The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show took place this week (October 31 - November 3, 2017), and automakers and auto enthusiasts from around the world will be showing up to see what’s new. Although many times the showrooms are filled with concepts of upcoming models, high-performance vehicles are one segment that never disappears from the stage. Following SEMA is the Los Angeles Auto Show in December and then the Detroit Auto Show in January. It’s the season for auto shows, and the auto market is heating up.
Widebody Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger has been ruthlessly teasing us since this year’s 2017 Detroit Auto Show in January. There have been a lot of updates about specs and details, but there is still no word on its release date. Adding to the anticipation to find out when the Stinger will be available is a widebody version of the Stinger that is on display at SEMA.
The widebody Kia Stinger was designed and built with input from West Coast Customs, the same company that built the Mitsubishi Re-Model A and worked on countless cars during MTV’s Pimp My Ride. They modified nearly everything about the original Kia Stinger to give it a tougher, meaner look. Based on what we can see at SEMA, a gloss black grille has been added for the classic widebody sinister look, a carbon fiber body kit has been added (including a front splitter and side skirts), the rear end received a custom-built rear bumper with four exhaust tips, and the suspension system was lowered by about an inch. It all comes down to 21-inch alloy wheels tucked under wide fender flares. This is, without a doubt, not your normal Kia vehicle.
Mopar has brought its own version of the Demon Crate to SEMA and it has been dubbed the “Hellcrate.” Similar to the Demon Crate, the Hellcrate is an easy- to-install engine kit that can turn a normal vehicle into a SRT Hellcat. With its own set of components, the three major players are a powertrain control module (PCM), power distribution center, and a fuel pump control module for the 6.2-liter supercharged Crate HEMI Engine kit. The only downside is that this modifier is only good for pre-1976 vehicles - probably so not every average Joe can have a Dodge SRT Hellcat for $2000, seeing as how the starting MSRP for the kit is $2195.
Future Auto Shows and Vehicles
With SEMA wrapping up, those are two bits of news that got our attention. We would also like to take this chance to point out two more important bits that will surely get some hearts pumping. Set to debut at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show scheduled from December 1-10 is the long-awaited 2018 Jeep Wrangler. After spending over $700 million reconfiguring assembly factories, the FCA is ready to produce and show off the new generation of the Jeep Wrangler, marking the beginning of its 4th generation. Little bits of information have been leaked here and there, but we’re going to wait until December to really get into it.
Another auto show to look forward to right after Los Angeles is the next Detroit Auto Show in January 2018. Set to show up there is the new 2019 Ram 1500. Spy shots of the new Ram showed off an all new look that gives the light duty pickup truck more muscle to emphasize its power for towing and hauling cargo. The classic crosshair grille actually disappeared, and new narrow LED headlights are said to replace the ol’ halogen headlamps. The trim caught on camera was glossed up in chrome, but it’s too early to say if it’s strictly a high-end feature.
That’s all for now, but as the season for auto shows continues, you can be sure we’ll continue to bring exciting news to our readers. Want to join the discussion? Check out our Facebook page for NowCar.