The Wheel and Tire Hall of the SEMA Show in the south halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center is probably my favorite halls to check out during this grueling week-long show. If you’re going to hit up the show only for a single day, this is a great place to start. There is constantly something cool to see whether you’re into In-Car-Entertainment, wheels, trucks, exotics, luxury or booth babe–I mean, booth professionals.
While the Mopar booth was packed with cool cars, the spotlight was squarely on the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car which was revealed here in Las Vegas for the first time.
This is the first new Dodge funny car body since 2006. The current model has won 68 national titles, two NHRA Funny Car World Champsionships, 44 #1 Qualifiers and posted the first 3-second run in NHRA history! The 2015 is claimed to be stronger and lighter while maintaining nearly identical aerodynamics to the outgoing version. The new funny car will make its NHRA debut next season at the Winternationals event in California, February 2015. Until then, take a look at it below!
Mopar brought one of everything to SEMA 2014, including a funny car! From Ram to Renegade, from ACR to Abarth, there was a Mopar Concepts vehicle for everyone.
The small car segment was well represented with a Dodge Dart, two Fiat 500s and a Chrysler 200S. The Dart sported a matte black hood, with a scoop more prominent than our picture makes it seem, and a revised front fascia to allow plenty of air to the mysterious turbo-charged engine. It’s about time Dodge brought the newest iteration of the SRT-4 here, after the Neon made a splash and the Caliber just sunk, and this concept fits the bill. Whether or not we actually see it is yet to be seen but, with the success Ford is having with the Fiesta and Focus ST, we can’t help but think Dodge will follow suit. The other three cars were more visually focused, only sporting significant paint, body and wheel changes, but the 200S also received a drop from coilovers and was truly stunning. Clean and elegant. I bet they’d sell a lot more if they came out of the factory looking like Mopar’s version.
If you missed Part 1 of our Outside of SEMA 2014 post go check it out as there are loads of pictures in that gallery. We shot so many that in order not to blow up your internet connection, we split it up into a couple posts. In Part 2 we’ve got more SEMA models, more bikes, more trucks, and some police car drifting action!
You may have already seen our Trucks at SEMA 2014 post, and even our Classic Trucks of SEMA 2014 but if you were an eagle-eyed reader, or an avid fan of Jeeps and other off-road vehicles, you may have noticed a lack of such vehicles. Fear not, as we had to separate them out to make each post a bit more manageable.
Please enjoy our gallery of Jeeps and other offroad vehicles form the 2014 SEMA Show.
I joke every year that the cars and models outside of the main SEMA Show are just as jaw dropping as the cars at most car shows. There is just an amazing amount of nicely done up cars and it really is hard as a tuner to stand out whether you’re booth is inside or outside of SEMA. Instead of just covering the cars inside the main halls we made sure to shoot the cars outside as well and as you can tell there are plenty of great builds. There was a great variety of cars outside including classic trucks, not-so-classic trucks, cars with over fenders, full blown race cars, and cars drifting with show attendees.
Pirelli used the 2014 SEMA Show to launch their new P ZERO All Season Plus. We didn’t attend the launch festivities at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway but Pirelli is offering a 50,000 mile warranty on the new All Season Plus rubber and they also launched the Confidence Plus Plan which includes a 30-day free trial period.
To showcase the Pirelli rubber (we didn’t notice any of the vehicles wrapped in the new All Season Plus tire) they went with an E63 wagon, a Bentley Continental race car which we’ve covered from previous shows, a Vorsteiner Huracan, as well as a couple of older F1 cars from Honda and Sauber.
We’re always trying to figure out how to cover the crazy huge SEMA show and this year we decided to share the major tire booths in the South Hall as well as the major manufacturer booths. The Continental Tire booth at the 2014 SEMA Show was well represented. A 1966 El Camino with a hardwood bed (this seemed to be the thing for truck beds this year) built by West Coast Customs was front and center. Right beside that was a beautifully done up 2011 Ddoge Challenger built by Petty’s Garage.
Another car I really liked at the Continental booth was Kyle Pecarovich’s silver twin-turbo V10 R8 with the carbon sideblades and rear wing that was sitting on a set of HREs. However, the most unique vehicle must’ve been the Karl Kustom Corvette Z067. A modern corvette converted to a ’67 vette by Lingenfelter. While making our way through the booth I didn’t even notice it was a conversion, pretty unique I must say!
You’re going to have to excuse our coverage of the Lexus booth at SEMA 2014. In previous years Lexus would run their promotions and giveaway in a second location due to the small size of their booth but this year it was inside their already crowded booth resulting in a big lineup that snaked through their booth and the hallway obstructing all their vehicles from being shot properly.
Up on the main stage was the RC F GT3 Concept with its giant hologram rainbow logo adorning its sides. The RC F GT3 was unveiled earlier this year in Geneva but we’re seeing it for the first time here at SEMA. Under the hood the modified V8 develops 532 horsepower and with the stripped interior weighs only 2,756 pounds.
Flanking the GT3 Concept on one side was a red RC 350 F Sport by Beyond Marketing. It features, wait for it, a custom Rocket Bunny wide-body kit slammed on a set of Enkei wheels wrapped in Toyo R888s. Under the wheels are a set of Brembo 6-piston clampers and 15″ rotors up front. On the other side was a Molten Pearl NX built by Elite Motorworks riding on a set of 21″ HRE P104 forged wheels in black wrapped in Toyo T1R rubber.