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Infiniti Q60 Red Alpha Concept shows us a new range of accessories

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.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo is transformed into 828-hp wide-body Gemballa GT Concept

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.

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SpeedKore showcases Robert Downey Jr.’s bespoke Ford Mustang Boss 302

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.

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Track-only 2018 Shelby 1000 will be loaded with 1,000 horsepower

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the few people we know who collect high-powered modified Mustangs would be pro Formula Drift driver and motorsports enthusiast Vaughn Gittin Jr. Today, he is back with another installment, and the muscle car will make an appearance at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st in Vegas. One thing we expect from it, like all other RTR Mustangs, is a whole bag of horsepower.

From the outside, the Ford Mustang gets the same signature style elements from the previous model. But now, it has a more aggressive front fascia, where the grille is highlighted by LED accenting lights in triangle. It has got a meaner looking front splitter as well as a more sculpted hood too. The exterior is finished off with black accent striping on the hood and side profile, a more subtle lip spoiler, and a new set of high-spoke wheels.

Gittin has not mentioned anything in terms of this particular Mustang’s performance. However, we are guessing that it would have something close to 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) or probably more when it makes its appearance in a few weeks. So far, the most powerful Spec 3 RTR Mustang had a supercharged 5.0 liter V8 that carries out as much as 670 horsepower (499 kilowatts) and we witnessed this at the 2015 SEMA.

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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.

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We all know the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse to be a crossover that can comfortably fit seven to eight people. So it is a good choice for those who like to go on trips away from the city - whether it be the beach or the mountains. Having said that, here is the new Traverse SUP Concept that would be the perfect ride for adventurers. It is a three-row crossover with a beach-inspired livery and amenities that would meet all your paddle boarding and hauling needs.

The Traverse continues to look like its old self, as it did not get a lot of crazy tweaks or a major facelift. Instead, it had been given a new Chevrolet Accessories Stand Up Paddleboard Carrier by Thule, and this includes a paddle board by Riviera Paddlesurf - pretty cool, huh? So this concept is really focused more on the paddle board carrier that can be bought as an attachment. Yes, the good news is that customers will be able to purchase this separately.

What makes this SUP concept unique is the fact that the car’s design matches that of the paddle board. It includes “Blue Wave” bodyside graphics like that of the blue River stand up paddle board. Yellow stripes that run across the belt line act as a contrast, as well as the gloss black bodyside moldings and fog lamp bezels and tinted windows.

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Fuel efficiency and going the distance may not be among the things that immediately come to mind when one mentions SEMA. But that hasn’t dissuaded Hyundai from what it has already set its mind out to do as we’re learned that the automaker will debut its newest creation dubbed as the HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept at the said show. From the name alone, it’s sure to be based on the Ioniq hybrid.

To make this hybrid version excellent in every possible way, and to squeeze out the maximum number of mpgs from the Ioniq, the Korean automaker had to work together with Canadian firm Bisimoto Engineering. Aside from aerodynamic tweaks, the vehicle received friction reduction modifications as well as mechanical adjustments.

The HyperEconiq Ioniq Concept will take the Ioniq where it has always been expected to go, minus sacrificing its drivability, according to Bisi Ezerioha, president of Bisimoto Engineering. He further says that they have a number of technical elements that not only help bring efficiency, but also raise aerodynamics and design to the highest level.

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More and more people are beginning to appreciate classic pickup trucks, which are quickly becoming an in-demand commodity. A lot of these trucks come from the late 1960s and one of the hottest ones would be this 1967 Chevy C-10 from the C/K series. And even if they are not celebrating 100 years of building pick up trucks, this restored model would look great at 2017 SEMA Show. However, they will actually be celebrating the aforementioned event next year.

By looking at the photos, you will be able to tell that Chevrolet will be bringing the truck to SEMA and the Texas State Fair, with its Centennial Blue finish similar to what the special edition Colorado and Silverado are wearing. Furthermore, the C-10 gets the same bowtie badges as well that celebrate the automaker’s heritage. The restored model sits on a set of 20-inch chrome wheels that are wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. As for the braking system, it had also been upgraded with new discs on the front and rear. Suspension wise, we can’t really tell what’s been done to it but we’re pretty confident that it isn’t an unimportant change. As for the mechanical bits and other modifications, the company did not really discuss any of these at the C-10’s reveal.

Since we were not given any information regarding the engine, we can only guess what’s underneath that hood based on what we can see. The 1967 C-10 has dual turn down exhaust tips at the back, and the P-Zeros are pretty solid brakes. However, it does not have a very wide body, we are thinking that it won’t have that much horsepower, but will be a good cruiser instead.

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The original classic Ford Bronco has become more relevant lately, thanks to the upcoming release of the all new version of it. The classic 1966 Bronco will make its way to this year’s 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to be displayed before it heads to an auction later in the year.

In collaboration with WD-40, Vaccar built this custom first-generation Bronco to mimic the many uses of the brand. It had been designed with a unique blue and yellow livery on the exterior, accented with a single black horizontal line that runs through the sides, as well as the mirror caps and blacked out roof. The front fascia gets a bright yellow frame that matches the same shade of yellow around the wheels. There is also a WD-40 logo that is etched on the front fender.

From the looks of it, the Ford Bronco had also been raised up a little and has got a larger set of wheels wrapped in off-road tires. Though not everybody may be fond of the design of the WD-40 themed Bronco, with the blue finish and bright yellow accents - just like that of Ikea. Take note that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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A new premium performance model could be coming for Infiniti if a partnership with Renault’s Formula One team becomes a definite success. Yes, Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team have entered into a collaborative venture – Project Black S -- to create a hybrid performance model derived from the Infiniti Q60.

This collaboration between Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team will be represented by the Project Black S concept car. So far, the venture between these high-end auto personalities has taken the shape of the Project Black S concept car – featuring Formula One-inspired technology -- that will be unveiled to the global public during a special event a night before 2017 Geneva Motor Show formally starts.

According to Infiniti, the Project Black S is a radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe with a prominent aerodynamic design. As it is, the Project Black S provides a preview on how a hybrid powertrain derived from motorsport – not less than Formula One -- could superbly improve the overall performance of a production car from Infiniti. This performance hybrid powertrain on the Project Black S makes use of the so-called ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) that is found in RenaultSport’s F1 car. This ERS – not yet employed by any production road car -- is designed to harvest or recover energy in the form of electric power and deploy it to significantly boost the powertrain’s output and torque. Hence, a car with ERS is able to accelerate without any lag.

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For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it seems things are going to change and get better. We learned that Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s executive director for design, considers Cuba to be his homeland. Hmm. Suddenly this looks like a scene from a novel.

To continue along the story, Albaisa drove the Q60 to Cuba not just to find his roots but also to introduce the sedan’s highly modern design to the locals. As expected, the company has never felt as excited before for the main man and documented his journey in video. It’s more of a personal trip but since Infiniti followed him all the way there, then it makes a good place for everyone to unwind.

To some, Infiniti’s idea may appear like a stunt. But for us, it gives us a certain satisfaction to watch the stunning Q60 stand out on the street among old vintage cars and pedicabs. We love how the video showcases Cuba, an amazing island surrounded with colourful buildings influenced by Spanish architecture.

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A few more days to go and the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will be opened for the public with quite a number of car manufacturers confirming their attendance. As a matter of fact, a number of carmakers have already presented a preview or have disclosed their lineup for the LA Auto Show. One of these carmakers is premium carmaker Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury division said its lineup for the LA Auto Show would include the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept, its new advanced variable compression VC-Turbo engine, the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition and the 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport.

Infiniti first unveiled the QX Sport Inspiration concept at Beijing Auto Show in late April and early May. This SUV concept provides a preview of how future mid-size crossovers from Infiniti might look like – such as the next iteration of QX70. As unveiled in Beijing, the QX Sport Inspiration concept shows an SUV would appear once Infiniti's contemporary design language is applied. It features a sharper front end, muscular and taut profile lines as well as a flowing roofline. For the LA Auto Show, Infiniti wrapped the QX Sport Inspiration concept in a special shade of matte grey. It rides on a set of larger 22-inch bronze wheels that come with matching brake calipers.

Meanwhile, Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show – is regarded as the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. VC-Turbo basically combines the output of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain but sans the usual emission levels. VC-Turbo could provide as much power as a six-cylinder gasoline engine -- with target output of around 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and target torque of 390 Nm – while consuming much less fuel. It is also much lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable outputs.

Read the entire article Infiniti’s lineup for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is nothing short of incredible!

Celebrated tuner Zero to 60 Designs revealed that when it displayed its GTT Concept car during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) held in Las Vegas, the model was received well by many of those who participated. However the tuning company said while the most of the attention was positive, the legal team of Ford communicated with the company regarding the concept car. To its credit, said legal team did not issue a cease-and-desist letter but instead wanted clarification with the name.

In line with this and in order to avoid additional confusion, the tuner said that it will be redesigning the logo and that the official name is not the Ford Mustang GTT but instead Zero to 60 Designs GTT. This move to avoid any legal issues is not without basis as such things are common in the industry. California-based Singer Vehicle Design for example had to face legal action initiated by Porsche to make sure that the modified cars by the latter was not made by the former.

Thus the practice now is to name it as the Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. It is obvious that Zero to 60 Designs does not want to experience the same with Ford. Zero to 60 Designs though reveals that it has never called its concept car as the Ford Mustang GTT and it is likely that the confusion is due to the phrase being used by several automotive-related publications.

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For those who already own a Winnebago, enjoyment while being on the road comes fairly easy. Even then, some people also want a vehicle where they can get a thrill every time the accelerator is pressed. At the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) held in Las Vegas, Ringbrothers revealed that such a vehicle is possible with its version of the 1972 Winnebago Bravo. In simple terms, this well-known car tuner and builder has managed to transform a Winnebago to a speed beast.

Powering this Ringbrothers variant of the Winnebago is the supercharged LS408 V8 engine with excellent output of 900 hp. This power is then channelled to the wheels through the 4L80 transmission from General Motors. However when looked at its exterior, one would hardly think that it contains this amount of power.

Some personalization and improvements have been implemented on the interior and this is helped with the mint green paint theme. Inside, the use of glass as a cover for the engine allows the supercharger to be seen. There is also the wooden floor, flat screen TV, and neon lights. A boat engine can even be seen on one of its walls.

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