In an effort to boost awareness of its recently launched Sonata 2.0T, Hyundai has partnered with RIDES for a SEMA-bound version of its swoopy new sedan. We'd like to point out that Hyundai's press release calls the Sonata Turbo's modifications "clever and tasteful," and while we don't wholeheartedly agree, we'll admit that this Sonata is indeed sinister and speaks to all things SEMA.
The mods begin with a RIDES-designed body kit comprised of front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear wing and roof spoiler. From there, the car was painted in a matte pearl color, 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 wheels were added and Audi-like LEDs were fitted to the front fascia. The headlamps have been painted, the taillamps have been smoked and the grille is now matte black. But the best body mod? The chrome beltline strip has been blacked out and ties in with the rest of the darkened bits.
Inside, the entire interior has been reupholstered in black leather and suede with contrasting red stitching. Carbon fiber trim has been added throughout and two mirror-shaking JBL 12-inch subwoofers are in the trunk, paired with two individual amplifiers.
It's certainly polarizing, and we're glad to see Hyundai showing off its turbocharged Sonata. No mid-size sedan is safe from the aftermarket SEMA treatment, after all. Hit the jump for Hyundai's press blast, and while you're at it, check out our new galleries of Hyundai's other SEMA concepts, the Mummbles Equus, ARK Genesis Coupe, RMR Equus and Gogogear Genesis Coupe.
Hyundai Booth Features Six Modified Cars for Coupe-, Sedan- and Luxury-loving Tuners
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 11/01/2010
Hyundai will showcase the luxurious Equus sedan, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive Sonata Turbo, and the rear-wheel drive, performance-oriented Genesis Coupe, at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show Nov. 2-5, 2010. Hyundai has again united with some of the biggest names in the aftermarket industry to build six one-of-a-kind models for the Hyundai display at SEMA (booth #24387) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The lineup of Hyundai vehicles includes:
* DUB Edition Hyundai Equus
* "Elegant Equus" from Mummbles Marketing
* ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe 3.8L
* Rhys Millen Racing Signature Edition Equus
* Gogogear Racing Genesis Coupe
* RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo
"Each year we bring our newest, most exciting custom cars to SEMA through a partnership with aftermarket specialists to create even more options for Hyundai owners," said Michael Deitz, manager of Hyundai's SEMA program. "This year, we chose to bring back the tuner-friendly Genesis Coupe, and debut modifications to our new luxury flagship Equus and 274 horsepower Sonata Turbo, both debuting as 2011 models."
In addition to the six exciting custom cars, Rhys Millen will showcase his Pikes Peak unlimited-class Genesis PM580. This custom-made racer weighs just 1,930 pounds while delivering 775 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque.
Photos of Hyundai's 2010 SEMA cars are available at HyundaiNews.com.
DUB Edition Hyundai Equus
Well known for prolific designs, the fabricators at DUB magazine have teamed up with Hyundai to customize an Equus, Hyundai's all-new luxury flagship sedan. Exterior modifications on the DUB Edition Hyundai Equus include Trex DUB Design mesh grille, DUB Design custom body kit, tinted windows and tail lights, and a custom two-tone, gloss black-and-matte charcoal paint job.
The Equus also features a DUB Edition custom suspension riding on 24-inch TIS modular style 10 wheels with Pirelli Pzero Nero tires. To add to the already world-class Lexicon audio system that comes from the factory, DUB Design built a custom trunk enclosure that is fitted with Infinity Kappa components including nine Infinity Kappa Series speakers, KAPPA ONE mono and KAPPA FOUR four-channel amplifiers. Additionally, the interior of the Equus features DUB Design custom leather and suede, a DUB Design illuminated headliner and custom rear bucket seats.
"Elegant Equus" from Mummbles Marketing
The VIP themed "Elegant Equus" from Mummbles Marketing features a 450 horsepower, high-performance engine and advanced technologies as it aims to be the envy of every high-power executive. To capture the VIP luxury look, Mummbles Marketing has complemented Equus with some of the highest performance products on the market. The "Elegant Equus" will display engine, interior, exterior, brake, wheel and suspension modifications, as well as one-of-a-kind audio and video enhancements.
Along with a turbo kit and carbon fiber accessories to enhance Equus' V8 performance, Mummbles installed an Apple iPad to control certain aspects of the vehicle such as ride height, luxury curtains, stereo and windows. Mummbles Marketing teamed up with Legacy Innovations and S-Max to build and manufacture the turbo kit and also worked with Infinity, Mobile Spec and Pyle for the custom audio and video parts on the vehicle.
ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe 3.8L
To enhance the tunability of its most dynamic performance car ever, Hyundai teamed with ARK Performance Inc. to develop custom parts for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. These high-performance parts will debut on the ARK Track Time Attack Genesis Coupe 3.8L show car. The Genesis Coupe from ARK is designed for enthusiasts looking for quality performance products and inspiration for their own modifications. All of the ARK Performance parts designed for the Genesis Coupe are production-ready and will soon be available for enthusiasts everywhere.
ARK was able to reach 585 horsepower with engine modifications, including an APG KOREA 3.8 supercharger kit, to Genesis Coupe's already powerful 306 horsepower, DOHC 3.8-liter V6 engine. As an added feature the ARK Genesis Coupe's paint scheme was designed and completed in collaboration with artists from Hyundai's North American Design Center in Irvine, Calif.
Rhys Millen Racing Signature Edition Equus
For the third consecutive year partnering with Hyundai at SEMA, Rhys Millen Racing will debut the RMR Signature Edition Equus with exterior, interior and performance upgrades that enhance the already luxurious sedan.
The Equus showcases exterior RMR Signature Edition components including carbon mirrors, and front chin and rear deck spoilers. A two-tone carbon fiber and Red Bull Racing blue satin clear paint by BASF and HRE 21-inch P40 wheels will appropriately round out the exterior. Tuners aiming to get even more power from the stock 385 horsepower, V8 engine get a glance at a bolt-on RMR Signature Edition air intake and stainless exhaust that together will add another 30 horsepower. The RMR Signature Equus also features a 14-inch brake kit designed to tame the added power. The interior of the Equus features RMR Signature Edition embroidered headrests and floor mats, and ostrich hide leather seats with suede accents.
Gogogear Racing Genesis Coupe
The Gogogear Racing Genesis Coupe emphasizes racing reliability and high-end performance capabilities. The bright yellow paint scheme was designed in conjunction with Hyundai's California Design Center. Gogogear Racing plans to show off the performance capabilities of its modified Genesis Coupe car in the U.S. Touring Car Championships in 2011, which is sanctioned by the premier auto racing sanctioning body in the U.S., the National Auto Sport Association.
Modifications to the Genesis Coupe prepare the performance vehicle for the track. Mechanical adjustments to the engine produce 330 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque by adding an AEM air intake, Magnaflow exhaust system and ARK Performance headers. The Gogogear Racing Genesis Coupe also features Ground Control suspension tuning with ARK Performance shocks, springs, coilovers and QA1 bearings. A light weight Spec racing clutch increases reliability and helps with quick and direct shifts of the stock close ratio six-speed manual transmission. At each corner, StopTech brakes, Hawk racing pads, Konig lightweight wheels and BF Goodrich R1 street legal race tires with aluminum light weight Gorilla lugs and H&R spacers ensure proper grip with the road.
On the exterior, Gogogear Racing increases the aerodynamics of the vehicle by adding an APR rear wing and an ARK Performance body kit. To lighten the car and to lower the center of gravity, a carbon fiber roof replaces the original steel roof. Inside, the Genesis Coupe includes Sparco race seats and seat belts, a full custom Metric Motorsports roll cage, a SPA Techniques fire suppression system, and a two-way radio to further ready the car for its racing debut. A RacePak IQ3 data logger dash supplies critical information and lap times to the driver. And a Linear Logic Scan Gauge II further notifies the driver of secondary engine parameters.
RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo
To build excitement around the recently launched 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo, Hyundai Motor America teamed up with RIDES magazine to trick out one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant. Inspired by the Mercedes CLS, the modified Sonata 2.0T features an assortment of custom fabrication from RIDES' team of expert builders.
The vehicles exterior modifications are clever and tasteful, starting with a one-off, fully custom RIDES-designed bodykit that's comprised of new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler and roof spoiler, which all work together to accentuate the factory body lines of the Sonata. Other key exterior elements include a matte pearl paint job from BASF, 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 concave wheels powder coated matte black wrapped in Falken FK452 tires, smoked taillights and painted headlights, a matte black debadged front grille, Audi LED fog lights integrated into the new front bumper and 3M vinyl carbon wrap on the roof.
To complete the design, the RIDES team reupholstered the entire interior in a combination of black leather and suede with red stitching, along with integrating carbon fiber trim throughout. In the trunk there are two JBL 12-inch subwoofers paired with two JBL amplifiers. To finish things off, a custom quad tip exhaust was installed out back, while an S-Max front mount intercooler replaces the factory unit up front, ensuring that this build incorporates both go and show.