GM's SEMA lineup

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Saturn Astra Tuner Concept:

The Saturn Astra Tuner concept that GM is bringing to SEMA is cool, but it's also a bit of a tease. The bodywork and wheels are upgraded thanks to accessory parts from OPC, Opel's in-house go-fast shop, and they all look really good. Unfortunately, the show car doesn't have the Euro market Astra OPC's 240-hp 2.0L turbo Ecotec. Instead, the Astra XR's NA 1.8L four gets a 20 horsepower bump to 160 for SEMA duty.

The car we want to see in Saturn stores is basically this, but with a Red Line badge on the tailgate and 260 horses from the DI 2.0 turbo that's seeing a lot of action lately. Since all Astras are imports, however, we'd settle for the Euro-spec 240-horsepower version of said engine. Saturn can keep those Recaros, too. We don't fancy sitting on something whose deco pattern could realistically be called "rusted shipping container." Make 'em a solid color, and we're all good. Follow the jump for the full mod list from the General.

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Hummer H3R:

Well now, doesn't this look like fun? HUMMER's H3R SEMA concept takes an off-road racing theme and then dials it up well past the maximum. You see, in addition to being lifted four inches and decked out in all manner of butch accessories like 20" rims wrapped in 35" Mickey Thompsons, a bull bar, and enough lights to illuminate Giants Stadium, the biggest story of all is the LS7 someone swiped from a Corvette Z06 and dropped under the H3's hood. That hood, by the way, incorporates a Lexan panel -- all the better to show off the 500-horse V8 stuffed beneath it.

The interior's also overhauled, fitted with racing buckets, a window net, upgraded trim, and a deleted back seat. The spare tire gets moved into the cargo area, and a jerry can takes its vacated spot on the carrier in back. The LS7 exhales through a quad-outlet exhaust that's integrated into the rear bumper. This is fairly badass, to be sure. A full breakdown of the numerous mods can be found after the jump. One thing you won't read in the release is that HUMMER will be gauging reaction to both this show truck and the H2 Safari concept that'll be parked next to it at SEMA. According to our source, if the reaction's good, limited-edition production versions are a fair bet. Don't expect to see the LS7 in a consumer-grade H3R, however. If that project does happen, the 5.3L V8 from the H3 Alpha would be used, instead.

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Hummer H2 Safari:

The PR materials for the HUMMER H2 Safari say that the big truck's matte olive green paint is designed to help it blend in on the trail. We get the idea, but while H2s may do many things, "blending in" ain't exactly one of 'em, low-key paint notwithstanding. So, while it may scare away the gazelles you're trying to hunt, you can still take advantage of the amenities, of which there are many.

A sliding canvas roof panel opens up the big HUMMER's interior to Mother Nature, and the experience can be made even airier thanks to the removable rear quarter windows. Inside, you enjoy the new Gaia-enhanced drive from weather-resistant nylon-covered seats, and the instrument panel has been gussied up in matching colors and brushed metal trim. A dockable GPS sits on the center console, too. While a pith helmet is not included, fuel and gun racks are, as well as a boatload of gear like a Warn winch, 35" Mickey Ts, and a sampling of official HUMMER accessories.

As is the case with the H3R, HUMMER's closely watching the reaction to this concept. If it's good enough, a similar H2 in limited-production form is a distinct possibility. We can already see the TV commercial: it would be just like the Jeep one where friendly forest critters jump through the Liberty's open top, only in this one, a Partagas-chomping Bob Lutz would be driving the open-roofed HUMMER, from which he'd be blowing away attacking terradactyls and sabre-toothed tigers with a Desert Eagle. For that reason alone, this must see production.

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They all seem to range from boring, to absolutely revolting. In reality, none of those big tires or lift kits would get used on the Hummers, because they tend to spend all day on the highway or in supermarket car parks.

If I absolutely had to make a positive comment about any of them, I'd say those projector headlights look a bit Terminator-ish on the Hummers. But that's about it, really.
 

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Chevy Country Music Silverado HD 3500 Crew Cab:

In case you've forgotten, Chevy would like to remind you that this IS your Country (Music Edition Silverado). Used as a rolling stage at various country music events, the country-fied Silverado 3500HD features lighting and power outlets hidden under the bed cover. Pop it open, and an insta-venue is available for impromptu performances. Chrome wheels, music-themed body graphics, and an interior redone with aniline leather and mother of pearl inlays complete the package. Driving this thing must be like entering into Country/Western immersion therapy. By the end of your journey, you'll be humming Waylon Jennings tunes you'd never heard before, have picked up an accent, and spontaneously grown a Resistol on your noggin. And for fun, you'll have used the 600+ pounds of torque on offer from the 6.6L Duramax to cook any semblance of a tread pattern off the low profile rubber wrapped around the duallys in back. Follow the jump for the full equipment list.

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Jay Leno's E85-powered C6RS Corvette:

Jay Leno obviously loves cars -- especially ones that go fast. In a demonstration that high performance and greener fuels are not mutually exclusive, he worked with Pratt & Miller, which campaigns Corvette Racing's C6.R GT1-class cars, to create the beast you see here. This is the C6RS, and it takes the whole "live green go yellow" thing to the next level. Based on a Corvette Z06 and styled to pay homage to the C6.R racers, the C6RS is powered by a custom 500 CID aluminum V8 good for 600 horsepower. That, in itself, is nothing special. What is, however, is that said V8 runs on E85 instead of gasoline. Man, everyone would clamor for flex-fuel vehicles if they were consistently this badass. Follow the jump to read all about what went into it.

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Cadillac CTS Sport Concept:

Cadillac is intent on branding the CTS as a performance player that can hold its own against the stalwarts of the segment, and until a V-badged version comes to market, those who have shunned its Germanic competition are forced to come to the party packing at most 300 ponies. The CTS Sport is a stopgap concept that brings the interior and exterior up a few notches, while only boosting performance to 304 HP via a free flowing Corsa cat-back exhaust.

The majority of the tweaks come from a revised exterior that includes a modified hood, new front and rear fascias incorporating wire mesh and carbon fiber, along with a new spoiler, revised headlamps, polished dubs, yellow calipers and brake ducting with LED lighting. On the inside, the CTS Sport features thrones by Recaro, carbon fiber trim and BlueConnect Bluetooth integration wired into the headliner.

As a whole it certainly has our attention, even though our good taste has had to take a back seat.

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Cadillac Escalade Sport:

If GM ever decides to do a Cadillac Escalade V-Series, chances are it'd look something like the Escalade Sport concept being debuted at SEMA. Lowered, rolling on 24s, wearing mesh grilles in front and dual exhaust tips in back, the Escalade Sport backs its amped-up appearance with 550 horses underhood. The revamped interior includes a leather-covered IP, Recaro seating for four, and a new center console complete with relocated shifter. We were fine with the garden-variety 400-horse Escalade, but after seeing this, we kinda want one. Sure, no one asked for it, but this is SEMA, a carnival of answers to unasked questions. As those answers go, this one's pretty good.

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barf at teh crap escalizzle...the whole bio c6rs is a bit dumb...make it FI if you really want the biofuel to be a worthwhile addition.
 

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Oh sick... each of those cars got progressively worse and then at the end I see: the Escalade Sport. What horror.
 

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...make it FI if you really want the biofuel to be a worthwhile addition.

so 600hp isn't worthwhile?:blink:

and what is this sudden hate for the Escalade? do you guys hate it because of the hip hop artists turning them into blingmobiles? because the Escalade is a very nice luxury SUV and involving it into the V-series lineup would put it a step up above the rest of the luxury SUV makers. hell, GM and FoMoCo are both a step above most automakers with their large SUV's. no other maker out there produces a truck that is the size of the GMT900's and U2/U3's.

so if Cadillac does add this to the V-series lineup, then Cadillac will be starting a whole new market, performance large SUV's.
 

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Other than the hood and those ugly wheels, I really like that CTS. Combine those looks with the power of a V version and it would be enough to make me faint. :drool:
 

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The others earn a nice big helping of fail.
 
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Chevy Silverado HD Crew "Big Red":

Even though Chevy denies buyers a Z71 version of the Silverado 2500HD, it wants you to know how cool it could be. Say hello to "Big Red," powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel backed by a six-speed Allison transmission, it combines a number of GM performance accessories with Rancho shocks and an "Earnhardt Red" paint scheme similar to that found on last year's NASCAR-legend inspired offering.

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Chevy Silverado MLB Edition:

How do you make a pickup truck more American? Smear it with every baseball team's logo, then install a Japanese big screen TV and a gaming console. Not only can you get your Wii on once you've flicked the switch on the power-lifting tonneau, you can also bask in an interior swathed in baseball-like leather (with stitching to match, natch) and a bat-grade ash trim.

Not shown is the New York Yankees Edition MLB Silverado, which has annual operating costs in excess of $200,000,000 yet still exhibits clutch problems and spotty reliability in October. As SEMA gets underway, we have received word that the very expensive Alex Rodriguez option package will not be available on the NYY Silverado for 2008. The A-Rod option ($25M/year) was, for the most part, a gaudy appearance package that added cost but offered little in the way of enhanced overall performance, particularly in the Fall.

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Jesus... and it's Japanese who are blamed for rice. Almost everything posted in here is pure, grade-A rice.
 

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'34 Chevy Coupe E85:

Two things that are diametrically opposed ? hot rods and going green ? have been fused into one open wheel custom for the throngs of SEMA-goers this week. The General is bringing a '34 Chevy hot rod to the show, outfitted with a 2.0-liter Ecotec four tuned to run on E85, and equipped with GM's Performance Parts Stage III package plus a larger turbo. 35-inch Excelsior rear wheels partnered with 29-inch rollers up front assure that presence will not be lacking when it's on display in Vegas tomorrow. Other notable tidbits include a custom front suspension with lightening holes drilled into the hardware, a reversed Corvair steering box mated to custom fabricated linkage and what GM is calling "earth-friendly" interior materials.

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Chevy Suburban HD Z71 Diesel:

While it's not easy for us to get caught up in the idea of an off-road ready school schlepper, the Chevrolet Suburban HD Z71 gets our attention because of its small-displacement 4.5-liter diesel. All the mud-plugging gear is easy to overlook when you consider how an oil-burning Suburban might fare in the marketplace. It seems like a reasonable addition to GM's 'ute lineup especially since the concept simply pilfered the parts bin for a new motor and the front end from a Silverado HD. Greater fuel efficiency and the ability to tower over the masses on the way to the grocery store? We smell a hit.

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It's like seeing one of those japanese movies that just dosen't make sense. It's so bad you can't even laugh at it (The Vette would be the atleast slightly amusing fight scene).

I guess Mopar man will cream hes pants when he stumbles upon this.
 

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from all these cars, the vauxhaul/opel astra seems the most appealing. i'd still rather get a blowjob from a shark though.
 

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The only intresting vehicle in this line up is owned by a private individual.

GM need fire all their designers and start again.
 
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