Best Cars At 2016 SEMA

Posted: Nov 5 2016, 5:47am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 5 2016, 9:58am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Best Cars at 2016 SEMA
Kia Sorento Ski Gondola Credit: TopGear
  • The best of the vehicular offerings at the 50th SEMA show

From innovative car concepts to crazy customizations to even a tank, SEMA has it all.

This year the annual SEMA event will have its 50th automotive market show in Las Vegas. SEMA is undoubtedly known as the single largest gathering for small businesses from all around the world.

This year SEMA has attracted more than 140,000 companies to their show. The variety of people who come to SEMA is uniquely versatile. The business owners range from Alan Batey, the president of General Motors North America, to a local shop owner from North America.

For its 50th year were expecting nothing less than greatness from all those in the business of automobiles. It seems greatness has been delivered since the lineup of vehicles not only features impeccably customized cars but even a tank. I repeat... even a Tank!

Craziest Cars at SEMA 2016


One of the craziest cars of the night was the Batmobile. The Bat-car was parked in the both by MagnaFlow, featuring rocket-thruster-style outlets. The thrusters poked out of the Batmobile’s tail, while a tiny muffler exited under the rear axle.

M5A1 Stuart Tank

But the cake at SEMA was taken by the M5A1 Stuart Tank. The World War II tank proudly graced onlookers from its exhibit place.

1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Let us take a look at some of the car which garnered our attention at the show. Tom Scarpetta, who is the head of Ford’s SVT division, brought a 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 to the show. Scarpetta is allowed to work on licensed Ford Mustang replicas and the one he brought to SEMA sells for about $175,000, with its 5.0-liter V-8 and a six-speed manual transmission.

Ford Focus RS

Ford also displayed the Focus RS which featured the turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder giving a stack of options for crazy power. The automaker customized the Focus RS with a twin-scroll turbo, three-inch turbo-back exhaust, cold-air intake, and upgraded intercooler. The truck has been fitted with Skyjacker Suspension’s 8.5-inch four-link lift kit.

Simpler Concepts at SEMA 2016

Now let’s talk about some of the simpler concepts at SEMA. One of the tamest concepts seen at SEMA was the MDX/GT3 Concept by Acura.

Acura MDX/GT3 Concept

The concept featured a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 directly from the Acura race car with no under the hood modifications whatsoever at all. Although the car does boast a new paint job.

Kia Sorento Ski Gondola

Kia may have shown one of the most unexpected car customizations at the show in the form of the Sorento Ski Gondola. Kia brought forward the driverless technology along with a new direction for car customization. Not only is the car driverless but also comes with waterproof black and orange Line-X and orange powder coated Dominator rubber tracks.

Kia Niro Triathlete

The second Kia offering was the Niro Triathlete. It was the second concept for lifestyle-y people by Kia.

Kia Sedona School of Rock

Lastly Kia captured our attention with its autonomous School of Rock Sedona. The Sedona does not have much seating which invariably gives musicians a lot of space for their music instruments. The space is more than enough for even massive stack amps along with a full-on recording studio. Kia also customized the Sedona with a digital mixing board, dual flat-screen monitors and wait for it... even a boom mic!

Mopar Jeep CJ66

SEMA 2016 also displayed the Mopar Jeep CJ66 or more aptly the FrankenJeep due to its massive size. The jeep by Mopar was a combination of three generations of Jeeps if they all had been mixed together. The CJ66 contained parts from the Jeep TJ Wrangler, ’66 Jeep CJ Tuxedo Park, and a JK Wrangler all in one vehicle. The jeep came equipped with a 345 crate engine kit for the 5.7-litre Hemi, capable of producing a 383 horsepower and 425 lb ft of torque.

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