The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show holds a very special place in our hearts, largely because it’s a different take on what an auto show traditionally is. Instead of debuting production cars or unveiling concept cars, SEMA is the place where automakers show off customized versions of their respective production models. This year, Scion was one of the first to unveil its SEMA plans when it released the first details on its SEMA-bound models, including the Slayer-inspired “Mobile Amp” tC sports coupe.
The Slayer Mobile Amp tC is far from a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. It’s an all-out assault to your senses, a living (albeit on four wheels) embodiment of Slayer’s aggressive and style of music. The exterior and interior of the tC sports coupe received equal amounts of details attributed to Slayer. The car is currently being built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ.
No official pictures have also been released, but I can already tell you that this program isn’t for the weak of heart. If I know Scion like I think I do, the company’s not going to settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.
Click past the jump to read more about the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC.Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 28 September 2014 18:00 EST.
Chevrolet has released yet another concept truck, only this time most of it will be available for purchase at a Chevy dealership. This is the Colorado Sport Concept and it showcases all the factory-available options for those with active lifestyles.
Since the Colorado’s cargo bed is on the shorter side, GM engineers devised this cargo management rack called the GearOn Accessory System. It gives the ability to haul larger items like mountain bikes, kayaks, or skis above the bed. In turn, that allows for open storage under the GearOn rack.
Chevrolet also included other items, such as a cargo divider, cargo tie-downs, side assist steps, mud flaps, and fender flares. Helping make the concept truck stand out is a set of black wheels currently being tested and evaluated for future production. Matte-black stripes give extra character to the Colorado’s hood.
The otherwise stock truck is outfitted with nearly all the options Chevy will offer on the Colorado, including MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert.
Best of all, since Chevy is offering these add-on options from the dealer, they are included in the truck’s final price and can be included in financing. The accessories are even included in the truck’s warranty.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept.Chevrolet Colorado Sport Concept originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 28 September 2014 23:00 EST.
This guy starts off just swerving a little but after minute two he is heading into barriers and oncoming traffic!
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German-based car tuning house GeigerCars has launched an all-inclusive modification programme for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray. The modified car’s engine has remained the same i.e. the 6.2-litre V8. However, the powertrain now generates 590 hp (440 kW), thanks to an Eaton compressor conversion. In addition to the extra 130 hp (97 kW), the engine’s…
Lamborghini Asterion logo
Lamborghini recently announced plans to introduce a mysterious car at the Paris Motor Show and a new report is indicating it will be called the Asterion.
While nothing is official, Lamborghini filed a trademark application for the Asterion name on July 31st with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market. The company followed up filing a “figurative” application for a styled version of the name on September 15th.
Interestingly, the latter application shows the Asterion logo has a lightning bolt in the “O”. This suggests the car uses a hybridized powertrain but nothing is official as of yet.
The mysterious model will be unveiled on October 2nd, so stay tuned for full details.
Lotus Eterne four-door sedan
Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has confirmed rumors saying the British marque is planning an SUV and a sedan, following a decision made recently to cut 325 jobs.
Troubled British automaker Lotus has a new CEO who used to be president of Peugeot and Citroën and he says the initial plan is to improve the current lineup which encompasses the Elise, Exige and Evora. The upgraded versions will hopefully boost sales also enhanced by a more generous dealer network.
Talking to Autocar, Gales said “you will see many new variants of familiar Lotus models over the next nine months, and even more in the next two years.” If all goes according to plan, their lineup will be further expanded to include “cars in other categories than the sports car” such as an SUV and a sedan. He went on to say he is confident Lotus will get back into shape but it will be a difficult and lengthy process.
So far this year they have been doing quite well as sales went up by 46 percent and by the end of 2014 they estimate to sell a total of 2,000 cars. Reaching this objective will also be possible by adding 20 dealerships in the next few months, following the recent inauguration of nine showrooms. Gales believes that with the current model range the annual production rate could hit 3,000 units.
Note: 2010 Lotus Eterne concept pictured
2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition
GMC is introducing an Elevation Edition for the 2015MY Sierra based on the 1500 double-cab pickup version.
It was only last week when GMC launched the Sierra Carbon Edition and now they are back with the Sierra Elevation Edition which comes with a series of cosmetic tweaks. The front grille surround is painted in the same color as the body while the door handles, side moldings, mirror caps and both bumpers are also color-keyed. It rides on black 20-inch alloy wheels and the headlights benefit from LED technology.
Standard equipment includes power mirrors and remote keyless entry along with LED cargo box lighting and a 110-volt power outlet. Inside the cabin there’s an IntelliLink infotainment system with a 4.2-inch touchscreen display packing support for Bluetooth phone, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for up to seven devices.
Customers can order the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition with either a 2WD or 4WD setup with power coming from a 4.3-liter V6 EcoTec3 outputting 285 bhp (213 kW) while for more money the vehicle can be optionally configured with a larger 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3 rated at 355 bhp (265 kW).
GMC will disclose pricing details closer to the model’s arrival in dealerships set for the end of the year.
2014 BMW X5 M spy photo / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
According to a recent report, BMW will introduce the X5 M and X6 M at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
While nothing is official, the Los Angeles Auto Show recently confirmed BMW would stage two world debuts at the show which kicks off on November 18th. This doesn’t necessarily mean the debuts are the X5 M and X6 M but it remains a possibility.
As we have previously reported, the high-performance crossovers will be equipped with an aggressive front fascia that has a revised grille and larger air intakes. The models will also have aerodynamic side skirts, a four-tailpipe exhaust system and lightweight alloy wheels that are backed up by high-performance brakes.
BMW has been coy on specifications but the X5 M and X6 M are expected to use a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces more than 555 PS (408 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque. This should enable them to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 4.7 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
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1988 ItalDesign Aztec
A rare Italdesign Aztec designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro is for sale on eBay with a “buy it now” price of $750,000.
Originally introduced as a concept at the 1988 Turin Motor Show, the Italdesign Aztec evolved into a limited production version and at least 25 cars were built, although the plan was to make 50 units. The most striking feature is the split passenger compartment and on the right side there’s even a steering wheel-like control console.
Just as interesting are the external control panels where the user can enter codes which are printed on the body to obtain information about brake fluid, engine oil level, coolant and there’s also a removable temperature gauge. On the right side there is a hydraulic jack together with a 12V power point while on the left-hand side the Aztec comes with an electric torch, compressor for inflating tire, fire extinguisher and a removable electric screwdriver
Power comes from a modified 250 bhp Audi Quattro-sourced five-cylinder turbocharged sending power through a five-speed manual gearbox to an all-wheel drive system borrowed from the Lancia Delta Integrale. This particular car is actually the first production unit and the first owner paid $2.2 million for the car which features Giorgetto Gigugiaro’s signature on the right quarter panel. It appears to be in a very good condition and was driven for only 800 miles (1,288 km) and most of the mileage was done travelling to parades, shows and museums. When not used, the car sat in an air-conditioned warehouse in Japan where it’s currently located.
Featuring all original parts, the Italdesign Aztec has a “buy it now” price of $750,000 but you might be able to get it for less as the bidding starts at $500,000 and will end later today.
As a final note, the Italdesign Aztec was used as the safety car during the 1991 Monaco Grand Prix.
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Ferrari has split from the pack and declared its support for three-car teams in formula one.
Amid rumours up to three or four teams are in financial peril, Bernie Ecclestone said in Singapore that the sport would fill the grid gaps by requiring top teams to move from two to three-car operations as soon as 2015.
"We’ll know after the next two or three races, but it (the three car plan) is being looked at," said the F1 supremo.
It is feared two-decade-old Sauber and backmarker Caterham are the most at risk of collapsing, but Marussia is also in obvious strife and reports of unpaid bills regularly emerge about the Lotus team.
Force India co-owners Vijay Mallya and the jailed Subrata Roy, meanwhile, are also having high-profile financial problems.
"I have asked them (title sponsor Sahara) if they would like to change the situation and they said no, they want to stay in," Mallya said in Singapore.
"I’ve always run and managed the team which is doing better than it ever has in its history and we’re going forward from here," he insisted.
Also defiant in the face of the rumours is Sauber chief Monisha Kaltenborn, despite admitting Hinwil is grappling with its worst ever season in F1.
"We do get that question often and every time we say ‘We’ll be around’. I’m going to answer the same way - we’ll be around next year as well," she said.
New Caterham chief Manfredi Ravetto also batted off the rumours, even though he said it is already a struggle “Just trying to keep it (the team) alive” in the wake of Tony Fernandes’ mid-season exit.
"Of course we want to be on the grid in Melbourne next year - that is definitely our goal," he said.
If some teams do ultimately collapse, however, it is possible that three-car teams will be the solution to dwindling grid numbers.
Most team bosses are not keen.
"I hope it never comes to that," said Mallya.
It is expected that if the three-car solution is triggered by the grid dropping below 20 cars, it is the top teams like Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren that are most likely to add a third runner to their respective garages.
Dominant giant Mercedes, however, is not keen.
"For us, the cost would amount to around 32 million euros to have a third car," Toto Wolff is quoted by Speed Week.
His counterpart Eric Boullier, however, said McLaren would “maybe” run a third car “to keep the grid at a decent number”.
But Ferrari has made clear it is more than happy with the idea of three cars bearing the fabled Prancing Horse logo running around the calendar next year.
"It’s not about the survival of F1," a team spokesman told the Spanish sports daily AS, "but for the show.
"With all due respect, people would prefer to see three more Red Bulls, Ferraris and Mercedes than the other cars," he reportedly added.
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