Top 5 Cars from SEMA 2012

By | November 12, 2012

Lexus LF-CC tail light SEMA 2012

It’s become a tradition to cover the 5 most awesome cars of SEMA each year we go. This year was no exception in terms of showcasing exceptional cars. After much deliberation, here are the Daily Derbi top 5 cars of SEMA 2012:

Toyota AE86 Corolla at SEMA 2012

5. Toyota Corolla E20 + Toyota GT86

Nothing catches your eye in a sea of new exotics like this rust orange Toyota Corolla E20. This clean example was displayed right next to the newest example of its evolution and it reminds us to treasure the past and work for the future.

4. Audi R8 V10 Twin Turbo by Underground Racing

Underground Racing R8 V10 Twin Turbo at SEMA 2012

Matte red paint, and two giant stage-3 turbos tipped us off to just how special this R8 is. Putting down 1500 HP to the wheels must be fun. It’s sporting HRE carbon fiber wheels and ridiculously wide rear tires.

Underground Racing R8 V10 Twin Turbo at SEMA 2012 Rear

3. Mazda 787 Race Prototype

Mazda 787 Race Prototype SEMA 2012

Mazda 787 was the last of the Wankel rotary-powered cars in the World/Japanese championships. It was a Group C prototype racer and won the 1991 Le Mans due to its extreme reliability. Sporting a 900hp, naturally-aspirated engine, tuned back to 700hp, it’s the loudest car that Forza 4 recorded.

2. Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition SEMA 2012

Seeing a Lexus LFA at any time is epically awesome. Considering there will only ever be 500 of them, you’re lucky to ever see one. Factor in the rarity of the LFA Nurburgring edition (only 50 made) and that’s enough to giggle like a schoolgirl. Found in the Lexus booth, we were blown away to see it.

Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition SEMA 2012 Rear

1. Acura NSX Concept

Acura NSX Concept at SEMA 2012

Originally unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, the NSX is a boon to Hondasexuals. Although still a concept, it’s been in the works for almost 10 years. With a hybrid V10 powertrain, and looks that were good enough for Tony Stark, it’s good enough for us to want it.

Acura NSX Concept at SEMA 2012 rear

Honorable Mentions

Those that didn’t make the list, but still made us triple take were:

1. McLaren MP4-12C – Only one in Utah, and therefore quite a rare sight to see. There were probably 6 on display, and each one gorgeous.

2. 2013 SRT Viper GTS – The new model style which none of us have seen on the streets yet. SRT did a great job of keeping the tried and true design, while incorporating a little bit of Fiat flare.

3. Lamborghini Aventador – It’s been around for over a year now, and still turns heads faster than Lindsay Lohan in a rehab facility.

Do you agree with our choices? Let us know!


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