Hyundai and co give the Genesis Coupe a 1,000 hp stampede
By C.C. Weiss
October 2, 2013
Preparing for next month's SEMA Show, Hyundai has revealed an ultra-powerful version of its Genesis Coupe. With some serious wrenching by Bisimoto Engineering, the show car packs 1,000 horses of raw power – some 650 hp more than the stock Genesis Coupe V6. We can already see the white smoke.
There was a time when the idea of a sporty, thrilling ride in a Hyundai could have been a mike-dropping moment for a circuit comedian. But times have changed, and though the Hyundai Genesis may not be the first car that sportscar purists seek out when they hit the dealership, it has carved out a nice niche for itself over the years, besting more famous competitors like the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, time and time again.
What the Genesis Coupe lacks when compared to those competitors is a V8 engine option and a no-holds-barred performance model. While Hyundai still hasn't given the Genesis Coupe access to the 5.0-liter V8 from the Genesis R-Spec four-door, it has endeavored to show us what an all-out, track-ready performance coupe looks like. Hyundai selected Bisimoto to help it get things done, stating that the Ontario-based tuner "is known for extracting awesome, reliable power out of production-grade, everyday powerplants."
"The key to producing reliable, high-horsepower engines goes well beyond the design, engineering and fabrication of performance parts," explains Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto. "The core powerplant must be strong enough to withstand advanced modifications. The Genesis Coupe 3.8-liter Lambda engine is a thoroughly robust powerplant, and Bisimoto Engineering is excited to develop it to its full potential for the rigors of competitive motorsport."
Bisimoto upgraded the naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine with in house-developed internal components, such as steel connecting rods, injectors and Level 2.4 camshafts. Then it strapped a pair of BTX6462 turbochargers to the V6 and added a long list of additional mechanical upgrades, including a Spearco intercooler, Arias forged pistons, a Supertech valvetrain and a Magnafuel 750 fuel pump.
After closing the hood up, Bisimoto still had plenty of work to do to prepare the remainder of the Genesis Coupe for all that power. It fortified the chassis with its own roll cage, Progress coilover suspension and anti-roll bars, Drive Shaft Shop 5.9 axles and driveshaft, and 20-inch Incurve aluminum wheels shod in Toyo R888 R-Compound tires. Up above that chassis, the body work includes an ARK hood, carbon fiber trunk lid, and a custom Electric Blue paint job with Denmatic design graphics package. The driver engages with all that upgraded hardware from within a Buddy Club racing seat with harness, his eyes jumping between the road ahead and the Racepack IQ3 display dash.
Hyundai and Bisimoto will show off their creation at the SEMA Show, which gets underway in Las Vegas on November 5.