Tue Nov 12 2013 16:42:07 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Subaru BRZ / Scion FR-S had a huge presence at SEMA this year. Here are some of the craziest builds.


Tue Nov 12 2013 17:30:24 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Ever seen a mid-engined van before? How about one with a twin-supercharged 540 ci motor?


Fri Nov 08 2013 14:59:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

2013 SEMA Awards go to same four vehicles as last year.

The winners of the 2013 SEMA Awards have been announced, and, well, the group is identical to the winners of the 2012 Awards. The Ford Mustang was named Hottest Car, while the Scion FR-S earned honors for Hottest Sport Compact. In the heavy machinery classes, the Ford F-Series won Hottest Truck and the Jeep Wrangler captured the Hottest 4x4-SUV crown. All same as last year.

This is the fourth year the SEMA Awards have been handed out by the show's organizers. The Jeep and Ford have been undefeated in their SEMA categories since the inception of the Awards in 2010, while the Scion and Mustang each captured their second title this year.

Previous winners include the Chevrolet Camaro, which won the Hottest Car category in 2010 and 2011, and the Fiat 500, which captured the inaugural Hottest Sport Compact crown in 2011.

Unable to find an image that best represented the winning ways of these four vehicles, we went with another title the Mustang earned from us back in 2007. We crowned this particular 'Stang the Ugliest Mustang Ever, a title it has also held every year since we made it up.


Fri Nov 08 2013 18:39:35 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Bisimoto-tuned Honda Odyssey practically called out to us from across the convention center—it’s that cool. Poking through a hole where the grille used to be is a big, shiny clue as to the specialness that resides in this minivan’s engine bay: A twin-turbocharged V-6 engine making a silly 1029 horsepower. (The shiny bit actually is the van’s massive intercooler.) Better still, the stock Odyssey’s automatic transmission was chucked in favor of a six-speed manual borrowed from a 2008 Acura TL Type-S. Yup, a manual minivan with stupid amounts of horsepower. (No word on whether this Odyssey had the built-in vacuum cleaner, though.) Mix in the lowered suspension, rooftop cargo box, and sweet Fifteen52 wheels, you’ll need a hard pinch to your arm to ensure it’s not a dream before you start dreaming about how to build one for yourself.


Fri Nov 08 2013 18:42:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Slick custom trucks are always fun—and hardly rare at a show like SEMA—but one that comes coupled with a good cause is even better. Enter this modified 1956 Ford F-100, which was whipped up under the direction of none other than Gene Simmons and his wife, Shannon Tweed, to raise money to build a children’s hospital in Tweed’s hometown. Mixing pickup cues with hints of Shelby Mustangs, the one-off truck is appropriately named “Snakebit.” The front end incorporates a Mustang-like grille and headlights, and even the wheels recall ’60s Shelby Mustang mags. A bit of modern Shelby Mustang lives under the F-100’s hood, too, with a 550-hp, supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 providing power to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. We dig the silver paint job, which carries a cool raw feel, and the staggered-size wheels (18-inch fronts, 20-inch rears). The truck will be auctioned off at an upcoming Barrett-Jackson event, with all the proceeds going toward the hospital construction in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Fri Nov 08 2013 19:26:08 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Volkswagen brought just three vehicles to SEMA this year (compare that to Ford's 57 show cars): two Jettas and a Golf. Both Jettas showcase the automaker's new turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder engines - one of which is heavily modified - and the Golf is the first seventh-generation model tuned in North America (it launches here next year).

The Golf concept showcases the latest suspension bits from H&R: a coilover setup for the new Golf that lowers the car 1.5 inches up front and 1.75 inches at the rear. 19-inch Rotiform wheels accentuate the stance and cover a Brembo brake setup. The aggressive styling is achieved with a VW Accessories body kit, rear spoiler, center exit rear valance and dual exhaust muffler.

FMS tuned the two Jettas: one equipped with the new 1.8-liter engine, and the other blessed with the new 2.0-liter engine, albeit heavily modified. The white, widebody Jetta concept gets the 2.0-liter, endowing the car with 425 horsepower. The blue Jetta concept is a visual tribute to the 1989 Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition and is fitted with the 1.8-liter version of the turbo four, but FMS left it stock with 170 hp. Plenty of suspension and cosmetic upgrades adorn both sedans.


Fri Nov 08 2013 19:37:03 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

A quick video of some of the many goings on around SEMA.

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