD’s first project is the slow-selling Honda CR-Z hybrid .

Owners of manual-transmission CR-Zs can now have Honda install a 200,000 rpm Rotrex centrifugal traction-drive supercharger mated to a Griffiths air-to-air intercooler. A respectable 57-horsepower increase is expected, bringing total horsepower to 187 ponies, while fuel consumption remains at 42 mpg. Other modifications to the CR-Z includes a performance exhaust, suspension upgrades, a wheel and tire package, and a big brake kit. Not bad for a hybrid.

Philip LaPointe, manager of HPD Street Performance, told Automotive News in an interview that, “We’re sticking our first toe in the water. We didn’t want to start with too high volume. We need to know who’s going to build the parts and distribute them. We need to get our dealers and logistics up to speed."

LaPointe continued saying the performance parts for other Honda models would go on sale over the next few years. Buys will likely be waiting till the all-new 2016 Civic rolls out before a full-on HPD kit would be available from the dealer showroom, however. “The dream scenario is to have performance parts available at [new-product] launch,” he said.

Although the factory warranty would remain, HPD-outfitted cars would likely see their warranties reduced by years and mileage. The traditional five-year/60,000-mile warranty would fall to three-years/30,000 miles. Reason being that Honda’s durability testing for new cars doesn’t include the extra strains of “spirited driving” and “high-speed loading” typically seen on modified, performance-oriented versions of its vehicles.

Click past the jump for more on the Honda CR-Z by HPD

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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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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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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.

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For the 2013 SEMA Show , Mazda prepared "Club Sport" treatments for both the Mazda3 and Mazda6 that completely transform the look of the models. The Club Sport 6 concept features a menacing Mazda Design-exclusive Composite Grey finish and a Brilliant Black rooftop, combined with motorsport-inspired badging in neutral gray, black and red.

The special Club Sport graphics featured on this concept car have a varying line frequency and width, giving them a sense of movement.

This is the first Mazda6 production model shown to the North American market with a SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter, clean-diesel engine. This engine will be offered on the production version Mazda6 starting the spring of 2014, and it will pump out 172 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.

The SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter engine did see some use in the Mazda6 during the GRAND-AM Rolex GX Series.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda Club Sport 6 Concept.

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Volkswagen Jetta is a fairly boring family car, and it’s typically not classified as a "Racer’s Dream." However, for the 2013 SEMA Show , Volkswagen , in cooperation with FMS Automotive, built the ultimate performance Jetta and dubbed the converted econo-box the Jetta Racer’s Dream concept.

The most amazing thing about this concept is its new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In its base setup, this four-cylinder engine lays down 210 horsepower, but FMS added a Stage 3+ Turbo Kit that boosts the output to more than double its stock output. With 425 horsepower in tow, FMS also had to strengthen the mechanics by adding in APR rods, wristpins and performance pistons. An APR carbon-fiber cold-air intake system and an intercooler chip in to provide the turbo with a nice helping of cool air.

Because we are talking about a car developed for track use, the new Jetta Racer’s Dream also received an H&R Street coil-over suspension system, H&R Sport anti-roll bars, 19-inch TSW Jerez wheels with chrome lips wrapped in Nitto NT-05 Z-rated tires and a Brembo brake kit with four-piston calipers and cross-drilled rotors.

We think it’s safe to say that this is no goring family sedan.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Jetta Racer’s Dream.


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