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The top 10 SEMA show cars of 2012

November 18, 2012

Kia’s We Can Be Heroes Justice League Fleet.Kia’s We Can Be Heroes Justice League Fleet.LAS VEGAS, Nov 18 — Earlier this month carmakers and after-market specialists alike converged on Las Vegas for the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show where the most outrageous concept cars, customised vehicles and one-off commissions are displayed side-by-side.

And now that the curtain has come down on the industry-only event, Autobytel published this week of what it believes are the 10 hottest cars on show at the 2012 event. A look at the most impressive, standout and just plain strange vehicles from the annual customised car show.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet’s showed up with just the second convertible edition of the 2012 COPO Camaro to SEMA. Boasting 550 horsepower, from a supercharged powerplant, the Camaro features a full roll cage and slick tires as well as an attention-grabbing orange paint job.

Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept

Ford Racing presented a twin-turbo version of its Ford Mustang Cobra Jet concept which pairs a 5.0-litre V-8 with two Borg-Warner turbos that Ford claims have almost no turbo lag.

The customisable 1940 Ford Coupe.The customisable 1940 Ford Coupe.

Kia’s We Can Be Heroes Justice League Fleet

Kia and DC Entertainment — the home of Batman and Superman comics — produced a set of five ‘We Can Be Heroes’ charity editions of its most popular vehicles, each associated with a member of the Justice League of America.

ICON Dodge D200 Reformer Series

The ICON Dodge D200 Reformer Series keeps the old-school rugged looks but overhauls the technology underneath to optimise on- and off-road performance without sacrificing style.

1940 Ford Coupe

A popular car with Bootleggers in prohibition times and often the starting point for many a hotrod project, this Ford Coupe is actually a brand new car and can be ordered straight from Ford for owners to customise.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible.Chevrolet COPO Camaro Convertible.

Hyundai Cosworth Genesis Racing Series Concept

Special because it achieves its performance through Cosworth’s engineering know-how, rather than from a set of large turbos or a nitrous kit. This Genesis is capable of delivering 325 lb. / ft. of torque and 389 horsepower from a 3.8-litre V6 (that’s over 100 horsepower a litre — European supercar territory). What’s more, it has the suspension, breaks and body kit to make the most of that performance.

Legacy Power Wagon

Not to be outdone by ICON, Legacy Classic Trucks resurrected a Dodge Power Wagon by giving it a choice of either a four-cylinder Cummins turbodiesel engine or a 425 horsepower Chrysler V-8 engine.

Toyota Dragquoia

When you think of drag racing, two words that don’t immediately spring to mind are Toyota and SUV. For that reason alone the Toyota Dragquoia drag racer, developed in partnership with Antron Brown, one of the most successful Top Fuel competitors in NHRA, makes the top 10.

Toyota Dragquoia.Toyota Dragquoia.

Hurst Edition Trans Am

The Pontiac Trans Am might be no more, but that hasn’t stopped Hurst from taking a Chevrolet Camaro and turning it into one, complete with ‘screaming chicken’ decal on the hood and T-bar roof.

HPD CR-Z Concept

The Honda Performance Division’s CR-Z Concept car takes the hybrid technology found in the standard car and adds a supercharger to generate 185 horsepower. — AFP/Relaxnews

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