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GROWN-UP TOYS...

November 21, 2016

GROWN-UP TOYS...

GROWN-UP TOYS…


by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist

If nothing else, the annual fall SEMA Show in Las Vegas (Specialty Equipment Market Association) reminds some adult car enthusiasts that they were once kids playing with Hot Wheels and there’s no reason to think that your Hot Wheels couldn’t also grow up to be adult-sized toys.

Take for example the Ram Macho Power Wagon (above) brought to the show by Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Just whom do you suppose the targeted demographic is for this, as FCA called it a, “…heavy-duty pickup (which) lives up to its audacious namesake.” I don’t think it’s your stereotypical soccer-mom. Some features of the Macho truck include: a four-inch custom lift kit; 37-inch x 12-1/2-inch Nitto Trail Grappler MT tires on 18-inch beadlock wheels; running boards and fender flares; 21-inch heavy-duty light bar; and a Mopar concept Satin Black accessory sliding RamRack to securely store your toys in the six-foot bed…


If that’s a bit too macho for you, you might be drawn to the Lexus LC 500, created by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing. The bright yellow sports car (it’s an Avery Dennison wrap, not a paint job) has been modified with custom fender flares, front and rear diffusers, side skirts, and a rear wing. Under the hood is an enlarged 5.6L V8 which puts out 525 hp. The wheel wells are filled with 22” HRE P101 wheels and Pirelli P Zero Nero tires, behind which are Brembo brakes with custom caliper colors…

And for something completely different, Toyota brought along the modified Prius G sedan. Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing also worked on this one, looking to dispel the rumor that a hybrid car can’t also be a performance car. Well, it sure looks the part, with the graphics, body cladding, and very un-Prius-like tires & wheels. GT/BM claims that the Prius G outhandled a BMW 528i sedan in independent testing. That certainly goes against type for the best-selling hybrid in the U.S., and makes us wonder if Toyota might consider selling such a thing…

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