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.

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.

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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.

In what has become somewhat of a tradition for Chevrolet at SEMA , the Bowtie-bearing brand is preparing to introduce a new version of its drag-racing mastodon, the COPO Camaro.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show, the COPO program returns with all the design tweaks and modifications given to the 2014 Camaro. This time, the factory-built dragster will immediately hit production with the same 69-unit allocation, making it another must-have Camaro for enthusiasts and drag racers alike.

The 2014 COPO Camaro will also come with a pair of new racing engines, including a revised take on the naturally aspirated 427 engine, as well as a supercharged version of the 350-cubic-inch engine that we first saw tucked comfortably under the hood of the 2013 COPO Camaro. The latter will also receive a 2.9-liter Whipple, screw-type compressor, as if all the mechanical workings done on the engine aren’t enough on their own.

Naturally aspirated 350- and 396-cubic-inch engines are also set to be offered for the 2014 COPO Camaro, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from as far as their preferred engine choice is going to be for their Camaro drag racer.

All 2014 COPO Camaros come standard with an NHRA-approved roll cage and suspension, and feature an exclusive live rear axle.

In somewhat of another similar move, or possibly to drive up the car’s PR-worthiness — as if it needed any — Chevrolet will send the first production COPO Camaro to Barret-Jackson this coming January for the Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. The proceeds from the auction will be sent directly to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

There’s plenty to love about the 2014 COPO Camaro. We’re sure that a lot of people share our sentiments, which is to say that those interested in scooping one up better get their finances in order before all 69 models are accounted for.

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

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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.

The Chevrolet SS may not get the same love as the Corvette and Camaro in the Bowtie’s lineup, but sleeping on this raunchy sedan is a big mistake.

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will likely reprimand you for doing so.

The SS is all business and at the 2013 SEMA Show , Chevrolet is preparing a concept SS and its tying up with, you guessed, Jeff Gordon himself.

The vehicle, appropriately billed as the Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept, is a refreshing program on the muscular sedan that plays to the creativity of the multi-titled NASCAR driver. Gordon’s all-business personality was clearly translated onto the concept, as shown by the classy satin exterior finish that effuses a no-nonsense approach the SS wants to be known for.

A handful of No. 24 graphics can be found throughout the exterior, splashing a nice touch of flavor to the sedan and giving it that aesthetic balance that you’d want to see in a car coming to SEMA. The SS also receives a new custom front grille, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and a set of custom-finished, 20-inch wheels, all of which play equal parts in providing a strength of character to the SS.

Inside, the changes were kept to a minimum, but still distinct enough to spruce up the cabin. Perforated suede seat inserts and embroidered headrests are the most distinctive upgrades, with a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit added in for good measure.

Other modifications added into the package include a lowered suspension, high-performance brakes and a Borla exhaust system. No other performance mods were given, which is a little disappointing, but hey, if you have a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that packs 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in tow, chances are, you won’t be too disappointed about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance

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Volkswagen couldn’t miss the 2013 SEMA Show , so it’s heading to Las Vegas with a series of customized Jetta sedans.

One of these Jetta models is a tribute to the 1989 Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI . As a reminder, the Helios Edition was built on the MKII Jetta , and VW limited it to just 1,500 units. The very special thing about this car was its Helios Blue paint that, depending on the light, could look navy, black or purple.

The special edition in Las Vegas features the same blue and black paint scheme, but it adds an aggressive body kit from FMS Automotive. This kit includes custom side moldings, a new rear spoiler and side mirrors all painted to match the Helios blue and black paint theme.

Under the hood, the Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition carries the all-new 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-pot that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The model will be on display from November 5th to 8th at Volkswagen’s booth in SEMA.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition.

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Nearly every year that it’s been in existence, Chevrolet displayed a special-edition Camaro at the 2013 SEMA Show , and it looks like this year won’t be any exception. Despite the Camaro’s home market ramping up for wintertime, Chevrolet will display the Camaro Spring edition at SEMA.

Based on the 2LT or 2SS trims, the new Camaro Spring Edition is distinguished by a Summit White exterior with Blue Ray stripe and a blue fabric top on convertible models. The model will also feature a body-colored ZL1 spoiler, and a ground-effect package, grille and 21-inch wheels from Chevrolet Accessories. The Spring Edition will borrow a set of HID headlights and LED taillights from the Camaro RS .

For the interior, the concept gains a white trim kit with Blue Ray accents. Also included are blue leather seats and floor mats from Chevrolet Accessories.

Under the hood, the 2LT model will come with its typical 323-horsepower, V-6 engine, and the 2SS version will make use of a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 426 horsepower when combined with the six-speed manual transmission or 400 ponies with the six-speed automatic.

Overall, this concept is a nice display of some of the options that Chevrolet Accessories offers its customers. Fortunately, there is nothing over the top, and Chevy chose not to update it with anything that is not available to its customers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro.

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For this year’s SEMA Show , which kicks off in just a few hours, Chevrolet has prepared a series of Corvette Stingray models inspired by different regions of the U.S.

This Corvette Stingray Convertible Atlantic Concept takes inspiration from the east and west coasts, and it features sophisticated styling enhancements inspired by a private jet.

The concept is coated in a elegant Blade Silver hue combined with a Carbon Flash Metallic front splitter, rocker extensions and rear lower diffuser. The headlamp housings and the hood accents are painted Fusion Gray, while the interior gets a suede package.

There are also a few other updates to round it all out, including chrome, five-spoke wheels sized 19-by-8.5 inches in front and 20-by-10 inches out back, a Carbon Flash Metallic rear license-plate holder, molded splash guards, a behind-the-seats windscreen to reduce turbulence with the top down ,custom luggage and an embroidered center armrest with the Stingray logo.

With exception of the sweet color and the pretty sick rocker extensions, this concept is rather "blah." But it is the Stingray, so awesomeness is built-in from the factory.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible.

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Gran Turismo 6 will be unveiled on November 28th, 2013 — just in time to celebrate the game’s 15th anniversary. In order to celebrate the event, Chevrolet will present a special-edition Stingray concept at the 2013 SEMA Show , which kicks off tomorrow.

The model was inspired by the version used in GT6, and it features a custom exterior paint scheme combined with yellow-tinted headlamps for a wild look. The Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo concept looks a little bit sportier than the standard Stingray, thanks to its carbon-fiber rear wing, a custom carbon-fiber hood and extractor design, carbon-fiber rockers, and a carbon-fiber front splitter.

Chevrolet also tossed in a custom grille, a racing-style front tow hook for those untimely spin outs into the grass and custom exhaust tips.

For the interior, Chevy upgraded the new Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept with competition sport seats combined with racing harnesses for the driver and passenger. There is also a custom, flat-bottom steering wheel, and leather-wrapped safety belt bar and rear braces.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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As usual, Chevrolet will be present and accounted for at the 2013 SEMA Show with a rather impressive lineup of high-performance rigs. And what’s the point of a high-performance Chevy display without the 2014 Corvette Stingray taking center stage?

The first of the Stingray concepts we will see in Las Vegas draws inspiration from west-coast culture, and Chevy named it the Corvette Stingray Coupe Pacific Concept.

The concept is based on the Corvette Stingray with the mighty Z51 package, and it features a stunning Torch Red exterior paint combined with a Carbon Flash Metallic paint on its rear spoiler and a Carbon Flash graphics package.

The bright-red body is combined with a carbon-fiber hood, an exposed-weave, carbon-fiber removable roof panel, and a front splitter and rocker extensions in satin black. All of this black and the exposed carbon fiber contrast well against the red body.

Rounding out the aesthetics is a set of satin-black, aluminum wheels with a red accent stripe. This staggered wheels are sized 19-by-8.5 inches up front and 20-by-10 inches out back.

Chevy also updated the interior as updated with its own carbon-fiber trim kit, a set of Competition Sport seats and a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon-fiber finish.

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