The annual SEMA Show doesn't kick off in Las Vegas until Nov. 3, but Hyundai is getting an early start by teasing another collaboration with the talented tuners at Bisimoto Engineering. Following up on their high-performance takes on the Sonata, Genesis Coupe, and Elantra GT of past years, the attention turns to the Tucson. Now that the crossover packs over 700 horsepower, Bisimoto prefers to describe it as a "Brute Ute."

To crank that much power out of a Tucson, the tuners perform quite a long list of modifications to Hyundai's 2.4-liter Theta-II four-cylinder. Among them, the mill gets strengthened internal parts, a new cam, high-boost turbo, and updated management system. Bisimoto then routes the grunt through a six-speed manual gearbox.

The tuners match the massive power with an appropriately wild look. Up front, the normal grille is gone, and now all that's visible is a massive intercooler. The blue Tucson also hunkers low over 19-inch wheels thanks to a custom air suspension, and bigger brakes should help slow things down at high speed. The interior also gets outfitted with an upgraded stereo, and there's now a roll cage in there, too. While only being shown currently in the sketch above, we expect to get all the angles at SEMA in November.
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Bisimoto Engineering's First CUV is the Most-Powerful Tucson Ever

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 21 2015 –Hyundai has revealed the most-powerful 2016 Tucson ever created, built by the powertrain gurus at Bisimoto Engineering for 2015 SEMA. Partnering for a fourth straight year, Bisimoto's "Brute Ute" will be revealed at Hyundai's SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

Utilizing Hyundai's 2.4-liter "Theta-II" power plant as the starting point for the build, similar to last year's 2015 Sonata, Bisimoto mated strengthened internals with fast-burning flex-fuel, a high-boost turbocharger and an upgraded engine management system to put down more than 700 horsepower to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. This rendition of the 2016 Tucson was built with the ultimate vision of packing world-beating performance and technology into a brand-new, unexpected vehicle platform.

"The 2016 Tucson was the perfect platform for this year's build, offering me the opportunity to captivate a wider audience by tapping into the growing popularity of the CUV market," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering. "After hundreds of hours of testing and developing new engine components, we're confident that this power plant can handle what we're asking from it, delivering a fresh, race-bred take on the 2016 Tucson with performance and reliability at its core."

Complementing the absurd power figures, Bisimoto gave the exterior a very clean "street fighter" look, riding on custom air-ride suspension, white five-star race-spec wheels and sticky, R-compound rubber. A custom roll cage hints to the vehicle's performance credentials, and the signature Bisimoto look is rounded-out with the elimination of the front grille, replaced with a huge intercooler to cool the incoming air.

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Bisimoto Engineering's First CUV is the Most-Powerful Tucson Ever

POWERTRAIN MODIFICATIONS:
AEM Electronics
Infinity 6 ECU
Boost controller and Fuel Pressure Regulator
Arias 9:1 compression Pistons
ARP Head Studs and Bolts
Bisimoto Springs and Titanium Retainers
Bisimoto Level 2.4 Camshaft
Bisimoto 360 degree Oil Cap
Bisimoto Custom Exhaust System
2200cc Injectors
Golden Eagle Sleeves & Intake
Bisimoto MLS Gasket
Bisimoto Intake Heat Shielding Gasket
High-Flow Fuel Pump
NGK Iridium Spark Plugs
PurÖl "Elite Series" Synthetic Motor Oils
PurÖl MTF Transmission Fluid
Port Flow Custom Headwork
Kinsler Fuel Rail & Filter
Bisimoto Steel Rods
Custom Mil-Spec Harness
Turbonetics BTX-6465 Billet Turbo
Wastegate
Blowoff Valve
Spearco Intercooler
Vibrant Vanjen Clamps and Stainless Steel Hardware
Turbo Hot Header Coatings
Spec Stage 5 Clutch

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS
fifteen52 TARMAC R43 19x8.5 Wheels
Buddy Club 4-Pot Big Brake Kit and Lug Nuts
Bisimoto Brake Mounts
Toyo R888 Tires
Air Ride Equipment Airbag Suspension

EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS
Denmatic Design Scheme
Bisimoto Custom Grille Insert
Hyundai Genuine Equipment Mud Flaps
Rhythms Powder Coating
Driftmotion Aluminum Piping

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS
Bisimoto 4-Point Roll Cage
Harman Kardon Infinity Sound System Equipped with HD Radio
Infinity Audio System
Front Doors: Kappa 60.11cs 6-1/2" Two-Way Component System
Rear Doors: Kappa 62.11i 6-1/2" Two-Way Loudspeaker System
Cargo Space Speakers: Kappa 62.11i 6-1/2" Two-Way Loudspeaker System (Reference 1200S Shallow Mount Subwoofers)
Amplification: Kappa K5 five-channel 650 Watt Amplifier
Head Unit: JBL Legend CP100 Connected Car Receiver
Racepak IQ3 Dash
Bisimoto Reservoir Socks
Buddy Club Short shifter
G&J Braided Plumbing
Buddy Club Racing Seat
Custom Euro-inspired Leather Interior


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 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.


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