Check out all the modified Scion FR-S cars we have gathered from the Tuner Challenge at SEMA this year. You will see the extreme body kits to performance upgrades and everything in between. If you have already ordered a FR-S or are looking for future upgrades, then this is the gallery for you. Three of these were entered in the Tuner Challenge where Scion gave $10,000 to the guys to customize their Scion and compete for a $15,000 prize.
Famous comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham pulled the covers off his “Project UltraViolet” Dodge Challenger SRT8 at this week’s SEMA Show. This was a collaboration project between Mopar, SRT and Jeff’s crew from Palmer’s Customs based out of Camarillo, California. The car combines an ultra-violoet paint with a black upper half, and received a variety of exterior modifications to make it one bad machine.
Inspired by members of the Justice League, Kia has flown over their new line of DC Comics superhero cars for the SEMA Show. They are called the Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio 5-door, Cyborg Forte 5-door, Green Lantern Soul and the Batman Optima which was originally seen at the New York International Auto Show a few weeks ago. This is a new movement by DC Entertainment to raise funds and awareness about the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
The Top Marques in Monaco, one of the premier places to see the rich and famous bring their toys out for play. We have some of the best supercar sounds at the Top Marques, courtesy of YouTube user Nick who goes by NM2255 on the site. Jump past the first two minutes and you will see some of the most exotic sports cars from around the world revving the engines.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti has released the latest Veyron varaint called the Grand Sport Vitesse. This amazing super car is claimed to be fastest roadster in the world, without tuning of course. We recall the standard Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport was limited to 217 mph. The new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse received four larger turbochargers to give it 1,200 horsepower and 1106 lb-ft of torque, capable of reaching 229 mph from the factory. Now just wait until some tuning companies get their hands on this beast. That is, if anyone is crazy enough to modify a 2-3 million dollar super car.
With the 2011 LA Auto Show wrapping up over the weekend, we brought you all the best coverage with the new releases. There was everything from the new Subaru BRZ STI concept to the hot off the press BMW i8. Ford kept their typical fashion with the Shelby GT500, while Cadillac has been busy with the ELR and Ciel projects. Don’t forget about all the car girls attending the show either, Los Angeles never disappoints in this category. We now look forward to next year in hope of these concepts and high powered hybrids coming to life. Hit the jump to see a preview of the best cars on display and be sure to check out the full articles for more information.
The one section of the 2011 LA Auto Show that did not receive the attention it deserved was the tuner and aftermarket parts section. Some of the nicest cars attending the show were hiding in this backroom with the works of Platinum Motorsport, RTW Motoring, and Al & Ed’s Autosound. Starting off with Platinum Motorsport, they had some very expensive rides as you can see in the video above. Just to name a few, we were able to capture video of the Rolls-Royce, Porsche 911, all new Lamborghini Aventador, Kim Kardashian’s Ferrari, a few Mercedes, and even a Bugatti Veyron. Hit the jump to see the sleek cars from RTW Motoring, and the ground shaking trunks from Al & Ed’s Autosound.
The new and already popular Audi e-tron Spyder made a special appearance at the 2011 LA Auto Show. This unique sports car is hoping to be on the production line come 2014, and should feature a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 diesel powerplant with two electric motors. Performance numbers are reported from Audi in the range of 385 horsepower with 739 lb-ft of torque. At the track, a 0 to 60 mph of time will be accomplished in just 4.2 seconds, while the top speed has been limited from the factory at 155 mph. However, what really sets this hybrid apart from the rest is the fuel efficiency.
Subaru had this tease on display at the 2011 LA Auto Show called the Subaru BRZ STI Concept. Although it is not in production, this is one of the first Subaru sports cars we have seen that is not all-wheel-drive nor turbocharged. While it still holds the famous Subaru four-cylinder boxer engine, this is one of the first live appearances of what the Subaru BRZ STI will look like.
We received our first live look at the all new Cadillac Ciel concept at the 2011 LA Auto Show. A few months ago we posted an article with full details about the intial debut of the fancy Cadillac Ciel concept, however seeing it in person is a different story. Named after the French word “sky” this car is smooth as butter from the suicide doors to the missing B-pillar that is similar to the 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible.
Part of our coverage of the LA Auto Show brought us a first hand look at the highly modified Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 due out in 2013. It sports a brand new grille, LED lighting, and aggressive chin splitter up front. Under the hood, the Mustang holds a 5.8-liter more efficient TVS 2300 supercharger that produces an incredible 650 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. Ford focused on making it more efficient with their all-new fuel delivery module and injector combination.