Another SEMA event is here, and we all get another chance to see what the industry has to offer. The show is larger than last year so I guess the industry is alive and well.
Like every year there seems to be a common theme of a hot car that every manufacture wants to work with. Last year it was the FRS/BRZ twins from Toyota and Subaru, this year it is the old Chevy C10 Pick up from the 70’s. There is at least 30 c10s’ sitting on the floor this year, more than any other car that’s not named Mustang. For the Import world it was more Liberty Walk body kits, what was maybe 10 last year is now over 20 with every thing from Audi’s to this Lamborghini.
There is only one king of the Porsche world, this badass 991 GT3RS this is the fastest naturally aspirated Porsche they make. This track focused model has a 4 liter motor that make 500hp 0-60 in less than 3 seconds. This was the only one I saw at the show, seems the owners are not letting them out in the wild.
Nissan had a small booth this year, and most of it was to promote the new Titan with the diesel motor. They did introduce new performance parts to upgrade your GTR Nismo to the spec used to beat the record around the “Ring”. The kit included dedicated L.S.D.s’ in the front and back along with uprated Ohlins suspension and some carbon fiber bits for the body. No mention of price.
I always try to spread out the content each year so I don’t focus too much on one brand, it did seem like every Porsche was A Rauh-Welt creation. I love these cars, and they are so rare because only one man makes them, but they feel less special when there are 20 of them in one building. This one was in the Need for Speed video game both, and was one of the most complete with a built motor and a full interior, many just seem like rolling body kits.
It seems Mustangs and turbos go together very well. There where tons of Turbo’d Mustangs in both four cylinder versions, and like this beast, V8 versions. The 5.0 V8 introduced a few years ago has plenty of kits from the aftermarket to add over 200hp to a stock block, and over 1000hp to any one with the check book big enough to build up the bottom end.
This Z4 BMW had it roof chopped and turned into a speedster, not sure if it needs the giant wing, but I bet it would be a blast to drive around the city in, just need some goggles.
Something I had never seen before is this Rezvani Beast. It uses a chromoly steel frame and a super charged Honda K24 engine which produces 500 horsepower. The car weighs only 1650 lbs, and is equipped with Alcon brakes to provide the stop. It didn’t have a price, but if it’s under 100k it’s a good deal and could beat most higher priced exotics.
I often say there are no car builders in vegas, well one that I missed is Get Nuts Lab. They built this Nissan S15 Silva with a 2JZ engine out of a Supra. The Team are regulars in the drift events all along the west coast. The motor is built up and makes over 700hp, enough to get it sideways at a flick of the steering wheel.
Nissan has tried a few times to sell a 4 door GTR. All they needed to do was put the drivetrain from a GTR in the Q50 (or G37 what ever they are calling it now). This owner did what Nissan decided they don’t want to sell, It should be a great M5 killer.
There is nothing wrong with a wide body E36 BMW M3. These cars have hit the bottom on price, and might make a good investment in the future.
Another future investment car is the Acura NSX. This one has a aftermarket body kit and a supercharger from the japanese tuner Gruppe M.
The last car for today is this gorgeous 1972 C110 Nissan Skyline also called the Ken & Mary skylines, which comes from the advertising of the day showing a couple enjoying the car throughout the country side.
The Car did have a s20 six cylinder engine with aftermarket throttle bodies. I’m not sure how much more power over the 160 stock this car makes, but I bet the sound it makes is beautiful.