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HKS Booth SEMA 2018 #MTSEMA18

The legendary Japanese tuner returns

Nov 5, 2018

Not long ago, HKS announced its official return to the U.S. market after having shuttered stateside operations back in 2011. The tuning firm's return seems to have hit its stride as the 2018 SEMA show saw an HKS booth added to its roster.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS civic type r Photo 2/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Civic Type R

The Civic Type R booth car, a collaborative effort with Evasive Motorsports, shouldn't come as a surprise, as HKS has aggressively approached parts manufacturing for Honda's FWD dynamo. To commemorate the event, the FK8 was smothered in classic HKS livery laid over a matte grey finish that looked picture perfect, especially with the host of Evasive Motorsports' EVS Tuning line of carbon fiber products fitted to the car, products that include their headlight trim and grill replacement, side diffusers, rear wing insert and front lip, joined by a Varis front splitter.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS civic type r Photo 3/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Civic Type R
HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS intake filter filter Photo 4/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Intake Filter Filter

In the rear you can catch a glimpse of the dual-tipped HKS cat-back exhaust that does away with the OEM 3-tip configuration, while under the hood you'll no doubt take notice the cold air intake system that uses a classic HKS filter encased within a carbon fiber box that's fed directly through the factory inlet.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS sqv4 blow off valve Photo 5/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Sqv4 Blow Off Valve

Not far behind the shiny carbon intake is a Super SQV4 blow-off valve—an item that HKS mentioned is quite popular.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth pillow ball camber plate Photo 6/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth Pillow Ball Camber Plate
HKS 2018 SEMA booth hks FK8 CTR coilovers Photo 7/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth Hks FK8 CTR Coilovers

On either side of the bay you'll find gold anodized pillow ball camber plates that rely on a monotube inverted piston layout to tackle the turns. HKS has also developed a "canceller" which overrides the suspension error light that will inevitably show up.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS GT III turbine Photo 8/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS GT III Turbine
HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS turbo manifold Photo 9/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Turbo Manifold

Still under development, HKS told us that they've been hard at work on a CTR turbo kit upgrade and they had some of the items from the kit on display. Pieces include a GT III turbine, hard pipes, wastegate and intercooler and, if all goes right, expect this to release in early 2019.

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS oil cooler kit Photo 10/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Oil Cooler Kit
HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS oil filter relocation kit Photo 11/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS Oil Filter Relocation Kit

Addressing the cooling needs for the CTR is this HKS oil cooler kit that features a slick aluminum duct to help encourage airflow and works in conjunction with the oil filter relocation kit.

We love having HKS back in the U.S. and we're excited to see what their turbo kit can do for the already potent Civic Type R!

HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS CTR Photo 24/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS CTR
HKS 2018 SEMA booth HKS CTR Photo 37/49   |   HKS 2018 SEMA Booth HKS CTR


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