WTF? Strange, Crazy, Amazing, and Downright Stupid Things at SEMA 2018
You can pretty much see anything and everything automotive related at the SEMA show. From pure-bred muscle cars, wild exotics, monster trucks, and full-on race cars. SEMA has something for everyone to love. On the other side of that spectrum, there is a lot that may not be to your taste. From the crazy awesome to the crazy clueless, here you can find a bit of each.
Check Out This Hot New Duke Dynamics Bodykit for the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta is one of the craziest Prancing Horses of recent years and most of that craziness is derived from its 6.3-liter V12 engine which makes 730 horsepower and is able to send it to 100 km/h or 62 mph in 3.1 seconds. But for some, its mad performance isn’t done justice by the car’s styling. so they use kits like this one by Vancouver, Canada-based Duke Dynamics, in order to help their F12 achieve the look they think it deserves.
Mopar Drops 1,000-Horsepower Crate Engine Bombshell at SEMA 2018
Following a number of teasers in the run-up to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, the speed gurus from Mopar, FCA’s in-house performance group, pulled the sheets on a brand-new, utterly custom Dodge Charger concept car, and with it, a new crate engine that puts last year’s “Hellcrate” package to shame.
Bentley and the RCA Team Up to Sketch the Future of Elegant Motoring
Bentley, one of the world’s most sophisticated and luxurious marques, has collaborated with second-year design students from the Royal College of Arts (RCA) to envision its future. The students were asked, "What will British luxury mean in 2050?" Out of the 24 responses, four were selected by the lecturers at the college and the Bentley Design Team.
The Hyundai Santa Fe Cabrio Is Real, But Not for Production
2018 McLaren 720S Track Theme
McLaren’s MSO division is responsible for some of the most mouth-watering creations we’ve seen in recent memory, and it looks like MSO isn’t done, judging, at least, by a pair of new special-edition models, one of which is called the 720S Track Theme. In keeping with MSO’s tradition of going all-out with its projects, the 720S Track Theme gets a smorgasbord of new features and options, all of which have been added to add an extra touch of exclusivity on what is already an exclusive supercar.
2017 Abarth 695 Rivale
The Abarth 500 has been on the receiving end of some interesting special edition models in the past. We’ve seen the Abarth 695 Biposto Record, the 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition, and the 500 Track Experience, among others. None of them, though, can lay claim to the title of being the “most sophisticated Abarth ever.” That distinction, according to Abarth itself, now rests on the shoulders of the 695 Rivale Special Edition.
Developed specifically to celebrate the company’s close ties to yacht maker Riva, the 695 Rivale is the physical embodiment of the premium luxury that goes into the craft of building those sea vessels. Safe to say, that “most sophisticated Abarth ever” title fits the 695 Rivale. It’s inundated with aesthetic features that shine a big spotlight on the nautical theme of the compact car. Inside and out, the 695 Rivale is decked to the brim with luxury, the kind you expect from any one of the yachts that Riva has built in its 175-year history. The special edition Abarth 695 doesn’t pack any power or performance upgrades, but that’s an inconsequential omission when you compare it to the quantity and quality of cosmetic additions given to the hot hatch. There’s no word yet on how many models Abarth plans to build of the 695 Rivale, but another special edition model, the Abarth 695 Rivale 175th Anniversary, is limited to just 350 units, divided into 175 units for the coupe model and another 175 for the cabriolet version.
Update 02/21/2018: Our friend Cyril stopped by a showroom in Paris and snapped a few shots of the Abarth 695 Rivale. Check them out in the gallery below!
Ugly Car Spotlight – Subaru Impreza Casa Blanca
Barring its concept cars, Subaru isn’t exactly known for pumping out gorgeous exterior designs. Functional? Dependable? Fast? Yes to all three, but either way, styling remains a real weak area for the Six Star brand. Unfortunately, the Impreza Casa Blanca is proof positive of that, and it quite possibly takes the cake for ugliest production car ever.
Apparently, Subaru decided to update the 1999 and 2000 model year Impreza with this hideous body kit to capitalize on a renewed interest in retro cars. Incredibly, upwards of 5,000 examples of the Casa Blanca were built. Luckily, this monstrosity was relegated to the JDM market only, which means those of us residing in the U.S. don’t risk losing our lunch after accidently seeing one of these things out on the road.
Just look at that front end and those taillights! The whole thing is a mishmash of contradictory styles, botched together by groan-worthy details that make us want to run for the hills. It’s slow too, mounting a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter boxer four in its deformed nose.
What do you think, dear reader? Is this indeed the ugliest car ever made, or is there something else out there that’s even worse? Let us know in the comments!
Would You Pay Nearly $100,000 For A Paint Job?
The price for vanity can run deep, especially when we’re talking about a car like the Porsche 911 Turbo S. The base price for one here in the U.S. already adds up to $190,700, and that’s without all the bells and whistles that can run costs up to comfortably north of $200,000. Now if you really want your 911 Turbo S to stand out, there is a color option called Phyton Green “Chromaflair” that will no doubt get the job done. The only caveat is that availing of this color option will set you close to an extra $100,000. Do the math and that price tag is more than half the cost of the actual 911 Turbo S. Vanity, ladies and gentlemen.
Porsche Exclusive didn’t say how it got to that specific price tag for the paint job, nor will it ever, given the number of trade secrets that are likely involved in creating that exclusive color. What we do know, thanks to an Instagram post by PTSRS, is that the “Chromaflair” treatment is also available in three other color variants, including blue, gold, and violet. According to PTSRS, the violet Chromaflair version had been on display in the past at Porsche’s factory in Zuffenheisen, joining the Phyton Green version that was showcased at the Nurburgring recently. These exclusive paint finishes may not be the most expensive add-ons in the market – imagine the options Bugatti’s offering for the Chiron – but they’re no less going to burn serious holes in your wallet.
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"Fast And Furious Live" Brings The Action To Arenas Everywhere
As if eight full-length movies, a series of video games, and a handful of short movies aren’t enough to satisfy our craving for anything Fast and Furious, we’ll now be treated to a series of live shows featuring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto talking about, well, Fast and Furious. Yes, Fast and Furious Live is apparently a real thing now, and I don’t know exactly how I feel about it.
No less than Diesel himself confirmed the news in a Facebook post that straddled the line between revealing and confusing throughout its entirety. Diesel even donned his Dominic Toretto garb to briefly talk about the live show, something he said that hasn’t been done before, at least in the planned scale that he and his team are preparing for. That said, Diesel doesn’t seem to know the full schedule of the live show just yet, only revealing that he thinks the first show will be held at the 02 Arena in London before trekking the world for the succeeding installments. There’s a website – fastandfuriouslive.com – that’s also been created to find updates, but at the moment, there’s little else but Facebook and Instagram posts, as well generic teasers in it. Still, this Fast and Furious Live show appears to be something that’s happening soon, possibly at an arena near you.
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2018 Ford F-22 F-150 Raptor
Ford Performance created a one-off F-150 Raptor styled after the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet for a charity auction benefiting kids’ interest and participation in flying. Called the Gathering of Eagles, the annual event is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association. This year, the auction raised $300,000 thanks to Ford’s donation of the “F-22 Raptor.” The truck obviously takes its name and styling cues from America’s premier fighter, going so far as to incorporate the jet’s silhouette into its grille and side mirrors. But that just scratches the surface of what Ford did to this 2018 F-150 Raptor Crew Cab.
The Raptor boasts a Whipple intercooler and other performance upgrades on its high-output, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, giving it an impressive 545 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque – a healthy improvement over its stock 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of twist. The bodywork received carbon fiber fender flairs, custom LED lighting, power-deploying running boards, an aggressive wheel and tire package, and that silver-over-black paint job. These, combined with other upgrades, helped the truck garner a $300,000 winning bid, beating out last year’s winning bid of $295,000 for a P-51D Mustang-themed 2017 Ford Shelby GT350 called Ole Yeller. Making the winning bid more special – it was from Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Ford in Las Vegas. Ackerman serves as Honorary Commander and Ambassador for the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
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2017 Pagani Zonda Riviera
They say that fine art speaks incredible stories while sitting still as people look at them. In a lot of ways, the Pagani Zonda is the farthest thing from fine art, particularly that it doesn’t do well in an idle state. Then again, the Zonda is also, in other ways, the epitome of fine art. It’s limited nature and exotic qualities make it precious in a lot of eyes. And as far as the stories it tells, well, let’s just say they make for good conversations. Take this particular Zonda for example. It’s now called the Zonda Riviera, but it didn’t always carry the name. Once upon a time, it was a Zonda F, and in the decade that’s been alive, it’s been through quite a lot for a car of its stature.
It does seem a little odd that we’re seeing another Zonda get reimagined as a new model only a week after seeing another of its kind, the Zonda Fantasma Evo, go through the same treatment. These events do speak of the age of the model and the fact that it’s been 12 years since Pagani rolled out the Zonda F means that we’re likely to see more of them in the near future. For now, though, the Zonda Riviera takes center stage, as the Zonda Fantasma Evo did last week. it doesn’t quite have an eventful story as Fantasma Evo - that one literally came back from a crash - but it does have a tale or two in its pocket, as most Pagani Zonda Fs that have aged rather nicely will tell us.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S By Posaidon
There may be a new-generation Mercedes-AMG E63 S in town now, but just because that’s the case, that doesn’t mean the previous-generation model will just fade out into the sunset. Noted Mercedes tuner Posaidon seems to think that there’s still some untapped potential left in the “old” AMG E63 S, and like any tuner worth its salt, Posaidon set about unlocking it with a new program that delivers a staggering 1,090 horsepower, more than what today’s lineup of hypercars are capable of.
Wrap your heads around that number for a second. 1,090 horsepower for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S. Sure, the mid-sized performance saloon is capable of handling that much power, but not without a lot of help, or at least in this case, a bigger engine up front. That’s the scope of what Posaidon has done. Not to mention the work Posaidon put in, which speaks to the kind of upgrades it’s offering for the Merc-AMG. It’s admittedly not for everyone, but for those who prefer supercar-levels of power out of the E63 S beauties, the German tuner’s power offering is about as high as it’s going to get. And in case it’s a little too out of reach for a customer’s sensibilities, Posaidon does have other options on the menu, specifically upgrades that “only” bring out 850 and 920 horsepower, respectively. I suppose the output numbers, in this case, are relative, but then again, even an 850-horsepower AMG E63 S is going to be a whirlwind to drive.
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