Forge Motorsports Volkswagen Golf Mark I
The original Volkswagen Golf (or as it was known here in the U.S., the Rabbit) was a pivotal car for Volkswagen. And the sports version of the original Golf/Rabbit, the GTI, heralded the birth of the modern hot hatch. Forge Motorsports’ O.G. Golf is considerably more muscular than any stock GTI in history, with a turbocharged 2.0L inline-four pumping out 400 horsepower. With that kind of pep, it needs those huge wheels and tires residing in those huge fender flares. Hopefully Forge Motorsports follows through on its threat to run this vicious VeeDub in a time attack event and Road Atlanta and the Pikes Peak Hill Climb next year.
Toyota FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition
The Toyota FJ Cruiser – the Japanese firm’s retro-cool SUV – is being retired at the end of the 2014 model year, but the Big T isn’t letting this dirthead favorite go gently into that good night. Instead, it used the SEMA Show to debut the FJ Cruiser Ultimate Edition, a special model jam-packed with TRD upgrade parts. The race-spec dampers were co-developed by TRD and Bilstein, while a newly designed front skid plate will help spare the important bits from death-by-rocks. Happy trails, FJ Cruiser. Happy trails.
Classic Recreations Shelby G.T.500CR
Classic Recreations has built countless licensed Shelby Mustang replicas over the years, but SEMA 2013 marked the debut of the first one powered by the current Mustang GT’s 5.0L “Coyote” V8. Dubbed the Shelby G.T.500CR, this potent pony makes 490 horsepower in standard form. However, if that figure doesn’t float your boat, you can order your G.T.500CR with a supercharger and intercooler that bump the power peak up to 780 horsepower. Yeah, that should do the trick.
Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker
Back when Dodge was building the first generation Challenger, it equipped the hottest versions of the model (including the T/A, 440 Six-Pak and 426 Hemi) with a Shaker hood scoop, a piece that sat atop the air cleaner and poked through a hole in the hood that would shake (hence the name) when the driver goosed the throttle.
Fast forward to the 2014 model year and Dodge is bringing back the Shaker as an option on the current Challenger R/T. This $2,500 extra doesn’t help the 5.7L Hemi V8 make any more power, but that price does include the Super Track Pak, which consists of a quicker steering rack, sturdier brake linings and shocks, and high performance Goodyear tires.
Hill’s Rod & Custom 1951 Studebaker Fastback Woody
For the last 15 or so years of its car-building life, Studebaker offered automobiles with rather dramatic styling. What we didn’t see from the South Bend, Indiana firm was a fastback design, nor a wood-bodied model (a.k.a. a woody). A shop by the name of Hill’s Rod & Custom has rectified both of those oversights – in the same car, no less – by putting together the very custom 1951 Studebaker you see here. The clearly talented crew also made many other body modifications (including changing the headlights and taillights) and installed a 390 c.i. V8 from another orphan brand, Edsel.
Mazda 3 Club Sport Concept
The Mazda 3 is already one of the most fun-to-drive non-sportscars you can buy. But the Mazda 3 Club Sport Concept takes this clever compact’s sportiness factor a step or two further. The 2.5L SKYACTIV inline-four is matched with a Wavetrac heical limited-slip differential and a 6-speed manual transmission borrowed from the CX-5 crossover, while a Cusco coilover kit, Brembo brakes, Rays wheels and Bridgestone Potenza tires make the handling even crisper. Oh, and that aero kit will be available for purchase in the not-too-distant-future.
AEV Ram Concept
American Expedition Vehicles already builds some of the coolest custom off roaders under the sun, and soon it could be making the kind of badass truck Ram won’t. See, the Ram Power Wagon is chock full of serious rock-crawling hardware, but it’s not available with the mighty 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel inline-six. AEV’s Ram Concept (Super creative name, no?) is effectively an aftermarket Power Wagon that happens to be based on the sans-spark-plugs version of the Ram 2500. This baby won’t just grow hair on your chest; it’ll grow hair in places you didn’t even know you had.
Universal Technical Institute Ford Focus ST
One of the most recognizable racecars in history is, without a doubt, the Ford GT40, particularly the John Wyer-campaigned, Gulf Oil-sponsored examples of 1968 and ’69. The folks at Universal Technical Institute channeled the spirit of this iconic machine when creating their take on the Ford Focus ST. Not only does it have the legendary pale-blue-and-orange livery, but it’s also got a trio of orange driving lights in the grill, aggressively flared wheel arches, and a Vortech supercharger instead of the stock ST’s turbocharger. That last tweak must be aimed at people who absolutely, positively can’t wait for their boost to arrive.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept
In case you missed it, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the cover car for Gran Turismo 6, which is scheduled to hit stores just under one month from now. To celebrate this (and the fact that all seven generations of Corvette will be represented in the game), GM Design whipped up this custom C7 coupe. The semigloss blue paint and yellow headlight lenses would be striking by themselves, but the custom grille insert and hood, front lip and side skirt extensions, and a rear spoiler hanging off the tail. No word if these aero parts will be available for the C7 in GT6’s tuning shop, but we won’t complain if they are.
Vans Warped Tour Kia Soul
Finally, it wouldn’t be SEMA without some truly wacky, over-the-top creations. And this colorful Kia Soul certainly qualifies for those labels. The playful paintjob and immense 20” wheels are definite eye-catchers, but not as much as the 50” flatscreen TV poking out of the roof, or the 8” Infinity speakers that reside where the side windows used to. In other words, you can’t really use this kooky Kia on the road. But there is a barbecue grill that slides out of the rear hatch, so at least you don’t have to go hungry while waiting for a tow…
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