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Nissan’s V8-powered Ranger Raptor rival, Lexus’ camping SUV, Subaru-powered Porsche and more: The weird, wacky and wonderful cars of the 2022 SEMA Show – CarsGuide

The SEMA Show is unlike any other motor show on the planet. For four days in Las Vegas some of the world’s biggest car brands, as well as the most skilled custom car builders, show off the wildest and most spectacular automotive creations they can muster.

SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association and is a US-based but global aftermarket body with more than 10,000 members. Because of that, the SEMA Show isn’t focused on the latest production models like a typical motor show and instead both manufacturers and aftermarket companies try and out-do each other with the most head-turning creation they can bolt together. 

It’s not just frivolous fun though, the show is a way for brands to showcase new products and trends in the automotive space. Recent shows have seen an increasing focus on electrification, with the ‘electric restomod’ industry taking centre stage in recent years.

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This year General Motors stayed away and Ford cut down its own presences, but there were still some amazing cars on display. We’ve picked five of our favourites but the reality is there are just too many interesting cars at SEMA to include them all.

NISMO Off-Road Frontier V8 Concept

The Nissan Frontier is the US equivalent to the Navara.

Wondering what a Nissan version of a Ford Ranger Raptor rival might look like? Nissan gave the answer at the SEMA Show with this creation. The Nissan Frontier is the US equivalent to the Navara, and for the show the Japanese brand commissioned Forsberg Racing to squeeze the 5.6-litre V8 from the bigger Titan pick-up (and Patrol off-roader) under the bonnet and fit wide-track suspension with specially developed NISMO-Bilstein shock absorbers.

Is it just for show though? Back at the 2018 SEMA Show, Nissan built a 370Z powered by the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 from the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport – the engine that ultimately ended up in the new Z. So could this NISMO Off-Road concept point to a future V8-powered…

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