This week we preview some of the hot show cars from the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas from Ford, GM, Mopar, and others. All that and our test drives are coming right up!
Ford SEMA Show Vehicles
The Big Three are always right out in front at SEMA, and Ford’s booth is expected to be a hot place of action with not only the all new 2015 Ford Mustang, but the new 2015 Ford F-150.
While Ford promises us dozens of 2015 Mustang and F-150 show vehicles, they are teasing us with just a few renderings of what’s in store, starting with the Petty’s Garage Mustang GT/
Under the hood is a Roush supercharger and it gets Richard Petty’s famous blue paint with discrete No. 43. The car will be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson next year.
Galpin Auto Sports will have a stunning Mustang as well, celebrating 50 years of the pony car with a gold anniversary theme.
Touches include gold-metallic black paint and gold emblems, wheels and calipers. Under the hood is a gold powder-coated Whipple supercharger helps the 5.0-liter V8 develop 725 horsepower.
Vaughn Gittin Jr will show his own vision of the new 2015 F-150 with 12” of suspension travel with a custom package of King shocks, bits from Kibbetech and Air Lift Performance air ride.
On the off-road side, Ford brought Brian Deegan to build his version of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost F-150 complete with FOX Racing Shox, KC Hilites, and way to many other mods to list here.
With both vehicles being all-new for 2015, we expect them to be showstoppers all over the floor at this year’s SEMA Show.
Chevrolet SEMA Show Vehicles
Chevrolet will be rolling out a number of custom built rides at SEMA, showcasing dealer accessories and a special-edition Camaro.
As part of National Name Your Car Day, Chevrolet is inviting enthusiasts to name the special-edition Camaro SS that will make its public debut at the SEMA show.
The new model will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2015, wearing an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior color along with other unique exterior features.
Showing actual parts you can buy or prototype dealer accessories are a number of show cars including the SS Sport Concept with wheels stripes and trims that reflect its Holden lineage.
Two Chevrolet Sonic show cars bring some fun and levity to the small hatch side of the floor with custom wheels, suspension and graphic appearance accessories.
A bright orange Chevrolet Cruze RS Plus Concept car shows a wealth of interior and exterior upgrades and debuts a cold-air intake for the car’s optional 1.4 liter turbocharged engine.
Chevrolet trucks will be on the floor too, showcasing a lot of new accessories for the hot new 2014 Colorado mid-sized truck.
Mopar SEMA Show Vehicles
Dodge, Jeep and Fiat under the Mopar banner also looks to be a busy place this year with several show cars making their debut.
A 15,000 sf display will feature a full line of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT vehicles customized with Mopar accessories and parts.
Showcasing both existing and prototype Mopar parts and accessories will be a hot Dodge Viper ACR Concept ready for the track will a full race treatment.
Dodge will also debut a Dodge Dart R/T Concept and Dodge Challenger T/A Concept, as well as the new 2015 Dodge Charger Scat Pack powered by the 6.4-liter 392 HEMI.
Mopar products and a camouflage theme come together in an ultimate mobile outdoor base camp with the Ram 2500 Outdoorsman Concept pickup.
Jeep will show off a couple concepts built on their new Renegade including the Riptide and Frostbite to show how the new baby Jeep be customized.
As in past years Fiat will be on hand too with a 500L Custom which mashes up California culture and Italian flair in a package which comes off as cute.
A modded up Chrysler 200S and a number of other vehicles showcasing parts the Mopar family will be there too.
Kia & Hyundai SEMA Show Vehicles
While the sport import genre has slowed a bit in the last decade, Kia and Hyundai have breathed new life into the custom culture in their own way.
Kia will have a large showcase of vehicles in a theme called “A Day at the Races”. One of two vehicles shown this far include a Kia Soul EV ice cream wagon called Smitten.
On the other end of the spectrum is a wildly modified Kia K900 sedan with a number of significant performance enhancements and visual upgrades.
Hyundai will also be on deck with several show cars taking on a high-performance bent with their new 2015 Genesis rear wheel drive sedan. Ask Performance and Toca Marketing both put their touches on a couple concepts here.
The Genesis Coupe also a party favorite at SEMA will be there with a hot concept from Blood Type Racing celebrating the underground racing culture with ultimate street performance mods.
We will be reporting SEMA wall to wall this year all next week with detailed reports on all these cars so be sure to come back and see us!
In our test drives this week, we spend some time at the track with the all new 2015 Lexus RC-F
The top of the line V8 powered RC-F coupe and its V6 powered RC-350 siblings showed us that Lexus is hot on the trail of the BMW 4 Series and other like competitors.
Our track day test drive showed us many talents of the new RC-F from the sounds of its 467 horsepower V8 and the extremely talented chassis.
It was not only extremely fun, but backed up with refinement and a feel of quality that takes Lexus one step up from before.
Also on the docket for this week’s drives was the Ford CMax Hybrid. A vehicle which has had its share of headlines for having its EPA mpg lowered, we sought to see how well it still stands in the market.
Despite being lowered to 40 mpg combined by the EPA we managed 43 mpg combined in our real world testing and found that the CMax still offers a unique opportunity against competition like the Toyota Prius v
You can get our full test drive reviews on these as well as many others at TestDriven.TV or on our YouTube Channel
Now its time for our Money shot where we pick a photo from this week’s press releases and we show it to ya!
The McLaren P1 GTR will be the most powerful track-only model ever produced by the company. This photo captures it during testing and it just looks oh so wicked.
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I’m Sam Haymart for TestDrivenTV, I hope you enjoyed the ride!
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