A Report on The Hottest Diesel-Powered Cars and Trucks of The 2017 SEMA Show #TENSEMA17
There’s no doubt we love coming to the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s big show in Las Vegas, Nevada, each year. The 2017 SEMA Show, held in and around the city’s spacious convention center, brings parts manufacturers, builders, owners and fans of custom cars, trucks (and there also are a few motorcycles) from all over the world, to a weeklong celebration of modifying vehicles (for improved performance and/or appearance).
While the number of badass custom, diesel-powered show vehicles presented at SEMA 2017 is somewhere in the hundreds, the group is dominated by lifted, chromed, brightly painted and/or powder coated, big-wheeled trucks that typically aren’t presented by Diesel Power. This is because, while the trucks’ cosmetic qualities are strong, the pimped-out rigs usually don’t have the engine mods and drivetrain performance we dig. Of course, that doesn’t mean they’re not appreciated, and it’s why we have assembled this collection of hot rides for you to review.
Our selections for 2017’s SEMA Show “Wild Ride” group include:
• Critical Mass Motorsports’, Wagler Competition and EZLynk-prepared, screw-blown diesel Pro Mod ’37 Chevrolet
• A super-cool Cummins 4BT-powered ’70s Ford Bronco
• Proffitt Resurrection Land Cruiser’s Cummins R2.8-swapped ’93 FZJ80 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup truck, one of only 4 currently in the U.S.
• WelderUp’s “Overcharged” twin-supercharged and turbocharged, Cummins-powered ’68 Dodge Charger
• The ’71 GMC 2500 “Jambulance,” a rescue wagon turned laid-back cruising vehicle, that moves with 5.9L, 12-valve Cummins power
• Hauk Designs’ completely brushed-metal, off-road oriented, Cummins-powered Jeep
• Fab Fours Bumpers’ display Ford, GM and Ram diesel pickups
• The Plowboy Diesel, twin-engine, quad-turbocharged (yes, there are TWO compound-turbo 5.9L Cummins powerplants under the hood) ’70 Dodge pickup
And there are many more super-slick custom rigs on display throughout the show.
The following photos take you inside the SEMA Show, and give you a look at its uber-radical, diesel-powered trucks and cars. You’ll find images of all the custom rigs we saw at SEMA 2017 in our Truck Trend Network Mega Gallery.