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VIP Lexus IS 350C Heading To SEMA

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

At this year’s edition of the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the tuners from VIP Auto Salon will bring a customized version of the Lexus IS 350C. The tuning program developed for the convertible includes both performance and visual changes.

By installing an Apexi-developed Power Enterprise Rotex Supercharger kit, the engine of the IS 350C is able to develop 386 hp @ 5,800 rpm and a maximum torque of 372 lb.-ft @ 5,200 rpm. In addition, the car has been fitted with an Apexi smart accelerator controller and a PTS Joe Z Series Header Back exhaust system.

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

The body of the Lexus IS 350C is covered mostly in carbon fiber and this newly developed bodykit includes side & rear diffusers, a front spoiler, a boot lid spoiler as well as headlight accents. The gorgeous coupe has also been equipped with a new bonnet while its K&W “Chameleon” exterior finish has a special ceramic film developed by STM.

Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon

Inside the cabin, the Lexus IS 350C by VIP Auto Salon comes with a bunch of bespoke parts, including custom seat upholstery and a carbon fiber shift knob. To benefit from better handling, the car features a TOMS upper shock tower brace and an F Sport suspension system.

Source: VIP Auto Salon via ZerCustoms

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2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport unveiled before SEMA launch

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Lexus has decided to announce that the 2013 GS 350 F Sport will be making an appearance at this year’s edition of the SEMA Motor Show. The new model is distinguished by a new mesh grille, front bumper, trunk-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser. Other additions include bespoke 19-inch alloys, AVS – Adaptive Variable Suspension, beefier front brakes and thicker anti-roll bars.

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

Inside the cabin, the 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport comes with alloy pedals, a black headliner and perforated leather seats. In addition, it also has an aluminum trim and a sport steering wheel.

2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport

The car is motivated by a V6 3.5-liter engine that fires 306 hp (310 PS / 228 kW) and a peak torque of 277 lb.-ft (375 Nm). This power unit is linked to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that allows the vehicle to do the 0-62 mph sprint in about 5.7 seconds. Efficiency-wise, the rear-wheel drive variant will do 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while the AWD model can return 18 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Source: Lexus via WCF

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Hyundai Genesis Coupe Hurricane SC Heading To SEMA

Hyundai Genesis Coupe Hurricane SC

The 2011 edition of the SEMA aftermarket show will be organized in Las Vegas next month, where the South Korean car manufacture r Hyundai will bring at least three models. Two of them are based on the recently introduced Veloster model while the third one will be this Genesis Coupe Hurricane SC.

The vehicle was developed by Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. in partnership with Magnuson Products, Harman International, Rhys Millen Racing and Torvec Inc. HATCI mentioned that they have started working on this heavily modified Genesis Coupe back in 2009 and the engineers have taken care of all the aspects of the vehicle, including chassis, power unit and styling.

The car will have the same V6 3.8-liter engine as the one available in the standard Genesis Coupe, but they’ll install a supercharger with a liquid to air intercooler that was developed by HATCI and Magnuson that raises the output of the engine to 450+ hp. Aside from this upgrade, the car will be fitted with a free flowing exhaust system and air intake, IsoTorque differential, 19-inch Enkei alloys with Hankook tires, as well as  a Brembo 6-piston brake kit with cross drilled front + rear rotor brakes.

The guys from Rhys Millen Racing will be in charge with the styling of the Genesis Coupe Hurricane SC and the car will come with a modified Harman International high level Lexicon audio system that will rock the SEMA show.

Source: Hyundai via Carscoop

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ARK Performance Tunes The Hyundai Veloster For SEMA

Hyundai Veloster by ARK Performance

The American tuners from ARK Performance have developed an impressive upgrade program for the Hyundai Veloster which will be heading to the SEMA show in November in a turbo configuration. The tuner will be adding its own turbocharger to the car which will increase the output of the 1.6-liter engine to 210 hp (213 PS / 156 kW).

Hyundai Veloster by ARK Performance

The Korean automaker is also working on a turbo variant for its Veloster model which will be motivated by a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine that should output about 207 hp (210 PS / 155 kW) and a peak torque of 195 lb.-ft (265 Nm).

Hyundai Veloster by ARK Performance

ARK Performance has also created an aerodynamic kit as well as a fully refurbished interior cabin.

This year’s edition of the SEMA show will be organized in Las Vegas on November 1-4.

Source: ARK Performance via WCF

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U.S. Gets 2012 Lexus CT200h With F-Sport Package

Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Package (SEMA 2010)

The second model year for the Lexus CT 200h will come with a few updates, the most important one being the addition of the F-sport package to the U.S. model. This package was first unveiled last year at the Sydney Motor Show in Australia and after that it made an appearance at the 2010 SEMA. Now, customers will be able to buy it for the 2012MY CT 200h.

The F-Sport package consists of 17-inch alloys, a sportier tuned suspension as well as a front grille which will have a mesh pattern. Inside the cabin, the Lexus CT 200h will get a perforated leather steering wheel, metal front scuff plates, aluminum sport pedals, leather shift knob, along with a metallic trim for the dash panel. Clients will be able to order the car with Black NuLuxe trimmed seats or they can choose perforated black leather-trimmed seats.

The new model year also brings the Vehicle Proximity Notification System which helps alert the pedestrians as well as the cyclists of an oncoming car under specific conditions. It does that by emitting a low audible warning sound.

Aside from these updates, there are no other modifications in comparison to the 2011MY as the car will keep the hybrid powertrain which is made out of a 1.8-liter VVT-I gasoline engine that produces 98 hp and an electric motor that along with the gas engine offers a combined output of 134 hp, which is enough for a 0-62 mph sprint time in 9.8 seconds.

The Japanese automaker didn’t release any photos with the U.S.-spec 2012 Lexus CT 200h with the F-Sport package and the one that we have uploaded for this article is the car exhibited at SEMA 2010.

Source: Lexus via Carscoop

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Gone In 60 Seconds

G.T.500CR

The Oklahoma-based American tuner Classic Recreations brought back to life “Elanor” – the 1967 Shelby GT500, at the 2010 SEMA show earlier this month. Dubbed “G.T.500CR”, it is a recreation of the original car, not a restoration. Recreation means that it has all the modern technologies available in most cars on sale now, like a coil-over suspension or an overdrive transmission, but keeping the original look of the automobile that made it famous.

In Las Vegas at the SEMA Show, CR brought two exemplars of the car; one was displayed at Cobra Electronics while the other was available at the Ford booth. Both cars have a massive hand-built 7.0-liter (427 cubic inch) engine, capable of producing 406 kW (545 bhp). The car is offered with a Tremec manual gearbox, Shelby 427 17-inch rims and Carroll Shelby signature gauges and seats for the interior.

G.T.500CR

To maintain the original look of the 1967 model, Classic Recreations equipped the car with 1967 door panels, an aluminum steering wheel, dash and trim along with the woodgrain. This 545 bhp monster is available for sale at a starting price of $119,000. The American tuners promised a more powerful Venom variant for 2011, capable of outputting 780 bhp. Prices start at $199,000 for this model.

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2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to be revealed at SEMA


If there’s one thing Americans love, its drag racing. This was highlighted by the massive success that Ford’s Mustand Cobra Jet enjoyed last year, as all of the 50 units set to be made were sold before they could get it off the assembly line.

Now, in order to celebrate the 2010 model, the company decided to build another limited 50-unit run of the Cobra Jet, codenamed FR500CJ, which debuts at this week’s SEMA show. Set to be built at the Auto Alliance plant, it will receive the engines from the Romeo plant.

But don’t go thinking this is just another attempt to squeeze profit from those who didn’t manage to get one last year, as the new model doesn’t only brag with its updated body, but also many tweaks and fine touches, which came from the people who bought the models last year.


Already found on the show floor in Las Vegas, you can still enjoy this pictures if you couldn’t make it (like us).

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Hennessey to release multiple versions of its 2010 Chevrolet Camaro HPE LS9, with power from 725 to 1000 HP


Famous North American tuning house Hennessey has just announced that it will be preparing multiple versions of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro LS9, all in their HPE line. The first model and the one already available for the debut at SEMA this week will be the HPE700, which will produce 725 HP with a torque of 741 lb-ft.

This version of the Camaro will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, and do the quarter-mile in 11.3 at a speed of 126 mph. This feat is achieved by a combination of a Brembo braking system with 15-inch rotors and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels .


But what’s more interesting is that two twin-turbo versions will be launched soon after it, with one developing between 800 and 850 HP and one, as we said in the title, capable of outputting 1,000 HP. No performance figures were given for the future models, but you can just imagine how fast they will be, if the power can be properly put down on the road.

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Specter Werkes to reveal new and improved 800 HP Chevrolet Corvette C6 GTR at SEMA


You might know the team at Specter Werkes after they presented their first edition of the Chevrolet Corvette C6 GTR in the summer of last year, on which we reported. Now, the team is back and after a collaboration with Lingenfelter, are set to present the new version of the Corvette C6 GTR tuning package at this year’s SEMA show.

And this is certainly something you won’t want to miss if you’re going to the SEMA conference in Las Vegas this week, as the new C6 GTR will develop a massive 800 HP squeezed from the LS7 V8 twin-turbo engine. Among other changes will be the StopTech STR braking system and the Corsa exhaust system, as well as the BASF Pearl Blue exterior, which is complimented by a set of HRE CF40 carbon fiber wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 Zero Pressure tires.


This new package is available for all of the models in the Chevrolet Corvette C6 range, including the Z06 and ZR1 performance editions.

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Ford outfits 1934 Hot Rod with present day 400 HP EcoBoost V6 engine


Every car fan has heard about the classic American hot rods, big beefy cars from simpler times with huge engines developing massive amounts of power and sucking the fuel out of its gas tank. But for this year’s SEMA show which is taking place this week, Ford has decided the switch the old saying that there is no replacement for displacement, and fitted, with the help of Detroit Street Rods, a modern day EcoBoost V6 engine, from its new line of smaller, more ecological but still powerful units, onto a 1934 hot rod.

The model in question is a 1934 3-window coupe, which will boast the first rear-wheel drive application of an EcoBoost engine, and features an all-steel body replica. In order to fit in the new body of the hot rod, the two Honeywell turbochargers needed to be switched, but it still produces the same great output which matches even current day V8 engines, but with a smaller displacement size, developing 400 HP with around 400 lb-ft of torque.

For those of you interested in this new initiative, Ford will be holding a special “Driving Green” panel at this year’s SEMA show.

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Hennessey reveales 500 HP Hyundai Genesis Coupe wrapped in carbon fiber


It seems that before any recent edition of the SEMA show in Las Vegas, we are assaulted with dozens of highly customized cars. But since its introduction, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has been the preferred target for many tuning and performance companies.

One of them is led by John Hennessey, which recently partnered with Hyunday in order to form a Tuner School, with participants invited to work on a special Genesis Coupe model.

After teaching them anything from tuning engines to fitting turbo/superchargers, the students have revealed their creation, a monster Genesis developing over 500 HP and around 465 lb-ft of torque. This is due to a single 66 mm turbocharger, a new fuel system with high flow injectors and many other aftermarket parts. This means that it will do 0 to 60 in just 3.9 seconds, and pass a drag strip’s quarter mile in 12.5 seconds.

But what’s really interesting about the car is that it is wrapped completely in carbon fiber, giving it a very unique look, which will surely attract many eyes when it will be presented at next week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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Hyundai to bring 2.0T R-Spec Genesis Coupe at SEMA


In an effort to further endear itself with the tuner crowd, South Korean company Hyundai has revealed that it will launch the 2.0T R-Spec version of its Genesis Coupe model at this year’s SEMA show, taking place next week in Las Vegas.

Seeing as how this is the place where many tuned version of the Genesis have been released, the choice of venue is more than adequate for Hyundai. This new version will take away many non-essential parts so as to reduce weight and provide everything needed for a base tuning model.

Among the highlights of this new spec line will be a track-tuned suspension, a braking system from Brembo, a limited-slip differential from Torsen, alongside a set of 19-inch gunmetal-finished alloys wrapped in Summer performance tires. Needless to say, it will be powered by the turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder engine, which develops 210 HP.

But one of the most interesting things is that will will cost $23,750, with just $1,750 more than the standard 2.0T, and $3,000 less that the Track version of the Genesis Coupe, leaving said money to those who want to upgrade their car on their own with their preferred components.

But for this money, don’t expect any luxuries like bluetooth, cruise control, trip computer or multifunction steering wheel, as these were forgone to save weight. Instead you will find a leather-wrapped gear shifter and steering wheel, as well as a six-speaker stereo system. The new Hyundai Genesis 2.0T R-Spec will come in three paint jobs: Karussell White, Bathurst Black and Tsukuba Red.

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SpeedFactory brings supercharged 440 Hemi-powered Challenger to SEMA with aluminum engine

SpeedFactory brings supercharged 440 Hemi-powered Challenger to SEMA with aluminum engine

In case you want even more power from your Dodge Challenger and to make it more exclusive, then the guys at SpeedFactory have the best thing for you, as they will introduce a special Challenger this year at the SEMA show which boasts an aluminum engine capable of producing 700 HP.

The engine in question is a 6.1 liter (370 cubic inch) unit, straight from Mopar, which has been upgaded to a capacity of 7.2-liters or 440 cubic inch. As such, it will develop 515kW (700 HP) if you fuel it with 91 octane gas.

Other changes have been made to the outside of the car, which now sits on 20-inch BBS Black Edition CH-R wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone R Compound tires who will allow air to cool the 15-inch front disc Brembo brakes. Also, the team added enhanced performance springs to the suspension, sway barsa and a stainless steel cat black exhaust from Corsa.


Adding to the exclusivity will be a special carbon fiber bonnet, a matte finish, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and of course custom SpeedFactory badges, graphics, which continue on to the inside, filling it with floor mats, and logos of the tuner.

Keep your eyes peeled for this model and many others at the SEMA Show which will kick off next week.

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Lingenfelter 455 TA, a Pontiac Trans Am concept based on 2010 Camaro, set to appear at SEMA


Well here’s a certain blast from the past, it seems that tuning and customization company Lingenfelter has decided to revive the glorious Pontiac Trans Am, basing itself on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro model.

Dubbed the 455 TA, it takes many of its styling cues from the 1971 Trans Am (not the famous Firebird one), and is powered by a massive 455 cubic inch (hence the name) engine, or for non-American readers, a 7.5-liter V8 with 655 HP and a torque of 610 lb-ft (826 Nm).


Although we only have a few sketches of the model, it is looking pretty good, giving the new Camaro a redesigned front fascia and rear end, a set of 20-inch honeycomb-style wheels with the obligatory wider tires, a hood scoop, air vents and, last but not least, a duck-tail spoiler.

According to the company, its interior will also be up to par, and remind many users of the original Trans Am models.

Overall, this is certainly a concept which many people will be glad to see at next weeks’ SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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Supercharged 405 HP Lexus IS350C to debut at SEMA


This year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas will be host to many modified models, but a very interesting one which promises both performance and the wind through your hair is Fox Marketing‘s supercharged 2010 Lexus IS350C, which has seen a big power increase to 405 HP.

Largely responsible for this boost in power is a ProCharger C2 blower which adds another six PSI into the 3.5-liter V6 of the Japanese convertible, as well as a Yonaka intercooler and an F-Sport exhaust system. Other additions will be the braking system, taken straight from Lexus’ tuning division, which boast 14-inch discs, which will be decorate with a set of iForged 20-inch wheels, wrapped in Tokyo T1R tires. Also thanks to a Yonaka SPECII adjustable coilover suspension, this convertible will also stick closer to the ground and maintain its stability.

The outside wasn’t forgotten, as Fox added a new front lip, as well as side skirts, a revamped front grille and new badges. Expect more details on the car when the SEMA show will start next week.

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