The world’s greatest aftermarket car show, SEMA, is fast approaching and in an attempt to follow up their Hyundai Genesis Coupe Concept from last year’s show, the team at the Huntington Beach based race shop, Rhys Millen Racing , is hard at work gutting a brand new coupe with the hopes of giving it some V8 power. Now even we here at Top Speed have toyed around with the idea of transplanting the 4.6 Liter Tau V8 into the new Genesis coupe in order to create the ultimate Korean hot rod, but where we would consider trying to squeeze the almost 400 HP power plant in between the suspension towers with an oversized shoe horn, the Genesis aficionados at RMR have decided to forego the complicated packaging job and skip the Camaro crowd and turn the Genesis Coupe into a much more exotic mid engine sports car.
The mad mechanics at RMR have already gotten seriously underway, literally dissecting the car’s floor pan behind the front seats and added quite a few feet of chassis strengthening square tubing to accommodate the new hole in the underside of the car and in order to handle the car’s newfound power. The purose of the build is to make the most out of Hyundai’s factory pieces and RMR is looking to keep things simple with the new Coupe, so the only modification to the engine will be a set of slightly higher compression JE Pistons and with a little tweaking of the engine management software, the new RMR Genesis Coupe sould produce around 450 HP. The Tau V8 will be mated to a Mendeola S5 five seed sequential gearbox; the same transaxle used in the Ultima GT-R super kit car and will be geared so that the Coupe will be able to reach a top speed of 182 MPH.
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Although the front MacPherson suspension and five link rear units will remain in tact, RMR has contacted StopTech brakes in order to come up with a set of clampers that will be capable of bringing the more powerful Genesis Coupe to a halt from ridiculous speeds, and because power is nothing without control (and a convenient tire sponsorship) the V8 powered SEMA Genesis Coupe will be wearing a set of super sticky Toyo T1Rs sized 245/35R20 up front and 285/30R20 out back. As long as they can keep the weight centralized in the strengthened and reworked chassis, and get the suspension settings for the newly configured car under control, there should be no stopping this Hyundai.