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Marvel fans will be looking forward to another movie in February -- the Black Panther. We initially thought that he would be driving a car like the Bugatti Chiron. But it turns out that the superhero is actually going to be driving a Lexus instead. Yes, believe it or not, it is Toyota’s sister company that stepped up to work in collaboration with the upcoming Black Panther, which is set to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In fact, they even built special cars specifically for the film, and soon a few lucky people will be able to purchase one of the cars built. But of course, you have to be real quick to get your hands on one. Lexus said that only 100 examples of the special edition model will be built. Another thing you’ll need to have is a lot of extra money in the bank, because it took a total of eight months just to complete the paint job alone, so it has got to be extremely pricey.
So what exactly is this car you ask? It is a 2018 Lexus LC 500 that is part of the automaker’s Inspiration Series. And only 100 units of the very first model will be available for the United States. You’ll probably agree that the LC 500 is already a beautiful coupe, and Lexus enhances it even more with a bespoke white interior, a unique set of 21-inch wheels, carbon fiber scuff plates and a Barneys barware set. We are guessing that the latter is for the passenger to enjoy, and not the driver. But we will see in the movie if Black Panther takes advantage of it. As for the mechanical bits, they remain the same, with a 5.0 liter V8 engine that works with a 10 speed automatic transmission, producing as much as 471 horsepower - not bad for a superhero.Read the entire article Lexus built two cars for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, will debut at SEMA
One can argue that when it comes to coupes, the LC is one of the most attractive there is. Lexus however knew that this model can become more beautiful and thus, it entered into a partnership with Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing to make this possible. Revealed during the 2016 SEMA Show, this version of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 Coupe may well be the first ever customized variant. Though some may consider this to be a relatively easy project, the brand in fact started development of this customized version a full year before presenting the production model version. This was a big challenge as it meant that the prototype had be developed before the base model is released to market and there is no aftermarket support or even any accessories.
Lexus has yet to reveal any changes done on the interior although the brand says it will have the same specifications as that of the GT3 like the body-hugging Sparco seats that have been dipped in carbon fiber and the safety cage. For the exterior, the diffusers have been made more noticeable, and one can see the new rear ear wing and fender flares, with the side skirts made more robust.
This combination ensures that while the customized version has a more spirited appearance it continues to have the original design’s sharpness. Though already strong, this look is enhanced even further by fitting in the HRE 22-inch wheels that comes with a satin charcoal finish and then equipped with the Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. At the back of the wheels are the Brembo brake calipers which are color-coordinated with the same wheels.Read the entire article Lexus unveils first ever customized LC 500 Coupe during 2016 SEMA Show
Mopar just brought a mammoth at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mopar is introducing a new crate engine that is like an elephant from hell. Dubbed as the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine, this new powerplant isn't just massive in size, but also in performance.
Hellephant is essentially a brand-new HEMI-engine that borrows its name from the massive land mammal – because of its large size as well as its ability to deliver huge power figures. As Mopar disclosed, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine can deliver up to 1,000 hp of humongous output and up to 950 lb.-ft. of torque. This new Hellephant engine is the first 1,000-hp crate engine kit ever offered by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).
To achieve 1,000 hp of output, the Hellephant 426 Supercharged Mopar Crate HEMI engine is developed to be much larger that your usual HEMI engine. In fact, it boasts of 4.0 inches of stroke and bore specs at 4.125 inches. The Hellephant engine features an all-aluminum block, which made it much lighter than other engines of its size.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: This Hellephant 426 is 1,000-hp Supercharged Mopar Crate Hemi engine
The 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in just around the corner (October 30 to November 2), and people are expecting special parts and equipment as well as concept builds to show up. Three of the builds that are going to the 2018 SEMA Show will be derived from the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Jetta, as announced by Volkswagen of America, Inc.
These Jetta builds are the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line, Air Design USA Jetta SEL and the Jetta S by Jamie Orr. All of them will be displayed at various locations in the Las Vegas Convention Center on the entire duration of the 2018 SEMA Show.
Wrapped in the Habanero Orange factory finish, the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line is a build that highlights the aftermarket suspension offerings from H&R Special Springs. It features H&R Street Performance Coil Overs and Trak+ wheel spacers that brought the Jetta closer to the ground. It rides on 19 x 8.5-inch Rotiform BUC wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires. Visible through the wheels are upgraded front performance brake calipers and 13.4-in rotors.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: Three VW Jetta builds on its way to showcase aftermarket parts
The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas is about to start and Nissan won't itself be outdone by other carmakers. In fact, Nissan will be gracing the 2018 SEMA Show with five one-off vehicles, including a 400-hp Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 that combines the latest technology with the Z heritage aesthetics.
Leading the charge for the Japanese carmaker is the Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 project car that combines a number of OEM, aftermarket and bespoke fabricated parts. A track-only project car, the Project Clubsport 23 makes use of performance parts that have been tested and developed in Motorsports, as sourced from most respected suppliers. As Nissan Motorsports and MA Motorsports intended, the Project Clubsport 23 is an ongoing parts development platform, which means its looks might be different months from the 2018 SEMA Show.
The Nissan Motorsports Project Clubsport 23 was based on a 2012 Nissan 370Z NISMO deprived of its original 350-hp 3.7-liter VQ37VHR engine. In its stead is a factory 400-hp 3.0-liter VR30DDTT twin-turbo V6 mill. The main challenge in the project car was how to mate a VR30DDTT engine to the 370Z NISMO's six-speed manual transmission – something that has never been done before. To achieve this MA Motorsports developed a new clutch disc, cover and flywheel assembly and installed a NISMO GT LSD Pro-Carbon two-way differential cooled by an MA Motorsports Differential Cooler.Read the entire article 2018 SEMA Show: Nissan to display five one-off vehicles including a 370Z Project Clubsport 23
Chevrolet seems to take the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show very seriously. This I evidenced by the fact that carmaker is bringing more than a dozen Chevrolet vehicle concepts, performance parts, latest accessories and crate engines to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2018. One of these is a 2019 Camaro SS wrapped in a new Shock Yellow exterior color.
But before this 2019 Camaro SS show car is displayed at the 2018 SEMA Show, Chevrolet is kind enough to offer a good glimpse. This SEMA show car essentially demonstrates how a Camaro would look like when finished with the new Shock yellow exterior color. This new exterior for the Camaro will be made available in early 2019. Aside from Shock, the 2019 Camaro can also be finished in other new colors like Crush, Riverside Blue Metallic, Shadow Grey Metallic and Satin Steel Grey Metallic.
Aside from donning the new Shock yellow exterior color, the Camaro SS show car to be displayed at the SEMA show is also installed with new accessories and performance parts that can be availed from Chevrolet dealers. These Chevrolet accessories and performance parts were all designed by the same people – including designers and engineers – who contributed a lot to the creation of the Camaro. Thanks to this, the design and the performance of these accessories and parts perfectly fit the Camaro.Read the entire article 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS in new Shock Yellow exterior color is up for display at 2018 SEMA Show
The 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is just around the corner and Chevrolet won't just sit idle. It intends to get impressive at the 2018 edition of the event by displaying three vintage vehicles that are powered by Chevrolet Performance’s newest crate engines.
Up for display at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 30 to November 2, 2018 are: a 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna powered by the all-new LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine; a 1967 Chevrolet C/10 with the all-new ZZ6 EFI 5.7-liter V-8 crate engine; and a 1978 Chevrolet Silverado installed with the L96 6.0-liter V-8 crate engine.
The new LT5 6.2L supercharged crate engine in the 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna is derived from mill found under the hood of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. Tuned to deliver 755 horsepower and 715 lb.-ft. of torque, the LT5 6.2-liter supercharged crate engine is Chevy’s most powerful production engine so far. This crate engine employs technologies like a new, larger-displacement supercharger and the carmaker’s first dual-fuel system with direct injection and supplementary port injection.Read the entire article Chevrolet bringing three vintage vehicles with all-new crate engines at 2018 SEMA Show
Being a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Lexus took advantage of the prestigious event to unveil two new concepts that represent the luxury carmaker’s different takes on the future of luxury – the new Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept and the new Lexus UX 250h Concept.
The Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is essentially the second vehicle in the carmaker’s Inspiration Series. The first Inspiration Series was an LC 500 finished in Structural Blue and inspired by a superhero from the Marvel cinematic universe -- King T’Challa, the monarch of Wakanda. Both the LC 500 Inspiration Series and the LC Inspiration Series Concept are regarded by Lexus as ultimate expressions of their flagship coupe, as marked by bold designs and exclusive elements.
While the first Inspiration Series wrapped in Structural Blue, the Lexus LC Inspiration Series Concept is finished in Flare Yellow exterior paint. This concept rides on a distinct set of black 21-inch forged alloy wheels. It also features a carbon fiber roof and an active rear spoiler.Read the entire article Lexus presents LC Inspiration Series Concept and UX 250h Concept at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Currently, there aren’t any Lexus convertibles out in the market, but it seems like it won’t be too long until we see one again. This is because Toyota’s premium brand is reportedly thinking of taking the LC’s roof off. These look pretty cool too for a more powerful variant of the coupe as well.
It also seems like the convertible is already a done deal. A source told Auto Express that there has already been a go signal for the production of this model. That being said, it is not scheduled to arrive dealerships until at least two years from now.
Yoshihiro Sawa, the Japanese automaker’s Senior Managing Officer, told Auto Express that their luxury market will definitely require a convertible, and that he hopes to have a convertible in their lineup very soon. So simply said, they have not confirmed the rumours yet.Read the entire article Lexus LC convertible is rumoured to arrive by 2020, LC F may follow
When Lexus first launched the production version of the LC coupe, it surprised many because it had a strong resemblance with the LF-LC concept that many loved as seen back during the 2012 NAIAS.
Now, the LC coupe has an interesting body design, and it really is not the easiest model to modify, but Liberty Walk decided to do so anyway. And voila, customers can now get this body kit, which is available for both the LC500 as well as the LC500h. They also have two choices when getting the package, the FRP and the CFRP that costs from $13,380 to $19,440 outside of Japan.
So you are probably wondering what you would get with the Liberty Walk package. Well, that includes the Japanese tuner’s massive bolt-on fenders that are now actually considered to be the company’s signature. But that’s not all you will get of course, as this also comes with a front lip, side skirt add-ons, a boot lid-mounted wing, and a more aggressive rear diffuser.Read the entire article Liberty Walk outfitted the Lexus LC 500 in a flashy body kit
As soon as Toyota trademarked the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” at the European Union Intellectual Property Office, speculations have emerged that there could actually be a hardcore performance version of the Lexus LC 2+2 coupe. Just recently, an insider within Lexus has divulged to a Japanese automotive magazine that the LC F hardcore coupe could offer up to 621 hp of output.
In an interview with Japan’s Holiday Auto magazine – and as posted by Japan’s Lawrence Motorcycle X Car – the Lexus insider disclosed that the LC F would be taking on the formula of more power and less weight to offer a high level of performance without any compromise in luxury. This formula entails the employment of a powerful biturbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that could deliver around 621 hp (463 kW).
The formula also entails the intensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced polymer, a material that isn't just strong and rigid, but is also light and easy to shape. According to the Lexus insider, this weight-saving measure is being adopted on the LC F as the carmaker aims to make the hardcore performance car seven percent lighter than the LC coupe. If achieved, the LC F would have a weight of 3,980 lbs (1,778 kg).Read the entire article Rumored Lexus LC F hardcore performance coupe to offer 621 hp from a bi-turbo V8
After several teasers, we have finally seen Infiniti’s newest creation. Infiniti built the Q60 Red Alpha Concept with the main intention for it to go fast. That is why it has a gutted interior and a huge drag racing parachute attached at the back.
However, during the 2017 SEMA Show, Infiniti announced that there will be a whole range of performance parts specifically for the Red Sport 400 versions of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60.
Thanks to AMS Performance, they developed a number of upgrades for the Red Alpha concept car. Customers can get their hands on most of these starting early next year at Infiniti showrooms.Read the entire article Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept shows us a new range of accessories
A Porsche 911 Turbo turns heads not just because of its elegantly sporty looks, but also for its spectacular performance. Now, Gemballa has created its own version of the 911 Turbo which boasts an appearance and performance that offer much more impact than a regular model. This version – the Gemballa GT Concept – has made its debut at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.
Gemballa is nothing new to the world of customizations. In fact, the tuning company in Germany has been involved in individualization and customization of Porsche – as well as McLaren – sports cars in more than 30 years. Its latest project shows that Gemballa still got what it takes to bring a Porsche sports car to a whole new level.
The Gemballa GT Concept is essentially a turbo version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. In its standard form, the biturbo 3.8-liter boxer engine of the 911 Turbo is tuned to generate up to 540 hp (397 kW) of output and up to 710 Nm (523 lb.-ft.) of torque. Gemballa, however, reworked this already powerful engine to develop remarkable 828 hp (609 kW) of max output at 7,000 rpm and 952 Nm (702 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available from 5,200 rpm.Read the entire article 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo is transformed into 828-hp wide-body Gemballa GT Concept
SpeedKore Performance Group, known for its historic and modern vehicles, has just unveiled the custom-built Ford Mustang Boss 302 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The bespoke vintage car from the 1970s was commissioned by Hollywood superstar Robert Downey Jr. who's famous for his role as Iron Man or Tony Stark from the Avengers film franchise. Downey Jr. spent time collaborating ideas with SpeedKore to restore the Mustang Boss 302’s original design while giving it several modern-day touches.
The muscle car has been equipped with Ford Performance Aluminator 5.0-liter V8 engine with Stage 2 Ford Roush Supercharger and is paired to a Bowler T56 transmission. It is rather sad that SpeedKore hasn’t disclosed any information regarding its performance but as expected, that should probably come out much later.
Embodying the same elements from SpeedKore’s latest projects, the 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 also features lightweight carbon fiber materials which are evident on the muscle car’s front and rear spoilers, quarter extensions, fenders, deck lid, hood and bumpers. Aside from shedding tons of weight, SpeedKore has added a Detroit Speed aluminum frame, new suspension, a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and a new powertrain to help catch up with what's trending in the highly evolving automotive industry.Read the entire article SpeedKore showcases Robert Downey Jr.’s bespoke Ford Mustang Boss 302
Last week at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we witnessed something that may come as a threat to the Dodge Hellcat, and it is Ford’s latest Shelby Mustang, and it has got a whopping 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts), which is why it was dubbed the Shelby 1000. The automaker’s latest kit can be added onto any 2015 or later Ford Mustang.
Unlike before, the Mustang GT will lose the 5.0 liter V8 that it once had. This will then be replaced by a 5.2-liter V8 from Shelby GT350 that will be added with a 4.5 liter Whipple supercharger that pushes its limit to an estimated 1,000 horsepower (745 kilowatts). Apart from the new engine, it will also get a new high-flow fuel system, intercooler, ECU tuning, and an upgraded manual transmission.
It will never be enough to just give the Mustang a new and more powerful engine, right? And because all of you probably agree, Ford does too. This is why they are giving the Mustang an all new front fascia, hood, front fenders, rockers, quarter-panels, rear diffuser, exhaust, and widened front and rear tracks. The body now sits on a fully adjustable coilover suspension, and new Brembo brakes for added stopping power. Other parts that have been added are stronger spindles and hubs, hardened wheel studs, and wider wheels and tires.Read the entire article Track-only 2018 Shelby 1000 will be loaded with 1,000 horsepower
Car manufacturers have been boasting a lot of interesting cars and concepts at the ongoing 2017 SEMA Show. From BMW’s M5 Performance Parts, Chevrolet’s cool new software update for the Corvette, and Kia’s good-looking trio. Yes, even Kia stepped up their game and made a noise at SEMA, by bringing along two hot Stingers and an all-black Cadenza.
Let us get into more detail about each car beginning with the wide body Stinger. As you can see in the photo, it had been hand crafted by the people at West Coast Customs. And if you know something about car history, you would notice a slight resemblance between the custom Stinger and the GT cars of the 1970s. But despite the same wide body treatment that it got, it still has Kia’s already aggressive design.
The Stinger rides on a set of 21-inch Keen forged wheels paired with high performance tires. It also sits on a lowered suspension (by 1.4 inches up front, and 1.2 inches in the rear), and is finished in layers of pearl blue metallic paint. The body has a lightweight carbon fiber aero kit and a rear diffuser to keep the sedan close to the ground. Inside is a driver-centric cockpit with bright blue leather piping that match the handmade grey leather seats.Read the entire article Customized Kia Cadenza, Stinger will impress you at 2017 SEMA Show
After numerous teasers that came along with promises of speeds up to 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour), Hennessey finally reveals the highly anticipated and much hyped Venom F5 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Similar to the outgoing model, the new F5 will put its focus on the same thing, and that is speed. But one thing that makes this one more special is that it was built from the ground up.
Unlike the outgoing model, the F5 has gotten rid of the Lotus chassis, but it is now wrapped around a custom carbon fiber tub instead. Most of its body is finished in the same lightweight material too. As for the design, it has been made to look significantly sleeker compared to its predecessor. And for comparison’s sake, the current Venom GT has a coefficient of 0.44 Cd, while its successor has a drag coefficient of only 0.33Cd. The Bugatti Chiron, on the other hand, has a coefficient of 0.38Cd.
Hennessey made it clear that people should not expect to see a hybrid powertrain with any of their models, and that is because he is a “purist”. He prefers to have simple, but elegant functionality - not that he is trying to belittle or bash hybrids.Read the entire article Hennessey unveils 1,600 hp Venom F5 at 2017 SEMA Show
To mark Hot Wheels’ 50th anniversary in 2018, the miniature toy car company has partnered with Chevrolet to build a custom Camaro Hot Wheels Edition. This hot new custom Camaro will be based on the first Hot Wheels released in 1968 to pay tribute to its heritage. For an additional $4,995, Chevrolet will be offering the new appearance package for 2013 model year Camaros including the new 2SS coupe and 2LT convertible models, aside from the 2018 COPO Camaro Hot Wheels Edition available for purchase.
For the road-going Camaros, the Hot Wheels Edition can be had in the iconic orange Crush color with stripes mimicking the shade of Hot Wheels’ toy tracks, while also resembling the Hugger Orange exterior paint of the Chevrolet Camaros from 1969. The new exterior package will consist of dark Chevrolet bow ties, black tail lamps, ground effects in Satin Graphite shade, orange brake calipers, limited edition 20-inch wheels and 50th anniversary Hot Wheels badges.
As for the interior, the Hot Wheels Edition adorns the cabin with a special edition steering wheel with the 50th Anniversary Hot Wheels badge. It’s also packed with illuminated door sill plates, embossed front headrests, orange seat belts, orange stitching and plenty of orange leather inserts.Read the entire article 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition debuts at 2017 SEMA Show
As October ends and we get closer to the end of the year, we welcome more auto shows where automakers take the opportunity to display their unique cars and concepts. Speaking of shows, the latest one would be the SEMA. Just after BMW previewed its M Performance Parts made especially for the 2018 BMW M5 (F90), the automaker is letting us have a closer look at the sporty goods, which they presented through the MotoGP Safety Car.
During the first day of the 2017 SEMA Show at Las Vegas, BMW revealed the midsize sedan, which at first glance, seems to have gained an aerodynamic body kit. It was made with a number of carbon fiber components, which overall gave the M5 a more aggressive look. Customers who are willing to pay extra can get optional parts like a front bumper attachment, extended side sills, and a rear spoiler.
If you want a more modified ride, you can even opt for a beefy rear diffuser, and even have your side mirror caps dipped in carbon fiber, the same as the front and air breather trim side grilles. Lastly, you can pay an extra cost if you want your M5 to be equipped with an M Performance coilover suspension with adjustable red springs.Read the entire article BMW displays M5 (F90) with fully loaded M Performance package at 2017 SEMA Show
Not a lot of people outside the United States know of the Wisconsin-based repair shop, Ringbrothers. But soon, they will become larger as they showcase models that they have restored. One of them would be this 1969 Dodge Charger, which they call the Defector that had just made its appearance at the ongoing SEMA show. In total, the team behind this model spent 4,700 hours working on this model and it is also their first time to build a show car based on a Mopar.
Why did it take them that long, you ask? Well, a lot of the time was spent on redesigning the Dodge’s body. Unlike the factory model ’69 Charger, the repair shop has shortened the Defector’s trunk by two inches, losing some of its length. Despite that, its wheelbase has then been extended by another three inches. It is now covered in a BASF colour that they call “Greener On The Other Side.” This is complemented by chrome accents all over the body.
With the Defector’s shortened body, new rocker rails and quarter panels had to be added, together with a new suspension. The new subframe it sits on comes from Detroit Speed. It also has a new rack and pinion steering, and a four-link rear suspension setup. To complete the exterior design, it now rides on a set of 19-inch wheels from HRE that is paired with six-piston front piston Baer brakes.Read the entire article SEMA 2017: Ringbrothers’ Defector 1969 Dodge Charger
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