No good, just bad and ugly

As evidenced by our recent list of the Best In Show debuts, the annual aftermarket-extravaganza known as SEMA was quite good this year. We saw beautiful, meticulously refined rolling pieces of artwork, insane, over-the-top performance machines, and more than a few vehicles worthy of our collective desire. But not every booth was perfect, and there were still quite a few less-than lovely autos on display. As such, we’ve collected the worst of the worst for this list.

Included is an obnoxious STI, a ho-hum Focus, a yawn-worthy Hyundai, a poseur BMW, and impostor parts companies.

What do you think? Did we nail it on this one, or completely whiff it? Let us know in the comments which cars you liked, and which cars you think missed the mark.

Continue reading for our picks for worst in show at SEMA.

Worst In Show

Engraved Subaru WRX STI

This Year's SEMA Show Had Some Crazy Builds on Display High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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The WRX STI is the perfect place to start for just about tuning project. It’s got all the right parts in all the right places, with WRC-inspired styling, a high-performance AWD system for grip, and a turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood just begging to get uncorked. That said, we’re not sure this build is the right direction to go. There’s just too much going on – the wheels, the widebody fenders, the body kit… it’s like it got every possible option in the book, plus a few extras just for kicks. I think you could pull off the engraved bodywork with some other build, but as is, I’m gonna need some dramamine if I look at this thing too long.

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Ford Focus ST By Blood & Grease

2016 Ford Focus ST by Blood & Grease Exterior Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Ford’s Focus ST had a huge presence at SEMA this year, with multiple iterations showing up to strut their stuff in the limelight. Included in the mix was this flat-black example from Blood & Grease, which sought to combine old school hot rodding with new school tuning. Unfortunately, the result falls a little flat. There are basic performance upgrades under the hood and a few odds and ends in the cabin, plus a few styling changes to the exterior, but at a place like SEMA, it’s just a little too underwhelming for its own good. And that’s a shame when you consider the potential of adding hot-rodder themes to a modern tuner. At the end of the day, it feels like this thing is just a big missed opportunity.

Read the full review here.

Hyundai Tucson Night

2016 Hyundai Tucson Night High Resolution Exterior
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Dark trim levels are hugely popular these days, with most of the major automakers pumping out restyled special editions in the hopes of cashing in on the in vogue aesthetic. One of the latest to do so is Hyundai with the Tucson Night. It’s essentially a standard Tucson equipped with new wheels, some flat-black trim, and four exclusive paint options. And that’s pretty much it. Sure, it’s more or less par for the course when it comes to limited runs like this, but that doesn’t make it any less boring. Hyundai actually brought a bunch of interesting concepts to SEMA this year, but unfortunately, this isn’t one of them. In all honesty, the Tucson Night is more yawn than it is cool.

Read the full review here.

M Performance Bimmers

2016 BMW M3 With M Performance Parts High Resolution Exterior
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We love true M’d out BMWs. You know what I’m talking about – those boisterous combinations of numbers and the 13th letter in the alphabet, like the M2, or M3, or M4. Unfortunately, the Bavarians seem to be going back to the M Division well a little bit too often lately, adding performance designations where they aren’t really all that appropriate. The latest offenders showed their faces at SEMA this year, offering plenty of performance looks, but little in terms of actual performance. Sure, there was an exhaust upgrade here and a lowering kit there, but those things aren’t fooling anyone. In reality, these builds are about selling overpriced carbon fiber doodads, not lowering lap times.

Read the full review here.

Feds Seize Counterfeit Chinese Parts

Feds Seize Counterfeit Chinese Aftermarket Parts at SEMA
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The aftermarket is huge, with lots of high-quality go-faster parts on offer if you know where to look. That said, if you’re not careful, you could wind up with overpriced novelty items on your car. Thankfully, it looks like six of the companies churning out these knockoffs are hitting the skids, as federal agents raided several booths at SEMA this year.

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