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The Wildest Cars We Saw at SEMA 2017

The 18 Wildest Sports Cars and Muscle Cars We Saw at SEMA 2017

Porsches, Camaros, Ferraris, Mustangs, and pretty much every other cool car under the sun can be found…under the Vegas sun.

When it comes to checking out custom cars, there’s no place on Earth quite like the Las Vegas convention called SEMA. As we at The Drive pointed out in a previous post, in recent years, the massive Sunbelt spectacle has become notable for its collection of giant pickups. But while the aftermarket may be following the new car market’s slide towards trucks and SUVs, the 2017 SEMA show certainly has no lack of modified passenger cars. Especially ones of the varieties most likely to wind up on the receiving end of a performance tune or body mods: Sports cars and muscle cars

So while we were wandering the endless halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center this week looking for cool vehicles to drive and film videos about (as we like to do), we started taking note of all the wild and crazy on-road performance machines scattered around. Some of them, like Robert Downey Jr.’s rebodied and rebuilt 1970 Ford Mustang or Mopar’s Hellcat-powered Plymouth Road Runner Superbee, were cleanly-modified muscle car classics redone right for the modern era; others, like Gunther Werks’s Porsche 400R and Vossen’s GTI RS, were redefined and recreated versions of European speed machines. And then there were the weird ones, like the all-wheel-drive Bootlegger Camaro and the four-door Plymouth Barracuda tucked in the back of SEMA’s main hall. 

And since it would take literally the better part of a day to look at every modified car at SEMA—the Las Vegas Convention Center has the square footage of 34 football fields, and the show is so jammed with custom rides, it spills out into the roads and parking lots around it—we trimmed it down to a dozen and a half particularly notable sports and muscle cars for the gallery below. But be warned: Flicking through the photo gallery below might make you reevaluate your plans for your next vehicle. 

We’d have thought it’d be impossible to make the Camaro ZL1 more badass. We’d have been wrong.Will Sabel Courtney

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEYRobert Downey Jr.’s 1970 Mustang was rebodied and rebuilt by Ford and SpeedKore. Nicely done, RDJ.Will Sabel Courtney

Just your everyday Mopar-made Hellcat-swapped Road Runner Superbird. Will Sabel Courtney

Most body kits for Ferraris make them look worse than stock. Not this one.Will Sabel Courtney

This Pagani Huayra Roadster’s sexy blue carbon fiber bodywork is worth every penny.Will Sabel Courtney

Take one Nissan GT-R. Remove all usability. Place on SEMA floor. Will Sabel Courtney

This Audi RS 7 comes straight from the Jon Olsson School of Impractical Ski Cars.Will Sabel Courtney

The Gunther Werks 400R is, according to the company, what they think a 993-gen GT3 RS would have been like. We kind of doubt a real one would have been this cool. Will Sabel Courtney

A ’59 Corvette Speedster? All right, we’ll bite.Will Sabel Courtney

Zero to 60 Designs transformed a Mustang GT into this modern beauty. We’re into it.Will Sabel Courtney

Behold The latest Shelby Super Snake. Will Sabel Courtney

Nothing wrong with a 911 Targa GTS that can’t be fixed by adding wideness.Will Sabel Courtney

This shouldn’t exist.Will Sabel Courtney

Move along, folks: Just your everyday four-door Plymouth Barracuda. Will Sabel Courtney

You had to know Ken Block’s Hoonicorn would make an appearance.Will Sabel Courtney

Ever seen a cooler GTI? Us neither. Kyle Cheromcha

 

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