The annual SEMA Show draws the automotive enthusiast masses from across the globe into a singular venue known as the Las Vegas Convention Center. Four massive halls sprawling with all things automotive, located in the heart of Sin City, is a recipe that never seems to fail. The latest new automotive wares, the industry's elite, and of course the hottest modified car builds form a sweet cocktail that's hard to resist— especially when the range of car builds run the entire gamut. No matter what direction your automotive preferences may lean, you will see your favorite vehicles displayed with modified suspension, bigger wheels, blistering body kits, tuned engines and more. The only caveat? The SEMA show is a trade show, meaning it's closed to the general public and you need industry credentials to get in. Never fear, that's what we're here for. Here's a collection of 10 of the hottest cars at SEMA:
D3 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
With more tire than a Z06 Corvette, D3's version of a wide-body CTS-V coupe features a bigger supercharger, intercooler and KW coilovers. The stock V coupe is already a potent machine, and we strongly suspect that D3, with its Cadillac tuning history, has made a car that would shine on our test track.
1990 Porsche 911 C4
If the Ford Mustang was on the cutting edge of awesomeness, this 1990 Porsche 911 C4 would lie in the same region of the blade, albeit on the German side. Built by Illest, an apparel brand with roots in the enthusiast scene, the company worked in tandem with Rauh-Welt, a Japanese tuner based out of Japan. The crazy wide-body kit? It's all Rauh-Welt. With the extra fender room, wide Falken RT-615K tires on Rotiform wheels sit flush, measuring 18 x 12.5 in the rear and 18 x 10.5 in the front. Variant 3 coilovers using the HLS hydraulic lift system from KW eliminate the wheel gap for the show floor. The 3.6-liter engine has been fully built and is bolted up to a Precision turbo, making 400 wheel horsepower with a conservative 6 psi of boost. A retune with 15 psi has hopes of 600- bhp.
Chevrolet Cruze Dusk
While the Chevy Cruze Eco is noted for its efficiency, the Dusk concept ups the Cruze's luxury and performance quotients. For improved handling, the Dusk rides on 19-in. wheels and a coilover setup that lowers the ride height. Brembo brakes complete the package. A good blend of improved performance with economy...what's not to like?
1966 Ford Mustang
First-gen Mustangs in any form are a great vehicle. We'd even take one that's barely running, covered with rust, and sporting an abused interior. Rebuild projects are fun. A clean example of an old Mustang is even better. However, this particular 1966 Mustang was a straight show-stopper. With its fully built 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 with cams, ported heads and titanium valves, the car causes purists to balk at the GM engine choice. But anyone who's owned a car equipped with this fuel-injected V-8 can tell you about its power and reliability. Important, since this car looks to be track-prepped, what with its rollcage, racing seats, widened body, wing, StopTech brakes and all. If this Mustang is half as fast as it looks, we can't wait to see its lap times.
Lexus Project GS by Five Axis
Lexus's GS-F Sport sedan was only recently revealed, but that didn't stop noted Toyota tuner Five Axis from showcasing what could be done with the luxury marque's new car. In addition to wide-body flares and aggressive wheels, the Project GS has a face only a sci-fi warlord could love.
1997 Toyota Supra
Don't let the livery-free, form-melding black color of this Supra fool you. Underneath the ebony coating is a custom sheet metal widebody, sitting on HRE wheels wrapped in Continental tires. The carbon-fiber hood and rear hatch are from Seibon. Go beyond that and there's a built 6.2-liter Toyota V-8 engine under the hood, paired to two massive Turbonetics turbos and Spearco intercooler. Official numbers haven't been released, but World Racing, the brainchild shop behind the build, has its sights set on 50 lb. of boost with a 10,000 rpm redline. The net result? An incredible 2500 horsepower. Carrying a 3000 lb. curb weight, the World Racing Supra is looking to attack the standing mile at over 270 mph.
2011 BMW M3
The M3, straight from the BMW factory, is one of our favorite current production cars. BMW, with all its engineering goodness, has created a masterpiece. If we owned one, this particular M3 built by the urban apparel gurus, Attic2zoo.com, represents the extent of what we would do. Beneath the show-purposed livery lies a completely streetable car with an MXP SP exhaust and Macht Schnell stage 2 engine package (comprising of an intake, pulley and hood scoop). The 19-in. Volk Tokyo Time Attack TE37 wheels with Yokohama Sport Advan tires, Vorsteiner body kit and ASM edition Recaro seats add just the appropriate amount of functional bling, and the Brembo GTR monoblock big brake kit and KW suspension scream canyon runs.
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
There used to be a time when convertibles (i.e. roadsters) were considered more than just female modes of transportation. Real men drove them, and real men raced them. This 2011 Camaro SS is a recent example of why convertibles are just as man-friendly as Old Spice, slingshots and lassos. Equipped with a twin-screw Lysholm supercharger and Gibson stainless exhaust, this Camaro makes about 680 bhp. With its custom audio and leather and suede interior, this Iridium Silver Chevy makes a great cruiser, top up or down. The Pfadt suspension, Brembo big brake kit and carbon-fiber roll bar come in handy when casual cruising turns a bit more spirited.
Mazda's take on the "small-chassis/big-engine" concept is the Turbo2. It's fitted with the turbocharged 263-bhp engine out of a Mazdaspeed3, sport suspension. Essentially, it's a Spec-B gone wild, and we can't wait to see more of these kinds of cars!
Hyundai Genesis RM500
Here's a recipe for success: Put a V-8 engine into a rear-wheel-drive platform with a sleek coupe body. And that's exactly what Rhys Millen has done with the RM500, installing Hyundai's Tau 5.0-liter V-8 from the Genesis R-Spec sedan into the Genesis Coupe. Best of all, this great concept looks factory correct under its hood.