There’s no shortage of over-the-top builds at the SEMA Show ever year. What gets lost in the shuffle sometimes are the more subtle, clean off-road builds that may not stand out with flashy chrome or 20-inch suspension lifts.

Fabs Fours has built some wild concept builds in the past, but the Kymera might take the cake. Based on a 2015 Colorado, the truck was one of the many vehicles the company owned that was just sitting in its warehouse. Fab Fours CEO Greg Higgs was struck with an idea for the truck after pushing some oversized tires past it one day. He went back and sketched out his idea… and from there, Kymera was born. 

If you’re looking for a tough truck that isn’t all bark and no bite, the Ram Macho Power Wagon is one concept from the 2016 SEMA Show that fits the bill. Taking its name from the Power Wagon trim level from the 1970s, the Macho takes the the Power Wagon’s off-road capability and versatility up a few notches with Mopar concept and production products.

Skyjacker and Matchbox partnered on a cool build for this year’s SEMA Show using the new Ford Super Duty F350 as the platform for this Police-inspired tactical truck. Although there’s only one of these trucks currently in existence, Matchbox has actually created a replica version of the 4×4 to commemorate the build.

Surfers love trucks for their versatility both in terms of hauling gear and helping them get to remote surf breaks. So it makes sense that Chevrolet teamed up with boardsports company Hurley for the 2016 SEMA Show to build a surf-themed Chevy Colorado Z71.

For the automotive aftermarket, SEMA is all about showing off the latest and greatest gear, and more often than not that comes in the form of vehicle builds around the Las Vegas Convention Center. There’s everything from mild to wild, but there’s also plenty of trucks and SUVs that go so far over the top that they reach a level of absurdity.

That leads us to this collection of trucks. Although fitted with suspension lifts and aftermarket wheels, in spite of the aggressive tires these trucks and Jeeps at the 2016 SEMA Show will live their lives on asphalt and never see the dirt.

    The Jeep CJ66 is a uniquely cool Franken-Jeep that blends three different Jeep models into one.

The Jeep CJ66 is a uniquely cool Franken-Jeep that blends three different Jeep models into one.

When a CJ, TJ and JK meet, good things can happen. The Jeep CJ66 Wrangler concept that the Mopar team built for the 2016 SEMA Show is a perfect example of when Frankenstein part swapping works out well. The vehicle features a Wrangler TJ frame but then uses a 1966 Jeep Wrangler CJ universal Tuxedo Park body atop of it, and to cap it off, plenty of modern Wrangler JK parts are added to the Jeep as well to create this one-of-a-kind off-road monster.

If we had to pick a Chevy truck or SUV to take on the trails, the Chevy Trax wouldn’t be our first choice. That’s probably why Chevrolet looked to toughen up the compact crossover with the new Trax Active Concept, a truck it unveiled last night at a special reception prior to the start of the 2016 SEMA Show.


The Tacoma TRD Pro race truck will make its debut at the Mint 400 next year.

When we recently drove the new 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro for the first time, we highlighted the fact that the Pro model took the new TRD Off-Road package to the next level with a suspension lift, upgraded Fox shocks, and a handful of other key upgrades. Toyota just unveiled a new race truck version of the Tacoma TRD Pro here at SEMA today, and this new truck is pushing its off-road performance to yet another level – the race-ready performance level.

Ford announced this morning its plans to return to the SCORE Baja 1000. This year, Ford will take on the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 in the new 2017 F-150 Raptor in stock full class competition in mid-November. The Raptor race truck will also be on display this week at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.