Take a look at the Smart FourJoy Concept that was unveiled back at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This design, along with the Smart ForStars Concept we saw back in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show may make its way into production after the new Smart ForTwo is introduced next year.
Some of the front end design elements may even be part of the new Smart ForTwo as spyshots have shown the front end has a more blunt look to it.
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SEMA is known for outrageous project cars but there’s a lot more going on than just crazy cars and no, I don’t mean all the hvac manufacturers, CNC machine operators, and LED light suppliers hiding out in the upper level of the south hall. I’m talking about bikes. We most certainly did not capture every bike at the show as there were simply too many to shoot but nevertheless, enjoy the gallery!
See: Photo Gallery of The Bikes of SEMA 2013
Front and Center inside the Mopar booth at SEMA 2013 was a pair of limited edition Dodge Challengers that were being debuted at the show. For 2014 the Mopar Limited Edition is circling back to the Challenger (In 2011 it was the Charger, then 2012 there was a Mopar ‘12 300 and last year Mopar produced a Mopar ‘13 Dart). The Mopar ‘14 Challenger will be limited to a production run of only 100, making it the rarest Mopar Limited Edition and will be available only in Bright White or Gloss Black.
Mopar also revealed that the Shaker hood will return to the Challenger as a functional element:
“The legendary Shaker performance hood is back, with its engine-mounted, fully floating scoop and exposed high-flow element that produces cold-air induction – making the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker the real deal,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge Brand. “With Challenger having its best sales-year ever, the time is right to provide our most loyal fans with the return of the Shaker, and even more power with new ‘Scat Package,’ performance stage kits.”
The engine mounted, matte black sits above the hood drawing cool air into engine. The “Shaker” name comes from the fact that the air intake shakes or moves with movement of the engine. Dodge also announced that new Scat performance packages will be available on the Dart, Charger and Challenger models. A Challenger fitted with a Scat Performance package can be seen above.
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Dodge ran a SRT Viper color naming contest last month asking fans of the Viper to help them name the new shade of blue on the new Viper. They received over 11,000 entries and whittled the list down to three finalists: Competition Blue, Viral Blue and Overtaking Blue.
Today, they announced that the winner and new name of the shade of blue you above will be Competition Blue. Great color name! Competition Blue is really the only name that sounds normal. Viral Blue would just look weird in the ordering catalogue while Overtaking Blue is at least marketable. Viral Blue just sounds like an infection, although whoever suggested it was probably some internet geek and didn’t think of the name in any other context.
Now that I look at this blue Viper more, I’m thinking Gran Turismo Blue would’ve been even better. It looks just like the blue Gran Turismo edition cars in GT6. :)
Mercedes-Benz AMG released a teaser photo of the upcoming SLS AMG Final Edition, set to be unveiled at the 2013 LA International Auto Show. With the upcoming 911 competitor and SLS replacement, the SLC, set to be introduced next year, AMG is sending off the SLS gullwing with the Final Edition loaded with new features. For the North American market, it will be available for the SLS GT, and if rumors are correct, a short run of SLS Black Series Final Editions.
Not much is known on the specs at this time, but from unreleased photos that we’ve seen, we can see that there is a new wheel design, and loaded with carbon fiber, including the front splitter and hood shown in this photo. We will update the post as the photos are officially released.
Update - Tons of leaked photos after the jump.
When I first laid eyes on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 S-Model AMG Wagon in New York, I knew AMG had a winner on their hands. Now, after spending some time with it on the track I can confirm my initial reaction. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the ultimate sleeper. The competition is over. As a big fan of Mercedes-Benz and AMG cars, you might think that I’m being biased. I’m not. This vehicle is that good, and presented in station wagon form, is so subtle on the outside that if not for the red brake calipers (orange when fitted with carbon brakes), you would have no idea what the car is capable of. The only thing missing to make it more discrete are wood side paneling.
How good is the E63S Wagon? Mercedes-Benz AMG brought one out to the Optima Invitational in Las Vegas as a camera car on Saturday, and on an exhibition run, set the fastest lap time of the day. The cars competing were serious machines from SEMA, as Optima Batteries handpicked these cars to compete at the event. But let’s rewind back a week, where I had a chance to sample the E63S Wagon as well as the Sedan for a back to back comparison.
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We really thought about splitting this booth tour into two as the Ford booth was so large but in the end we decided to just keep the entire booth together. I’ll give a quick rundown of what I thought were some of the highlights of the Ford booth. I’m not a big truck guy but I’ve always liked the F-150, especially this slammed and supercharged one built by Hulst Customs for Fatal Clothing. Sitting on a set of 24″ custom fit DUB wheels, this truck is probably not very practical but damn does it look good!
Another truck that I thought was really awesome was the 1956 Ford F-100 named Snakebit presented by Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. It is powered by a supercharged 5.4L V8 that feeds over 550 horsepower to the 20″ rear wheels. Up front this truck rides on a set of 18″ wheels. The wheelbase of the F-100 has been stretched by about 5 inches.
See: A lot more pictures from Ford’s SEMA 2013 Booth
Calgary Police say that over the next six months you may see a number of police vehicles from the United States on some Calgary roads as part of a production filming for the new TV series Fargo. Filming will take place in and around the Calgary area (I’m guessing anywhere there are snowy roads) and will continue at least until May 2014.
As part of the filming, the production company will be using a variety of different marked police vehicles made to look as if they are from the City of Bemidji Police and Duluth Police. While driving on City of Calgary roads there will be covers placed over the light bars. Calgary Police want the public to know they are aware of the production, who are working in co-operation with the Calgary Economic Development Film Office.
If you’ve ever seen Fargo the movie and thought, gee this looks a lot like Calgary in winter, you’re probably not alone as the production crew seem to agree.
Source: Calgary Police Facebook
The Toyota booth was an interesting one at SEMA. On one side of the booth you had a wide-body Toyota Corolla rally car that was ignored by most of the booth visitors even though it was one of the more unique cars. The other side, where all the people were busy holding up their phones and tablets (ugh!) snapping photos and videos, sat a Spongebob themed 2014 Toyota Highlander.
What stopped most people in their tracks was the giant aquarium that took up the entire rear of the Highlander. It was pretty well done and I suppose it was a bit more unique than the Corolla I just mentioned, but still, I felt bad for the ‘rolla.
See: Spongebob Fish Tank Toyota Highlander and More!
In a booth packed with a bunch of brightly painted vehicles like the
highlighter Hylighter yellow Veloster turbo or the mint green Fox Marketing turbo Veloster in the booth, you’d think it be hard to have a single vehicle stand out as the star but of course you’d be wrong.
Hyundai was showing off a turbo Genesis built by Bisimoto Engineering that had one stand out feature on the spec sheet, 1029 horsepower. I think I have used the word “beast” to describe many cars at SEMA but I think this one truly earns it! While typically the turbo 2.0L is the powerplant of choice for tuners, Bisimoto opted to go start with the 3.8L N/A motor. Throw in some Arias forged pistons, Golden Eagle sleeves, a beefier Magnafuel fuel pump, ARP studs, a custom built air-to-air intercooler based on spearco cores and a ton of other parts and I guess what comes out is over 1000 horsepower! :)
See: Rest of the Hyundai SEMA 2013 Booth