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BMW-MINI Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


BMW and MINI brought both old and new to their 2014 SEMA booth which was built to push their BMW M Performance catalog. They brought a Z4 GTLM race car, which I’m pretty sure is the same one that makes the International show car circuit. They also had on hand a M4 Coupe safety car from MotoGP as well as an M3 promoting their BMW Performance Driving School. My favorite car on the BMW side of the booth was the pristine 2002 tucked away in the back that barely anyone checked out, so unappreciated.

On the MINI side were a trio of MINI Coopers with a DJ setup on the roof of one of them providing tunes for, well… nobody. We had arrived at the BMW MINI booth near the end of the day and the crowds were thinning out. We were told that there was a Playboy Playmate, Miss October 2012 Pamela Horton at the booth but unfortunately we did not see her. I guess she took all the booth attendees with her.

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Ford Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


We knew Ford was going to bring a handful of Mustangs to SEMA 2014 due to the recent refresh, but we didn’t expect the variety we got. From nearly stock to the outrageous King Cobra, Ford brought a complete collection of cool to Las Vegas. And we loved all of them. Snakeskin paint jobs, wings wider than I am tall, wheels with more lip than your teenage daughter… Ford brought exactly what I wanted to see at SEMA, and we haven’t even talked about the other vehicles!

Want the off-road capabilities of a Raptor, but don’t have room for a full-size truck in your garage? Pic yourself up a two-seater baby Raptor. Fanboy that wants to spend more time talking about a car than driving it? They had a Fiesta ST almost as ugly as their drivers! Benyl is going to dedicate some time to talk about trucks specifically, but Ford had my favourite trucks of the show due to, again, their diversity. There was something for everybody.

My favourite car of the booth? Easily the #43 Monster Hoonigan Mustang. A perfect blend of classic muscle and modern motorsport. It’s filthy and over the top and I love it.

Take a look through the gallery and find your favourite.

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Toyota Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


The FT-1 may have been Toyota’s star of SEMA, but their booth was packed with fun and interesting vehicles spanning the entire range. The one that got our attention was Toyota’s own sleeper drag car. The body of a Camry hid an 850hp supercharged V8. We think they should consider a similar option in production models. Their performance team, TRD, also showed up with a special edition 4Runner and Tacoma, ready for whatever terrain the Vegas desert could offer.

From outside Toyota’s own builders, DUB brought an insanely cool widebody Yaris and a very clean Camry while Sirius XM decked out a Sienna with audio goodies. Tonka and Tim Love each brought a Tundra, though with very different purposes. The Tonka Tundra was an outrageous off-road machine, whereas the Tim Love Tundra was an outrageous tail-gating machine, with a barbecue built into the bed.

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Hyundai Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


You know whoever is in charge of the Hyundai SEMA show cars is a performance freak as each year they make sure to bring something with astronomical power numbers. This year at the 2014 SEMA Show, they brought a couple vehicles to help with that. First up is the white Ark Performance Genesis. This beast is really tastefully done with just the right amount of carbon fiber added to it to keep it looking great without being overdone. Under the hood a Rotrex supercharger bumps the horsepower figure to 550. On the show floor the Genesis was dropped down on its air suspension with its forged concave wheels just slightly tucked. A set of Brembo brakes provides some improved stopping power.

I said that Hyundai brought some cars with astronomical power numbers, while 550 horsepower from the Genesis doesn’t really fit that description, the Bisimoto built 708 horsepower Sonata definitely does even if it’s a lot less than the 1,029 horsepower Genesis Bisimoto built for SEMA last year. Parked beside the Bisimoto Sonata was the JP Edition Sonata which according to Hyundai is supposed to connect Los Angeles street art culture with automotive enthusiasts. I’m not too familiar with Los Angeles street art culture but I don’t think a blank white canvas really reflects that. An AEM cold air intake and MagnaFlow exhaust kit are listed as the performance mods. Alrighty then.

Toca Marketing Group built the “Steel Phoenix” Genesis which features a one-off Garrett twin turbo setup to force feed the 5.0L V8 pushing the output to 600 horsepower. A full ARK Performance catback exhaust system is included to help the engine breathe a bit.

Now let’s talk about the big power. The red Blood Type Racing built Genesis Coupe in the middle of the booth not only looks aggressive with its wide bolt on over fenders and super wide body kit by Japanese designer Kei Miura, but is packing nearly 1000 horsepower under the hood via a Precision turbo with the boost cranked way up plus a shot of nitrous. The BTR Genesis Coupe is 40mm wider up front and 60mm wider out back.

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Chevy Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


Each year at the SEMA Show, Chevy sets up a big booth in the central hall and packs it with their fleet of cars and trucks including the Corvette, Camaro, Colorado, Silverado and even the compacts are represented with the Sonic. For this year, Chevy bid adieu to the current generation Camaro with a couple special edition Camaros. They actually enlisted the help of their fans to help name their special edition Camaro and what has the internet come up with for the #NameThatCamaro contest? From now on, the 2015 Special Edition Camaro will be known as the Green Flash Special Edition.

In order to confuse thing even further though, they also had another special or rather, commemorative edition Camaro dressed in silver with a wrap around stripe which you can see below. With so many cars in their booth its tough to mention them all but they also had on a hand the 2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Concept of which only 69 copies will be build.


Check out the rest of the pictures in our gallery after the break!

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Kia Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


The Kia booth at the SEMA Show is always fun to check out. In 2012 they had the super hero themed booth, last year they had an all Kia Soul music themed booth and this year they didn’t disappoint with their race weekend themed booth.

The crowds were definitely drawn to the Kia Sedona turned mobile bar on the far side of the booth. There was a constant line-up for the beer provided by Ballast Point, a craft brewery from San Diego. The rear of the Sedona was completely ripped out and replaced with a fully functioning bar complete with a couple taps that were kept busy serving beer for all the thirsty SEMA show attendees. If you aren’t a fan of the pick-up truck style look on the Sedona, Kia also had a second Sedona built with a karting enthusiast in mind. Capable of transporting a couple karts (one on the roof mounted kart storage rack and one out back on the trailer) and their associated parts, this Sedona would make weekend trips to the local kart track pretty fun.

On the other side of the booth was a retro styled Kia Soul converted into a food truck serving freshly made ice-cream by Smitten. The Soul was painted in two-toned cherry red with white accent along with a matching red and white interior. To finish off the exterior the Soul was wearing a set of red retro styled wheels with white lip.

Check out our full gallery of the Kia Booth at SEMA 2014 after the break.

Scion Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


We already covered three of the FR-Ses, FR-S’? FR-Ss? in yesterday’s Scion Tuner Challenge but they did have one other FR-S. The blue FR-S T1 built by Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs completed the FR-S collection at Scion. The two tone targo top FR-S was actually pretty clean and would’ve held it’s own in the Scion tuner challenge.

Another car was the slayer themed TC that was really well done with airbrushed logos and skulls, suicide doors and Billet Slayer sword blade wheels with a spike for a center cap and of course there is a 32″ TV in the trunk. The Slayer tC was a favorite of Rebecca Garcia, the 2014 Maxim magazine hometown hottie winner who was at the Scion booth. Check after the break for a shot of Rebecca Garcia :)

The xB was represented with a 1970s retro styled build. Built by Scott Kanemura of KMA productions, the xB was inspired by a skateboarder Riley Hawk. The vehicle features both old and new: wood-grain decor, sha carpet, an 8-track player and a pioneer sound system that has the ability to play guitar through the audio system. Of course, with the skateboard theme, the xB is equipped with an INNO rack system designed to store skateboards.

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Honda / Acura Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


While Honda/Acura didn’t bring anything new and amazing to SEMA, they had one of the best booths for sheer amount of content. With nine Fits, they had more of one car than most booths had in total! While you may think nine of the same car would be boring, they did a great job of bringing a variety of customization and themes, most of which we thoroughly enjoyed. I think I spent more time here than anywhere else on the first day, which is pretty significant given my recent lack of desire to drive anything made by Honda. I’m a huge sucker for black on gold, so my favourite display was the matching Fit/Grom combo.

Spend some time going through the gallery and let us know your favourite!

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Bikes of SEMA 2014


SEMA is like no other auto show we cover for a number of very obvious reasons. There are few new releases, no concept cars, limited press releases, and a focus on parts instead of cars. One of the less apparent differences is the abundance of motorcycles. Because of the focus on modifications, we get to see plenty of classic, exotic and outrageous bikes (and trikes) in Las Vegas!

From basic mechanical mods to insane cosmetic overhauls, SEMA gave us a cornucopia of motorcycles worth photographing and learning about. My personal favourite was actually the electric tricycle over at Local Motors. 32km/h top speed and fast food trays for rear wheels makes it the ultimate drift trike. The $1,700 USD price tag may be a bit steep for some really, ridiculously unsafe fun, but once we factored in our Canadian health care, it becomes downright affordable to risk life and limb.

We shot every bike at the show, so take a look through the gallery and let us know what you think the hits and misses are.

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SEMA 2014: Toyota FT-1 Concept


It’s no secret that we love the Toyota FT-1 Concept. It’s everything we loved about Japan in the 90s, brought to life in the 21st century. While the lack of progress over the last 10 months is a little disconcerting – and reminisce of the FT-86 a few years ago – we’re still excited, and hopeful that this thing makes it into production. While the original reveal in Detroit was a red on red/black model, Toyota released a grey on tan model for the Concours d’Elegance in August. We weren’t baller enough to make our way down to Pebble Beach for that so we had to use press photos, but Toyota brought the same model to Las Vegas for SEMA and we managed to get some great shots of our own.

I wish I were able to tell you something new and/or exciting about the car, but you’ll have to settle for some brand new pictures. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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