SEMA 2013: What to Expect


One of our favorite shows of the year is right around the corner — SEMA. Unlike other big name auto shows, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is filled to the brim with tuners and aftermarket purveyors galore. SEMA features some of the most insane and ridiculously cool cars we’ve ever seen.

This year, the biggest names in the aftermarket world– and a few OEM’s– are making their way to Vegas. Here’s what you can expect when doors open next week:

Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops/Volunteer Firefighter Concepts

Silverado Black Ops Concept

With the new Silverado fresh off the factory floor, Chevy was quick to jump on the opportunity to make it a star attraction at SEMA. The Black Ops and Volunteer Firefighter concepts are just two of what we expect to be many more big, bold truck appearances.

Liberty Walk Ferrari 458

Ferrari 458

If you don’t know what renowned Japanese tuning house Liberty Walk (aka LB Performance) has planned for this year, now you do. This drop dead gorgeous Ferrari 458 should turn heads all throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Vortech Ford Mustang Yellow Jacket 

2014 Ford Mustang GT – Project Yellow Jacket by Vortech Superchargers – SEMA 2013

This is just one of many custom Mustangs making an appearance this year. It’s a custom build by Vortech Superchargers, and the pony car features a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 605 horsepower.

Bisimoto Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Bisimoto Genesis

Hyundai is featuring a healthy heaping of Velosters this year, but we’re digging this 1,000-horsepower Genesis Coupe– the results of joint efforts by Bisimoto and Hyundai.

Toyo Tires Corvette Stingray 

Toyo Tires Corvette Stingray

Of course, this year’s show wouldn’t be much of a show at all without an appearance from the new Corvette Stingray, in one form or another. Done up by Toyo tires and Vossen, the Stingray rides on a custom set of Monoblock wheels and puts down 580 horsepower.

Mazda 3/6 Racing Concepts

Mazda 3 SEMA

The Mazda’s new 3 and 6 are making quite a splash in each of their respective segments. The Japanese automaker is headed to Vegas to show off some race-inspired concepts. Two of each model will be on display.

Jeep Cherokee Trail Carver

Jeep Mopar-Modified SEMA Show Vehicle

This modified Cherokee comes with the available 3.2-liter V6 under the hood, a new roof basket, aggressive tires, and an orange and black getup.


Scion FR-S

Last but certainly not least, Scion — a brand that prides itself on a younger buyer base — is bringing a swarm of modified concepts to SEMA this year. The FR-S, tC and xB all went under the knife at the hands of some lucky fans to make their Vegas debut.

…and that’s just to name a few. Check back next week when the SEMA show debuts in full for all the rides from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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