2017 SEMA Show – Best In Show
The cream of the crop from the aftermarketby Jonathan Lopez, on
The 2017 SEMA Show has come and gone, leaving a flurry of custom rides in its wake. Without fail, this annual extravaganza manages to bring out all the good stuff from the world of the automotive aftermarket, with the latest version showing us a cornucopia of weird and wild builds, new parts, and even a new hypercar that could very well shift the balance of power at the bleeding edge of speed. From this collection of highly worthy vehicles and equipment we’ve plucked out our favorites, then compiled them all right here for your collective lust and admiration.
Indeed, the show in Vegas brought us some truly outstanding automobiles this year, and it was tricky to pick just a handful for the list. Making it even more difficult was the sheer diversity of products on offer, with much more than just cars on display. Stand-alone performance parts are another huge draw at SEMA, making us think about all the exciting possibilities awaiting those willing to take the plunge into modification. So without further ado…
Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Best In Show from SEMA 2017.
For us, there was one car that really stood out at SEMA this year – the Hennessey Venom F5. Making its first big public reveal in Vegas, the Venom F5 is a follow-up to the previous Venom GT, which challenged the best of the best from the world of hypercars with an outrageous horsepower number and world-beating top speed. The F5 continues that tradition as an utterly bespoke model, mating a 1,600-horsepower twin-turbo 7.4-liter V-8 with a lightweight carbon fiber chassis. The end result is a monster machine aiming for 300 mph at the top end. Bugatti who?
Read our full review on the 2019 Hennessey Venom F5.
From the latest and greatest in top speed, we now move on to a slice of old-school cool, with the next entry on our list occupied by this exquisite AMC Javelin restomod from Ringbrothers. We’ve seen the shop’s work before (and we’re usually impressed by it), but this time around, we feel like the Wisconsin natives have really outdone themselves. For starters, it’s a Javelin, which breaks from the traditional Mustang or Camaro platform so often used in this space. From there, Ringbrothers added some gorgeous new bodywork, as well as few new interior goodies. Not only that, but this thing’s got the performance to match the head-twisting good looks. Under the hood is four-figures of output from a modified Hellcat engine, routed rearwards by a four-speed transmission. Beautiful!
Read our full review on the AMC Javelin AMX Deviant! By Ringbrothers.
After a long wait, Jeep finally spilled the beans on the next generation of its iconic Wrangler. Granted, we didn’t the full rundown on all the different specs (we’ll have to wait for the 2017 LA Auto Show for that!), but we did get some new pics and a few tidbits to tide us over for the month. For example, the exterior features a fold-down windshield, plus removable doors and a removable top. In fact, the whole thing looks like it got a refresh, although the easily recognizable front end keeps its familiar shape. Stand by for our in-depth look at it later this month, but for now, check out what we know thus far by hitting the link below.
Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.
Chevy brought a few different Colorados to SEMA this year, and for good reason – not only is it a popular model, but it’s got the right bones to create just about anything you could want from a truck. Enter the ZR2 AEV Concept, an overland build that’s got all the right stuff. Clearly, American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) knows what it’s doing – there are tons of well-executed details, such as a panel in the rear that dispenses water and provides a hookup for the air compressor, as well as a fridge and freezer to keep your lunch nice and fresh. The rest of it is traditional off-roader gear – new rough-stuff bumpers, sturdy underbody protection, a winch, and more keep this truck in its element, while 35-inch tires sit under a massive lift courtesy of suspension upgrades that include custom Multimatic DSSVTM shocks.
Read our full review on the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV Concept.
It came as little surprise that Kia’s new performance sedan was making the rounds at SEMA this year. A car like this was made for enthusiasts, with sharp looks, solid handling, and a nice lump of go under the hood. The above example is what happens when a well-known builder like West Coast Customs get its hands on one. For starters, the exterior dimensions get a sizable increase thanks to a custom wide body kit that comes complemented by carbon fiber pieces, blessing the four-door with even more visual aggression as a result. A deep shade of pearl blue metallic adds gloss to the new aesthetic, while 21-inch wheels are in the corners. We like it so much; we’d even consider a more menacing alternative to the BMW M3.
Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger GT Wide Body.
When Honda finally brought American consumers one of its most desirable forbidden fruits, namely the Civic Type R, enthusiasts went crazy. Finally, this legend of FWD performance was landing stateside, and with as many as 306 turbocharged ponies to boot. Now, builders everywhere will have a chance to drop this beauty into the race platform of their choice, as the H Badge announced at SEMA it would sell the CTR powerplant as a crate engine, turbo and all, for just $6,500.
Read the full story here.
Don’t worry, we’re throwin’ in some domestic love as well. Recently refreshed for the 2018 model year, the Mustang GT offers loads of performance from the factory, but as is often the case, the right parts can liberate even more of the go. Building on the older Level 1 pack, Level 2 throws in stuff like new aero gear, MagneRide dampers, stiffer anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, and a quicker steering ratio, among other things. So yeah, it isn’t some over-the-top crazy build you’ll never be able to replicate – and that’s exactly why we like it.
Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2.