Tuner Five Axis is bringing no fewer than three Toyotas to SEMA this year, the first of which is this Project IS F. This custom Japanese muscle receives a fresh interpretation of the IS-F's sculpted bodylines, but there's more to it beneath the surface.
Its 5-liter V-8 has been bored and stroked to 5.8-liters and now outputs an undisclosed amount of power and torque. We'll see if we can coax some numbers out of the Five Axis guys when we see the car at SEMA.
The Five Axis Venza Active Sports Versatility (AS V) was created to illustrate the sporty nature of the new 2009 Toyota Venza. The rear of the vehicle features a unique fold-away storage solution for carrying snowboards, skis, and the like. The body receives some very Subaru Outback-esque cladding for a rugged appearance.
Tuner Street Image also worked with Toyota to create this hot-rod vision of the Venza. The vehicle is suspended over big, 24-inch wheels by an adjustable coilover suspension. A TRD supercharger makes sure the Venza SportLux has enough grunt to spin such big rolling stock.
The Fox Marketing IS-F has been making the rounds in the car show circuit for a while now, but it's gone back under the knife for SEMA.
It now yields somewhere north of 600 horsepower, thanks to a twin-turbo kit. 600 ponies aren't of much use, but the most random feature on the spec sheet is the full set of Callaway golf clubs in the trunk. Go figure.
When Japanese suspension company TEIN puts its name on a show car, you can bet that the real show is going on in the wheel wells. This IS-F's suspension has been chucked in favor of TEIN re-valved Comfort Sport monotube coilovers with Electronic Damping Force Control, which allows fine adjustment of suspension characteristics from the driver's seat.
MotorworldHype has taken another path that is a bit less aggressive, yet more easily accessible for the average consumer. Lots of carbon to reduce some unwanted mass and a well-rounded package of suspension, brake, engine and cosmetic changes provide sharper responses in all directions.
Okay, just one more IS-F and then we'll move on. "0-60 Magazine" is bringing this ride to SEMA which uses a two-pronged approach to speed: less weight and more power. Weight is shaved with gratuitous use of carbon fiber, while power is augmented with a Greddy MP92 Supercharger w/ custom aluminum intake manifold.
At first glance, this Lexus LX570 looks pretty stock. ICON 4x4 Design has made many subtle changes, such as a removal of all external trim, blacking out the badges, and replacing the wood interior trim with carbon fiber. The least subtle change is the fitting of custom-finish 24-inch MOZ Calgary wheels.
The Chevrolet Camaro has been named the Official Vehicle of SEMA 2008, whatever that means. We think that means that we'll be seeing a whole lot of vehicles with design derivations of this Camaro Black Edition.
Here's the 638 horsepower LS9 V-8 engine, but where's the Corvette ZR-1 it's supposed to be wrapped in. General Motors will be debuting a crate engine version of the LS9 powerplant, so now you can drop one under the hood of your favorite sleeper.
The Targa is race-ready and race-proven variant of the Challenger. It was built almost completely of parts from the Mopar catalog, including the chin spoilers. Power comes from a 540-horsepower, 490 pound-foot of torque, 392 HEMI V-8 Mopar crate motor.
Not willing to leave good enough alone, Dodge has set its SRT team loose on the Challenger yet again. This time they've managed to shoehorn the V-10 engine that powers the Viper underneath the Challengers long hood.
Mopar's Underground design team round out Dodge's trifecta of Challengers for the SEMA show. This model starts life as an R/T before receiving custom body work, custom paint, Dodge Viper wheels and Mopar coilover suspension and cat-back exhaust.
Dodge has flatly stated that they are not building a convertible variant of the Challenger, but that hasn't stopped Coach Builders Ltd from chopping the top off a perfectly good specimen of Detroit muscle and making its own.
There are sure to be more than a few Challengers on display at SEMA, including a 900 horsepower model.
Green must be the official color of SEMA this year; that would explain the flood of green cars and this electric Ford F-150.
PML Flightlink has equipped this big green machine with an electric motor in each wheel, for a total of four. Hub-mounted motors eliminate the complexity of driveshafts and differentials, but cost more because of the extra motors. We can't wait to get a closer look at this one.
Hyundai is putting its best foot forward with the new Genesis sedan and putting donor cars in the hands of tuners for this year's SEMA. This specimen, customized by RK Sport, features custom paint, TSW alloy wheels, a new Baer performance brake system, K&N performance air filter, a new Eibach lowering springs system, and a new Magnaflow performance exhaust.
We can only hope the real deal looks as good as this sketch.