With colder weather settling and a new month on the calendar, our thoughts turn to the warmer weather in Las Vegas as the 2021 SEMA Show takes place this week. It always has so much for car enthusiasts to take in. The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show takes place November 2-5 and will showcase customized vehicles and hundreds of quality-tested, factory-backed performance parts and accessories.
It’s mostly a place to feature aftermarket parts and accessories, but it has also become a showcase for automakers to go a little crazy and display some unusual and extravagant builds. After last year’s SEMA was virtual due to the pandemic, this year’s show is back in person and there’s some awesome builds to see.
We chose five trucks and SUVs among the dozens on display that caught our eye. While none of these will likely get built, they do feature some aftermarket parts that can be bought and added to your vehicle.
First of all, the name is outstanding, but secondly it’s appropriately named. This four-person vehicle has a customized pickup truck body and is powered by a Chevrolet Performance LT4 650-horsepower supercharged crate engine.
“The Chevy Beast concept takes the popularity of high-performance off-road trucks to the next level,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. We couldn’t agree more!
A 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission sends torque to a two-speed transfer case and distributes it to 37-inch-tall off-road tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. The concept truck also includes the Chevrolet Performance Big Brake Upgrade System.
On looks, The Beast is quite distinctive with a custom front grille, front and rear bowtie emblems and powerful off-road lighting from Baja Designs. The open rear is intended to extract dust and there’s two full-size spare tires mounted in the bed, in case you need them while traversing the desert.
The interior is more simplistic but still has distinction including Recaro performance seats as well as a pair of 7-inch-diagonal LCD screens that monitor vehicle functions and performance data, including pitch and roll during off-road driving scenarios.
More details on all the Chevrolet vehicles and accessories at the 2021 SEMA Show are available www.ChevySEMA.com.
Toyota gets an A+ for the name “Tacozilla.” It makes me think of a giant, wonderfully delicious taco. But it really refers to a customized, tricked-out Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport turned into a truck camper.
How glorious is that?
Tacozilla will be on display at Toyota’s SEMA booth and is an homage to a vehicle Toyota built in the early 1980s. Using a Tacoma TRD Sport with a manual transmission, Toyota is on a mission to make this modern version livable. We don’t have all the details, but there’s a fun video to watch about Tacozilla.
As such, there are no images available yet of Tacozilla, but from the rendering we’ve seen it might be the most glorious vehicle at the 2021 SEMA Show. We especially love the retro color scheme!
How do you make the already outstanding Ram TRX even better? Add a bunch of Mopar accessories, a custom exterior and attention-grabbing Mopar blue graphics, that’s how.
Don’t worry, the Ram TRX RexRunner still has that supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine and 702 horses. But this one-of-a-kind concept truck rides on 37-inch Goodyear tires mounted to custom-designed 18-by-9-inch Black Rhino Chamber wheels for a race-inspired appearance at all four corners.
Inside, the RexRunner combines some of the best features from the Ram 1500 TRX and the workhorse Ram 1500 Tradesman. The center stack, instrument cluster, flat-bottom steering wheel and sport seats are from the Ram TRX. Meanwhile molded one-piece door panels and a vinyl floor are pulled from the Tradesman.
Jeep has a strong contingency of vehicles at SEMA. This show is nearly perfect for the entire Jeep lineup, which has one of the healthiest aftermarket industries.
At SEMA you can see what a three-row Jeep Wrangler might look like. The Jeep Wrangler Overlook concept stretches a four-door Wrangler Sahara into a three-row off-roader loaded with luxury touches and a wide array of products from the JPP portfolio.
The rugged Wrangler Sahara is still capable over any terrain, but inside there’s an additional 12 inches to hold a third row of seats. The custom modular roofline is 5 inches taller than standard for more interior headroom as well.
The concept Jeep has a JPP 2-inch lift kit with FOX shocks and 20-inch Black Rhino York wheels mounted on 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrain tires. Custom-made rear bumper extensions reach about 12 inches around each quarter panel to the wheel flares.
Inside, the seats have exterior color matched Sahara Bronze stitching to complete the look of this third-row Jeep. There are several more custom Jeeps on display at the 2021 SEMA Show as well as several more Dodge and Ram vehicles.
Stellantis regularly has one of the biggest displays at the show, and this year will be no exception.
Speaking of large displays at SEMA, Ford will have displays inside and outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. We already covered the large Bronco display that will be part of Ford’s SEMA presence, but the Blue Oval will not miss this opportunity to show off one of its newest trucks – the Ford Maverick.
There will be several concept Mavericks on display, but our favorite is the widened, race-inspired Maverick by Tucci Hot Rods. When you think of a small truck like the Maverick, you might not think of a street rod, but that’s the focus of this customized truck.
The Tucci Maverick is based on the all-wheel drive 2.0-liter EcoBoost but gets added performance from coil-over shocks custom Borla cat-back exhaust with dual carbon fiber tips, and meaty tires on custom wheels with a retro feel.
Tucci specially designed 3D-printed fenders to add to this widened truck. Additionally there’s a 3D-printed front lip, while a rally-inspired 3D-printed spoiler brings significant style to the back.
This Maverick is loaded up with Ford Licensed Accessories such as a hard rollup bed cover, spray-in bedliner and tailgate spoiler. This Maverick is one of three custom designs at SEMA along with several custom-built Rangers and F-150s.
The SEMA show is almost becoming a bucket list event for many car enthusiasts. And, hey, it means a trip to Vegas, so that doesn’t hurt either. With names like the Beast and RexRunner, the trucks on display during this three-day show make us really wish we there.