Each year at SEMA show Kia picks up a theme and modify their cars based on that. This year it is contemporary music, and so they’ve come up with five custom Music-Themed Kia Souls, including a DJ Booth Soul, an “Amped” Soul, the museum-like Music Memorabilia Soul, a Soul inspired by The Voice, and a Soul highlighting the brand’s partnership with the Vans Warped Tour.
The Amped Soul, pictured above, features rear-hinged doors, blacked out windows and a custom paint job, and it sits on 22-inch Forgiato custom three-piece wheels with Hankook 245/30/22 tires. The B-pillar has been removed in this car to make room for its large speakers, including four 12-inch Infinity power subwoofers connected to a JBL system.
Vans Warped Tour Soul is the one for the roadies. It features a complete wrap, while the side windows have been replaced with custom-built fiberglass body panels housing eight Infinity eight-inch speakers. There is also a 50-inch flat-panel monitor mounted atop the car with running footage from the tour itself, and a set of 20-inch wheels.
DJ Booth Soul has been done by Rides Magazine, and features a custom diamond-plated stage and DJ equipment where the rear seats usually go. Influenced by both EDM and hip-hop, this Soul is painted an eye-catching purple with turquoise accents. Outfitted with 19-inch Rotiform BRU wheels and Continental tires, the DJ Soul has been lowered with Ark Performance springs to give it an aggressive stance. Audio equipment comes from Pioneer.
Music Memorabilia Soul is another interesting concept which is basically a music museum on wheels encompassing the rock, hiphop and EDM eras. The collection includes a signed Slash guitar, a G-Unit trainer signed by 50 Cent, a Jimi Hendrix gold album and a signed John Legend microphone, which are displayed in hand-built Plexiglas enclosures in the trunk, rear windows and rear hatch insert.
The Voice Soul is next, celebrating the brand’s sponsorship of the program, with a custom exterior incorporating vinyl on the window portion, as well as the inspiring words “I Want You” illuminated in the lower grille, along with the LED puddle projectors. There is also a 40-inch LED TV and 20-inch three-piece Niche Scope wheels.