The SEMA show in Las Vegas is over for another year but don’t worry if you missed it because you’ll find all the highlights here. One of the standouts was this Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Mustang speedster from Stitchcraft. It’s based on the Mustang EcoBoost and gets a healthy dose of nitrous to up the performance.
Chevrolet introduced its 2017 COPO Camaro at SEMA. As in past years, just 69 of these beauties will be built.
Our favorite would have to be the Dodge Shakedown Challenger concept developed by Mopar. The concept features a hand-built, one-off frame with a removable body based on a 1971 Challenger. Its powerplant, though, is the modern Challenger SRT 392’s 485-horsepower 6.4-liter V-8. Similar conversions are now much easier thanks to an engine swap kit Mopar launched at SEMA.
One of the more crazy concepts was the Land Speed Cruiser from Toyota. It’s a slammed 200-series Land Cruiser that’s generating 2,000 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 5.7-liter V-8. This is enough, Toyota claims, to reach a top speed of 220 mph.
Ryan Tuerck’s Toyota 86 with Ferrari 458 Italia engine swap, SEMA 2016
Speaking of wild Toyota concepts, drifter Ryan Tuerck presented his 86 coupe featuring a Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] 458 Italia engine swap. It may not be much to look at right now but it sounds awesome.
2018 Lexus LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing, 2016 SEMA show
Another SEMA Mustang that made headlines was the new GT4 version that was shown for the first time. The new race car’s got big shoes to follow as it replaces the Shelby GT350R-C, a class winner in the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Mazda had a pair of concepts based on its MX-5 Miata. One was the new RF with sporty touches and a very cool semi-matte finish in a charcoal gray called Kuro. The other was a sexy speedster that thanks to some light mods weighs 350 pounds less than the already lithe stock MX-5.
There was much, much more at SEMA. As always, you’ll find our complete coverage on the show over at our dedicated hub.