It's almost time for Halloween trick or treating! This week's carnival treat is an assortment of news from SEMA.
What the heck is the SEMA Show? Produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the SEMA Show is the world's premier automotive aftermarket accessories event. This trade-only event serves the $36.7 billion automotive aftermarket industry, which allows drivers to personalize and enhance their vehicle's appearance, performance, comfort, convenience, safety, and fun factor.
The SEMA Show is held annually at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the first week of November. More than a million square feet of exhibits await those industry insiders with the fortitude to walk the miles of aisles.
Our very own president Jody DeVere is in Vegas now, mingling with more than 125,000 industry professionals from over 100 countries, all of them there to see new products and automotive trends, to learn valuable business skills, or to simply network with colleagues. Every online automotive Web site has sent their own posse of editors, and they are already beginning to post news from the show at their sites. We've gathered up an assortment of the more exciting and interesting items, and invite you to continue to browse these sites as the show unfolds during the remainder of the week.
Meanwhile, themustangnews offers a short history and primer on why SEMA is such a big deal, and shares an assortment of photo galleries and press announcements so broad, that when you're done reading, you'll feel as if you've actually been to SEMA yourself!
Edmunds predicts: "If Al Gore were to make an appearance at the 2007 SEMA Show, there's no doubt that he would find an excellent photo op in front of Jay Leno's E85-fueled Z06-inspired C6RS Corvette. The car's 600 horses aren't an issue, since Leno's rocket runs on ethanol."
Talk about burly: Hummer's H3R Off-Road Concept combines the power of the H3 SUV with the 7.0-liter/505-hp V8 from a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Edmunds says we shouldn't get too excited, as Hummer hustles to say, "No, a production H3 equipped with an LS7 engine isn't in the cards."
The folks over at AutoBlog were super excited about the Pontiac G8 entering production; unfortunately they say "there's little about this SEMA Edition of the Aussie-sourced rear-wheel-drive V8 sedan that adds to that excitement. It's basically a stock Pontiac G8 with a flashy orange paint job, orange accents inside, and the same 20-inch wheels from the G8 concept...The main motivation is the same 6.0L V-8 making 361 hp and 385 ft-lb. of torque that will be found in the production car." Those AutoBlog guys are never satisfied...
Direct from AutoBlog: the 260-hp 2008 Chevy Cobalt SS Turbo is being introduced to the world at SEMA this week. With a boost of more than 50 horses, Chevy went to great lengths to ensure that the SS badge means more than what it had become in recent years.
According to AutoWeek, Ford made several motorsports announcements, topped by news of a new Mustang race car and dedicated "spec" racing series. Apparently, a new Mustang FR500S will be priced at $75,000, and is intended to compete in the all-new Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup--that's "Miller," as in Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City.
According to Motor Trend, Pontiac's vintage-inspired Solstice SD-290 Race Concept features a stripped-down, old-school look highlighted by a passenger cockpit tonneau cover; cut-down, driver-side-only windscreen; and the removal of the base Solstice's door glass and convertible top. Underhood, the direct-injected, turbocharged 2.0-liter Ecotec four-cylinder has been tweaked to create 290 horsepower.
The folks at Carscoop say "it doesn't take a petrolhead aficionado to make the association between the long dead Plymouth hot-rod and the SR 392 Roadster." The concept is a collaborative project between Chrysler's Mopar Underground SEMA design team and Quality Metalcraft, and combines Mopar's new 392 Hemi (6.4-liter V8) crate engine with the world's first-ever steel reproduction of a 1927 street rod body.
SEMA Insider has partnered with Toyota and Car Crazy Central to bring the show experience into your home and office via www.semainsider.com. The site promises to offer all the excitement of the show, including top car celebrities, hottest new vehicles, technologies, latest styling trends, and photo gallery downloads, wallpapers, and screensavers. SEMAInsider.com will stay active following the SEMA show for those who aren't able to attend the show itself.