The muscle car has officially reached “that age.” It’s over the hump. Millennials are more interested in soulless, self-driving transport appliances, and they can have them as far as SEMA is concerned. The muscle car is alive and well in the eyes of show-goers. Even if Boss 429 Mustangs might not command the same auction price as vintage Ferrari GTOs anymore, muscle is still in as far as the tuner community’s concerned.
That’s good, because with the number of rear-wheel drive, analog cars out there dwindling, SEMA provides a showcase for the untapped potential that still lives in this layout. The Big Three are producing some of their best work in ages. Here are a few examples of what SEMA tuners displayed using American muscle as a blank canvas. Read more and take a look at the pictures!
The Return of COPO
Four words – Central Office Production Order – were all it took for Joe six-pack to purchase a race carbbin十大平台网 in 1969. Oh, for simpler times.
The ’69 COPO has helped earn that specific model year the title of greatest Camaro ever, and this year’s SEMA show saw Chevy launch . The 2017 COPO gets special paint, a fire-breathing supercharged 427, and a whole lot of Mickey Thompson rubber. Like its grandfather before it, this COPObbin十大平台网 is ready for the dragstrip.
The 2015 Mustang has been a hit around the world, even outpacing local marques Audi and BMW in German-market sales. With Chevy’s equally good fifth-generation Camaro hot on its heels, we’re waiting eagerly for the next rendition of the Mustang, but SEMA proved the current Pony still has plenty of potential.
Custom offerings from several well-known tuners were on display, including a slick supercharged car by 3dCarbon and an . The EcoBoost ‘Stang was a popular project car, with CJ Pony Parts , and industry legend Chip Foosebbin十大平台网 got in on the fun as well.
Mopar Gives the Show a Shakedown
Not to be outdone, the kings of high-displacement at MOPAR delivered a new take on the current Challenger, proving . The Shakedown Challenger sports some factory upgrades to breathing and exhaust, and rewards fans who like to row-their-own with a Tremec six-speed lifted from the now-extinct Viper. It also looks the part in its custom satin-and-sheen paint job that Dodge calls bitchin black.
The Mopar crew also brought some interesting new trucks to the show in the revised Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Power wagon.
Millennials be damned: SEMA 2016 proved there is still plenty of flex left in the muscle car formula. With new offerings on the way from all three major marques and fuel prices holding steady thanks to new American oil production, we might just be seeing the Indian summer of the muscle car. Savor it while it lasts!
Photo credits: semadigital.com and caranddriver.com