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SEMA 2018: Touring the performance car hall

Call me a little biased, but I've been coming to SEMA since 2006 and from that very first year, the biggest highlight for me was always this hall, the aftermarket performance, hot-rod, rat-rod, resto-mod, classic cruiser, pick-up truck, muscle car - call it whatever you like - hall...

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SEMA 2018: There's off-roading, and then there's this...
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SEMA 2018: There's off-roading, and then there's this...

SEMA. It's seen as the mecca of all things performance, but many punters might not know it's also a showcase for the off-road industry – sometimes in all its overstated glory. It is the United States of America after all. For me, it's the greatest car show on the planet such is the scale, variety and scope of the products and vehicles on display...


SEMA 2018: Manufacturers representing big at aftermarket show
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SEMA 2018: Manufacturers representing big at aftermarket show

It’s not all about aftermarket at SEMA – manufacturers have a big presence at the show, giving visitors a look into potential future models and parts that could roll out to existing vehicles. We toured all the big manufacturers to see what they have on offer and whether any of it is coming to Australia...


Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled
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Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO: Electric drag racer unveiled

Developed in conjunction with Hancock and Lane Racing, a team specialising electric drag racing, the Chevrolet Camaro eCOPO concept has an electric motor making over 522kW (700hp) of power, and 813Nm of torque. Chevrolet estimates the eCOPO can blast through the quarter mile (400m) in around 9.0 seconds, although the company admits testing is still ongoing...


Dodge Super Charger concept launches 746kW Hellephant V8 engine
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Dodge Super Charger concept launches 746kW Hellephant V8 engine

The Dodge Super Charger concept is a heavily modified and restored 1968 Dodge Charger coupe, and is the perfect vehicle to show off Fiat Chrysler's new 'Hellephant' V8 crate engine. Not only does it have a wider track with flared fibreglass wheel arch extensions, the concept car also has a 51mm longer wheelbase, significantly reducing the car's front overhangs...


Queensland Police Kia Stinger on US tour
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Queensland Police Kia Stinger on US tour

The first police force in the world to use a Kia Stinger - Queensland Police - has allowed Kia Australia to bring one of its operational police cars to the mecca of mechanical performance and modification - SEMA 2018. There's good reason for it too...


Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle revealed at SEMA
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Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle revealed at SEMA

Honda doesn't offer a dual-cab ute for the Australian market, but it's not truck-less everywhere in the world. If you live in North America, the company will sell you a Ridgeline, a monocoque dual-cab pickup designed to offer a car-like drive than its body-on-frame rivals. That doesn't mean it's soft, though...


Nissan 370Z Project Clubsport 23 revealed for SEMA
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Nissan 370Z Project Clubsport 23 revealed for SEMA

Nissan has revealed its 370Z Project Clubsport 23 for this year's SEMA show, headlined by a twin-turbo engine and a range of performance accessories that could soon be available to customers. Featuring a combination of OEM, aftermarket and bespoke parts, the Clubsport 23 project car "is an ongoing parts development platform", as the company hopes it previews the potential customisation options for current owners...


Kia Forte Drift Car revealed with Stinger engine
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Kia Forte Drift Car revealed with Stinger engine

Designed in collaboration with Red Bull, the Kia Forte Drift Car is now on display at SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas. Although the Drift Car started life as an off-the-shelf Forte – Cerato to us – sedan, it now has the Stinger GT's 3.3-litre twin-turbo V6 crammed under the bonnet and aligned north-south thanks to "some tricky engineering"...


Chevrolet Camaro 'Shock' revealed for SEMA
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Chevrolet Camaro 'Shock' revealed for SEMA

Chevrolet has revealed a special example of its 2019 Camaro for this year's SEMA show, which kicks off on October 30. Finished in an eye-catching bright yellow dubbed 'Shock', the Camaro show car is based on the 2019 model-year SS and features new accessories and performance parts that will soon be available from US Chevrolet dealers...


2018 Ford Mustang Roush 729 makes LA debut
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2018 Ford Mustang Roush 729 makes LA debut

Is your Ford Mustang GT a little boring? Maybe the Roush 729 concept can give you some inspiration. Created as a concept for this year's SEMA show, the Roush 729 is a supercharged, wide-body version of the iconic Ford pony car, finished in eye-catching Grabber Green - used on just 95 Mustang Boss 429s were painted in 1970...


This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter
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This nifty invention converts your H-Pattern manual into a sequential shifter

While wandering around SEMA 2017, we ran into Bremer Shifters, a stand that was displaying an innovative way to convert your H-Pattern gearbox into a sequential style shifter. Fitment is extremely easy, Bremer reckons, with no requirement to even drop the gearbox at all...


Who needs enemies with friends like these? Brutal Ferrari Wake-up call
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Who needs enemies with friends like these? Brutal Ferrari Wake-up call

Some people dream of being woken up by the sound of a legitimate race-tuned Ferrari 458 GT Challenge car, but rest assured, it's not always as fun as it sounds. Pardon the pun. Following a 20-hour flight from Australia, we loaded into a TRD Toyota Tacoma and made the five-hour drive from LA to Las Vegas...


Hennessey Venom F5 interior revealed
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Hennessey Venom F5 interior revealed

Hennessey Performance has unveiled the interior for its upcoming Venom F5 in a set of images on Facebook. Launched at SEMA, the Venom F5 promises some truly staggering performance specs. The twin-turbo V8 engine makes 1193kW of power, and the car weighs just 1338kg. As you might imagine, that makes for some impressive acceleration figures...


Toyota C-HR R-Tuned eyeing Nurburgring record
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Toyota C-HR R-Tuned eyeing Nurburgring record

Toyota bucked the trend at SEMA this year. Rather than limiting itself a handful of very pretty, mildly tweaked versions of its core range, it took a base C-HR and turned it into a fire-breathing monster. The C-HR R-Tuned has a 447kW 2AZ-4FE engine shoehorned under the bonnet...


Shelby 1000: Next-gen track special revealed
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Shelby 1000: Next-gen track special revealed

Shelby American has revealed its new-generation 1000 track car, based on the updated Ford Mustang GT. Unveiled at this week's 2017 SEMA show, the Shelby 1000 gets an array of upgrades to the suspension, brakes, body and engine to help it tear up 'road courses'. The powered-up Pony gets a new 5.2-litre supercharged V8 producing - you guessed it - 1000 horsepower (746kW)...


2018 Jeep Wrangler: Mopar parts teased at SEMA show
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2018 Jeep Wrangler: Mopar parts teased at SEMA show

Parts and tuning arm Mopar has taken to the 2017 SEMA show to give a sneak peak of its upcoming accessories and parts range for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, which itself was only revealed days ago. Some 200 products were previewed by Pietro Gorlier, head of Mopar parts and service at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)...


Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: 447kW racer headlines stand at SEMA
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Toyota C-HR R-Tuned: 447kW racer headlines stand at SEMA

Toyota has turned the C-HR into a turbocharged, 447kW monster for SEMA in Las Vegas. Along with the fire-breathing compact SUV, the Japanese manufacturer leaned on its NASCAR driver lineup to create a range of modified Camrys. The headline Toyota is undoubtedly the C-HR R-Tuned, designed to see how far the base package could be developed as a track car...


Gemballa GT Concept: 609kW 911 Turbo revealed at SEMA
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Gemballa GT Concept: 609kW 911 Turbo revealed at SEMA

German tuner Gemballa has used SEMA in Las Vegas to debut its latest powered-up Porsche, the GT Concept. Along with its dramatic new bodywork, the 911 Turbo-based GT Concept has been treated to a comprehensive engine overhaul for outputs of 609kW and 952Nm. The new body add-ons, which include a front skirt, splitter, rear bumper and rear diffuser, are all made of carbon-fibre...


Ford Performance develops 'Drift Stick' for Focus RS
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Ford Performance develops 'Drift Stick' for Focus RS

With its clever GKN Twinster all-wheel drive system and an electronic Drift Mode, the Ford Focus RS is already better qualified as a drift car than most hot hatches. That hasn't stopped Ford Performance in the USA from teaming up with Ken Block to create an optional tailor-made for tail-happy hooligans...