Kia DC Entertainment Justice League Custom Vehicle Unveiling
Kia Motors America (KMA) and DC Entertainment kicked off the 2012 SEMA Show in superhero style with five radical machines inspired by the members of the Justice League: The Flash Forte Koup, Aquaman Rio 5-door, Cyborg Forte 5-door, Green Lantern Soul and the previously unveiled Batman Optima.
Built by West Coast Customs, RIDES and Super Street, each of the vehicles feature custom artwork by legendary comic book artist and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee and are intended to raise awareness for DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” giving campaign to help fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
Preview: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept
The sported-up study is named the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept and it’s based on the fastest production Malibu ever, which in stock guise, is motivated by a 2.0-liter force-fed four generating 259 horsepower for a 0 to 60 mph (100km/h) sprint in 6.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 155 mph (250km/h).
The concept is featured in a Berlin Blue Tricoat exterior paint and is given a more aggressive look through a ground effects package that includes a front splitter, rocker panels, rear diffuser and a boot-mounted wing.
The aero package works together with new 20-inch alloys shod in Pirelli PZero 255/35ZR20 tires, custom lower grille and fog lamp grilles with red surrounds, clear tail lamp lenses and turbo badges.
Inside, Chevy tells us (but doesn’t share any images) the Malibu is fitted with RECARO sport seats trimmed in Jet Black leather and Navy Blue suede with red accent stitching, with the same materials and colors also found on the flat-bottom steering wheel, door panels and instrument panel.
Performance modifications include a HiPer Strut front suspension and rear springs, six-piston front brake calipers with two-piece cross-drilled rotors and a prototype cold-air intake system, which the carmaker says can help the 2.0L engine make more power without releasing any specific numbers.
This Elantra GT packs a might punch under its hood as Bisimoto made a whole of upgrades to the stock model’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant.
Among other things, the engine menu includes forged Arias pistons, Bisimoto con-rods and Turbonetics turbocharger, AEM water-methanol injection and Bisimoto high-pressure injectors, all of which help increase the four-banger’s output from a family-friendly 148hp to a whopping 600+ horsepower.
In addition to the heavily modified engine, Bisimoto’s Elantra GT also features a comprehensive list of interior, exterior and performance modifications, including, but not limited to, an ARK custom body kit, 18-inch wheels, a coilover suspension and sway bar, a JFN full roll cage, and Bisimoto racing seats and harnesses.
Preview: West Coast Customs 2013 Kia Forte Flash-Inspired
For its second vehicle themed after a character from DC Comic’s Justice League, Kia has chosen the fastest human being in the world of superheroes, The Flash, who will be the inspiration for the firm’s modified Forte compact model.
The Scarlet Speedster-themed Forte is the work of West Coast Customs (WCC) and it will make its world premiere at the 2012 SEMA Show, which takes place in Las Vegas from October 30 to November 2.
For the time being, Kia is sharing only a single teaser rendering of the Forte’s hood that sports a custom paint job and what looks like a window to the engine adorned with The Flash’s emblem.
The superhero-themed cars from Kia and DC Comics will benefit DC Entertainment’s “We Can Be Heroes” charity, with the two companies having made plans to launch six more vehicles over the next few months.
The heavily modified Veloster is named the “Velocity” and it represents a joint effort between the Design and Engineering divisions of Hyundai America Technical Center in Irvine, California.
Once again, renowned British engine tuner and builder Cosworth offered its expertise to turn theVeloster’s stock 1.6-liter turbochargedand direct-injection four-banger into a performance beast.
Thanks to a series of upgrades that include performance pistons, rods, turbocharger, intercooler, intake manifold, intake-charging design, fuel system and engine management, output and torque increase from 201Hp and 195 lb-ft to 400Hp and 350 lb-ft respectively.
The power gains under the hood are matched by changes to the chassis with a new suspension featuring Bilstein springs with monotube dampers, a Brembo brake kit with 4-piston calipers and two-piece rotors, and a new set of 19-inch rims wrapped in beefy Kumho Ecsta SPT 275/35R19 high performance summer tires.
The Velocity also benefits from an overly aggressive wide body kit with a huge rear wing and lift-reducing rear diffuser, as well as changes to the cabin with the fitment of a roll bar and a Katzkin custom suede leather interior.
Like many other SEMA show Wranglers, the Sand Trooper adopts a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 crate engine, which in this application, pumps out 375-horses and 410 lb-ft. of peak torque.
The two-door model features new front and rear portal axles that provide an extra 5 inches of lift while rolling on gargantuan 42-inch Super Swamper Bogger tires and matte-black bead lock wheels.
The tune continues with a full-length underbody skid plate and numerous other prototype and production parts from Mopar such as matte-black front and rear off-road bumpers, grille, fuel-filler door, tail lamp guards and door-sill guards, a vented hood, a Warn winch, LED off-road lights, and trailer-tow hitch receiver.
The interior of the rugged 4x4 is upgraded with Katzkin Leather seats, a rearview camera, Mopar prototype CB radio and all-weather slush mats.