SEMA Show: Highlights and Wrap-Up
The theme for the SEMA show this year was American Muscle, and the domestic manufacturers delivered on the theme big time. Trucks from Chevrolet and Ford made a big—and we mean big—impact, with the new GMT900 products on stands everywhere and Ford fighting to retain dominance in the segment with its F-Series trucks. Conspicuously absent were Dodge Ram pickups; we only saw a few on the floor, and we spied only one new 2007 Tundra at the Toyota booth, alongside a Tacoma in aftermarket dress. The new Tundra will make more of an impact next year after it goes on sale, but surprisingly, the Tundra was named the most accessory-friendly truck at this year’s show…go figure. Nissan had only one off-road offering as well in its booth. Here’s what we saw and liked for 2006.
GM commissioned Orange County Choppers to do a one-off truck that looked as if it stepped out of a Terminator movie. The Chevy Silverado was black on black with custom chrome everything, including four chrome motorcycle engines in the bed. Red tinted windows, motorcycle-inspired wheels, and a billet-aluminum tailgate cutout made this truck the big attention-getter at the GM stand.
Although the exterior mods are subtle, there’s nothing subtle about the performance of the Silverado 427. Under the hood is a 505-horsepower LS7 engine matched to a Tremec six-speed manual tranny. It features a custom-fabbed air intake and other parts derived from the Corvette racing program, like a dry-sump oiling system. Big 22-inch rims with Pirelli tires and a lowered suspension give the 427 its menacing look. Six-puck Baer brake calipers and 16-inch-diameter rotors mean business as well.
Dressed in BASF Synergy Green Metallic Paint, the Silverado Rally Sport features the 6.2-liter Vortec V-8 with 380 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. A Ground Force lowering kit dropped the front 2 inches, and Ground Force rear springs lowered the back. The Chevy Accessories 22-inch wheels wear Bridgestone Dueler Alenza tires. A catback exhaust, and hard tonneau cover soon will be available from GM Accessories; the chrome mesh grille and bedliner are available now.
For those whose life is nothing but football, GMC has the truck for you. The GMC Sierra NFL Crew Cab is outfitted with a 50-inch Panasonic plasma screen and a portable barbecue, cutting board, and cooler on the pullout tailgate system. NFL logos are placed throughout the interior, and custom PPG White Diamond paint is complemented by custom NFL stripes in Tarnished Silver. While the wheels and tires will be available from GMC Accessories, the pullout grille, unfortunately, isn’t!