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Here Is Everything Good I Could Find At SEMA This Year

It might be a bit controversial to say this, but SEMA is actually good. Yes, there are plenty of bad things about SEMA, like the hundreds of truck-nut bro-dozer trucks too tall to get into without a ladder. It’s overcrowded, it’s way too big, and it’s in Las Vegas, which should automatically disqualify it from being…

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The Jay Leno-Inspired Lincoln Navigator Weirdly Has No Denim Anywhere

I zoomed in on the press photos. I scanned them carefully. I even hit command + F on my keyboard for the word “denim” in the press release. No dice. How is this a proper custom Lincoln Black Label Navigator for Jay Leno, then, if it has no damn denim anywhere on it?

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Mopar Brings The Fire With 1000-Horsepower Plug-And-Play 426 “Hellephant” Crate Engine At SEMA

With a few teasers under our belt, it was pretty evident that Mopar wasn’t going to be taking any prisoners this year. While GM showed off an 800KW electric crate motor kit as a “concept”, Mopar was bringing down the house with four-digits worth of supercharged Hemi crate motor power they’re calling the Hellephant.…

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This Boring Acura RDX Built for SEMA Is Everything Wrong With Acura

Right now you can buy a car called the BMW X3 M40i. It has 355 horsepower, it’s got hustle in a straight line, and it can probably take a mild corner without toppling over. It won’t set your hair on fire, but it’s fine. The X3 M40i doesn’t set a very high bar to clear. Acura has seen that low bar for SEMA, and tried…

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The Only Thing This 400-HP Nissan 370Z SEMA Project Car Makes Me Feel Is Sad

Look. Look at that wickedly orange and modded Nissan 370Z. It’s been swapped with a twin-turbo V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It has a manual. A manual! But rather than excitement or joy, this car only gives me a deep sense of sadness.

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Do you remember HPD’s CR-Z Hybrid R Concept that was shown at SEMA in 2010?

Do you remember HPD’s CR-Z Hybrid R Concept that was shown at SEMA in 2010? I’ve never stopped thinking about it. The CR-Z is the proto hybrid sports coupe that I wish had continued to be developed. If Honda were to offer a similar car today with the Civic’s 1.5-liter turbo engine and a plug-in hybrid electric motor…

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The EPA Will Not ‘Ban Race Cars’ After All

Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency put forth a 629-page proposal to curtail vehicle emissions . Buried deep in it was language that seemed to indicate turning road cars into regular cars would become illegal. After an outpouring of rabbling from the automotive community, the EPA is clarifying its position.

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This Bill Could Save Your Race Car From The EPA

Those of you who never intended your race car to adhere to street-car emissions regulations have a new cause to rally behind. The Specialty Equipment Market Association, better known as the aftermarket barons SEMA, say a U.S. House of Representatives bill has been proposed to keep conversions of road cars into race cars legal without running afoul of the Clean Air Act.

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Turn Your Ford Pickup Truck Into An MRAP For Less Than $200,000

U.S. Specialty Vehicles is offering a rebody for the Ford Super Duty that effectively turns the pickup into an oligarch assault vehicle. Not sure about its actual war readiness but it’s certainly going to scare the hell out of your neighbor’s Range Rover.

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The 2015 Chevy Colorado Aftermarket Is Finally Getting Interesting

We’ve seen a few renderings and bits to make the 2015 Chevy Colorado a little more exciting, but this “400 horsepower” supercharged desert toy is my favorite modified version of the mid-sized truck so far.

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