Our second day at the SEMA – Las Vegas Convention Center was officially the first day of the show. Matt left early to pick up Dan at the airport; they would meet us later at the LVCC. During our bus ride Nolan, Paul and I started to talk about the new Honda Civic Si coupe. Honda was going to unveil the 2014 Civic Si Coupe so we were going to get a chance to see it firsthand. However, our conversation revolved around what we thought would be the ugliest thing about the new Civic Si. Paul and Nolan opted for the rear part of the car/rear bumper while I went with the front-fascia but I also thought that the wheels could possibly be hideous. Time will tell.
When we arrived at the LVCC, we met Matt and the rest of our group at the Mackin Industries booth. Matt was speaking to Brian Duong about some wheels and I decided to start taking photos.
The plan was to head over to the Honda/Acura booth and then work our way from there. However, on our way there we stopped and took some photos of anything that grabbed our attention.
I have never been a fan of the Auto Meter gauges. I know that they are a great product but visually they do not appeal to me. This is just my opinion. Auto Meter had this 1973 Chevy Camaro at their booth which had a digital cluster. Really nice set up.
We finally made it to the Honda/Acura booth and I noticed that there was a lot of traffic around the new Civic Si, so I decided to walk around and let the traffic die.
I eventually managed to make my way to the main stage, if you want to call it that, to check out the 2014 Honda Civic Si Coupe. I walked around it a few times and as I started forming thoughts about the car, without thinking, I opened the door. As I was looking around Matt and Paul came over to check it out. I was talking to Matt about the shift knob and shift boot when a gentleman from Honda came over. He politely enquired if I had taken any photos of the interior and if so, if I could refrain from posting them since the interior was not done. He went ahead to inform us that the car would be ready for the L.A. Auto Show. I responded that I had not taken any photos and we were good. We closed the door and somebody locked the car. Now I understood why the windows were darker than night but I couldn’t grasp how or why the interior was incomplete.
As of lately, I haven’t been a fan of the Honda coupes (Civic and Accord). The roof line seems to slope down too soon, it sort of looks like an Audi TT only worse. Gone are the days of smooth-body lines! I think that the last Coupe I liked was the 6th generation EM1. After that, it has headed downhill. I felt as though, Honda was trying too hard to come up with a concept/model that would revitalize and capture the market that it had with the models of the late 80s and throughout the 90s.
I was more interested in this Honda Mean Mower than the Civic Si. Honda (UK) teamed up with their title-winning British Touring Car Championship partner, Team Dynamics, to create this bad ass lawn mower. They extracted 109hp out of the 1,000cc engine and it can do 0-60 in just four seconds. Over-steer and cutting grass doesn’t come to mind too often. I think it’s safe to say if you owned this, the grass would either be the shortest in your neighborhood or the trashiest.
After this we decided to start making our way out through the hall.
By the time I got to the other end, I was alone. I had no idea how everyone split up but we were all on our own at that moment.
At the Garrett booth, this Mk VW Golf was making a lot of noise. Forge Motorsports’ Golf competes in Group B rally and it is tuned to around 400 hp. It is very interesting to see how there are subtle differences among tuners who run wide-fenders.
As I approached the Akrapovic booth, I noticed the Audi R18. At the same time I heard Nolan calling my name; I think that we both got there at the same time. This was the first time that I had seen an Audi from the LMP division up close and personal. If you follow the 24 Hours of Le Mans, you would know that Audi has been a force to reckon with and basically have been dominating all challengers. Because of this, I always want the underdog/challenger to challenge the Audi and basically I root against Audi. After I spent some time taking photos and observing the details, I had to confess that this was an amazing car. I could see why they are so dominant. Audi, you got me.
Akrapovic was the supplier of exhaust for the 2010-2013 24 Hours of Le Mans’ LMP1 cars. The number 3 car was driven by Marc Gene, Romain Dumas and Loic Duval and finished 6th overall in the 2012 race.
The R18 was the first ever LMP car to race with full LED headlights. The fenders are high to accommodate the tires. You always hear commentators talk about the drivers having a hard time seeing over the fenders but you don’t get the full effect until you see it in person.
As you can see, we spent a long time talking and admiring the R18. Once we walked away we got to see the Akrapovic’s exhausts and wow, no wonder Audi chose them! Quality is ridiculously good! Exhaust system for the Porsche 911 Carrera Titanium Slip-On Line. Exhaust is 19 lb. lighter than stock.
I was a big fan of the Genesis ARK Legato Concept. They even went with a wide-body kit, the lines are still very smooth, they don’t appear as aggressive as other kits. The engine has been stroked to 4.0 liters and pushes around 400 hp. The interior features a sleek AiM Sports Strada GT steering wheel and a digital cluster that reminds me of one of the Lexus LFA – very well executed.
I will end this post with Bisimoto Engineering Porsche at the NGK booth. The Bisimoto name was seen on more than one car at SEMA. The cutting of the rear bumper has become increasingly popular in this case, it makes sense as to why this was done.