Whether you love it or hate it, you can always count on the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas for some wacky automotive sights and sounds. This year was no exception, and we picked out some of our favorite cars that we saw in Las Vegas. Check out the 10 coolest cars we saw at SEMA 2015.
Mazda MX-5 Speedster and Spyder concepts
You already know how much we love the Mazda MX-5 Miata. But Mazda really piqued our interest with its two Miata SEMA concepts, both of which focus on lightness above all. The silver Spyder, which is meant to evoke the look of a vintage roadster, wears a tan bikini top designed by American Sunroof Corporation. The blue Speedster is a bit more extreme, and does away with the windshield and the roof altogether. The result? A sparse curb weight of only 2,080 pounds, 250 pounds less than a standard 2016 Miata.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ford Mustang RTR
We’ve seen drift king Vaughn Gittin Jr and his modified Mustang RTR in action before, but that doesn’t mean this mean machine is any less awesome in the flesh. With its 5.0-liter Ford Racing-tweaked V-8 engine and manual transmission, the wide-body drift car is built for epic power slides and burnouts.
Kia Forte Mud Bogger Concept
Who says you have to have a Jeep to go off-road? This cheerful little Kia Forte boasts a lifted suspension, serious off-road tires, and a front bumper bar for legitimate go-anywhere capability. It reminds us of the days of cheap, fun dune buggies, and that’s a good thing.
Dodge Challenger GT AWD Concept
This wide-body Dodge Challenger looks pretty sweet on the outside, but it’s what’s underneath that really gets our attention. An all-wheel-drive system puts the Hemi V-8 power down to all four wheels for enhanced traction. Yeah, you won’t be able to do as many burnouts, but the performance benefit and year-round usability are certainly enticing.
Ludacris’ Restored 1993 Acura Legend
Acura is living in the past—and we’re ok with it. Rapper Ludacris isn’t shy about his beloved 1993 Acura Legend, and Acura took it upon itself to do a full restoration of the aging sedan for SEMA this year. The Legend is now as good as new—better, actually, given that Acura added 18-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, a lowered suspension, and a whole new Pioneer sound system.
Chevrolet Camaro Performance Concept
Chevrolet is proud of all the new performance parts available for the sixth-generation 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, and put all the best bits together to create the Camaro Chevrolet Performance concept. It boasts Brembo brakes, a performance air intake, and upgraded exhaust system, and a lowered suspension to back up its sporty look. Certainly a nice placeholder until the inevitable ZL1 variant arrives.
Take a clapped-out, E28-generation BMW 5 Series, drop it to the ground with a full stance kit, and add all sorts of body modifications, and what do you get? Behold the Rusty Slammington. It’s not all for show, either, as the Slammington features a full tube chassis and a highly modified BMW straight-six engine under the hood. Created by Mike Burroughs, the Slammington is actually an extensively rebuilt version of the car that was originally shown a few years ago.
Chevrolet Silverado Kid Rock Edition
Leave it to musician Kid Rock to take Chevy’s already imposing heavy-duty Silverado to a completely different level. Everything is overdone on this in-your-face truck, starting with the gigantic Chevrolet bowtie in the grille and continuing with the huge smokestacks in the bed. It’s all wrapped in a patriotic paint scheme because, you know, ‘Merica.
Honda HR-V Tjin Edition
You can’t call the Honda HR-V crossover boring anymore. With its eye-popping pink paint, wide body kit, and huge gold wheels, the HR-V tuned by Tjin is certainly a polarizing take on the small SUV. And it wasn’t the only customized HR-V at the show, either—Honda also brought along three other examples tuned by Bisimoto, MAD Industries, and Fox Marketing.
A1A Kia Optima Convertible Concept
The elegance of the four-door convertible bodystyle lives on with this Kia Optima concept, finished in a less-than-elegant shade of bright blue on the outside. The clean lines of the production Optima do translate surprisingly well without a roof, though, and the sumptuous leather interior affords plenty of space to stretch out in the back seat.