• Nov 3, 2009

Rhy Millen Racing RM460 Hyundai Genesis Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

It's arrived. Finally. The wickedly awesome Rhys Millen Racing mid-engine V8 version the Hyundai Genesis Coupe is here, and it took every fiber of our being not to hop in and drive it off the SEMA show floor.

The RM460 is why we're in Sin City -- it's the embodiment of the originality and DIY-ethic of the aftermarket extravaganza in Vegas. Its Genesis sedan-sourced, 4.6-liter, Tau V8 occupies the spot normally reserved for a backseat in lesser Coupes, and is boosted via a handful of go-fast parts to produce an even 500 HP. The stock transmission was tossed in favor of a Mendeola five-speed sequential gearbox, KW coilovers were used in place of the stock dampers, and HRE 560 Series 20-inch wheels wrapped in Toyo T1R tires nicely frame the new StopTech braking system. Given Millen's reputation for performance we don't doubt this is one seriously fast vehicle.

It's also a looker. As a matter of fact, we're starting to think it might be in the hunt for best-looking car at the show. The body kit is tasteful and looks OEM. The gorgeous custom RM ONYX HD paint job by BASF is a perfect contrast to the carbon fiber used on the roof, air intake blades, diffuser and other trim. While the press release mentions the Ferrari 599XX as inspiration, we're seeing a bit more Nismo 370Z in the overall design. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The interior wasn't overlooked either, with new Sparco sports seats, alcantara and carbon fiber trim panels coddling passengers as they listen to the new Infinity sound system. We can't wait to see how it runs -- and we intend to find out. There's a more detailed rundown after the jump and a great gallery of pics below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips/Weblogs, Inc.

PRESS RELEASE

RHYS MILLEN RACING CONVERTS GENESIS COUPE INTO PREMIER SPORTS CAR WITH MID-ENGINE V8 FOR SEMA

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 22, 2009 – As the centerpiece of this year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) fabricated a Genesis Coupe with the award-winning 4.6-liter Tau V8 powerplant to develop the RM460 Genesis Coupe. The mid-engine configuration and enhancements create a 500-horsepower street car worthy of taking on any track or road course. Millen was drawn to the design similarities between the Genesis Coupe and the new Ferrari 599XX, which influenced the vehicle's classic low profile and race-inspired look. This marks the second year of the partnership between RMR and Hyundai creating show-stopping Genesis Coupes with the ultimate in aftermarket appeal.

"We've enhanced the original performance features and created a rear hatch for complete engine access and viewing pleasure," said Rhys Millen, owner, Rhys Millen Racing. "The Genesis Coupe platform combined with the Tau V8 borrowed from Hyundai's upscale Genesis sedan have allowed us to build a true show-stopper for SEMA. Placing the Tau V8 in the middle of the Genesis Coupe's architecture will improve vehicle handling, acceleration and braking and enhance the already dynamic driving experience."

The Tau V8 engine replaces the original back seat and maintains most of its original architecture with upgrades to eight individual throttle bodies and a set of JE pistons that bumps the compression ratio to 11.0:1. An engine management system by AEM has been added to speak to the factory Engine Control Unit (ECU) while maintaining all factory dash and gauge cluster functions. A Mendeola five-speed sequential transmission has been mounted to the V8 and tuned for a maximum speed of 182 mph. Suspension will be maintained by the original MacPherson strut dual-link front suspension and a five-link rear suspension setup, and upgraded with a KW coilover component.

"The RMR RM460 Genesis Coupe perfectly showcases the rear-wheel drive platform of the vehicle as well as the performance capabilities of the powerful Tau V8 engine, available in the 2009 North American Car of the Year Genesis sedan," said Michael Deitz, manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Rhys Millen Racing has taken the best of both worlds – the Tau's flexibility and the Coupe's tuner-friendly driving architecture – to create a hybrid powerhouse for this year's show."

The RMR RM460 Genesis Coupe will showcase HRE 560 Series 20-inch wheels, Toyo T1R tires and an industry-leading high-performance braking system by StopTech. Modifications to the chassis have been made to better accommodate the engine, including an impressive custom rear glass hatch conversion allowing better access to the engine.

On the outside, the RMR RM460 Genesis Coupe will feature a RMR Signature Edition kit, a carbon fiber spoiler and custom carbon fiber rear hatch. Custom RM ONYX HD paint is provided by BASF. Inside the vehicle will have Sparco Chrono sports seats, Sparco Alcantara and carbon fiber interior panels, and Infinity Kappa Perfect Speakers and power amplifier.


RHYS MILLEN RACING

R. Millen Motor Sports Sales (RMR) was founded 15 years ago by Rhys Millen to fulfill a huge demand for quality aftermarket products created by the Millen Racing heritage. Similar to motor sport clothing merchandise to a race fan, RMR offers proven race products to street customers primarily based on its motor sports associations. Since its creation, RMR has built itself up become one of the industries most respected tuners for Toyota, Lexus and Mitsubishi. In addition to RMR's excellent relationship with auto manufacturers, the company has custom built many private vehicles for celebrities such as basketball star Dennis Rodman, actor Jason Priestley and rock star Alex Van Halen. RMR has also built cars and worked closely with the producers of the blockbuster hit franchise "The Fast and the Furious."

RMR currently offers more than 100 products that are designed and produced in its facility or private labeled exclusively for RMR. These parts are carefully designed to provide the customer with quick and easy installation instructions with the highest quality. In many cases, its parts have met or exceeded factory specifications allowing dealers to warranty their installation keeping the cars under the factory warranty.


HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 790 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty. In addition, Hyundai Assurance is now offered on all new vehicles leased or purchased from a certified Hyundai dealer. The program is available to any consumer, regardless of age, health, employment record or financed amount of the vehicle. The program is complimentary for the first 12 months.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we all especially italy430 take note that inspired by is a subjective term and not an objective one. If you really wanted to you could claim anything made some time after another thing was inspired by it without it being visually apparent in any way. Many designs and cars will have taken cues and be inspired by other earlier noteworthy cars. So from this point of view all that is being said here is that the particular Ferrari design in question is seen as important enough to influence other designers. Not a huge stretch that is it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is easily the best Hyundai I have ever seen. Kudos to Millen's team for putting this thing together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      460 badge off of a LS460?
      • 5 Years Ago
      reminds me on a 350 / 370z a bit...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyobaru FT-86 front end? Anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't terribly like the front, it seems droopy to me. The interior also has far too much carbon fibre everywhere for my tastes.

      I also agree with the Z resemblance, although I didn't pick it up right away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What, only the Z? Don't you think it's got some Ferrari 599XX inspiration in there too?

        (...and now watch the Troll come and feed at the trough...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      DAMN that looks good. Deleting the grille actually totally improves the front fascia's appearance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430
        "hyundai is totally fine and copying ferrari? "

        Idiot. This is not copying. inspired by.... is not copying. Your reading ability is poor.

        nobody think this is copy.

        and, this is RMR show car. not hyundai's own car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430
        "Really?! inspiration is a Ferrari 599XX... thats a disgrace to Ferrari."
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        lol. avid ferrari fanboy.
        i don't see any reason that "Inspired by Ferrari 599XX" word mean 'disgrace' to Ferrari.

        Even Japanese made ferrari-like vehicle, Nissan GT-R, Lexus LFA. I don't see any reason that Hyundai can't follow that step.

        And, you know? In the 1980s, Nissan copied Alfa Romeo. Their nissan VG engine was exactly carbon copy of Alfa Romeo's. their engine sounds are same. but, nissan is bigger company than ferrari/fiat in now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, italy...

        One Italian to (I assume) another.

        Shut up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        italy430
        • 5 Years Ago
        hey italy430, you inspired me to call you a douchebag, how's that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't feed the troll...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430

        i finally came to realize that the your brain is wired completely different from that of a normal human being.

        Nissan copied Alfa Rome's engine. It is rip off. violate intellectual property.

        RMR racing team tuned Genesis Coupe as Mid engine ferrari car-like. RMR said, they inspired by ferrari.

        Is it blatantly copy? really?
        • 5 Years Ago
        RHYS you are the man. looks sooo good
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are actually a lot of things exterior-wise that ape the 599x. Here is a list since you cant seem to figure it out:

        wheels
        spoiler
        flat black roof
        mirrors
        exhaust
        rear diffuser
        hood
        even the front fascia is close enough in shape to be called similar

        As far as the interior goesthough, yeah, there really arent any mentionable similarites and I have no idea what the engine bay of the 599xx looks like but you're right, the engine bay of this "genesis" looks unfinished.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430

        You retard*d.

        Again, This is RMR tuning car based on Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
        This is NOT hyundai car. and Hyundai NEVER say it inspired by ferrari or something.

        If some tuner said, "I tuned my infiniti G coupe as ferrari" Is it copy or rip off?

        i finally came to realize that the your brain is wired completely different from that of a normal human being.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430

        Given the fact that Ferrari's are based on and inspired by horse-drawn carriages (you can still see the resemblance in the fact that all Ferrari's sport four wheels and a place where the driver can sit), I say the Ferrari 599XX is actually a rip-off. If you can't see the truth of this, then you're a hypocrite.

        Either that or you're just a douchebag who must have choked on a tampon during lunch. My bet is on the latter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha Italy430...
        wow chill dude... RM said that it inspired him not copied off of Ferrari. you think that people just pop up with ideas, we all get inspired by something or someone and Ferrari inspired RM to make the gc a 4.6L 500hp mid engine track monster. Have even seen the monster gc that RM drives.. im pretty sure that everything is on the car to make it go faster...and not for show...
        • 5 Years Ago
        And, This car is NOT made by Hyundai.
        It is show car of RMR racing team, for show their car tuning ability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430

        i finally came to realize that the your brain is wired completely different from that of a normal human being.


        Nissan copied alfa romeo's engine. It is rip-off. violate intellectual property.

        RMR modified Genessis Coupe as ferrari-like car. It is not copy.And, it is a show car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow..it's really shocking and scary to find italy430 think he doing nothing wrong.

        Even a blind man can know you are insane. sickening.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey, italy430...

        Your name is a blatant rip-off of the Ferrari F430s name... you have disgraced Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        at least autoblog can call their bluff on them saying it's inspired by the 599XX and see that it's more of a Nismo 370Z lol

        nothing says italian... i definitely agree that it's Nismo if anything.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @wslcrew

        DUDE!!! did you not read the article?! RHYS was saying that his HYUNDAI has been inspired by a FERRARI... a 599XX!! laughable line of the century!!

        hyundai makes some pretty good cars and they're making significant gains on their Jap competitors. but please don't say that a tuned/modified hyundai is somehow related to, or "inspired" by, a Ferrari.... let alone the 599XX!! the real folks in the world that are actually PAYING for the cars, aka not the ppl who are the "certified internet car experts/autoblog commenters", would laugh if you said that that hyundai was inspired by a Ferrari 599XX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really?! inspiration is a Ferrari 599XX... thats a disgrace to Ferrari. looking at the quality of fit and finish and presentation, there really isn't anything in that engine bay that says Ferrari... nothing! black steel bars?! how is that Ferrari? a bare engine that looks unfinished. and the little black vents right behind the front wheels, i could be wrong, but they look completely non-functional and only for looks, it screams ricer-boy.

        if the inspiration was the 599XX, they did a horrible job. if it was just to take a genesis coupe and make it a mid-engined monster with an upgraded engine and brakes and all that, basically a new car with the amount of work done, then i think they did a great job. it just bugs me when newcomers throw out names of the big guys and say they were inspiration for what they built. it's all just for publicity and when ppl have to ask where the Ferrari inspiration is then it just becomes obvious it's all for "effect". i could build a kit car and say my inspiration was the Bugatti Veyron and i'm sure i'd get a newspaper to do a story on me just because i said that the inspiration was the Veyron. it's fake advertising and Rhys and Hyundai seem to be milking the Genesis Coupe for every last drop that they can.
        Stop
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey italy430, ferrari is owned by Fiat, what a disgrace to Ferrari duh...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Rar...

        it's scary to think that you think im doing something wrong! having a different opinion than what yours is, is wrong?! wait a minute, that reminds me of communism!... ya that's what that is. Rar, if anything, its scary that you actually might be a closet communist.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow..it's really shocking and scary to find italy430 think he doing nothing wrong.

        RMR tuner said, "This tuning car inspired by ferrari". Is this rip off or copy? completely insane logic.

        Even a blind man can know you are insane. sickening.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Rar.... actually I'm an avid BMW fan, i own and drive quite a few BMWs. i've also driven toyota, nissan, land rover, jaguar, mercedes, audi, maserati, ferrari, lamborghini, fiat, alfa romeo, gm, ford, lexus, mazda, dodge... i could go on for a long time there buddy. if anything i might be biased a bit towards a BMW, but there was no mention of a BMW in this article.

        if you can't see how saying this car is "inspired by" a ferrari 599XX could be a "disgrace" to ferrari then im sorry to say, you got screwed in the brain department. to make it easier, put urself in the shoes of a ferrari chief or a ferrari customer.... would u want some young highschooler/college kid pulling up to you in your F430 and saying "hey buddy, my car was actually inspired by the 599XX!" and then burning rubber til he is gone?! really.. i could tune up a corolla, drop a sickly powerful engine in it and then go and beat F430s and lambos. should i say that it was inspired by a ferrari then?!

        "even japanese..."..... what? like they're below the koreans or something?! anyways... yes there is the GT-R and LFA. were they built by tuners? no! those are ligit Nissan and Lexus cars. this is not a ligit Hyundai car. it's been heavily modified. if Hyundai came up with a supercar of their own, original design and didn't blatantly copy another manufacturer, AND it was actually both competitive and desirable/lust worthy, then i would give hyundai their due congrats. both the GT-R and LFA are competitive and desireable/lust worthy in their own regard, obviously not to the same person maybe because their prices are set in two completely different demographics. but yes, sadly, this isn't a hyundai supercar...... so im not sure what you were trying to get at with that comment.

        nissan copied alfa? in the 80's? ya sorry, what would you like me to do?? are you saying that just because nissan copied alfa, hyundai is totally fine and copying ferrari? you are sadly mistaken. that argument would never hold up in any legitimate gathering.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ italy430

        DUDE! You are comparing a HYUNDAI built by some men in a tuner garage with a FERRARI 599XX!!! Why the hell are you so upset??
        • 5 Years Ago
        @italy430,

        You obviously don't understand what "inspired by" means. He did not say that this is a poor man's clone of a Ferrari 599xx. The purpose of the car is not to look and feel like a Ferrari in every way. They just saw some details from the 599xx and used them as jumping off points for what they did to the car. "OMG, the diffuser is not a carbon copy of the Ferrari's!" Of course not, it's not exactly a Ferrari chassis under there. By inspiration, they mean they aped the front bumper, used the same color scheme, added a rear diffuser, etc. Please use a dictionary next time before jumping down people's throats.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW... 3.8 gc is good enough but this is just orgasmic. But i wish the color would be different, like strait black or alpine white. Also I wounder what is under the hood cuz the engine is in the middle?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd love to see this thing battle the LF-A...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life - seriously, why not the spirra.
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        WTH?


        Why the LF-A of all cars? lmaooo
        • 5 Years Ago
        the LF-A will own it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      badass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the idea of the car is really cool. The "inspired by a Ferrari 599XX" argument is ridiculous. Inspired could mean anything from the rims they put on it to the color of the car. We all know that it can't be compared to the Ferrari or its build quality. For whatever reason the builders of the car were inspired by the Ferrari to add certain things to the Hyundai and we don't know what specific pieces of the car resulted from that inspiration. If anything it should be a complement to the 599XX to inspire a cool and fun SEMA car like the Hyundai.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai is trying hard arent they?


      Looks nice....Looks very nice if you about where Hyundai is coming from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @fitfan

        did i ever say that the hyundai was the "equivalent" of the 599XX? um, no. i made it VERY clear that they were saying "inspired" by the 599XX.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @italy430

        obviously ur a delusional bastard and a massive ferrari fanboy. get over it and go drive your bmw, toyota, nissan, land rover, jaguar, mercedes, audi, maserati, ferrari, lamborghini, fiat, alfa romeo, gm, ford, lexus, mazda, dodge... all of which u happen to own or have owned... right? haha get real.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ italy430
        can you plz calm down!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        @ italy430 : I think something has been lost in translation my italian friend.

        "the press release mentions the Ferrari 599XX as inspiration"

        Inspired by the 599. Nobody suggested that this is the equivalent of the 599 on any level. Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy the pictures.

        As for me, I really like it. The rear diffuser is a bit much for my tastes even if it is functional, but the rest of the car looks amazing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        yes hyundai is trying too hard! notice the Ferrari 599XX blurb?

        they're milking this genesis coupe for every last drop that they can muster up. quite pathetic because i think now they've gone a little overboard by saying this was inspired by the 599XX
      • 5 Years Ago
      Taking a step back and considering the effort, this car's very impressive. Sure we have cars like VW's W12 powered GTI, but that was built by andres and a few others @ VW. While hyundai doesn't have the balls to do such oddball creations yet (or budget), it's great to see a tuner picking up the slack.
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