SEMA Preview: Hyundai Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept
Hyundai has a 5-door hatchback version of the Elantra that will be bowing in 2008, and it's getting an early debut at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas as the Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept. The Beach Cruiser is a SEMA vehicle in the truest sense, having been customized by K-Daddyz Kustomz. It features a two-tone paint job of Amazing Grape and Tango Orange with tribal graphics that supposedly incorporate the Hyundai 'H', but we're having a hard time seeing it. There's a giant panoramic sunroof in place of the roof, while the interior is customized to the hilt. The rear cargo space is dominated by a custom enclosure with eight speakers and a plexiglass floor beneath which the high-end audio bits are hidden. There's not much to bolster the Beach Cruiser's performance here, however, except a cold air intake and strut tower brace, although Hyundai lists the painted motor cover and engine accessories as mechanical upgrades. We'll have more pics of this wild concept from the floor of the show next week, but in the meantime check out the official press release after the jump and our gallery below.
HYUNDAI ELANTRA TOURING "BEACH CRUISER" CONCEPT TO BOW AT SEMA SHOW
LAS VEGAS, Nev., October 25, 2007 – Hyundai Motor America will show a colorful glimpse of the future when it takes the wraps off the Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) on October 30. The custom concept is derived from the all-new five-door Elantra Touring, which arrives in the U.S. in 2008, taking advantage of the strong resurgence in compact hatchbacks. The Elantra Touring Beach Cruiser Concept was customized by K-Daddyz Kustomz of Bakersfield, Calif., to capture this future model's high-functioning and fun-to-drive character.
K-Daddyz Kustoms Elantra Touring "Beach Cruiser" Concept
K-Daddyz Kustomz is partnering with Hyundai for their fifth consecutive world premiere at SEMA. Kyle "K-Daddy" Gann took a prototype Elantra Touring five-door compact and created the ultimate Southern California "Beach Cruiser."
A two-tone "Amazing Grape and Tango Orange" paint scheme with Hyundai's "Flying H" tribal graphics highlights the flowing curves of the concept, while a green Polynesian Tiki idol graces the hood. True to the cruising culture, the vehicle features a front-to-rear panoramic sunroof. K-Daddyz' team also crafted a full line of interior and exterior billet accessories along with a custom race exhaust and ground effects kit. This approach is highlighted by a custom front grille with interlocking "Flying H" logos.
Performance enhancements include a prototype cold intake system, strut tower brace and painted motor cover and accessories. Twenty-inch Konig Rolf Blix 3 wheels matched with low profile Dunlap Sport Maxx tires complete the "Beach Cruiser's" aggressive and sporty look.
The purple and orange paint scheme is carried through to the interior and is complemented by two-tone brown leather surfaces and matching interior accents. No cruising car would be complete without state-of-the-art audio and video capabilities, and K-Daddy delivers with four rear-seat video screens, eight speakers, five amplifiers and eight Infinity subwoofers. In signature attention-to-detail fashion, K-Daddy created billet speaker grilles to match the exterior "Flying H" grilles, fabricated by Ryno Manufacturing. Gann also covered the five amplifiers in the trunk with an orange fiberglass "Flying H," which is hand-painted with a purple outline.
Two-tone paint (Amazing Grape and Tango Orange) Dupont Hot Hues
Airbrushing and pin striping by Sacred Air
Billet grilles by Ryno Manufacturing
20" Konig Rolf Blix 3 wheels
Dunlop Sport Maxx tires
MagnaFlow dual exhaust
Prototype ground effects by K-Daddyz Kustoms
Two-tone leather interior by Classic Soft Trim
Painted and airbrushed interior panels
Billet speaker grilles to match exterior grilles by Ryno Manufacturing
Infinity audio system
Titanium video system
Custom fiberglass speaker enclosure by Hard Core Audio
Cold air intake
Painted motor cover and accessories
Strut tower brace