Scion's customized Slayer-inspired 2014 tC could be dangerous. Not because it's a tricked-out tribute to the outlaw elder statesmen of speed metal, but because it's gonna be difficult to steer and work the manual transmission while throwing up your devil horns. The Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC is making its beastly bow this week at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas, and this car is nothing if not special.
The black-as-night Slayer Scion isn't just another token theme car with a unique paint job and some extra badging. It's retrofitted front to back, inside and out with metal motifs and working musical gear. Sinister visual cues include an expansive Slayer logo on the hood, red headlights that look like bloodshot eyes after a rough night backstage and a misty skull mural spanning the side of the car. In the cockpit, metal heads will geek out on Marshall Amplification-branded seats, a sword-hilt parking-brake lever and a gear-shift handle that Hamlet might use to lament poor Yorick's fate (while laying a little rubber on the asphalt).
Moreover, in addition to rear-hinged doors, the rear hatch opens up to reveal a trunk load of fully operational sound equipment — speakers, amps, visual display and all — enabling aspiring rock gods to throw down an eardrum-splitting live set anywhere they can find a parking space.
Now, about getting the Slayer Scion to Cars.com's Chicago headquarters for testing …
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
As long as there has been heavy metal, teenagers have sought out bands with which to frighten their parents. Now there's a car to really drive 'em nuts. In November, Toyota-owned Scion will unleash a special-edition car perfectly suited for that purpose, the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC, inspired by the irreverently iconic headbangers, Slayer. On second thought, given the band's influential career spanning more than three decades, the youngsters' enthusiasm may actually take a backseat to that of Mom and Dad for a road trip "South of Heaven" to spend some "Seasons in the Abyss."
You can't make out a whole h-e-double-hockey-sticks of a lot from the rudimentary pencil-sketch-style image Toyota released this week of the modified version of Scion's sporty coupe — beyond it being obligatorily black in color with a large, red circle adorning the hood (the band's inverted-pentagram logo, perhaps?). No doubt something very similar has been sketched on more than a couple fifth-period Life Sciences textbooks by daydreaming junior-high misfits (we don't mean us). In any case, the automaker promises an exterior style commensurately aggressive to its subject with band-inspired details. And perhaps of equal importance, that influence carries over into the interior as the "multimedia machine" boasts amps, towers of speakers, a custom mixer and a 32-inch monitor for media playback, Toyota said.
What happens when you put the innovative minds of a car customizer known for performance-tuning Porsches in charge of souping up a vehicle best known for ferrying children to and from varied after-school sporting events? You get the 1,029-horsepower soccer-mom minivan from H-E-double-hockey-sticks — otherwise known as the Bisimoto 2014 Honda Odyssey Project — guaranteed to have all the kiddies in the suburbs squealing, "Mommy, no!"
Southern California-based Bisimoto Engineering created their "Power Van" based on the 2014 Honda Odyssey, reimagining the standard minivan's respectable 3.5-liter V-6 as a twin-turbo powerhouse with more than triple the horsepower and mating it to a six-speed manual transmission. That's in addition to a customized cabin and a low-riding, aggressive exterior restyle just to drive home the absurdity of it all. No word on whether the HondaVac is optional.
The Bisimoto Odyssey was unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. Check out the photo gallery below.
The current-generation Dodge Challenger already takes its nostalgic cues from the 1970 model of the iconic car driven by actor Barry Newman’s Kowalski in 1971's classic car flick, "Vanishing Point." But if you're really looking to relive some muscle-car memories on that overnight delivery run from Denver to San Francisco, the new 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker should do it.
Introduced this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas, the 2014’s functional engine-mounted Shaker scoop protrudes through the hood and rocks back and forth with the 410 pounds-feet of torque from the 375-horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8, gulping in fresh air for improved performance.
Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Rock 'n'roll icon Neil Young is scheduled to speak today about the LincVolt at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, an automotive aftermarket event held annually in Las Vegas.The LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible that has been converted into a plug-in electric hybrid. The technology under the giant hood is similar to that in the Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, but with a few significant differences.
Muscle-car fans have no shortage of specialty trims, new models and rumors to keep track of with Chevrolet's new Camaro Z/28 scorching laps on the track, spy photos of the next-generation Mustang popping up and the Challenger SRT8 Core introduced earlier this year stripping options for a lower starting price. For 2014, a new Challenger R/T Shaker trim introduced this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas breathes life into the R/T with a functional Shaker hood.
The engine-mounted Shaker scoop is a trademark of the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T from which the current generation Challenger takes so much of its inspiration. The signature Satin Black Shaker hood pops through the 2014's hood and rocks back and forth with the engine's torque. Manual transmission drivers will enjoy seeing the hood scoop dance between gear changes.
The first images Honda released of its 2014 Honda Civic Si today showed the redesigned coupe adorned with wild exterior graphics resembling a sleeve tattoo you might see covering Marilyn Manson's arm. Now we have a new set of images perhaps more in line with the Civic's pragmatic reputation, featuring varying shots of the car in conventional solid colors. Beyond that, you'll be able to get a better idea of what's changed on the coupe, unveiled this week at the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas and set to appear in both coupe and sedan form later this month at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Unlike its sedan sibling, the coupe did not receive a thorough update for the 2013 model year. The coupe's exterior refresh includes a revised grille, hood, fenders, headlights and mirrors, as well as darker taillights and reshaped bumpers.
Click here for our First Look and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Kia's showing in Chicago next week will be a mix of concept, in the Kia Cross GT, and just plain conceptual, in its Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid. Both cars are set to be unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 9-18 at McCormick Place.
Kia released a sneak peak of the Cross GT concept this morning. The photo shows what appears to be a seven-seat crossover larger than the 2014 Kia Sorento. Kia describes the Cross GT concept as "inspired by nature, driven by technology" and stated that it "hints at the future of Kia’s design language in the form of a premium Crossover Utility Vehicle." We’ll have full coverage of the concept next week from the show.
Walking onto the show floor at SEMA is like being dropped into the bottom of a rugby scrum. All five senses are abused at once, and if you're not careful, you could be caught listening to a 20-minute sales pitch about why this leather protectant goes well with your new turbo boost gauge. It can be a daunting, overwhelming and downright scary place. But there's plenty to look at.
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