Las Vegas was the epicenter of the aftermarket world this week. Here’s five of the best cars at the show.
This year’s SEMA show brought together some of the most extreme modifications we’ve ever seen. Whether your preference is for buckets of horsepower, extra-wide widebody kits, or one-off custom creations, the Las Vegas aftermarket spectacular had it all. Picking the best five at the show was no easy task. But we’ve given it a go.
Toyota arrived in Las Vegas with something completely OTT: the “Sleeper Camry” housing a purpose-built Funny Car-style dragster powered by a Tundra-sourced 5.7-liter supercharged V8 equipped with a wet nitrous system that sends 850 hp to the rear wheels. The custom Camry will run a 9.8-second quarter mile, all four doors work, although only the driver has a chance of getting in, and the interior has been completely stripped out packing a Fast Ed’s racing seat, Autometer digital dash, and Impact Racing four-point harness.
A complete one-off, and the world’s first performance all-wheel-drive 1965 Mustang notchback, Ken Block’s Hoonicorn RTR Mustang retro-mod took two years to complete, with the iconic pony car heavily modified to fit a 410 cubic-inch (6.7-liter) Roush Yates V8 delivering 845 hp and 720 lb-ft of torque. Inspired by WRC and DTM cars as well as some toy cars from Block's childhood days, the widebody Stang boasts a full tubular chassis, custom roll cage, door bars and suspension mounts, and RTR carbon-fiber body panels. It rides on 18-inch fifteen52 three-piece alloys wrapped in bespoke Pirelli Trofeo R rubber.
Liberty Walk’s widebody Lamborghini Aventador was unveiled at SEMA wearing a gorgeous baby blue paint job, as well as riveted and flared wheel arches, a new front bumper and splitter, beefier side skirts, a lowered suspension, and a huge set of Forgiato alloys. At the back sits a suitably oversized rear wing, a new diffuser and titanium exhaust system by Armytrix.
Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe developed with Chicago’s Blood Type Racing was one of the most powerful cars at the show. With 1,000 hp, Hyundai claims it’s "the most-powerful 2.0-liter Genesis Coupe ever built," thanks to increased bore, a bigger turbo, remapped ECU, nitrous kit, new exhaust and intakes, and a glut of cooling mods. It also boasts a beefed up chassis, Kei Miura widebody kit and Cusco roll cage.
Called the “King Cobra,” Ford revealed this one-off concept with “The King” himself, Richard Petty. Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, it packs Ford Racing’s Drag Pack, Handling Pack, and Super Pack supercharger kit. The latter contains a 2.3-liter supercharger assembly allowing the car to produce more than 600 horsepower. The automaker has already tested the King Cobra package at its Milan Dragway in Michigan. It did a quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.97 seconds.