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2013 SEMA Preview: Hyundai JP Edition Genesis Coupe

Hyundai has released teasers for the cars that it will bring to the SEMA Show this year in Las Vegas. Famous tuner John Pangilinan worked on a Hyundai Genesis Coupe to create the latest custom product from the brand. Hyundai will be unveiling three other concepts at the show. Pangilinan has done other concepts for Hyundai in the past also for the SEMA Show.

This time, he uses his signature custom paint for the exterior of the Genesis Coupe JP Edition. The tuning firm refers to this color as Atlantic Blue, which is dark matte blue with a bit of a metallic characteristic to it. The other exterior revisions include wide-body metal fender flares, custom graphics, carbon fiber side skirts and a rear lip from Seibon, an APR carbon fiber front splitter, and custom V-LED headlights.

To boost its performance, Pangilinan chose to apply entry-level revisions for cost-effective power gains and put in an AEM cold air intake and ARK Performance exhaust with “turbo” downpipe. The Genesis Coupe is built on KW Variant 3 coil-overs and a set of 19-inch mystic black MORR VS52 mono-forged wheels covered in 275/30 ZR19- and 315/25 ZR19-size Toyo Proxes T1R tires front and rear, respectively.

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2013 SEMA Preview: Hyundai and Bisimoto team up to create 1,000 hp Genesis Coupe

Hyundai is collaborating once again with Bisimoto Engineering to develop a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe for the 2013 SEMA show next month in Las Vegas. Bisimoto Engineering –known for transforming production-grade engines into dynamic and excellent powerplants – eyes to create a Bisimoto 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe that will boast of a turbocharged factory-based 3.8-liter V6 engine that can provide up to 1,000 hp of output.

The Bisimoto powertrain employs newly designed internal components while having the naturally-aspirated Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec engine as the core building block.  The Bisimoto 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe offers the merger between reliability of a street car and the shocking power of a racing.

Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto Engineering, remarked that the key to building reliable, high-horsepower engines goes beyond the design, engineering and fabrication of performance parts since the core engine should be strong enough to weather  advanced modifications.

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Jeep Wrangler is the ‘Hottest 4x4 SUV’ at the 2012 SEMA Show

The Jeep Wrangler was named the ‘Hottest 4x4 SUV’ at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas for the third year in a row. The award was presented by SEMA president and CEO Chris Kersting to Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, and Mark Allen, Head of Jeep Design, in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Kersting said that the SEMA Award aids in directing customers toward the most popular and most accessory friendly vehicles available in the market. The winners of the SEMA Award are based on the models that are shown in the booths of the exhibitors. Every booth vehicle stands for a “vote” and awards are given to the most prominent models in every category.

Gorlier said that Jeep Wrangler is considered an icon and one of its most customized vehicles. He added that Mopar offers over 300 performance parts and accessories for the vehicle.

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Subaru unveils 2013 WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at SEMA Show

Subaru of America Inc. has unveiled the 2013 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions at the ongoing SEMA Show. Keeping a long tradition of customized Subaru SEMA show cars, the Special Edition WRX and WRX STI models feature an “Orange and Black” custom paint scheme, with Tangerine Orange paint off-set with jet black custom wheels, black front fender badging and exterior mirrors.

The Special Editions cars also don black exterior graphics. Subaru will only produce 200 special editions of WRX sedans and 100 special editions of WRX STI sedans and will start selling them in spring of 2013.

WRX Special Edition sports the dark interior trim of the WRX STI, including a black headliner. The Special Edition orange interior is also visible on seat stitching, doors and shift boot, and custom orange trimmed floor mats. The WRX STI also sports front fog lamps.

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A competition version of the new 2013 Acura ILX is on display at the 2012 SEMA Show before it makes its competition debut at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race set for next month. Team Honda Research- West designed and created this vehicle. In compliance with NASA U.S. Touring Car specs, a couple of E1 class Acura ILX sedans will join the traditional 25-hour endurance race that marks the annual conclusion of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) season at the tough three-mile Thunderhill road course north of Sacramento, California.

Team Honda Research-West (THR-W) is composed mainly of Torrance, California-based associates from Honda R&D Americas, Inc., who work after-hours to display Honda and Acura products on the track.

The team got a couple of new Acura ILX "body in white" bare chassis in early 2012 from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, which is where the model is exclusively built. In addition, a couple of "donor" cars from American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was utilized to offer suspension, powertrain, interior and electronic parts. As soon as the chassis and donor cars were sent to the THR-W workshop, a wide-ranging build program started that called for the use of as many OEM components as possible, to maintain its serviceability and to test the actual durability of Acura's latest sedan.

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The Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet concept introduced at the SEMA show in 2012 attests that there is certainly a substitute for displacement.

Ford Racing furnished its factory-made jailer drag racer with a turbocharged engine for the first time—a result of its unending pursuit to remain at the top of the game. The company followed the same esteemed technology set up on its road-going EcoBoost engines.

Winning heritage

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After being absent at the SEMA Show for 6 years, Acura now makes its comeback with the supercharged ILX "Street Build" project based on the all-new 2013 ILX luxury compact sedan. To create this supercharged 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car, Evasive Motorsports got an ILX luxury sedan and gave it an Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit and a series of aftermarket modifications meant to offer a fun, everyday vehicle that’s tastefully built.

Mike Accavitti, Vice President of National Marketing Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said that the ILX has premium standard features and sporty dynamics. Priced from $25,900, the 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car is aimed at attracting younger buyers to the luxury market.

He added that the ILX project cars brought to SEMA illustrates how much appeal this platform has on fans, driving the new model’s momentum. Evasive Motorsports built the Acura ILX "Street Build" to attract a serious tuner by using only parts that improve the experience without compromising drivability.

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Mazda named a new compact crossover after TV and movie actor Patrick Dempsey that it dubbed the CX-5 Dempsey. It is currently on display at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Dempsey got the honor for having raced competitively for many years. He has participated in the Rolex Grand Am series, behind the wheels of Mazda RX-8 race cars for a team he owns.

The CX-5 Dempsey is based on Mazda’s new compact crossover and features matte black and “Anatomy Gray” paint with red detailing (obviously named after Dempsey’s hit show ‘Grey’s Anatomy’). The vehicle comes with a Bicycle S-Works Tarmac road bike and a Thule Atlantis rooftop cargo box. It rides on 20-inch black chrome wheels with red detailing while it also features a Racing Beat dual exhaust system.

The cabin’s interior has been updated to feature new seating surfaces that use black perforated leather inserts and gray bolsters with red accents. In addition, leather was used to cover the steering wheel, shift boot, armrests, door panels and center storage bin with contrasting Luminous Red stitching throughout.

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Tuner ARK Performance will be partnering with Hyundai in developing a track-focused Genesis Coupe R-Spec that will be introduced this year at SEMA in Las Vegas. The released images indicate that this car will be very different from the production version. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to examine several of the exterior changes such as its carbon fiber hood, rear diffuser and flared rear fenders.

Aside from the clearly revised exterior, ARK was also able to give this car’s naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 to 395 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque a tuning. ARK was able to boost its output by 58-hp and 45 lb-ft over the production R-Spec 3.8 model. However, there are more modifications to the car. It’s possible that it will receive a better intake, pistons and an oil cooler to handle the additional power and lengthened high-speed driving.

Furthermore, the engine benefits from a Brian Crower 4.2 stroker kit and ceramic coated headers. Special treatment is given to the transmission. It gets a dual-mass flywheel and a carbon clutch plate kit.

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