2017 SEMA Show Highlights

The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show just wrapped up at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, SEMA showcased the brightest minds and newest products to attendees. Also, the show provided an opportunity for networking, educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, and more. Here are some of the highlights from the trade show floor.


Blending the old with the new, Chevrolet's Centennial C/K was a big hit. The rare '67 C-10 extended bed pickup was given a coat of Centennial blue paint after the frame and cargo box were shortened. The suspension was lowered with modified front control arms, dropped spindles, and custom springs. A front disc brake conversion replaced the old drums, and a set of 20-inch forged aluminum wheels replaced the original steel ones. The exterior was finished off with a few classic touches such as the smoothed and tucked bumpers and tailgate, brushed aluminum trim, LED lighting, custom gauges, porcelain white interior trim accents, and an updated bench seat. Under the hood, a Chevrolet Performance ZZ6 small-block crate engine pumped out 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.


The BMW M3 30 Years American Edition was also unveiled at SEMA. Equipped with 444-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, the M3 30 sports a six-speed manual transmission; split-spoke wheels; a substantial carbon-fiber rear wing; a unique rear-window graphic; and a carbon-fiber roof that’s been embellished with the M division’s red, blue, and purple stripes. Inside, the BMW's seats and door panels are upholstered in a combination of red, white, and blue leather with contrasting stitching. An American flag adorns each headrest. The 30 Years American Edition will be available to purchase and comes with a hefty price tag of about 130K.



The Hennessey Venom F5 was one of the biggest reveals at the show. The 1,600 horsepower supercar will be the first street-legal vehicle to hit 300 miles per hour, reaching speeds of 186 mph in less than 10 seconds. With an entirely new chassis and carbon fiber body to achieve a 2,950-pound curb weight, the company plans to carry out top-speed tests with Michelin tires, or if necessary, its own tires. Production is scheduled to begin by 2019 with only 24 planned, each with a starting price of $1.6 million.


Created by Maxlider Brothers Customs, a '66 Bronco was made into a four-door and named the Four Horsemen. The team, led by brothers Erik and Kris Barnlund, lengthened the chassis by 26 inches, supercharged the engine with a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 from Roush Performance, and used four-wheel disc brakes by Wilwood. With a custom suspension from MJR Industries, Fox Racing shocks, and BF Goodrich tires wrapped over gloss black wheels, the Four Horseman is apocalypse-ready. The custom fabricated interior, and Wetsounds Bluetooth sound bars and subwoofers add to the overall experience.


If an engine's all you're looking for, the Honda Civic's Type R’s K20C1 crate engine can be purchased independently of the vehicle. Revealed as part of the HPD Racing Line, the premium-fueled turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four can be yours for $6,519.87 before tax and shipping. The engine extracts all 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet thanks to a flat torque curve that peaks at 2,500 rpm. Honda will make buyers of the engine sign a lengthy contract requiring proof that it will not be used in a non-Honda product. Also, no warranty is offered, assuming that HPD parts are to be used in racing, not on the street.

The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and not open to the general public. To attend the show, you must work in the Specialty Equipment Aftermarket industry and provide the proper documentation. The 2018 SEMA show is planned for October 30th to November 2nd at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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