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The SEMA show is upon us and I feel the best way to keep everything tidy is to place it all in one thread. I'm going to try and put everything in here for you guys and please if I miss something post it up as well or let me know and I'll try to get it up. I know SEMA is a pretty big deal around the automotive world and I hear forum members all the time wishing that they could go there, myself included. This is about the closest I can get you to the real thing, and yes I will have show pictures once someone who attended the show posts them.

Bourget Shredder F-80 425-HP V8 Quadracycle


Bourget Press Release
Bourget's Bike Works Introduces New Small Block Powered Quadracycle for 2008.

Phoenix, AZ - Bourget's Bike Works, manufacturers of highly sought after custom motorcycles and accessories, announced the newest addition to the 2008 model lineup crossing the boundaries into the personal transportation marketplace.

On display at SEMA is the 2008 Bourget's Shredder F-80. The Shredder F-80 is the industry's first limited production V8 powered quadra-cycle being offered from Bourget's Bike Works beginning January 2008.

With the look and feel of an open riding position similar to a motorcycle, but the ride, performance, and handling of a high-end sports car, the Shredder bridges the gap of these two types of vehicles appealing to many buyers wanting to ride a bike without the risk and worries of balancing on two wheels. Using many parts from the automotive industry including a small block Chevrolet V8, suspension, and steering components, this vehicle appeals to many consumers in the Hot Rod industry looking for a unique vehicle to customize and enhance. Future options will include a number of engine and transmission choices that allow the end user to achieve gas mileage as high as 50 MPG.

"As the personal transportation market continues to grow, I wanted to build a new breed of vehicle that customers can get excited about, feel comfortable about riding, and customize it like the hot rods of the past with relative ease" said Roger Bourget, President of Bourget’s Bike Works, "These machines will appeal to a new breed of open-air rider, and change the future landscape of the performance market."

About the 2008 Bourget's Bike Works Shredder:

Limited Production of 25 Per Year
MSRP - Starting at $90,000.00 USD
425 Horsepower, 383 Fast Burn Chevrolet Crate Motor
Turbo 350 Automatic Transmission
Winters "Quick Change" Rear End
Porsche 930 CV Joints
4 Wheel Independent Suspension
Power Rack and Pinion Steering
All Aluminum Body
Custom 17 x 12 Aluminum Wheels with AVON 330 Tires

About Bourget's Bike Works

Founded in 1993, by Roger Bourget, Bourget's Bike Works is the oldest custom V-Twin manufacturer in the motorcycle industry. Having 2 patents on our frames, one for the drop seat/oil in frame chassis, and the jackshaft/dual rear belt setup, Bourget's is considered by many as one of the top custom motorcycles builders in the industry. Bourget's also designed and developed the AVON 330 Rear tire which is the largest DOT approved motorcycle tire on the market and a key fixture in many Bourget designs.

Producing over 600 custom machines each year, Bourget's Motorcycles are considered the premier brand of custom motorcycles, and owned by many celebrities, athletes, and affluent individuals around the world.

For more information on Bourget's Bike Works, go on-line to, or visit your local dealership.

Jerome Williams' Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition


GM Press Release

From a tenacious player on the basketball court to a respected automotive stylist off, nine-year NBA veteran Jerome Williams puts the same resolve into vehicle customization as he did on the hardwood. Williams and his company, Automotive Street Style, have teamed up with Buick to create a vehicle that appeals to today's urban influencers. The result is a luxury crossover that Williams has dubbed the "Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition." It was revealed at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

"Buick is all about style, elegance, luxury and refinement. Those attributes are perfectly represented in Enclave. With the Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition, our goal was to accentuate those qualities while creating a vehicle that befits an urban CEO," said Jerome "Junk Yard Dog" Williams. The Buick Urban CEO Edition represents the first vehicle collaboration between the NBA veteran and General Motors.

The 2008 Buick Enclave lends itself to high-end customization by delivering high-fashion design, luxurious interior comfort and a smooth, quiet ride.

"Buick's resurgence is apparent in its current vehicles: LaCrosse, Lucerne and Enclave; it's a brand with a historically strong appeal in the urban market. Our Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition takes Enclave's already stellar level of luxury and style and raises it another level. It's a slam dunk for urban CEOs, athletes and even soccer moms," Williams said.

Outside, the Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition carries the production vertical waterfall chrome grille. Its shapely body is draped in a rich White Opal paint for a clean, monochromatic appearance. The rear bumper has been streamlined for a more aerodynamic appearance. This special-edition Enclave rides on 24-inch custom Giovanna Canelli chrome wheels outfitted with matching-size Pirelli tires.

Inside, Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition lets CEOs work and entertain in luxurious comfort and style. For influencers on the go, productivity is enhanced with a wireless Internet connection, the result of a satellite dish embedded into the vehicle's roof. Its integration enables Enclave to retain its aerodynamic shape without impeding interior roominess. The wireless connection allows passengers to surf the information highway while traveling on the asphalt ribbon.

Inside, the Buick Enclave CEO Edition treats all passengers like heads of corporations. Each of the four rear passengers can choose his or her entertainment medium: DVD, Blu-ray disc, programs downloaded from the Internet, or Internet connection. The video is played on four, 10-inch widescreen monitors integrated into the headrest bolsters of the front and middle-row seats. The sound is piped through four four-channel digital headphones; it can also be played through the vehicle's sound system – for those rare occasions when all agree on what to view. Buick Enclave CEO Edition doesn't exclude the front passenger; a seven-inch widescreen monitor is incorporated into the back of the visor.

All passengers – including the driver – are rewarded with sumptuous Dark Chocolate leather for an ultra-luxurious experience. To further accentuate the limo-like ride of this vehicle, white LED accent lights are integrated into the A- and B-pillars.

Buick is General Motors' premium international brand anchored by North America and China regions. A storied, 104-year-old brand in North America, Buick is also one of the most well-known automobile brands in China, with more than 1.3 million Buick owners. Last year, Buick sold more than 300,000 units there and more than 567,000 worldwide, a 17,000-unit increase over 2006. Buick nameplates in North America include the Enclave luxury crossover, Lucerne and LaCrosse entry-luxury sedans. The Buick lineup in China include the LaCrosse and Park Avenue premium sedans, Regal upper-medium sedan, Excelle family and GL8 and FirstLand executive wagons.

* Satellite dish embedded in roof
* White Opal paint
* Monochromatic appearance
* "Floating" Buick emblem in grille
* Streamlined rear bumper
* Pirelli tires: P274/35R24
* Giovanna Canelli Custom Wheels: 24- x 10-inch front and rear

* Full-length center console
* Suede-like Dark Chocolate seat covers and door panels
* LED accent lighting in A- and B-pillars

* Icon Tech video equipment with four, 10-inch VGA/LCD monitors
* Four, four-source digital headphones


Cadillac CTS Sport Concept


GM Press Release

As the new 2008 Cadillac CTS sedan garners critical acclaim, the CTS Sport concept puts a unique twist on this hot new luxury sedan. The CTS Sport concept suggests a customization theme emphasizing the car's performance character. The show car includes new front and rear fascias, a modified hood, rear spoiler and 20-inch wheels Recaro sport seats highlight the cabin. Performance is derived from a production-spec 304-hp 3.6L Direct Injection V-6 that exhales through a Corsa cat-back exhaust system with 3.5-inch outlets.
Vehicle highlights:

• CTS Sport concept
• 3.6L V-6 with direct injection
• Modified hood with wire mesh inserts
• Unique front and rear fascias with carbon fiber and wire mesh inserts
• Carbon-fiber front fender extractors
• Export-model taillamps and CHMSL with clear lenses
• Unique rear deck spoiler
• Headlamps with unique housing finish
• Roof-mounted OnStar antenna
• Brake ducting with LED lighting
• Polished, forged 20-inch wheels
• High-performance brakes with painted calipers and drilled/slotted rotors
• Carbon-fiber interior trim plates
• BlueConnect Bluetooth integrated into the headliner
• Recaro sport seats with leather trim
• Corsa cat-back exhaust with rectangular outlet tips and wire mesh


Cadillac Escalade Sport


GM Press Release

The Cadillac Escalade Sport concept showcases even more of the dramatic presence and power that has made Escalade the sales and image leader among large luxury SUVs. The Escalade Sport showcases a small-block V-8 that produces approximately 550 horsepower and is backed by a heavy-duty 6L80 six-speed transmission. Modified front and rear fascias, along with enhancements including 24-inch wheels, a lowered ride height and special aero rockers provide the Escalade Sport with a distinctive look.

Vehicle highlights:

* Escalade Sport concept
* Small-block V-8 with approximately 550 horsepower
* 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission
* Unique air induction and exhaust systems; underhood cover
* Sport-tuned suspension with two-inch-lowered ride height
* High-performance brake package
* Modified front and rear fascia with new upper and lower grilles
* Fog lamp housing
* New roof rack
* New side air extractors with lights
* New hood
* Retractable side steps with aero rockers
* Dual rear exhaust Corsa cat-back exhaust with new tips
* Twenty-four-inch, forged alloy wheels
* "Sport" badging
* Recaro sport bucket seats in first and second rows; third-row seat deleted
* Leather-wrapped upper instrument panel, console and upper door panels
* Specific gauge cluster graphics
* Aluminum cargo floor with runners and tie-downs
* Unique finish on trim plates
* Modified center console with new shifter and shift knob
* Billet aluminum pedals
* European-spec clear taillamps


Jay Leno's E85-powered C6RS Corvette


GM Press Release

LAS VEGAS – "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno's predilection for performance cars is no secret, but many fellow enthusiasts may not know that he is keenly interested in alternative fuels. To prove that red-blooded power mixes easily with a touch of green, Leno partnered with Pratt & Miller – the engineering company that builds and campaigns C6.R Corvettes – to develop a modified Corvette Z06 that is capable of running on E85 ethanol. It was unveiled at the 2007 SEMA Show.

More than merely a conversion of the stock LS7 engine to E85 capability, Leno's alternative-fuel supercar is powered by a custom, 8.2L (500-cubic-inch) all-aluminum small-block V-8 that pumps out approximately 600 horsepower and 585 lb.-ft. of torque.

"The C6RS is the result of an idea we hatched to prove that high-performance cars and alternative fuel technology weren't diametrically opposed concepts," said Leno. "I love the idea of having 600 horsepower at my disposal, but using a homegrown alternative to gasoline."

The engine is built around a custom aluminum cylinder block that was CNC-milled from a single block of billet aluminum. And while the cylinder heads, intake system and dry-sump oiling system are stock LS7 components, the engine – which has larger bore and stroke dimensions than the 7.0L (427-cubic-inch) LS7 – uses a one-off reciprocating assembly, including a forged steel crankshaft, forged rods and forged pistons. Katech Engines, the company that builds engines for the Corvette C6.R racing program, developed the engine.

The fuel system and engine control computer were modified to accommodate E85, and spent gases exit through a Corsa exhaust system. Supporting the 600-horse engine's power is a blueprinted and strengthened T-56 six-speed transmission and a high-performance Centerforce dual-friction clutch.

C6.R inspiration
On the outside, Leno's bad and black C6RS emulates the styling of C6.R racecars, with wider front and rear fenders and a wider rear fascia with an integrated spoiler on top and a racing-style diffuser at the bottom (the diffuser incorporates an LED-lit backup lamp). A C6.R-style waterfall hood front fender louvers, rockers and lower grille opening further define this special Corvette – and all of the car's front-end panels are made of carbon-fiber, including custom brake air ducts routed through the front fenders. With all of its body modifications, Leno's C6RS is 1.6 inches wider than stock.

The C6.R's – and production Corvette's – aerodynamically styled bodywork is designed to slice efficiently through the wind, which helps enhance fuel mileage.

The race-ready look of the car is enhanced with a quartet of BBS wheels that feature racing-type locking center hubs. The forged aluminum 18-inch front wheels and 19-inch rear wheels ride on Michelin P295/30ZR18 and P345/30ZR19 tires, respectively.

Adding authenticity to the car's custom bodywork was the involvement of Pratt & Miller. The company took on the task of crafting Leno's Corvette into a street-going replica of the racecars, which included installing or fabricating a host of unique components, including:
* A custom DeWitt high-capacity radiator with dual cooling fans
* A carbon-fiber ram-air induction system
* Carbon-fiber inner fender panels that vent hot air from the engine compartment
* Brembo brakes with six-piston mono-block calipers in front and four-piston rear calipers
* Dyna-Mat used throughout the cabin and chassis to reduce interior noise

While the exterior and drivetrain were inspired by the racetrack, the C6RS's cabin exudes luxury, with premium touches and enhancements from Genuine Corvette Accessories that include a two-tone shift knob and boot; leather-covered console armrest, parking brake handle and boot; an interior trim kit, racing-style pedal covers and more.

With its 600 horses on tap and domestically produced E85 fuel in the tank, Jay Leno's alternative-fueled C6RS is an all-American supercar that proves high performance and environmental consciousness go together like the Corvette and checkered flags.


'34 Chevrolet Coupe E85


GM Press Release

With a 500-horsepower engine, a channeled body and a chopped top, GM's custom street rod looks right at home on the salt flats of Bonneville. But instead of a traditional gasoline V-8, this '34 Chevy replica rod sports a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine that runs on E85 ethanol. Appropriately, it has been dubbed the FlexFuel Chevy Hot Rod.

"Since the 1930's, hot rods have embodied American ingenuity, aesthetic flair and the quest for performance," said Bryan Nesbitt, vice-president of General Motors North American Design. "The ethanol Hot Rod is a modern statement that today's hot rodder can address energy concerns about the consumption of petroleum without sacrificing performance or style."

The car's low-slung stance and stripped-down essence suggests track cars and speed racers of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Open hood sides reveal the high-powered Ecotec engine, which has been pumped up with the help of GM Performance Parts' Stage III performance kit and a larger turbo. The higher octane of E85 enabled engineers to tune the engine for more power. It is backed by a GM Powertrain 5L40 five-speed automatic transmission.

"The engine was built using the basic recipe that is available in the Ecotec performance book available from GM Performance Parts," said Al Oppenheiser, GM Performance Division director of concept and vehicle integration. "Also, the E85 conversion is based on a kit that GM is exploring for regular production engines."

True hot rod aesthetic

Like hot rods built for the last 60 years, the FlexFuel Hot Rod is built from an assemblage of factory and aftermarket parts. The frame and body are based on the 1934 Chevy, but both were fabricated by the craftsmen at the GM Performance Division (GMPD). The body has been sectioned and channeled to give the car its true hot rod aesthetic, while the frame is a one-off piece designed, engineered and built by GMPD. The slanted grille – with a unique chrome mesh pattern – and hood are integrated for a smoother look, which includes a sun visor characteristic of period hot rod racers.

Like any good rod worth its salt, there are no fenders or running boards; the 10-inch headlamps are mounted to the core support. The front suspension is all custom-built, complete with period-perfect lightening holes drilled in it.

A sturdy 8-3/8-inch Winters Quick-change rearend is suspended by a parallel four-link suspension. It is filled with 5.20 gears, which are used to generate brisk acceleration with 35-inch-tall, racing-type Excelsior rear tires and 29-inch-tall front tires. The tires are mounted on custom 18-inch front and 20-inch rear "kidney bean"-style wheels from Budnik.

Steering comes from a custom-fabricated linkage that is connected to a reversed Corvair steering box. The linkage is mounted to the outside of the frame rail.

Hand-crafted cabin

Inside, the FlexFuel Hot Rod maintains its racing-inspired minimalist theme, but with contemporary feel. Hand-formed sheet metal and earth-friendly materials were used to trim the cabin, as well as the racing-style aluminum seats. The dashboard was hand-finished, too, and filled with traditional-looking Stewart-Warner gauges.

One of the interior's central points of interest is the racing-style driveshaft tube, which covers the custom driveshaft. It is a prominent fixture in the cabin because the body has been lowered around the chassis to achieve the streamlined appearance that was characteristic of old-school hot rods.

Road ready

More than just a conceptualized vision of an alternative-fuel street rod, the FlexFuel Hot Rod is a driver that GM Performance Division will press into service for a number of road events and tests.

"This thing is going to rack up a lot of miles," said Oppenheiser. "With the FlexFuel conversion, it can run purely on E85, gasoline or any combination of the two. That means it can be refueled anywhere the road takes it."


Chevy Suburban HD Z71 Diesel
Credit to YSSMAN for originally posting


GM Press Release

The Chevy Suburban HD Z71 is the culmination of a "what if" exercise that melds the popular Suburban 2500HD with the popular Z71 off-road package – a combination not currently offered by the factory – and partners it with a new, fuel-saving smaller-displacement diesel engine. The concept uses many production parts, including the front-end assembly from Chevy's HD trucks, along with some unique custom touches – including rear wheel flares that pick up the styling cues of the front end. Power is generated by a new 4.5L diesel engine that gives this off-road-ready Suburban power, poise and efficiency.

Vehicle highlights:

* Suburban 2500HD Z71
* Silverado HD front-end assembly
* Z71 running boards
* Custom rear wheel flares
* New 4.5L diesel engine
* New rear axle
* Chrome tow hooks
* Custom interior touches

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* Twenty-inch wheels (concept)
* Chrome hood louvers
* Fuel door (concept)
* Roof rack (concept)
* Trailer hitch close-out
* Two-way remote start


Chevy Major League Baseball Silverado


GM Press Release

The only thing missing from this home-run Silverado is the apple pie – because the baseball and Chevrolet are covered. The Silverado 1500 crew cab is decked out in a baseball theme – with a paint scheme that incorporates all major league team logos – to support Chevrolet's ties to Major League Baseball. It is also a fan's dream, with a power-lifting tonneau cover that rises to reveal a wide-screen television monitor that not only brings in the game, but is connected to a Wii gaming console. Inside, the Silverado features real baseball bat ash wood trim and uniquely trimmed leather seats that have the look and feel of a baseball – including the stitching.

Vehicle highlights:

* Silverado 1500 crew cab
* 6.0L V-8
* Multi-color, MLB-inspired paint scheme incorporating all team logos
* Power-lift tonneau
* Wide-screen TV with Wii gaming console
* Bose Surround Sound system
* Leather-trimmed interior with baseball stitching, color and feel
* Ash wood (baseball bat material) trim

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* Chrome mesh grille
* Twenty-two-inch chrome wheels
* Hard shell tonneau cover
* DVD headrest system
* Ground effects kit




GM Press Release

Taking cues from Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s "Big Red" Silverado that debuted at SEMA in 2006, the '08 Silverado HD Crew Z71 Big Red demonstrates how that expressive concept's unique features would look with production-type components. It combines numerous GM Accessories inspired by Earnhardt's Big Red and features additional custom touches. It also supposes the popular Z71 off-road package on the Silverado 2500HD – a model not offered by the factory. It's powered by the 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V-8 and a six-speed Allison transmission.

Vehicle highlights:

* Silverado 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4
* Z71 grille and bumper; underbody protection
* Z71 badging on floor mats, sill plates and instrument cluster
* 6.6L Duramax diesel with Allison six-speed automatic transmission
* "Earnhardt Red" exterior color
* Lifted ride height
* Rancho shocks
* Ballistic nylon seat material

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* 20 x 35-inch wheel-and-tire package (concept)
* Box storage management system
* Portable DVD player system
* Integrated loading ramp running boards
* Chrome door and tow hooks
* Light bar integrated in GMA box rail
* Fuel door (concept)
* Bed rug
* Two-way remote start
* HD billet grille
* Hood louvers
* Rear wheelhouse liners


Chevy Country Music Silverado HD 3500 Crew Cab


GM Press Release

The spirit of the country music culture is infused in this rolling sound stage, which has been used at the Country Music Festival and other country music artist venues. The bed and tonneau cover of the Silverado 3500HD crew cab open to reveal a makeshift stage, complete with lighting and power for microphones and amplifiers. A music-inspired graphics package and unique wheels dress up the exterior, while the interior has saddle-like aniline leather trim that is complemented by real wood accents and guitar-style mother-of-pearl inlays.

Vehicle highlights:

* Silverado 3500HD crew cab 4x4
* 6.6L Duramax diesel with six-speed Allison automatic transmission
* Custom aluminum wheels
* Music-theme exterior graphics
* HD trailering package
* Convertible performance stage
* Aniline leather interior
* Real wood trim accents
* Mother-of-pearl inlays

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* Chrome grille
* Six-inch chrome tube steps
* Chrome hood louvers
* Overhead DVD player
* Chrome Cadillac Escalade outside mirrors


GMC Sierra HD Denali


GM Press Release
GMC Sierra HD Denali

GMC's Denali brand represents the most premium and powerful models of the Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and Envoy lineups, but the Denali badge has never been applied to a heavy-duty truck – until now. Designers and engineers developed the Sierra HD Denali concept todemonstrates how the Denali ethic translates to GMC's most capable trucks. They started with a Sierra 2500HD crew cab and infused it with all of the features and accoutrements expected of a Denali, including unique exterior styling and an enhanced interior. The Sierra HD Denali is powered by the powerful 6.6L Duramax diesel V-8 engine and rides on custom 20-inch wheels.

Vehicle highlights:

* Sierra HD Denali crew cab concept
* 6.6L Duramax diesel with six-speed Allison automatic transmission
* Polished exhaust tip
* Custom Star Mist Black exterior color
* Denali-specific grille, front and rear body-color bumpers, and chrome door handles
* Denali badging
* Body-color tailgate protector
* Custom, bed-mounted tool box with power side rail system
* Custom interior in black, graphite and metallic, with mini-perforated leather-trimmed seating
* Heated/cooled front seats
* Customer-finished interior trim plates
* Leather-wrapped upper door panels and instrument panel top pad
* Denali HD-logo sill plates
* Pewter suede like-headliner

GM Accessories features (production and concept):

* Chrome oval assist steps
* Cargo management accessories
* Rear under-seat storage
* Rear wheelhouse liners
* Bi-directional remote start
* Headrest DVD system
* Hitch receiver cover
* Chrome stake pocket tie-downs

HUMMER H2 Safari


GM Press Release

The HUMMER H2 Safari concept brings a unique, open-air experience to those who want to experience as much of the outdoors as possible when taking their H2 to a favorite wilderness location. A unique, safari-inspired matte olive finish allows sportsman to take the H2 Safari on to the trail and blend in with the scenery. A large, folding canvas roof panel opens up the H2 Safari, too, creating an open-air driving experience. Additional modifications are aimed at enhancing the vehicle's capability and comfort, including a dockable GPS unit.

Vehicle highlights:

* H2 Safari Off Road concept
* 6.2L V-8 with 393 horsepower
* Retractable canvas roof panel
* Safari-inspired matte olive exterior color
* 20-inch wheels
* Mickey Thompson 35-inch off-road tires
* Removable rear quarter windows
* Euro-style smoked light lenses with LED lighting
* Black-anodized billet aluminum rear D-rings
* Warn winch – power plant with dual-force in front
* Heavy-duty suspension with two-inch lift kit
* Brushed metal appearance on interior trim
* Weather-resistant premium nylon seating material
* Olive green rubber floor replaces production carpeting
* Custom floor mats
* Magellan 500 eXplorist dockable GPS unit
* Premium outdoor luggage and gun racks

GM Accessories (production and concept)

* Roadside assistance package
* First aid kit
* Hitch receiver cover
* Tail lamp guards
* Rocker protectors
* Fuel door (black)
* Tubular assist steps (black)
* Hood handles (black)




GM Press Release

Thanks primarily to the efforts of the Team HUMMER racing team, led by Rod Hall, the HUMMER H3 has quickly proved to be a formidable off-road competitor. It runs – and wins – in stock-class off-road races, where racers must rely on production chassis and powertrains. The H3R pays homage to the racing SUV while pushing the envelope on what could be considered "stock" – supposing the factory decided to drop in the 505-horsepower, 7.0L V-8 from the Corvette Z06. In addition to the high-powered engine, the H3R also sports a number of racing-inspired exterior modifications and an interior that blends racing functionality with boulevard comfort and convenience. No, a production H3 equipped with an LS7 engine isn't in the cards, but for 2008, HUMMER offers the H3 Alpha, which is powered by a new, 300-hp 5.3L all-aluminum V-8.

Vehicle highlights:

* H3R concept
* LS7 7.0L V-8 with 505 horsepower and Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled four-speed transmission
* Custom valve covers and ignition coil covers
* New, forward-tilting hood with Lexan see-through insert
* Power-operated hood hinges
* Custom air induction system with dual air boxes
* Racing-inspired paint scheme with custom badging
* Off-road lighting package with unique light bar
* Custom rear dual exhaust system with four outlets
* Wheel flares with quick-remove fasteners
* HID headlamps from Starr Lighting
* Clear front corner lamp lenses
* Front bull bar
* Body-color "Jerry" can mounted on the spare tire carrier
* Twenty-inch wheels
* Mickey Thompson Bear Claw 35-inch off-road tires
* Rotora high-performance brake package
* Fixed quarter window inserts
* Eaton front locking differential
* Enhanced cooling system with larger radiator
* Modified suspension with Tenneco/Rancho four-inch lift package and Rancho reservoir shocks
* Re-trimmed interior with brushed metal accents and trim
* Front racing seats with five-point safety harnesses and weather-resistant seat material
* Simpson window safety net
* Washable rubber floor covering replaces carpeting
* Navigation radio system
* Off-road integrated display gauge package with compass, inclinometer, altimeter and timer
* Auxiliary performance gauges
* Auxiliary 20-gallon fuel tank
* Second-row seats deleted
* Cargo-area spare tire mount

GM Accessories (production and concept)

* Rocker protectors
* Underbody shield
* Side-window weather deflector
* Roadside assistance package
* First-aid kit
* Hitch receiver cover
* Body-color grille


Saturn Astra Tuner Concept


GM Press Release

With its lean, taught bodywork stretched over a long wheelbase and wide track, the all-new Saturn Astra has an undeniably sporty stance. Fortunately, its European-inspired driving dynamics and energetic 1.8L Ecotec engine back up those aggressive good looks with commensurate performance, making the Astra prime material for all-out tuner treatment. Saturn got the ball rolling at SEMA with the Astra Tuner, a concept vehicle that applies some of the latest bolt-on performance and appearance components to show what's possible with this all-new compact. The Astra Tuner is based on a production XR three-door and features approximately 20 more horsepower and a lowered ride height. Numerous exterior enhancements – including 19-inch wheels –give the car a racier look. It may be the first, but this unique Saturn certainly won't be the last personalized Astra.

Vehicle highlights:

* Astra XR three-door
* 1.8L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder with approximately 160 horsepower, via exhaust header, cold-air intake and modified throttle body
* Five-speed manual transmission
* Lowered ride height
* New front and rear fascia extensions
* New grille surround finish
* Tinted headlamps, taillamps and windows
* Rear center-outlet exhaust
* Production side moldings deleted
* High-performance Recaro seats
* Unique interior trim
* Unique sill plates and parking brake handle

GM Accessories (production and concept)

* OPC 19-inch wheels (concept)
* OPC rockers (concept)
* OPC rear spoiler
* GMA pedals (part number 93183691)
* Blaupunkt sound system


Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition


GM Press Release

Designed for enthusiasts who are passionate about performance, the all-new Pontiac G8 performance sedan – arriving at dealerships in early 2008 – is the first North American application of GM's new global rear-wheel-drive architecture. The V8-powered G8 GT SEMA Edition was displayed at the '07 SEMA Show with a host of tuner-inspired custom touches, including a hot orange paint scheme with matching leather seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad.

Under the hood is the production 6.0L V-8, rated at 361 horsepower (268 kW) and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (520 Nm). A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control backs the powerful small-block engine and complements a four-wheel independent suspension outfitted with unique 20-inch wheels and performance tires.

The G8 GT SEMA Edition car is equipped with production equipment that includes:

* Standard ABS and traction control augmented by high-performance HSV brakes
* Electronic stability control
* Seat-mounted thorax air bags and dual-stage frontal air bags for front passengers, with automatic passenger sensing system
* Roof rail side-impact air bags for both seating rows
* OnStar with available Turn-by-Turn navigation
* Power-adjustable front seats
* Fog lamps
* Quad polished stainless steel exhaust tips
* Rear lip spoiler

Augmenting the SEMA Edition is a series of modifications, including:
* Custom orange exterior paint
* Orange-accented interior components, including seat inserts, door panels and instrument panel pad
* Enhanced brake package with drilled and slotted rotors
* Lowered performance suspension package
* Twenty-inch wheels with performance tires

The G8 has a progressive styling package highlighted by strong Pontiac design cues, such as a dual-port grille, fog lamps, bold wheels and a confident, wheels-at-the-corners stance. The car's design accents Pontiac's performance lineage, with fenders that flare over the wheels, seemingly hugging the wide tires and enhancing its athletic stance.

Distinctive elements include hood scoops and front fender vents, as well as projector-beam headlamps housed in crystal-clear lenses. At the rear, taillamps feature bright detail work surrounding the red lighting elements.


Pontiac Solstice SD-290
Credit to YSSMAN for originally posting


GM Press Release

Designed to evoke the emotions of classic sports cars, the Pontiac Solstice SD-290 race concept captures the purposeful design of vintage racecars. The design is dramatic, featuring a passenger cockpit tonneau cover and a driver windscreen, creating a pure racecar that looks ready to take the checkered flag even while sitting on the starting grid.

Aerodynamics have been improved and the SD-290's weight reduced with the removal of the windshield, side glass, window regulator, convertible top, climate system and windshield wiper system. Complementing the design are new side fender gill panels, a new hood with heat extracting grilles and a competition red paint scheme.

Backing up the race-ready appearance is the available Club Sport Z0K suspension package and an all-business cockpit filled with auxiliary gauges, a roll bar and racing seat.

Vehicle highlights:

* Pontiac Solstice SD-290 race concept
* 2.0L Ecotec direct-injected and turbocharged generating 290 horsepower
* Five-speed manual transmission
* Weight reduction through installation of driver-side only windscreen and elimination of door glass/hardware, convertible top/hardware, HVAC system and wiper system
* Solo Performance cat-back exhaust system with center-mounted outlet
* KW Automotive coil-over suspension package
* Three-piston aluminum calipers with 13-inch rotors from Stainless Steel Brake Company
* Forged 19-inch wheels with Hoosier R6 racing tires
* New front fascia, grille inserts, hood and front fenders, leading to better aerodynamics
* Passenger-side hard tonneau cover
* Competition red exterior color
* Rear spoiler
* Tinted headlamp lenses
* Removable racing-style steering wheel
* Racing seat with four-point safety harness
* Chrome fire extinguisher
* Pegasus center console gauge package
* Driver's roll bar


Toyota Matrix Rally concept
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Toyota unleashed the new Matrix in a Halloween-infused joint press conference here in Vegas. The production version of the new (Corolla) Matrix debuted across the street, but we were on hand to see the Rally version unveiled on the floor at SEMA. The new design lends itself well to some modifications, but like most of the vehicles here at the show, it's more about flash than function. The front-mount intercooler helps feed a supercharged version of the Matrix's 2.4-liter four. The OZ wheels and upgraded brakes speak to the concept's functionality, as does the stripped out interior, added fuel cell and multi-point rollcage.


2009 Toyota Corolla S3
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It's got to be the shortest tuner turnaround time ever. Toyota unveiled the new Corolla and within minutes took the wraps off this SEMAfied version, dubbed the S3. Much like the Matrix Rally that shared the stage, the S3 is fitted with a supercharger and an intercooler, a set of awkwardly sized and horrendously designed dubs, plus some body adornments and interior trim that makes it everything a Corolla isn't.

TRD Tundra Double Cab Off-Road Concept


Toyota Press Release

The TRD Tundra Double Cab 4x4 Off-Road Concept starts with a 6.5-foot bed. It combines an extensive list of custom features designed to showcase new TRD products on a rugged heavy-duty off-road truck that can be used to pull a large car-hauler trailer.

The 5.7-liter V8 engine has been upgraded with the new TRD supercharger system that incorporates an air-to-liquid intercooler that boosts output to approximately 500 horsepower and is 50-state emission legal.

The truck uses TRD 17x8 forged off-road wheels with 37x12.50 R17/D BFG tires on special front and rear wide-track long-travel suspensions. The body has been aggressively restyled with new front and rear fascias and five-inch wider fender sides. A custom trailer hitch has been incorporated into the bed.

The 28-foot custom Featherlite car-hauler trailer was designed and built to resemble a working race car trailer, but is actually a traveling TRD product display featuring many new TRD products.

Inside the trailer, visitors can get a look at the internal workings of the latest TRD superchargers and limited-slip differentials, see the latest wheel offerings or view a video of the actual design and construction of the TRD Off-Road Concept Tundra.


Toyota Tundra Dually Diesel


Toyota Press Release
Toyota Tundra Diesel Dually Project Truck
"Road Warrior" exterior combined with luxury Interior

Making a bold and adventurous statement about the contrasts between rugged "Road Warrior" performance and opulent luxury, a Toyota Tundra CrewMax diesel dually project truck made its debut at the 2007 SEMA Show.

At its core, the Tundra light duty pickup's stock engine was replaced with a medium duty diesel powerplant plucked from a 35,000-pound commercial truck. The 8.0-liter inline six-cylinder high-torque engine, made by Toyota affiliate Hino, is mated with an Eaton five-speed manual transmission and a Hino back end. Toyota Motorsports Technical Group heavily modified the Tundra to accommodate the beefed-up driveline.

A host of custom exterior treatments point to the off-the-charts muscle under the hood. Prominent examples include forged aluminum alloy 22.5-inch wheels custom made by Alcoa, a diamond plate-lined bed, a charcoal gray metallic flat paint finish and a fifth-wheel hitch rated at 24,000 pounds.

The muscular theme on the outside shifts dramatically to that of luxury on the inside with hand-sewn ginger leather seats, suede pillars and headliner and dual rear captain's chairs with individual DVD entertainment systems.


Engineering by Motorsports Technical Group
Interior by Fast Ed's Interiors
Paint by Focus on Cars
Wheels by Alcoa
Power steps and fuel door by Amp Research
Sound system by Kenwood
Sound installation by Beach Auto Sound
Lighting by PIAA
Exhaust by Magnaflow
5th wheel hitch by Reese


CAB TYPE CrewMax, 6'5" Bed on lengthened frame
ENGINE Hino JO8E-TB Medium Duty 6 cylinder Turbo Diesel (intended for 35K lb truck)
DRIVETRAIN Eaton 5 speed manual transmission (medium duty application)
Hino Medium Duty rear end with Meritor Axles
Alcoa 22.5X9 Dually rear wheels and Floatation wheel fronts

EXTERIOR (Focus on Cars, Toyota Motorsports Technical Group)
Color Matte Charcoal Metallic
Trim (Theme) Satin Brushed Nickel
Grille Surround Brushed Metal
Bed Raw diamond plate lined
Wheels 22.5" Alcoa 10 hand hole forged alloy wheels
Tires Michelin Energy 295/60/22.5
Suspension Custom dual front struts with Bilstein dampers, Deaver spring pack in rear
Fascia Restyled front bumper insert
Diamond Plate Rear Bumper
Lighting PIAA P4000 Quattro cab lights, LED clearance lights on side and rear

INTERIOR (Fast Ed's Interiors)
Color Ginger soft touch leather with french stitching and perforated inserts
Dash Brished satin aluminum dash panel
Shift Knob Ginger leather wrap
Steering Wheel Ginger leather wrap
Seats Rear bench seat converted to two power captain's chairs and console
Headliner Taupe ultrasuede
Knobs Satin Brushed Nickel HVAC knobs
Door panels Fully leather wrapped in Ginger with french stitching and perforated inserts
Door Handles Satin Brushed Nickel
Door Sills Satin Brushed Nickel
Sound System Kenwood touch panel with full Kenwood sound system
Features Navigation, dual rear seat entertainment

Reese Signature Series 24K hitch
AMP Research electrically retractable step boards
AMP research billet fuel filler door
Magnaflow 4.5" Polished stainless steel exhaust


FJ Cruiser Convertible


Toyota Press Release
FJ Cruiser Convertible

Open-air off-roading has been part of Land Cruiser heritage for the past 50 years. The FJ Cruiser Convertible project is a modern tribute to that tradition. At the core of this project is an easy to operate manual top that is affordable and light weight.

With the top up, the FJ Cruiser maintains its distinctive silhouette. In the down position with the side windows removed, the cargo space is maintained without all the hydraulics of an automatic convertible top. The project team was challenged to keep the design simple and credible as a realistic production vehicle versus the other more outrageous show car projects.
Bestop Inc. performed the soft top conversion


• KMC 17-inch Endouro Desert Beadlock Wheels and Nitto 35x12.50R17 Mud Grappler Tires
• ARB Old Man Emu Suspension, ARB Front and Rear Bumpers
• IPF 900XS High Intensity Discharge Auxiliary Driving Lights
• Eclipse AVN-2210 with detachable Tom Tom Personal Navigation
• JBL GTO755.6 560 watt 6-channel amp
• Front and rear bumper mounted Warn winches
• TRD Off Road Exhaust System
• Toyota Genuine Rock Rails
• Bestop Off Road Camera System
• PowerTank Comp Series CO2 System


Toyota FJ Runner


Toyota Press Release
FJ Runner

For almost 24 years, 4Runner has been identified as a rugged off-road vehicle. The FJ Runner project blends the legendary heritage and DNA of the FJ Cruiser and 4Runner into an invincible mid-SUV. Imagine extreme rugged off-road styling outside while ruggedness is personified inside with a durable rubber-type floor and rear deck material in addition to water-repellant seating material capable of shedding liquids.

The FJ Runner has been lifted giving it serious off-road agility, and equipped with Nitto Mud Grappler™ tires. Inside, FJ Runner has been designed with comfortable seating, balanced with an Alpine state-of-the-art navigation, rear seat entertainment and audio systems that deliver an unparalleled sound experience.

MV Designz of Santa Ana, Calif. created the FJ Runner project vehicle.


Alpine Audio System
-8 speakers, model #SPR-17S< SPR-17C
-(2) Subwoofer Model # SWR-1042D
-XM satellite radio
-HD included
-Amp 1 400 watts, model # PDX-4.100
-Amp 2 600 watts, model # PDX-1.600

Alpine Multimedia System
-Screen is 8 inches, model #TME-M860
-Control Unit Model # VPA-B222
-Navigation model # NVE-N872a
-HD Radio - Model # TUA-T500HD
-IPOD Nano

Alpine Rear Entertainment System
-7 inch monitors, model#PKG-M780
-2 headrest monitors, not remote controlled and 1 in dash; dash is remote controlled

Wheels and Tires
- 20-inch alloys
- Nitto Mud Grapplers 33x12.5x20



Five Axis Yaris Club


Toyota Press Release
Five Axis Design Yaris Club

The Yaris Club project pays tribute to Toyota's racing heritage harkening back to the late '60s when Toyota challenged for the Group 7 category of Can-Am racing with the Toyota 7.

The Yaris Club is a stripped-down, no-nonsense car with no extras &#8211; only what is needed to perform. The roof has been removed and the windshield lowered. With the interior removed, a tonneau was fabricated, turning the Yaris into a single seater with a fairing that doubles as a driver headrest.

A supercharger, exhaust headers and a free-flowing exhaust were added for performance to back up the good looks. The suspension was lowered by two inches with front and rear coil-over shocks and larger brakes added.

The Yaris Club was developed by Five Axis in Huntington Beach, Calif.


&#8226; Five Axis Design Hard Top Tonneau Conversion
&#8226; Toyota JDM Front and Rear Vitz RS Bumpers
&#8226; Toyota JDM Vitz Rear taillight and Fog Light
&#8226; TRD JDM Vitz RS Front Bumper Cover
&#8226; Vintage Ivory White Paint with Asymmetrical Graphic Racing Stripe
&#8226; Graphic Outputs by Sticky Fingers Design

&#8226; TRD/TTE Supercharger with Cold Air Intake
Estimated (+60hp) 166hp Total
&#8226; DC Sports Tuned Header
&#8226; TRD Radiator and Oil Cap
&#8226; Hose Techniques Silicon Hoses and Clamps

&#8226; GReddy TIC Exhaust

&#8226; FIVE:AD S6:F Wheels
F: 17x7.5, +45
R: 17x7.5, +45
Satin Gunmetal Finish

&#8226; Yokohama / Five Axis Design Custom Tread
F: 225/45R17
R: 225/45R17

&#8226; Tein Super Street Damper
&#8226; TRD Strut Brace

&#8226; GReddy Mini 6 Piston Brakes
F: 282mm x 22mm
R: 282mm x 22mm

&#8226; Five Axis Design Custom Roll Cage
&#8226; Custom TRD JDM Gauge Pod
&#8226; TRD JDM Engine Starts Button
&#8226; Sparco 345 Steering Wheel
&#8226; Sparco Race Red Shift Knob
&#8226; Sparco Reflex Racing Pedals
&#8226; Upholstery by Salt Turin Upholstery

&#8226; Sparco Sprint 5 Racing Seat
&#8226; Sparco 6PT Racing Harness


Kenny Wayne Shepherd's '70 Plymouth Duster


Chrysler Press Release
Cars and Guitars: Renowned Guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Latest Vehicle Restoration Project Will Appear in the Mopar(R) Booth at the 2007 SEMA Show

- Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a two-time Grammy(R) nominee, will show his restored 1970 Plymouth Duster in the Mopar(R) booth (#42427) at the 2007 SEMA Show

- The SEMA Show, the annual showcase of technology, trends and products representing the $36.7 billion automotive parts and accessories industry, will be held Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007 in the Las Vegas Convention Center

CENTER LINE, Mich., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Mopar(R), Chrysler LLC's original equipment manufacturer, learned that renowned blues and rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is passionate about two things: cars and guitars. The two-time Grammy(R) nominee who has sold millions of albums worldwide will show his restored 1970 Plymouth Duster in the Mopar booth (#42427) at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. The annual showcase of technology, trends and products representing the $36.7 billion automotive parts and accessories industry, the SEMA show will be held Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Shepherd's latest restoration project is a 1970 Plymouth Duster. The Duster features a 406 cu. in. engine from Mopar Performance Parts. The vehicle features a custom two-tone paint job and custom-painted hood treatment from Ted Moser's Picture Car Warehouse. It has one-off FOOSE Nitrous II wheels, custom one-off brakes by SSBC, Hydratech brake boost system, Be Cool radiator and a Bowler Transmissions custom-built 4-liter 60 overdrive transmission. The Duster also features Eaton drop leaf springs, headers and exhaust by TTI, Magnum Force control arms, restored original dash pad by Just Dashes and custom seats. Year One provided the interior and assembly. The restored original gauge cluster with custom tachometer was provided by Redline Gaugeworks. GCAR trim did the chrome plating plastic interior pieces.

Shepherd has four No. 1 blues albums and a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles. He's also received two Billboard Music Awards and was twice awarded the Orville H. Gibson Award for Best Blues Guitarist. Shepherd will be performing at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the Hard Rock Box Office and

About SEMA

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, the annual showcase of technology, trends and products for the $36.7 billion automotive parts and accessories industry, will be held Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, SEMA draws the industry's brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center and attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries in the automotive, truck and SUV markets. Open to domestic and international industry professionals and media, the 2007 SEMA Show will feature more than 2,000 exhibitors. More than 100,000 are expected to attend this year. SEMA was founded in 1963. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles.

70 Years of Mopar

When Chrysler bought Dodge in 1928, the need for a dedicated parts manufacturer, supplier and distribution system to support the growing enterprise led to the formation of the Chrysler Motor Parts Corporation (CMPC) in 1929.

Originally used in the 1920s, Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for a line of antifreeze products in 1937. It was also widely used as a moniker for the CMPC. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth "package cars" equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of "Special Parts" for super stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use.

Today, Chrysler's Global Service and Parts division is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of nearly 250,000 authentic Mopar replacement parts, components and accessories for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles sold around the world. To assure quality, reliability and durability, all Mopar parts and accessories are designed in strict adherence to Chrysler engineering standards.

Jeep Wrangler Ultimate


Jeep Press Release
The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI® from Mopar
Designer: Mark Allen, Chief Designer &#8211; Jeep/Dodge Truck Studios

The name says it all.

The Jeep Wrangler Ultimate with 392 HEMI from Mopar is a concept vehicle that answers the question "how far can you go with the new Jeep Wrangler?" Beginning with the all-new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon®, the design team set out to create the best of the best &#8211; combining high style and materials with the best off-road machine ever offered by Jeep.

The suspension is enhanced with a 3-in. lift to clear the massive 35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires mounted on custom, polished Alcoa Forged 18-in. wheels. The exterior is chromed out courtesy of Mopar:

fuel filler door
taillamp guards
tubular side steps
exterior mirrors
tow hooks
door handles
hood hinges
fascia overlays

To complete the look, the exterior is coated in a wildly experimental 'Liquid Charcoal Pearl Coat' paint.

The Wrangler Ultimate's real story is its interior. Taking cues from rugged adventure sports bags and accessories, the team created a high style and detailed interior compartment that is as tough and beautiful as the exterior. Seating surfaces are clad in durable orange mesh fabric and dark slate gray Nappa/Province leather &#8211; bound with a heavy black-leather baseball stitch. Instrument panel details are treated to a stunning Argent Pearl/Satin Silver paint combination, reinforcing the machine character for which Jeep is known. The interior is also home to the exclusive MyGIG&#8482; Multimedia Infotainment System. There are also DVD screens for passengers in the front and rear.

To provide authentic performance on the trail, the team also dropped in a 392 HEMI crate motor.


Jeep Wrangler JT


Jeep Press Release
Jeep Wrangler JT
Designer: Mark Allen, Chief Designer &#8211; Jeep/Dodge Truck Studios

Built from the military version of the all new Jeep Wrangler, the Jeep Wrangler JT showcases just how flexible this new platform can be. Revealed at the 2007 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab [Utah], it dominated the steep climbs and descents on the slopes of the Hell's Revenge trail. Its 4x4 capability was established as it negotiated the slick hot tubs and waterfalls &#8211; at times, almost completely vertical to the ground.

Beginning with the new 116-in. wheelbase platform for the Wrangler Unlimited, the design team managed to create a very nimble, trail-savvy Jeep with a 5-ft. pickup bed and an easy-to-handle removable hardtop.

Off-road enhancements include:
3-in. suspension lift provided by Superlift
35-in. BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires
Rear bumper and tire carrier from Mopar
Front bumper from Mopar
Warn 9500ti winch

The Wrangler JT is painted Hearing Aid Beige.


Chrysler Barracuda?
This car is currently unconfirmed.


OK, let's set a few things straight about this right off the bat. We have no details other than the photos you see here, which are posted at CarDomain and were sent in via a tipster. It's parked with the other SEMA Chryslers and looks for all the world like a factory 'Cuda concept based on the LX platform shared by the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300. Now, let's go into 100% speculation mode.

If it's a real Chrysler concept, logic would dictate that it's based on the Challenger (2-door body style and all) and is therefore propelled by some HEMI variant under its shaker hood. A look inside reveals a stock Chrysler interior, save for the pistol-grip shifter, and a closer inspection of the steering wheel reveals a badge that looks like it represents something other than Chrysler or Dodge, which means that this could just as likely be an one-off show car for some undetermined builder.

We hope that's not the case, and that it's really a tease to gauge interest in a possible Barracuda production car, but something that important would likely be unveiled at one of the big public shows. A modern HEMI Cuda would be awesome, but until we get some kind of confirmation on what this thing is, we won't hold our breath. One of the reasons we remain skeptical is that our party-crashing buddy, Ray from Jalopnik, is currently skulking about the show floor, snapping pics during setup. If this was an actual Chrysler Barracuda concept, he'd have probably posted on it by now. In any case, the Autoblog SEMA crew will be on-site tomorrow, and they'll be able to let us know if this is really something to get excited about or not.


Dodge Dakota MX Warrior


Dodge Press Release
Dodge Dakota MX Warrior
Designer: Mark Surel, Designer &#8211; Product Design Office

The Dodge Dakota MX Warrior is a design exercise intended for the younger action-sports crowd. This authentic motocross-themed concept is a cooperative effort with Scott Waraniak. Waraniak is a design student at College for Creative Studies in Detroit and AMA District 14 motocross racer #936 who races for KTM North America and Seattle-based Jones Soda.

Motocross is an extreme sport run on closed-course, natural-terrain dirt tracks. Grabbing the holeshot and maneuvering through the ruts, berms, whoops, doubles, 90-foot jumps and 180-degree tight turns demands lightning-fast reflexes, physical conditioning, practice, concentration and speed. Forty racers compete in two 20-minute motos &#8211; mixing flying dirt and rocks with intimidation, adrenaline and horsepower. The outdoor motocross season runs from April to September, while the indoor supercross season runs from January through April. The sport continues to grow in popularity particularly with Gen X and Gen Y action-sport athletes in the United States, Europe and Japan.

With his likeness and signature on limited-edition bottles of Jones Soda, Waraniak [a West Bloomfield, Mich.-resident] provided his race-prepped bike for the project. He'll use the 2008 KTM 450 SX-F in 2008 motocross season


Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack


Chrysler Press Release
Chrysler Town & Country Black Jack
Marc A Reisen, Designer &#8211; Product Design Office and Liz Glance, Senior Designer &#8211; Product Design Office

The Chrysler Town & Country Black Jack draws its inspiration from the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas - a dominant and enigmatic presence on the Strip. Massive, dark and simple in shape and design, the icon casts a shadow over the surrounding properties.

It sits on custom one-off 20-in. wheels with new bright finishes built by Alcoa Forged. They are tucked around a set of Brembo SRT brakes, matched with an adjusted ride height. Its stance is sophisticated, yet approachable. Covered in a custom Amber-Black Pearl paint, the hood features a ghosted "Black Jack" logo and pin stripe provided by Jim-Tech. Chrome accents complement the billet-style grill.

The exterior was designed to draw people to the stunning inside. LED lighting, provided by OSRAM-Sylvania Group, was crucial to the application of Las Vegas allure. To give it an "after hours lounge bar" setting and atmosphere of light and shade, the team created dual panoramic-style roof openings. After relocating the gas tank, light-sensitive "scintilla" provided by Sensitile was used. Constructed of 100 percent acrylic, Scintilla transforms the way in which the surface interacts with interior lighting. The scintilla actually illuminates the players' "field."

A leather- wrapped curved bench replaces the third-row seats. Providing "rat pack" and "rat rod" influence, the passenger seats are wrapped by Katzkin, and feature Vogl satin black leather, custom embroidery. Seat inserts feature perforated suede with silver backing and a suede headliner. The centered dealer's seat required removal of the second-row pilot seats. The "black jack" table is constructed of light-weight carbon fiber. Creating seamless construction, it's bolted to the translucent center mount that flows into the translucent floor. The adjustable lighting and table placement contribute to the players' comfort.

Azentec and KICKER brought a "bada bing" to the interior. The entertainment system features two KICKER Audio 10-in. L7 sub woofers tied to a 1250-watt amplifier. Two pairs of 6-in. speakers and a four-channel 700-4 amplifier provide the "boom" factor. The rear-mounted 37-in. LCD flat screen and two 7-in. overhead monitors are connected to three hidden overhead digital cameras so there are "eyes" on the dealer's and players' hands. The Azentec head unit &#8211; the Atlas 1000 &#8211; serves as a high-powered laptop radio head unit. Windows XP provides adaptability and capability for wireless internet, Bluetooth, cell phone, navigation system and personal PC &#8211; putting the Black Jack on the forefront of in-car entertainment.

With QEK Integrated Fleet Services providing support during the Town & Country Black Jack build, this "slow roller" is sure to turn heads on the Strip.


ROUSH P-51A Mustang


Roush Press Release

LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2007) - During World War II, the P-51 Mustang was hailed as a savior of aviation and certainly played a major part in ending the conflict. This long range fighter escorted Allied bombers over Europe and Hermann Goering, the head of Germany's Luftwaffe, summarized the plane's role by stating, "The day I saw P-51 Mustangs flying over Berlin, I knew the jig was up."

Today, at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the jig is up for the rest of the Ford Mustang tuners as ROUSH Performance unveiled the P-51A Mustang automobile which, at 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, is sure to be held in as high a regard as the airplane has been in the history books and will help to save the streets from the invasion of the foreign brands.

"I've often said that there was never a Mustang built that I didn't like and that includes both the car and the airplane," said Jack Roush, an aviation enthusiast who currently owns two P-51 Mustang warbirds. "This is the type of product that ROUSH has wanted to produce for at least 10 years but the right platform, the right technology, and the right timing never intersected until now."

The ROUSH P-51A is easily the highest horsepower Mustang that the company has ever produced, and represents the first time that internal engine components have been upgraded by ROUSH technicians in their Livonia, Mich., facility. It was determined that the only way to give the P-51A moniker its due was to completely break into the 4.6L, 3V and rebuild several of the functional internal components, which include a forged steel eight-bolt crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons with increased dish to lower the compression from 9:8 to 8:6, and forged steel H-Beam connecting rods. These upgraded parts were necessary for the stock Ford engine (which comes with 300 horsepower from the factory) to be able to withstand the additional power generated from the newest iteration of the legendary ROUSHcharger* supercharger system.

Additional alterations include a custom aluminum upper and lower intake manifold for the high capacity air-to-water intercooler and ROUSHcharger*. ROUSH installs a custom fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, a high-flow capacity fuel system, as well as a dual electronic throttle body.

The new ROUSH P-51A engine has a preliminary rating of at least 510 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. torque. It is anticipated that final figures may even be slightly higher than this when final testing and calibration is approved by the ROUSH engineering staff.

The changes to the ROUSH P-51A don't end under the hood. A ROUSH aerobody kit will be installed, which includes a front fascia, chin spoiler, hood scoop and rear spoiler. The ROUSH black high-flow grill is added along with cooling side shields to give the car the aggressive look it needs while stalking the streets.

Internally the car will come with ROUSH sport leather seating and custom floor mats, both with an embroidered P-51A emblem. The white face gauges and billet aluminum pedals will get a lot of use as the driver bangs through the gears with the ROUSH short throw shift lever and retro black ball.

For those who look behind the 18-inch ROUSH forged five-spoke wheels will see the vaunted Stage 3 suspension underneath this vehicle. Designed to handle even the tightest twists and turns, this suspension includes specially-engineered and tuned front struts, rear shocks, front and rear springs, front and rear sway bars and jounce bumpers. The front brakes are also upgraded with 14-inch front two-piece rotors and four-piston calipers. Each component was specifically engineered so that ride comfort was not compromised at the expense of the tremendous gains in performance.

As an interesting side note, the yellow and red accent colors on the vehicle come from those used by the 357th Fighters Group, Eighth Air Force ETO (European Theater Operations) who were unofficially known as "The Yoxford Boys" after a village near their base. Its victory totals in air-to-air combat are the most of any P-51 group in the Eighth Air Force and third among all groups fighting in Europe. The 357th flew 313 combat missions between February 11, 1944 and April 25, 1945 and is officially credited by the US Air Force with having destroyed 595.5 German airplanes in the air and 106.5 on the ground. Pilots in this group included Captain Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson who flew a P-51 named "Old Crow." One of Roush's personal P-51 fighters is painted as a replica of this airplane.

Pricing for the ROUSH P-51A Mustang has not been set, but will be announced shortly. The vehicle is slated to begin production in the first quarter of 2008 and will be limited to 100 vehicles. As with all ROUSH vehicles, the P-51A will carry an industry-leading 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.

Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH Performance. To get a look behind the scenes at what goes on at ROUSH and how the vehicles are designed, manufactured and produced logon to In addition to the array of Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and crate engines are offered. For more information see your local ROUSH dealer, visit or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.

FR500S Mustang


The latest edition to the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog is a complete race-ready Ford Mustang called the FR500S that retails for a relatively affordable $75,000. Compare that to the $129,900 FR500C and the $250,000 FR500GT and it starts to look like a pretty inexpensive race car. The $75k gets you a fully stripped interior with a roll cage as well as Sparco racing seats and steering wheel. The FR500S package also includes an adjustable suspension, high capacity racing radiator, short throw shifter, racing differential, and drive shaft safety loops. The exterior is given a race car makeover as well, with a front spoiler, rear wing, and GT500 wheels mounted on BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires. The 24-valve 4.6-liter V8 remains fairly stock with the exception of a cold air intake, exhaust system, and performance tune that is good for 325 horsepower.

So, in what racing series can you actually campaign the FR500S? Well Ford has the answer to that too. For 2008, Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Park will be introducing the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup, which will feature the spec Stangs at eight races on various race tracks around the country as a support race to the Grand Am series. The only thing you need to compete is a national-level racing license. Oh yeah - and the $75,000.


Steeda Ford Focus Club Racer


Steeda has had great success building Mustangs for the track, and it's applied its magic touch to the new Ford Focus to create a club racer version of the car. The suspension has been reworked with a fully adjustable Eibach coilover setup, and a Baer brake system ensures increased stopping cability. The 2.0-liter inline-4 has been pumped up with Steeda's cold air intake, cat-back exhaust system, and a performance tune. Visually, the Club Racer also gets a 3d Carbon Euro Series body kit, a custom black grille, a new front end, and Club Racer graphics. Does it make the new Focus better looking than its mishapen production counterpart? Actually, it does.




Funkmaster Flex made his debut last year at SEMA with a customized Expedition, and he's bringing what Ford calls "urban luxury" to the show again with the Flex2. In an awkward mix of hip hop culture and pr market lingo, the Master of Funk states that "I know what this vehicle is going to be in the urban market: It's going to be killer! Whether you're flossin' with your friends, going to the club or riding around with your girl, the Ford Flex is the next urban street vehicle, and Flex2 is my interpretation of the ultimate in street luxury."

The Flex actually has a pretty clean design, with a two-tone paint scheme and faux-brushed aluminum roof. Fender vents, grilles and a spoiler that comes from 3d Carbon. The Flex2 is lowered one inch from the standard car's height and rides on 22-inch forged rims. Inside are custom seats with Katzkin seat covers and stainless steel color stitching. DVD systems are also mounted in the headrests in the first and second rows. Click on the photo or the thumbnails below to view live shots from the show.


Ford Sport Trac Adrenalin


Ford Press Release

* 2008 Sport Trac Adrenalin adds street style to its combination of functionality and utility.
* Exterior design is inspired by the Sport Trac Adrenalin concept from 2005, right down to the 10-spoke, polished aluminum wheels.
* An all-wheel-drive system, a first on Sport Trac, provides all-weather confidence with sport sedan-like handling characteristics.

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct 25, 2007 &#8211; The Ford Sport Trac's urban alter ego debuts at this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, proving that Ford can deliver aftermarket attitude straight from the factory.

The 2008 Sport Trac Adrenalin is a sport utility truck that combines the utility and functionality of a pickup with a bold new attitude and genuine sense of street style.

"The new Sport Trac Adrenalin is designed to appeal to the urban adventurer," said Ryan Mitton, Sport Trac marketing manager. "It still offers up the functionality and capability that Sport Trac is known for, while boosting the style factor."

The sleek boulevard-cruiser's design was inspired by the Sport Trac Adrenalin concept that appeared at the 2005 New York Auto Show. Ford designer Melvin Betancourt was challenged to transfer the Adrenalin concept's bold, more low-slung design to the production Sport Trac.

"The goal was to keep the overall design intact, right down to the wheels," said Betancourt. "We had to make some minor adjustments as we went through the production process, but overall it's been altered very little from the original concept."

Adrenalin retains the Sport Trac's distinctive profile, blending SUV and pickup, but the similarities end there. Every exterior panel from the beltline down has been redesigned or styled to deliver the Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin's cool, aftermarket look.

New front and rear fascias sit 3.5-inches lower than the units on the standard truck. Full running boards are seamlessly integrated into the body design and function to visually tie the front and rear of the truck together. The rubber step pads provide traction and add a striking graphic stripe that accents the lower portion of the truck.

"The new body panels give the Sport Trac the appearance of being lower &#8211; without actually lowering the vehicle," said Betancourt. "You get a street cruiser look without compromising any of the functionality or capability."

The front fascia mounts circular fog lamps in matte black binnacles, bringing in a touch of Mustang performance DNA to the Adrenalin. The prominent gloss black grille features a unique crosshatch pattern with the Ford oval badge mounted front and center.

"Graphically, the new grille gives you a bigger opening that adds to Adrenalin's sinister look," added Betancourt. "The crosshatch insert serves to visually set it apart from other Sport Tracs, giving the Adrenalin its own personality."

Smooth side surfaces are the result of new front and rear fenders that lose their wheel lip moldings. Functional front fender vents, exclusive to the Adrenalin, add visual interest to the vehicle's profile. Adrenalin also motors without roof racks.

The rear fascia features a cutout for the dual-tipped exhaust. The design is finished with body-colored mirror caps and a new tailgate with a distinctive Adrenalin badge spanning the surface of the gate in individual letters.

The interior delivers monochromatic richness. The Charcoal Black environment is accented by a stone gray headliner and features custom floor mats that are embroidered with the Adrenalin logo. Adrenalin offers the choice of cloth upholstered or premium leather-trimmed seats.

Adrenalin looks hot, bathed in special Colorado Red paint. Colorado Red, a true red without metal flake, is new to the Sport Trac lineup and will be launched with the Adrenalin. Additional color choices are White Suede, Black and Silver Birch Metallic.

The 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels are the same units found on the Sport Trac Adrenalin concept. The polished aluminum wheels are shod with P255/50R20 Pirelli rubber.

Along with the standard 4x2 drivetrain, Sport Trac Adrenalin offers an all-wheel-drive system that's more suitable for a street cruiser. In addition to providing sure-footedness on slick surfaces, Adrenalin's AWD system offers a performance advantage as well. The system seamlessly transfers torque from the rear wheels to the front wheels as required to provide confident handling, reducing wheel spin and improving cornering.

Adrenalin will be in dealer showrooms in early January. Base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing (MSRP) for Sport Trac Adrenalin begins at $30,495 (including $720 for destination and delivery charges).


Hyundai Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept


Hyundai Press Release

LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 25, 2007 &#8211; Hyundai Motor America will show a colorful glimpse of the future when it takes the wraps off the Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) on October 30. The custom concept is derived from the all-new five-door Elantra Touring, which arrives in the U.S. in 2008, taking advantage of the strong resurgence in compact hatchbacks. The Elantra Touring Beach Cruiser Concept was customized by K-Daddyz Kustomz of Bakersfield, Calif., to capture this future model's high-functioning and fun-to-drive character.

K-Daddyz Kustoms Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept

K-Daddyz Kustomz is partnering with Hyundai for their fifth consecutive world premiere at SEMA. Kyle "K-Daddy" Gann took a prototype Elantra Touring five-door compact and created the ultimate Southern California "Beach Cruiser."

A two-tone "Amazing Grape and Tango Orange" paint scheme with Hyundai's "Flying H" tribal graphics highlights the flowing curves of the concept, while a green Polynesian Tiki idol graces the hood. True to the cruising culture, the vehicle features a front-to-rear panoramic sunroof. K-Daddyz' team also crafted a full line of interior and exterior billet accessories along with a custom race exhaust and ground effects kit. This approach is highlighted by a custom front grille with interlocking "Flying H" logos.

Performance enhancements include a prototype cold intake system, strut tower brace and painted motor cover and accessories. Twenty-inch Konig Rolf Blix 3 wheels matched with low profile Dunlap Sport Maxx tires complete the "Beach Cruiser's" aggressive and sporty look.

The purple and orange paint scheme is carried through to the interior and is complemented by two-tone brown leather surfaces and matching interior accents. No cruising car would be complete without state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities, and K-Daddy delivers with four rear-seat video screens, eight speakers, five amplifiers and eight Infinity subwoofers. In signature attention-to-detail fashion, K-Daddy created billet speaker grilles to match the exterior "Flying H" grilles, fabricated by Ryno Manufacturing. Gann also covered the five amplifiers in the trunk with an orange fiberglass "Flying H," which is hand-painted with a purple outline.

Two-tone paint (Amazing Grape and Tango Orange) Dupont Hot Hues
Airbrushing and pin striping by Sacred Air
Billet grilles by Ryno Manufacturing
20" Konig Rolf Blix 3 wheels
Dunlop Sport Maxx tires
MagnaFlow dual exhaust
Prototype ground effects by K-Daddyz Kustoms
Tinted windows

Two-tone leather interior by Classic Soft Trim
Painted and airbrushed interior panels
Billet speaker grilles to match exterior grilles by Ryno Manufacturing
Infinity audio system
Titanium video system
Custom fiberglass speaker enclosure by Hard Core Audio

Cold air intake
Painted motor cover and accessories
Strut tower brace


Suzuki SXForce


Suzuki Press Release

* Suzuki debuts sportbike-inspired SXForce based on all-new 2008 SX4 Sport
* SX4 WRC and Grand Vitara Dune appeal to off-road enthusiasts
* Five-door SX4 Crossover flaunts concept- and production-based accessory line

LAS VEGAS · October 29, 2007 /PRNewswire/ - American Suzuki Motor Corp. showcases four spirited and dynamic vehicles at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show, including its never-before-seen, sportbike-inspired SXForce LIVE vehicle based on the all-new 2008 four-door SX4 Sport. A vehicle designed for four-wheel and two-wheel tuner enthusiasts, SXForce communicates Suzuki's "Way of Life" brand philosophy as a company that builds fun-to-operate vehicles, from its widely recognized and high-performance motorcycles to its exciting and versatile cars and SUVs.

To further demonstrate the company's bold and adventurous DNA, Suzuki displays its SX4 WRC car and rugged Grand Vitara Dune LIVE vehicle &#8211; two Suzuki machines designed for ultimate off-road performance. In addition, Suzuki offers aftermarket enthusiasts a sneak preview of a number of performance-based concept accessories - specifically developed for this year's show - and an array of style-enhancing Genuine Suzuki Accessories for its 2008 five-door SX4 Crossover.

"Suzuki always looks forward to SEMA because of its upbeat and somewhat irreverent energy," said Gene Brown, vice president of marketing and PR, American Suzuki Automotive Operations. "The overall enthusiasm for cars and for life that underlies the entire event meshes perfectly with our brand philosophy and parallels the passion infused into the concepts we have on display this year and the vehicles currently in our showrooms."


With the arrival of the 2008 SX4 Sport, Suzuki expands its highly popular and media-acclaimed Suzuki LIVE Series (LIFESTYLE VEHICLES) &#8211; a line of brand-dedicated concept vehicles specially designed for life enthusiasts, adventurers and thrill-seekers.

Reinforcing the link between the company's rich motorcycle heritage and versatile line of fun-to-drive automobiles, Suzuki introduces the SXForce, a sportbike-inspired concept based on the on the all-new 2008 SX4 Sport. Designed and built by Road Race Motorsports of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., the SXForce boasts a powerful 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine matched to a five-speed manual transmission.

The exterior shell of the SX4 Sport has been modified to be eye-catching to both four-wheel and two-wheel enthusiasts. It features a striking blend of carbon fiber, Flash Pearl White and Orange Metallic paint and showcases a number of performance-based automotive parts and stunning motorcycle accents, including sportbike-style side rearview mirrors and dual exhaust, also found on the championship-winning GSX-R1000.

While the SXForce is sure to be a showstopper on display, it was designed to look even better on the road. The fully drivable, track-tested SX4 Sport concept receives several performance enhancements, including a fully tuned performance suspension system, F1-style outlet gills to help underhood air flow, tailored rear bodywork with carbon fiber diffuser, Carbontrix rear wing, Tein coilover suspension height and damper setup, and reinforced structure to further enhance rigidity for optimal handling. The SXForce is outfitted with 18-inch Enkei racing wheels and a staggered high-performance Toyo T1-R tire package - 225/45-18 in the front and 235/40-18 in the rear. It also is equipped with Rotora six-piston calipers with two-piece 355mm rotors for sportbike stopping power.

The motorcycle theme continues inside the SXForce, beginning with suede and leather seats and interior appointments, mimicking sportbike leathers. Other interior enhancements include motorcycle instrument cluster and controls, roof air intake for optimal breathing and a revised track-themed interior, featuring carbon fiber components and accents. Engine vitals are monitored via a Zeitronix ZT-2 wideband data logger. All vital engine parameters are logged on a laptop and viewed on the ZT-2 gauge mounted on the Hayabusa handlebars. The SXForce is equipped with an integrated Garmin navigation system, and its rear seats have been removed and replaced by a high-output Rockford-Fosgate audio system.


With its sports-minded heritage, coupled with a passion to excel in the world's most competitive venues, Suzuki Auto drives toward another motorsports challenge with its entry in the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Derived from the five-door SX4 Crossover, a prototype model of the SX4 WRC was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006. Developed as a driver-friendly World Rally Car offering high controllability under a wide range of rally conditions, this creation by Suzuki Sport, Suzuki's motorsports division, has involved an extensive testing program on many different types of surfaces. As a supplement to the testing, Suzuki Sport chose two events in 2007, the Rallye de France and the Wales Rally GB, to closely represent the majority of surface types. The Rallye de France is known as one of the most challenging tarmac events, and the Wales Rally GB, held later in the year, is well regarded for similar reasons.

The SX4 WRC boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged J20 engine with full-time 4WD drivetrain and a five-speed sequential gearbox. The vehicle's 1,997 cc engine delivers 320 brake horsepower between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm, along with a maximum torque of 590 N-m (435 lb.-ft.) at 3,500 rpm.

The SX4 WRC's powertrain features a carbon three-disc clutch, electronically controlled center differential and mechanical front and rear differentials. Its well-balanced chassis and rigid structure allow the front and rear MacPherson struts with coil springs work to their full potential, and its Reiger shocks deliver dynamic, responsive handling. For tarmac, the vehicle is fitted with 20/65-18 tires fitted on 8X18-inch wheels. On gravel, 17/65-15 rubber is mounted to 7X15-inch wheels.

The SX4 WRC sits on a wheelbase of 2,500mm, stands 1,450mm high and weighs 1,230 kg (the minimum authorized). All specs reflect those of the final-phase development-test vehicle and are not necessarily indicative of the 2008 entry. As noted by Nobuhiro Tajima, vice president of Suzuki Sport, the endeavor is still in the early stages of development, including the engine, transmission and suspension.

The WRC effort builds on Suzuki's outstanding success in the JWRC, where the Swift Super 1600 has enjoyed an excellent record, creating even more excitement and anticipation in 2008.

Grand Vitara Dune

First introduced at the 2005 SEMA Show, the Grand Vitara Dune is designed for off-road enthusiasts who demand off-road capabilities. Well-equipped with 11.5 inches of minimum ground clearance and a towing capacity of 3,000 lbs., the Dune provides enough muscle to add a huge dose of exhilaration to any weekend. This Grand Vitara concept also features off-road skid plates, fender flares, wear-reducing cladding and running boards, all dressed in lightning yellow paint to match the color scheme of Suzuki ATVs. Roomy on the inside, the five-passenger Dune features a rear off-road gear storage and "mobile garage" work station, ideal for last-minute adjustments. The Dune also is equipped with a built-in GPS and navigation system.
SX4 Crossover Accessories

To complement Suzuki's versatile, stylish product line, the company offers an array of Genuine Suzuki Accessories - a line of style-enhancing trim packages and accessories designed to personalize Suzuki cars and SUVs sold in the United States. Suzuki showcases a number of pre-production performance-enhancing parts and interior and exterior accessories for the sporty SX4 Crossover.

Concept Accessories:

* Cat back Exhaust &#8211; Features stainless steel design, improves horsepower and offers deep performance tone that remains 50 state "sound level legal."
* Cold Air Intake &#8211; Intake system improves horsepower and offers performance pitch.
* Sport Suspension &#8211; Lowers ride height (approx. 1.5 inches) for a firmer ride.
* Alloy Wheels &#8211; Custom-designed 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, available in a chrome finish or machined surface with black paint. Includes chrome lug nuts and Suzuki center cap.

Genuine Suzuki Accessories:

* Rear Spoiler &#8211; Rally-inspired rear deck spoiler is molded in sturdy, lightweight polyurethane and is available color-matched to the SX4 Crossover.
* Hood Mask &#8211; Custom-fit hood mask made of durable vinyl and soft fleece backing helps protect the front of the SX4 Crossover from damage caused by minor road debris.
* Silver Finish Front Grille &#8211; Front grille replaces original black version and matches the lower bumper trim on the SX4 Crossover.
* Carbon Fiber Dash Trim (Red) &#8211; Dash trim accents made of real carbon-fiber weave material with an exterior-grade urethane topcoat and screened SX4 logo are available in three different colors to coordinate or contrast with the interior of the SX4 Crossover. Trim fits both automatic and manual transmission models.
* Carbon Fiber Door Sill Trim (Red) &#8211; Door sill accents made of real carbon-fiber weave material with an exterior-grade urethane topcoat and screened SX4 logo are available in three different carbon-fiber weave colors or a brushed aluminum finish to coordinate or contrast with the interior of the SX4 Crossover.
* Billet Sport Pedals &#8211; Sport pedal set, including dead pedal, is made of lightweight aluminum and non-slip rubber inserts, offering a highly polished look with engraved Suzuki logo.
* Billet Battery Tie Down & Billet Oil Cap (Sold as a package) &#8211; Highly polished aluminum battery tie down and oil filler cap with engraved Suzuki logo to dress up your engine bay.
* Blueconnect®, Bluetooth Phone System &#8211; Speaker- and microphone-integrated communication system that offers wireless interaction with any bluetooth-compatible cell phone, allowing dialing and hands-free communication with the touch of a button. Installation required (for non-sunroof models only).
* Rear Bumper Protector &#8211; Adhesive-backed applique to help protect from minor nicks and scratches.

2008 Suzuki Auto Product Line

Beyond its show vehicles based on the spirited four-door SX4 Sport, bold and functional five-door SX4 Crossover and rugged Grand Vitara compact SUV, Suzuki Auto's 2008 vehicle line includes the exciting XL7 midsize SUV, popular Forenza sedan and Forenza Wagon, and the European-styled Reno. Every vehicle in the line provides Suzuki's standout virtues of toughness, leading-edge style and high-end features at very competitive prices. All 2008 Suzuki automobiles are backed by America's #1 Warranty: a 100,000-mile/seven-year, fully transferable, zero-deductible powertrain limited warranty.
About Suzuki Auto

The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1985 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of approximately 500 automotive dealerships in 49 states. Based in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer with sales of more than two million new automobiles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 187 countries. For more information, visit


Honda Accord Coupe HF-S Concept


Honda Press Release
Honda to Reveal Two Factory-Modified Accord Coupes at SEMA Show

10/23/2007 -TORRANCE, Calif. - American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that two factory-modified versions of the all-new 2008 Accord Coupe will be revealed at the 2007 SEMA show on October 30, 2007. SEMA attendees will see the first showing of the Honda Factory Performance version of the Accord Coupe along with the Accord Coupe HF-S Concept, a specialty concept created by Honda Access America, Inc., Honda's U.S. accessory development team. More details about both vehicles will be released at the SEMA show.

As a dealer installed accessory, Honda's in-house HFP products carry the same 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as the rest of the vehicle, when installed at the time of new vehicle purchase, and are designed to genuinely enhance the ownership experience. American Honda launched its performance accessory
program in 2002 with the introduction of a Honda Factory Performance package for the Civic EX Coupe.


Honda Accord Coupe HFP Concept


Honda Press Release
Honda to Reveal Two Factory-Modified Accord Coupes at SEMA Show

10/23/2007 -TORRANCE, Calif. - American Honda Motor Co., Inc., today announced that two factory-modified versions of the all-new 2008 Accord Coupe will be revealed at the 2007 SEMA show on October 30, 2007. SEMA attendees will see the first showing of the Honda Factory Performance version of the Accord Coupe along with the Accord Coupe HF-S Concept, a specialty concept created by Honda Access America, Inc., Honda's U.S. accessory development team. More details about both vehicles will be released at the SEMA show.

As a dealer installed accessory, Honda's in-house HFP products carry the same 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty as the rest of the vehicle, when installed at the time of new vehicle purchase, and are designed to genuinely enhance the ownership experience. American Honda launched its performance accessory
program in 2002 with the introduction of a Honda Factory Performance package for the Civic EX Coupe.


Nissan Altima Coupe Turbo


Nissan Press Release
Built by, the Fox Marketing Altima Coupe features a custom style not yet seen in the marketplace and a 450-plus horsepower VQ-series engine. BASF R-M white paint with black accents set off this unique coupe, and a custom-fit Extreme Dimensions front lip spoiler, combined with a 1.8-inch drop courtesy of Performance Springs, give the Fox Marketing Altima Coupe an aggressive stance. Additional style and performance is provided by a Brake Pros AP Racing 13-inch, 4-piston caliper brake system and mesh-style Privat NEV wheels, sized 20x8.5 inches, with a silver painted center and polished lip, wrapped in 245/30R20 Toyo T1R tires.

The Fox Marketing's Altima Coupe 3.5-liter V6 received a turbo kit built by Artisan Performance Turbo featuring a Turbonetics GTK650 turbo, "Evolution" wastegate, "Raptor" blow-off valve and a large Artisan Performance intercooler, measuring 26x10x3. Additional fuel is provided by an Artisan Performance fuel rail and 650cc injectors, while spent fumes are expelled through a three-inch Artisan Performance turbo-back exhaust. For additional performance and reliability, the Altima Coupe features an Artisan Performance crank pulley and performance oil lines. With all of these underhood additions, extra room was needed, so the battery has been relocated with a special Artisan Performance kit.

Inside, Artisan Performance seat brackets hold Yonaka Racing black leather racing seats with red stitching, providing occupant comfort, while STRI 60mm boost, oil pressure and exhaust gas temperature gauges give the driver all necessary information. A custom Rockford Fosgate audio system finishes off the interior.


Carbon Fiber Exige


The Lotus Elise and Exige are great little cars that personify Colin Chapman's original edict to maintain a light weight in order to allow maximum performance. Weighing in at under 2,000 pounds, they feature Toyota (or Honda) motors putting out around 200 HP, but still offer supercar acceleration and handling. Well, as we were whiling away the hours at SEMA, we came across a special CSF1 Exige built by Prototype Composites that takes that formula and cranks it up a notch. Out went the original Series 1 Exige fiberglass body and in its place Composite Master Craig Brewer laid out an exquisite carbon fiber replacement that sheds 82 pounds from the car's overall weight. While less is more on the weight side, the builder decided that more is more on the power side. Phong Thao replaced the original 4-banger with an Acura TSX mill that puts a generous 311 HP at the drivers beck and call. And that is wheel horsepower, so you can imagine how this little 1,700-lb. sportster will scoot. Made just a one-off for a client, we have to say we like the idea and execution a lot.


Jetta TDI Cup Racer


VW Press Release
LAS VEGAS &#8211; Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it will bring TDI clean diesel technology to select North American race tracks starting in May 2008. The Jetta TDI Cup series will be sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing Inc., and will appear at up to eight major racing venues in North America during 2008.
"The Jetta TDI Cup racing series will celebrate Volkswagen's diesel technology and heritage in motorsports as good, clean fun," said Stefan Jacoby, CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "Not only will the young drivers gain real-life track experience in a factory-prepared race vehicle, it will allow them to develop their own mindset of today's clean diesel technology, and foster increased awareness of its advantages in this new era of environmental sensitivity."
The Jetta TDI Cup shifts gears from the previously announced GTI program, allowing Volkswagen to showcase the power and performance of its new clean diesel technology, available in the upcoming 2009 Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen. With up to 30 Jetta TDI's competing in the hands of aspiring, young drivers, this unique motorsport offering will highlight a new, exciting platform of racing that does not currently exist &#8211; a full field of clean diesel powered vehicles.
"With the Jetta TDI Cup, Volkswagen has created an amazing platform to develop young drivers and expand their knowledge about clean and quiet diesel technology," said Robert Wildberger, president and CEO, SCCA Pro Racing, Inc. "We look forward to the series in hopes that it will attract more attention to the drivers and advantages of diesel power."
The Jetta TDI Cup racecars will be optimized for track performance and safety. To focus on the skill of the young drivers and to ensure performance parity, proper maintenance and safety standards, all vehicles will be owned and maintained by Volkswagen. The heart of the Jetta TDI Cup racing vehicle will be the all-new, high-tech 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine rated at 170 horsepower and nearly 300 ft.-lbs. of torque in racing trim. The Jetta TDI race vehicles will be outfitted with a six-speed automatic DSG® transmission, electro-mechanical power rack-and-pinion steering system, and advanced multi-link fully independent race-tuned suspension, driver airbag supplemental restraint system, and four-wheel ABS racing brakes.
Signifying Volkswagen's environmental commitment, the Jetta TDI Cup series will be certified as CarbonFree by Additional program details will be available at by mid-November 2007.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, GLI, Passat, Passat wagon, Eos, and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at


Heico Sportiv S80


Heico Sportiv Press Release
Las Vegas, NV (October 30, 2007) - The lights of Las Vegas reflect flawlessly in the gleaming aluminum paint of the Heico Sportiv S80 T6 High Performance Concept (HPC). Being shown for the first time in North America at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV, the S80 T6 HPC is a literal reflection of power, sophistication and athleticism as can be seen in its unique 7-layer "aluminum effect" body paint. But the S80 T6 HPC is more than just a pretty face. It's a true example that a powerful luxury sedan can also be sensitive to the environment.

"Heico Sportiv is honored to once again be working with Volvo Cars to build the exciting S80 T6 HPC for this year's SEMA show," said Holger Hedtke, President of Heico. The 2007 show marks the second year Heico Sportiv has partnered with Volvo Cars to create a SEMA concept. This year, Heico shows its mettle with the S80 T6 HPC and the C30 Surf Pattern (see separate release). "The S80 T6 HPC is really where we put all our efforts this year," continued Hedtke, "It is our most advance concept to date and it's one that Heico is extremely proud of."

But getting to Las Vegas wasn't easy. The project began as the curtain fell on last year's SEMA show. Behind closed doors Heico executives sat down to put to paper the 2007 concept. The result is a Volvo S80 T6 that has been tuned to an amazing 350-horsepower while running on bioethanol fuel.

When the S80 arrived at Heico's shop in Weiterstadt, Germany in early 2007, Holger and his team knew they had their work cut out for them. The S80 began life with a 3.2-liter inline-six engine and front-wheel drive because production had yet to begin on the Volvo S80 T6, which has standard all-wheel drive. A new T6 engine was delivered from Sweden and work began in earnest.


The first order of business was to make a significant increase in horsepower. The standard Volvo T6 engine produces 281 horsepower, which is enough to move the S80 with spirited ease. But this is a SEMA concept and a significant bump in horsepower and torque were a necessity. Once the engine was modified to run on E85 ethenol, Heico turned its attention to maximizing power with high-performance engine software, a new intercooler and a stainless steel racing exhaust system. The end results were impressive: 350 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 405 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The Heico S80 T6 HPC is estimated to reach 62 mph in just 5.8 seconds.

But getting that power to the ground required extensive work. As the standard S80 3.2 is a front-wheel-drive car it was determined that to truly explore the vehicle's potential all-wheel drive was needed. Enter Volvo's renowned Haldex All-Wheel-Drive system with Instant Traction. The system continuously routes power to whichever wheel has the most traction and Heico modified it with heartier gears to handle the enormous amount of torque.

Stopping power is provided via a 6-piston braking system with custom blue-painted calipers and high performance brake pads. Volvo's ABS and electronic brake distribution systems are fully functioning. Large 13.9-inch disc brakes reside in custom forged alloy wheels measuring 9-inches wide and 20 inches in diameter. The specially developed Volution X wheels are wrapped in aggressive 255/30R-20 Continental tires.

The Heico S80 T6 HPC rides on a chassis that is 1.5 inches lower than Volvo's set ride height and the sport-tuned suspension features firmer springs and struts at all four corners. "We aimed to tune all the components to achieve a dynamic yet harmonious ride. In other words, a true sports car experience without losing the luxurious and comfortable touch that is the hallmark of the Volvo S80," noted Hedtke.


Hedtke's comments about the S80 T6 HPC's ride and handling translate directly to the interior of the car. "It was important to communicate the intention of this car as a true sports car, but one that is also luxurious and comfortable," said Hedtke. Starting from the standard S80's innovative center console, Heico's interior designers decided to sweep the arc throughout the length of the interior, creating four sport bucket seats. The heavily bolstered thrones are separated by the console that is wrapped in stunning silver aluminum carbon fiber.

Paying homage to Volvo's use of blue in its logo, nearly every surface that isn't aluminum is swathed in soft Mystic Blue leather, including the headliner, instrument panel and door panels. The rear seats have been completely redesigned to accommodate the center console and the front seats have thicker side and thigh bolsters. Fully integrated controls for the rear seat entertainment system, cup holders and storage bins are all found beneath the gleaming aluminum "floating" center console. Interior trim panels and accents are bathed in silver carbon.

The S80 T6 HPC driver will find a thick, comfortable sport steering wheel with which to unleash the vehicle's power. The sport pedals foot rest and door pins are all formed from billet aluminum. The crowing touch is the Mystic Blue glowing door-sill panels.


Refined, elegant and stylish are all words that have been used to describe the Volvo S80. With Heico's attention to the car's exterior, words such as powerful, imposing and dominance may also be uttered when the car makes its North American debut at SEMA.

"Our goal was to take Volvo's elegant design for the S80 and make it really stand out at this year's show, said Hedtke, "That's not an easy thing to do in Las Vegas, but everyone who sees the car agrees that it's truly striking."

What first leaps to the viewer's attention is the striking "metal effect" paint scheme. Seven coats were applied over a two-week period and the process allows for no re-shoots or touch-ups making the Heico S80 T6 HPC truly inspiring. "We're hoping that those in attendance at the SEMA show will drop by the Volvo booth to take a look at this car," commented Hedtke. "Since there are so many custom paint jobs done by truly talented artists from around the world represented in Las Vegas, we feel the S80 T6 HPC will be truly appreciated."

Nearly every panel of the Heico S80 T6 HPC was re-fabricated. The S80's front clip was replaced with a more aggressive nose that incorporates ultra-slim LED turn-signal indicators, a deeper front air dam and wide intake tunnels for improved airflow into the intercooler and brakes.

The new soft nose seamlessly blends into the aggressive wheel arches that hug tightly around the custom 20-inch wheels and tires. Deep side sills beneath the doors lend to the aggressive stance of the vehicle and assist in aerodynamics. A completely new rear bumper cap features slender rectangular exhaust ports and carbon fiber inserts.

About Heico

Heico Sportiv was founded outside of Frankfurt, Germany in 1995. It has grown to become Europe's leading Volvo tuning firm. Heico has the longest running history of endurance racing featuring Volvo cars spanning 13 years. This serves as the engineering basis for offering high-quality components for Volvo road cars. Please refer to for more information.



Not Even A Real Mod
Staff Emeritus
United States
Application hell
Why does the CTS look bigger than the Escalade?

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
I think those cars were just Photoshopped on to those backgrounds.


Not Even A Real Mod
Staff Emeritus
United States
Application hell
Oh, and why is everyone (that Ford Explorer) trying to copy Audi?

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
It's an automotive meme, just like how everyone was doing Altezza style tail lights for a while.


My take:

Cool: Quadra cycle, Leno Vette, Blackjack, CTS, Tundra and the JT.👍

Meh: Big Red, Astra, Wrangler Ultimate, Elantra. I guess the Ford is OK too.

Waste of money: All those GM trucks that I don't really care about anyway and that Dakota.👎


Super-Cool Since 2013
United States
The General never really disappoints when it comes to their SEMA products. It looks like a good amount of R&D goes into most of those vehicles, and I'd bet that a good number of those parts shown off will wind up as aftermarket options through GM High Performance.


What tickled my fancy, oddly enough:

Chevrolet Suburban HD Z71

While it's not easy for us to get caught up in the idea of an off-road ready school schlepper, the Chevrolet Suburban HD Z71 gets our attention because of its small-displacement 4.5-liter diesel. All the mud-plugging gear is easy to overlook when you consider how an oil-burning Suburban might fare in the marketplace. It seems like a reasonable addition to GM's 'ute lineup especially since the concept simply pilfered the parts bin for a new motor and the front end from a Silverado HD. Greater fuel efficiency and the ability to tower over the masses on the way to the grocery store? We smell a hit.

Its the start of the diesel revolution in America, and my guess is that we'll be seeing a lot more of that 4.5L V8 in the future. I'm crossing my fingers that some engineers get bored at Pontiac and shove one in the G8 just for the hell of it...
Kansas City, MO
The JT Brings a tear of happiness to my eye. It's so awesome! I do hope GM brings the small Diesel V8 to production. Maybe they can finally kill off their demons from the Olds V8 experience.

I wish they made those wheels in 5 x 4 3/4 bolt pattern, I'd put them on my Biscayne in a heartbeat. (Provided I get it running)

A Diesel G8?

My thesis is correct. You, sir, should be on GM's board.



Cadillac CTS Sport Concept - Ok, I like THAT CTS minus the retarded rims...

Jeep Wrangler JT - A true throwback of an old classic? Awesome

Chrysler Town and Country Black Jack - Hmm... Doesn't look confused and it works except for the gay orange light.


Cadillac Escalade Sport - : sigh: Here we go with an aftermarket copy bodykit soon... :rolleyes:

HUMMER H2 Safari -
Way to milk it and way to fuel the fired...


Guelph ON
Jeff C6R
I'm guessing that the new ZR1 vette will get styling clues from Leno's 600hp C6RS.

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
I went ahead and posted three more cars. You already saw YSSMAN's post of the diesel HD Suburban which was added. The other two are a possible Chrysler Barracuda and the '34 Ford E85 Hot Rot.

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
I updated the news again with the ROUSH P-51A Mustang, there are some more cars but I don't think I'll be able to get to them until I get home.


Super-Cool Since 2013
United States
Heres a new one worth mentioning:

Pontiac Solstice SD-290

We'll meet the Pontiac Solstice SD-290 in person on the show floor later today, but just had to share more info on this very unique vehicle the moment we were allowed to. The single-seat racer is meant to evoke competition cars of old, and we bet its significantly faster than a stock Solstice GXP thanks to all of those pounds shed by losing the windshield, side glass, convertible top and climate system. In place of those items is a tonneau cover over the passenger seat and windscreen for the driver only. New fender vents have also been added, and the hood is all new, too. The familiar 2.0L direct-inject turbo pumps out 290 HP in the SD-290 thanks to some performance mods, and the car rides on the Solstice's available Club Sport Z0K suspension package. As if racing weren't already the obvious activity for which one would use this Solstice, a set of 19-inch forged wheels wrapped in Hooser R6 racing rubber remove any illusion that this car could be used as a daily driver.

Delicious beauty! It would be absolutely incredible if Pontiac ever decided to sell these for racing-only, as I'm sure it would be rather quick.


And the Chrysler Barracuda? Apparently it was a one-off design done for a customer, not a design exercise. My guess is that there will be 'Cuda conversion kits made available anyway...


Little Elm, TX
Wow, I can't believe there is a Chrysler product that I'd like to own...and it is (obviously) the JT. That is a really cool vehicle.

The Sport-Sport Trac as always looks brilliant, and shockingly I quite like the idea of an H3 with the LS7 in it--kind of makes me rethink the thought that they are completely worthless. Now they are moderately worthless.

And as always any new Roush Mustang is automatically brillaint no matter what--and this is no exception. I wish TopGear would do an actual honest review of it since it is the quintessential track-oriented Mustang.

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
News has been updated with a slathering of new cars and trucks.
Kansas City, MO
But.. But.. The plane behind the Roush car is a D model!!

Wasn't the A the very earliest batch with the Allison engine hampered by having a supercharger instead of a turbosupercharger? And.. The A was a "Razorback.. So were the B and C. Stupid roush.


See? Buick SUVs look GREAT when not in a hideous two tone. people hated the rendezvous so much because everyone who bought them were old Missouri hicks who PAID EXTRA for that stupid two tone paneling.



Out of the new bunch, these look good...

Kenny Wayne Shepherd's '70 Plymouth Duster
Pontiac G8 GT SEMA Edition
GMC Sierra HD Denali
Jerome Williams' Buick Enclave Urban CEO Edition
I love the Ford line-up!

The G6 SD reminds me of the Jaguar D-type,if it was "Americanized".

The JT is going to be a hit in the 4 wheeling community.

I love that Altima Turbo though!
Heres a new one worth mentioning:

Pontiac Solstice SD-290

Delicious beauty! It would be absolutely incredible if Pontiac ever decided to sell these for racing-only, as I'm sure it would be rather quick.

They're just lightening the car. I can't see that changing the Solstice GXP, a barely decent, quite uncommunicative vehicle, into a competitive track machine.

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
The Soltice GXP isn't a bad track car, they do quite well at local track days and they are very good in autocross competitions. There are probably better cars out there for the track and there defiantly better looking ones, but I wouldn't say it's "barely decent". Especially the SEMA model, the lightening of the car is what you do to make a good track machine...hasn't that been a philosophy of Lotus?
The Soltice GXP isn't a bad track car, they do quite well at local track days and they are very good in autocross competitions. There are probably better cars out there for the track and there defiantly better looking ones, but I wouldn't say it's "barely decent". Especially the SEMA model, the lightening of the car is what you do to make a good track machine...hasn't that been a philosophy of Lotus?

Lotus also have been a leader in chassis development and tuning for years, which combined with Chapman's lightweight philosophies produce the most engaging cars in the common-mans reach. Unfortunately the GXP lacks that engaging communication you need to be considered serious business, especially when you're marketing to a track-only segment. The sportscar segment where the GXP currently sits is dominated by heavy hitters, whether you're going for comfort or purist driving enjoyment (we're talking Porshce's brilliant machinery and aforementioned Lotus produce respectively). The GXP sits idly weak in both of those categories, and throwing lightweight at an already-flawed car won't change that fact.

I can't argue against claims like "they are very good in autocross competitions" because I've seen that said for so many cars these days. I've heard plenty of testimony from people who have driven these things, they just aren't that good.

I think they do look pretty decent though, bar the interior.


(this is the second time I'm complaining about people shaving weight off a car in a week, something might be a bit off)

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
Now see I've heard it from many people that they are good, there are two "teams" that come to local autocrosses with basically GXP's they put on a diet. They do quite well, granted the newer Miata beats them from time to time depending on a lot of factors but the competition is rather close. It's just as close at local track days as well, and I would assume the drivers aren't to shabby. I haven't really seen any racing outside the local segment here so I don't have a ton to go on, but compared to other drivers out there these teams are good.

GM Performance division has a team as well, but that car has been modded quite a bit so I'm not even going to count that, they run slicks on it as well.

I also believe they have very good potential to become something a lot better. GM is just getting used to this whole small RWD roadster thing, Mazda has had some 20 years (maybe?) to come up with something. I'm will to bet over the next few years we see something better for the Soltice. Like I said, it's not without it's problems (I've only ever drove the base one) but it's a good start and I expect to see good things from it in the future. It's no Lotus, I understand that, but it was never meant to be one.

And I think you are one of the only people who like the way the car looks, I think it's one of the biggest downfalls. It looks bloated or something.


Super-Cool Since 2013
United States
I personally like the looks of the standard Solstice over that of the standard Sky, but when you get into GXP and Red Line versions, the Saturn takes the cake. Certainly, neither are as "fine-tuned" as a Lotus or Porsche, but for the price, you really can't complain too much. There have been a lot of odd complaints and truisms about the car; One of the strangest in my mind being that in GXP/Red Line form, it works best with the slushbox.

Personally, I like the idea of the concept. It calls back to when sports cars truly were sports cars, and furthermore, was at home at the track. I like the look, I assume the performance is stellar, and I'd hope Pontiac would get around to selling a kit. Probably not, but one could hope...

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
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The next wheel frontier

Toyota Tundra Diesel Dually

Matrix and Corolla Tuner Cars

Jay Leno's E85 Vette

Joey D

United States
Holladay, UT
GTP Joey
Everything should be up to date through today, I didn't bother posting up some of the aftermarket parts and what not. Just no interest in doing so. If someone else has a burning desire to put up a slathering of rims and brakes I say go for it.

Jim Prower

The Big Blue Ford.
They shoulda used a Cat ACERT diesel in that Tundra Diesel Dually....