Lingenfelter Brings "New" Trans Am To SEMA

Friday October 23rd, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Ligenfelter

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, a name that should really need no introduction to serious American hot rod enthusiasts out there, will be bringing a version of the latest Trans Am to this year’s upcoming SEMA show. It’s got all of the Trans Am goodies you remember:

Duck-tail spoiler, fender vents, twin-port front grille, raised white-letter tires, a 445 cubic inch V8, honeycomb wheels and that hideous screaming chicken hood decal.

Wait a second, the Trans Am was a Pontiac, and Pontiac is now, officially, sadly, dead, you say. Indeed you are right, but that’s didn’t stop Lingenfelter, now did it?

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SEMA 2009 – A Stampede From the East

Thursday October 15th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

American muscle is dead. SEMA 2009 is quite possibly the final sunset into which the American pony car will ride. While it may be hard to see daylight fading in SEMA’s glare of eight customized Camaros sponsored by GM, or the usual herd of V8 tuners ready to add more excess, if you step outside the corral, you will find that the American pony car’s muscle no longer fits its market or our times.

Build a Camaro SS add the RS package along with a couple of options and soon you’re in the $40K stratosphere; hardly a reflection of the original pony car ideal of taking an inexpensive sedan chassis, adding some sporty lines with a powerful engine and keeping the price point accessible. Even though we see the current Mustang GT does a reasonable job of holding on to this heritage, it’s still a top end model and priced accordingly. The Challenger SRT may be retro fabulous, but is ultimately a ridiculous machine. Sure, these are halo models intended to help shift secretary specials, but something has been lost in translation so that the fast and furious versions are now priced to be garage queens and the intended market will look elsewhere for practical rear drive performance with flair.

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Saleen Jumps Back In the Saddle for 2010

Tuesday October 13th, 2009 at 10:1010 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

2010 Saleen S281 posterBack in the Saddle?

With the Car Allowance Rebate System a.k.a ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program officially over and American auto sales needing another stimulus, the industry and consumers are looking forward to the custom tuned delights promised by the annual SEMA show. While SEMA 2009 promises the usual range of over the top tuner specials and reminders of upcoming products from the major brands, stalwart Mustang tuner/manufacturer Saleen hopes to make a splash with its new S281.

While little information is currently available on the S281, exciting teaser images have been released and they suggest that Saleen intends to stay in the game, despite the economy and uncertain direction after the departure of Steve Saleen in 2007.

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Chevy Shows Off New Camaro at SEMA Keynote Luncheon

Thursday November 13th, 2008 at 12:1111 PM
Posted by: m35man

by Edsel Rollin

Las Vegas-The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was unveiled as the official vehicle of the 2008 SEMA Show on Nov. 3 at the keynote speaker’s luncheon in Las Vegas.  Chevrolet presented not just one, but a quartet of stunning concepts based on the all-new 2010 Camaro at the highlighted event.

“We are so excited about the return of the Camaro,” said Ed Peper, North America vice president of Chevrolet.  “The Camaro will deliver cutting-edge new technology and unprecedented design features to consumers early next year.  We are looking forward to bringing this much-anticipated vehicle to market.  We are confident that there is nothing else like this amazing car out there today.”

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Why we really attend SEMA

Wednesday November 12th, 2008 at 6:1111 AM
Posted by: m35man

By Edsel Rollin

Millions of tires and rims and brakes and exhaust manifolds and suspension kits. Seas of hot tricked-up custom vehicles with all the bells and whistles on the planet. Loud music, flat screen TVs showing non-stop music videos and car commercials and flashy booths featuring car racers and DJ’s and former star athletes. It’s called SEMA. And it represents everything that is excessive today in the world of automobiles.

But, what I love most about SEMA (this was my third year covering it) is the women. Scantily clad babes wearing enough makeup and perfume to stock an entire Sephora store, these beautiful treasures strut and pose and smile and sign autographs all day long during the four days of SEMA. With their perfect teeth and curvaceous figures, their high heels and skimpy outfits, it’s wall to wall babes every year at SEMA and I love it.

As for the news portion of SEMA, a press release from the SEMA website is below the jump. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the show was attended in record numbers and packed the entire time, despite our rocky and uncertain economy.

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Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept to be revealed at 2008 SEMA

Friday October 17th, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek


Time to get outta Dodge and head to Las Vegas for the 2008 SEMA show. Three new Challenger concept vehicles will be under the spotlights at the Dodge booth this year. The new 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT10 with a smokin’ 600 hp Viper V10 engine laying power to the wheels. A Dodge Challenger Blacktop, built by the Mopar Underground design team, improved breathing by adding a cat-back dual exhaust, cold air intake to the already hefty 5.7L HEMI® V8. Visual cues are set by the 22 inch Viper wheels, custom spoilers, front brow, and black-on-black racing stripe paint scheme.

Also in the corral this year is the Dodge Challenger Targa which is a all-out competition car that completed the Targa Newfoundlands race this year. The Mopar hood is equipped with a scoop to make room for the 540-horsepower, 490 lb. ft. of torque, 392 HEMI® V-8 Mopar crate motor. Mated to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox, the engine blasts power to the rear wheels through a production 2009 modified gear ratio in the rear end. Looking svelte, sleek, and downright ornery is the Challenger Blacktop. Details of the Challenger Blacktop, conceived by the Mopar Undergroud team, follows below the jump.

(photos of the SRT10 Concept, Challenger Blacktop, and Challenger Targa cars below the jump)

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Hyundai Powers Up the Genesis Coupe and Sedan at SEMA

Wednesday October 15th, 2008 at 12:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Hyundai is partnering with three aftermarket tuners to highlight their new Genesis coupe and sedan. Last month it was announced that HKS USA, Inc. will build a high-performance Genesis Coupe for the 2008 SEMA show. The all-new, rear-wheel drive Hyundai model will make its 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center November 4 – 7.

“Genesis Coupe has the basic DNA that HKS looks for – an excellent chassis, rear-wheel drive, aggressive styling and a new generation turbo-charged engine. These attributes provide the opportunity for HKS to maximize the Genesis Coupe driving performance capabilities for the serious driving enthusiast,” said Rick Lafferty, president, HKS USA, Inc. “HKS is allocating R&D, engineering and prototyping resources to lay the groundwork for HKS-brand Genesis Coupe performance parts. We are looking forward to working with Hyundai to realize the full performance potential of the Genesis Coupe.”

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2007 SEMA News: 2008 Honda Accord Coupe HFP and HF-S Concept

Thursday November 1st, 2007 at 4:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

SEMA: 2008 Honda Accord Coupe HFP

2008 Honda Accord HFPAlbeit less impressive than the Accord Coupe HF-S Concept that we showed you yesterday (click here), the Accord Coupe HFP is a nicely customized vehicle that’s sporty but not flashy. It is equipped with dealer-installed Honda Factory Performance (hence the name “HFP”) components including a sports suspension package, 19-in. alloy wheels in 245/40R-19 rubber and a full aerodynamic body kit (front, sides and rear).

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Toyota unveils 2009 Corolla and Matrix

Thursday November 1st, 2007 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

November 1, 2007 – 12:01 am ET

2009 Toyota Corolla

LAS VEGAS — Toyota pulled the covers off the 2009 Corolla sedan and Matrix sport wagon today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show here.

The new Corolla, the 10th generation of the world’s best-selling compact sedan, stays about the same size, but its appeal could be greater because of an expanded lineup.

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Tundra concept sends loud message at SEMA

Thursday November 1st, 2007 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

November 1, 2007 – 12:01 am ET

Toyota Tundra Dually Diesel at SEMA

LAS VEGAS — Toyota’s heavy duty diesel truck rumblings are getting louder.

At the Specialty Equipment Market Association show here, Toyota Motor Corp. quietly parked in its display of wild tuner cars the Tundra Diesel Dually, a concept truck that could be the company’s template for its expected entry into the heavy-duty pickup market. Read the rest of this entry »

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