Auto News for Halloween


 Those who live in the Colorado Rockies should know a thing or three about off-road driving. After testing nearly 40 vehicles, auto writers have named the Ram Rebel “Best Off-road Vehicle” for the second year in a row. The truck was cited for its combination of off-road capability, power and comfort, the auto writers said. The group represents journalists from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona.


 Big event in Las Vegas tomorrow. The opening of the SEMA show where extremely high performance vehicles, both old and new will be displayed. One from Zero to 60 Designs is the GTT – a supercharged 800 horsepower modified Ford Mustang/GT that Zero to 60 will put into limited production early next year. Unfortunately, the company did not release any performance data. But my guess is it will be fast.

 Also at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show will be a bunch of modified F-150 trucks, one with a 5.0-liter, 750 horsepower V8.


Hyundai went to work to produce a wild looking “Santa Fast” 1,075 horsepower rear drive Santa Fe in partnership with Bisimoto. Believe it or not, this one comes with a six speed manual tranny. 

Toyota said it will show off a total of 30 vehicles, some from its past such as “Japan’s First Super Car” the 2000GT. Performance versions of the newer, Land Cruiser, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma and Prius are promised.

 It should be quite a show. In this case, however, the specialty builders and auto companies backing them, hope that what happens in Vegas, does not stay in Vegas.




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