Hyundai Genesis Coupe Gets A Mid-Engine V8 Makeover
Hyundai has not been shy about touting the performance potential of its new Genesis Coupe, but this special one-off version created by go-fast guru Rhys Millen is the most radical rethink yet of the production original. Following up on a tricked-out Genesis Coupe that it produced for the 2008 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, the Rhys Millen Racing organization has created an even more dramatic take that will highlight Hyundai's extensive display at this year's annual November gathering of the SEMA faithful. Millen, a successful rally driver, Formula D drifting champ, Pike's Peak record setter and primo aftermarket tuner, wanted to more directly emphasize what he felt were "design similarities" between this sporty Hyundai and the new Ferrari 599XX. To that end, he removed the rear seat from a Genesis Coupe and replaced it with a 500-horsepower version of the 4.6-liter Tau V8 used in Hyundai's Genesis Sedan backed by a Mendeola five-speed sequential transmission. That formidable pairing endows the RM460 with a top speed of 182 mph. While retaining the base Coupe's original MacPherson strut front suspension, Millen's team fitted the RM460 with a custom five-element multilink rear setup complemented by KW coilover shocks. They also reinforced the Coupe's basic structure to accommodate the extra power -- and added a large glass rear hatch that makes it easier to view and work on the engine plus an RMR body kit to add a bit more aggressive visual presence. Rounding out the dynamic upgrades are HRE 560 Series 20-inch wheels wrapped in super-sticky Toyo T1R tires and a high-performance braking system by StopTech.
Michael Deitz, manager of Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America, proudly notes: "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." But don't expect to see one in your local Hyundai dealer anytime soon.