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 |  Nov 11 2013, 4:25 PM

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Somehow, this baby blue C7 Stingray with a wide body kit managed to win the Gran Turismo People’s Choice Award. While this isn’t the absolute worst car at this year’s SEMA Show, it’s certainly among the top 10. Chevrolet poured untold effort into restyling its ever-popular sports car to maintain the Corvette image without keeping it from evolving further. Ballooning the fenders and saddling it with such large wheels doesn’t it any justice. Chevrolet did a bang-up job designing the C7 and this design does away with many of the proportions that make it so good.

 |  Jul 17 2013, 1:02 PM

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Lexus and deviantART.com announced a contest today that offers the winner a year-long lease with a 2014 IS F-Sport.

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 |  Jan 19 2013, 5:59 PM

At the 2012 SEMA Show, Chevrolet unveiled its 2012 COPO convertible, which just fetched a nice $400,000 towards charity at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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 |  Nov 02 2012, 7:35 AM

Shoehorning a Viper V10 engine with 650 hp into the engine bay of the Dodge Charger is something that belongs at the 2012 SEMA Show. And that’s exactly what the Dodge Charger Juiced concept is.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 9:10 PM

Anyone familiar with Ken Block and his Gymkhana videos knows just how well he can smoke a set of tires and AutoGuide had the chance during this year’s SEMA Show to go along for a ride.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 8:58 PM

Guy Fieri’s customized 427 Corvette will head to Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Ariz. to be auctioned for charity, but first it made a stop at this year’s SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 8:07 PM

Chevrolet just unveiled its “Dusk” edition Sonic during the 2012 SEMA Show as a production-intended package. 

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 7:24 PM

Chevrolet brought a one-off Camaro ZL1 to the SEMA Show this year designed in partnership with race car driver Tony Stewart. 

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 5:12 PM

 

Not missing a beat, Hyundai brought its “Walking Dead” Elantra to the 2012 SEMA Show complete with gory props and a couple of zombie girls.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 3:57 PM

Among the many performance minded concepts Hyundai brought to SEMA this year, the Veloster Alpine concept is a more practically-minded option meant for snow sports.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 3:10 PM

Ford unveiled five individually customized versions of its new Focus ST hot hatch at the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 1:48 PM

Few drivers on a power hunt would find fault with Dodge’s gas-chugging 6.4-liter SRT8, but the cars at the SEMA Show rarely concern “most” drivers and this is no exception.

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 11:19 AM

Wearing a body kit, matter paint and riding on special 20-inch alloys, the Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance concept joined the other imaginative features in the Chevrolet booth at this year’s SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 5:38 PM

If there’s one thing the Bisimoto-tuned Hyundai Elantra GT definitely needs, it’s a bigger turbocharger.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 5:04 PM

Chevrolet went in an unexpected direction with its final two drag-strip specific COPO Camaros, the last of which it just unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 12:31 PM

Ford unveiled five individually customized versions of its new Focus ST hot hatch today at the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Aug 07 2012, 5:02 PM

Hyundai’s 2012 Remix cars are meant to exude each car’s personality to a degree the factory versions can’t on their own.

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 |  Apr 11 2012, 10:01 AM

While the Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S has received a lot of attention from aftermarket outfits during the past couple months, things have been rather quiet from the Subaru BRZ end… until now.

The first aftermarket tuner BRZ has been rendered by Sydney, Australia-based performance company Tunehouse, known for its work on Holdens, Fords, and a variety of German and Japanese imports.

Teaming up with Cosworth, Tunehouse is looking to replace Subaru’s 200-hp boxer engine with a more robust Cosworth 2.6-liter crate motor, equipped with an HKS turbocharger, intercooler, billet crank and flywheel, and finally an EcuTek engine control unit. Tunehouse expects all this work to amount to an output of at least 330-hp . Other pieces of hardware reserved for the BRZ include KW Variant coil-overs, Whiteline stabilizer bars, uprated bushings, and a limited-slip differential. The BRZ will also receive 18-inch Advan wheels wearing Federal RSR tires (245/35R18 front, and 285/30R18 rear).

While the modifications planned for this particular BRZ are quite extensive, Tunehouse’s project is just the beginning of what’s in store for the future, as more and more tuners begin to get their hands on a Subaru and reveal daring projects of their own.

Discuss this story at SubaruBRZForum.com

 |  Apr 10 2012, 8:02 PM

Who ever came up with this idea is a genius. Get a whole slew of classic hot rods and cool rides, gather them all together in one place, then get Metallica to play for all the gathered car enthusiasts. It sounds like every metal and motor head’s dream.

This combination will come to fruition in real life at the first annual Orion music and more festival taking place on June 23 and 24 at Bader Field in Atlantic City.

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 |  Jul 05 2010, 2:05 PM

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For many people, the term Euro and hot rod blend together like oil and water (insert BP joke here). But this great symbol of automotive Americana does have a sizable following across the pond and in perhaps the most unlikely of  places. When we think of Sweden, images of snow, pine trees, good looking people and Saabs or Volvos often come to mind. But the land that brought us ABBA and Ace of Base is home to a thriving American hot rod car culture.

Sweden hosts one of the largest American car shows in the world – The Power Big Meet in Vasteras – and some of the nicest ’50s cruisers and hot rods you’ll find are based there. Vizualtech, a design company that specializes in creating technical illustrations, concepts and packaging design on everything from boats, to cars to forestry machines, for organizations as diverse as car companies and advertising/PR firms, has recently revealed this: a custom hot rod concept with some very ‘classic’ touches. Note the 34 style Ford grille, traditional Indy car wheel spinners and ’50s type greenhouse with wraparound front windshield.

But while it may look old school, this rod is conceived to be thoroughly modern in execution with a long wheelbase for greater stability and state-of-the-art suspension and steering. Power on this concept rod will come from a 6.2-liter 556-hp supercharged small block GM V8 as found in the Caddy CTS-V, allowing it to likely blow the doors off most things with wheels. You have to hand it to those Swedes for coming up with something like this – we’ll never look at a Volvo the same way again. For more information on this and other Vizualtech products, click on the link below.

GALLERY: Vizualtech Cadillac CTS-V Powered Hot Rod

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[Source: Vizualtech]

 |  Apr 21 2010, 3:53 PM

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Roughly five months after it was announced at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas; Yukon, Oklahoma based Classic Recreations has now revealed its built to order G.T.500CR. Endorsed by Shelby American, each of these potent ’67 original fastbacks will be powered by modified 427 cubic-inch (7.0-liter) small-block Windsor V8s and feature Tremec transmissions and modern coil-over suspension.

Every G.T.500CR comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be listed on the Shelby World Registry. Three different versions of the car will be offered: Performance, Intro and Venom. The Performance version features a 545-hp engine, Tremec five-speed manual gearbox, coil-over suspension and custom crafted interior, including seats tailored to the buyer’s specific requirements with Carroll Shelby’s signature. The Performance G.T.500CR, first revealed in February at Las Vegas Speedway, is now available for ordering. Intro and Venom models will follow shortly, the latter featuring a supercharged 780-hp Windsor V8 and unique four-link rear suspension among other things.

Classic Recreations has been modifying, fabricating and building custom and classic vehicles for a decade. Each G.T.500CR takes approximately four months to build with around 2500 man hours in each car from start to finish. For more information visit:

www.1967fastback.com

[Source: 1967Fastback]