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SEMA Auto Show

SEMA Auto Show

  SEMA Auto Show is organized each year by the Specialty Equipment Market Association. It takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the biggest modified cars show in the United States. The show is divided in 4 main attractions: hot rod and muscle car tuning, modified modern car, rims and finally innovative technology. It is a must see for anyone interested in car modification.

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


The 2013 SEMA Show often welcomes projects that are modded like mad, but sometimes, the adage ’less is more’ has equal value in a place like SEMA. This year, Chevrolet is proving as much with the introduction of the Silverado Cheyenne Concept.

On the outside, you might not think of any comprehensive upgrade given to this Silverado. Actually, you really have to look real closely at the pickup to notice the carbon-fiber replacements given to a number of the pickups exterior components, including the bumpers, the inner cargo box, and the tailgate. Not only does the carbon fiber make the Silverado look more exotic, but it also shaves around 200 pounds off the pickups overall weight.

Outside of the "obvious" enhancements, the Silverado Cheyenne Concept also benefits from a lowered ride height, a rear stabilizer bar, a set of 19-inch wheels that it borrowed from the Camaro Z/28 and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

Moving inside, you’re going to see Recaro sport seats take the place of the standard seats, while a flat-bottom steering wheel also was installed in favor of the normal configuration.

No engine upgrades were given, less the throaty Borla exhaust system, but given the reduction in weight, you can expect the Silverado Cheyenne Concept’s performance figures to go up a tick, albeit a small one at that. That’s not a small feat considering that Chevy’s new EcoTec3 6.2-liter, V-8 engine produces 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque – the highest rated output in the light-duty truck segment, and 65-horsepower and 77 lb-ft more than the production 5.3-liter, V-8 engine.

Hm, do we smell a possible production high-performance Chevy truck to do battle with the Ram 1500 Rumble Bee and Ford F-150 Tremor ? It’s possible...

Click past the jump to read about the standard 2014 Chevrolet Silverado

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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.


Known for its serious suspension components, Skyjacker Suspensions has partnered with Ford to create this beastly F-150 for the 2013 SEMA Show taking place now through 8th.

Starting with an already capable 2014 F-150 FX4 Crew Cab, Skyjacker installed its massive six-inch lift and threw a set of BFGoodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM2 tires under it. The FX4’s standard four-wheel drive and electronic-locking rear differential keep the meaty BFGs turning when the going gets muddy.

Stout front and rear bumpers from Fab Fours Inc. protect the bodywork, and house a heavy-duty winch and LED light bar up front and a receiver hitch out back. Built-in steel recovery points make it easy to attach D-ring shackles for pulling lesser trucks out of sticky situations.

The F-150’s bed includes a lockable double-drawer storage unit from TruckVault for keeping gear safe and dry. Up top, a roof rack provides extra space for items and holds a second LED light bar. Custom graphics complete the tough-truck look, while rock rail steps make it easier for kids and girlfriends to hop inside.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Ford F-150

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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.

If at some point you wonder why this Toyota Tundra looks all sorts of awesome, it’s best to know that this isn’t like any standard Tundra you’ll ever come across.

The Let’s Go Moto Tundra is one insane ultimate desert sports machine straight from the minds of Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross teammates Josh Grant and Justin Brayton. With the help of a number of aftermarket companies, Grant and Brayton managed to turn this Tundra into one that carries their image and likeness.

The open visage of the Tundra retains its standard looks, although some portions of the pickups body have been treated to some distinctive modifications. The CrewMax cab, for one, has been taken down and replaced with an eight-foot long truck bed. The custom bed can actually accommodate the length of a motocross bike and even has three TV screens that each have unique features.

The first TV screen displays a game console that you can use when you’re not in competition. The second TV screen can play DVDs, and finally, the third one displays bike engine diagnostics, an important attribute, considering that the Let’s Go Moto Tundra actually comes with a Yamaha YZ450F bike.

Other pertinent features of the Let’s Go Moto Tundra include a fridge, a power washer, a helmet dryer, hydrogen tanks, and enough space for tools and back-up gear to ensure that this Tundra comes prepared to answer your sports and entertainment needs.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Let’s Go Moto Tundra


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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