The key in this massive injection of power is taking the regular 2.4-liter Theta-II four-cylinder engine and doing everything necessary so that it can actually withstand so much additional strain. That means introducing forged pistons and connecting rods and an improved valvetrain with new cams, plus a high-boost turbocharger to really up the ante. It's all then mated to a six-speed manual to get things rolling.
"After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto Engineering in Hyundai's release.
While it might be pretty cool to find a 708-hp Sonata that looked completely stock at first glance, this is for the SEMA show after all, and it's all about showing off there. So in addition to the huge increase in horsepower, the Hyundai gets a complete aero upgrade, a coil-over suspension and a roll cage inside, in addition to other improvements. At the moment, only the rear of the car is being teased ahead of the November 4 reveal. Until we get to see more, scroll down to read Bisimoto's entire parts list to turn Sonata from a commuter into a racer.
Bisimoto Engineering Focuses on Strengthening and Reliability to Create Most-Powerful Sonata Ever
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 22, 2014 – For the third year in a row, Hyundai is partnering with the powertrain gurus at Bisimoto Engineering, this time to create a 708 horsepower Sonata for the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Bisimoto's team specializes in extracting huge output from Hyundai's engines, like the 1000 horsepower Bisimoto Genesis Coupe that was built for last year's SEMA show.
For this year's show, the team is using Hyundai's 2.4-liter "Theta-II" 4-cylinder engine as the starting point for their build. Through a combination of strengthened internal components – forged pistons, connecting rods, a high-revving valve train and camshafts – a high-boost turbocharger, and a fast-burning, flex-fuel diet, Bisimoto will extract 708 horsepower from the engine. Power will be sent to the road through a 6-speed manual transmission. As a total package, the 2015 Bisimoto Engineering Sonata boasts supercar-beating power, with room for three friends to come along for the ride of a lifetime. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai's SEMA press conference on November 4 at 9 a.m. PT.
"With a proven and efficient 2.4-liter engine as a starting platform and a sophisticated, sleek, four-door design, the 2015 Sonata was the perfect candidate for this year's build," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering. "Outrageous power is nothing without reliability, and it was a firm goal to retain the reliability that Hyundai is known for. After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata."
Complementing the extensive overhaul under the hood, Bisimoto wrapped its 2015 Sonata in custom laminated body wrap and graphics. The interior has been given a sporty feel with the addition of racing harnesses, AEM wideband gauges and EK Autoworx interior paint. Rounding out the exterior look is a Bisimoto front splitter and aero package, Fifteen52 18-inch aluminum wheels and Burns stainless exhaust system.
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2.4-LITER THETA II ENGINE MODIFICATIONS
Bisimoto-tuned 2.4L Theta-II engine
Bisimoto intake gasket
Web Level 2.4 camshafts
Turbonetics TNX 82/64 turbocharger
Turbonetics blow-off valve
Deatschwerks 2200cc Injectors
R&R steel connecting rods
Arias forged pistons
AEM Infinity 6 ECU, and smart coils
Golden Eagle sleeved block, and intake manifold
Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless hardware
Magnafuel 750 fuel pump
ARP head studs
Portflow custom headwork
VP E85R Fuel
Kinsler fuel filters
PurOl Elite Synthetic Oils
NGK Iridium spark plugs
Bisimoto roll cage
Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar
Fifteen52 18x8 Tarmac aluminum wheels
ARP wheel studs
Bisimoto-spec Action Ironman Clutch
Extreme Autowerks custom laminated body wrap
Type 2 graphics
Wasp Composites Aero package
Denmatic design scheme
Burns Stainless muffler and hardware
Bisimoto reservoir socks
Racepack IQ3 dash
AEM wideband gauges
Odyssey ER-25MJ dry cell battery
Electronics Management mil-spec harness
G&J braided lines
EK Auto Worx interior paint
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