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Rhys Millen’s Pike Peak Hill Climb participation is only a few days away - Sunday, June 27, to be exact - and the driver is hard at work fine-tuning his Hyundai Genesis PM580 racer which he will be sitting behind the wheel in as he embarks on his Pikes Peak journey.

We already featured the car a few months ago, but with the race only a few days away, Millen and his Red Bull team are in overdrive preparing for the moment of truth. In this video, the boys are seen taking the PM580 out for a couple of test runs and chronicling the journey they’ve embarked on leading up to this point.

Just in case you needed to be refreshed on the Genesis PM580, the super racer comes with a modified 4.1-liter Hyundai Lambda V6 engine with an HKS turbocharger, an intercooler, and an exhaust system that produces a total of 775 horsepower and 750 lb/ft of torque.

Source: Street Fire

Hey, Mustang, watch out! Hyundai is preparing a new 5.0 liter V8 engine that will deliver 429 HP. Of course, Hyundai did not say that with the new engine they would want to take on the Mustang, but it wouldn’t be as ridiculous as the race between Mini and Porsche! The output for the new coupe is even bigger than the one from the Mustang GT model that develops a total of 412 HP. The announcement was made by Hyundai in South Korea during a test drive for the new Sonata hybrid and 2.0T.

The new 5.0 liter Tau engine is a bored-out, direct-injection version of the 4.6-liter V-8 currently found in the Genesis sedan . Bore increases to 96 mm, an increase of 4, while the stroke stays the same at 87 mm. The result is an estimated output of 429 hp at 6500 rpm and 376 lb-ft at 5000 rpm with an 11.5:1 compression ratio. The new engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic designed and manufactured by Hyundai.

The new engine is rumored to be available for the Genesis Coupe sometime in mid-2011.

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Sorry Porsche , you had your chance, now it’s Hyundai’s turn. The Korean automaker has just stepped up to stand in for Porsche, offering to take on Mini at Road Atlanta.

Hyundai has released a trash-talking video to Mini USA head Jim McDowell that says they are eager to bring the Genesis Coupe to Atlanta raceway next month. The race won’t take place in June like Mini planned because Hyundai racing driver Rhys Millen is getting ready to climb a mountain, so the Korean automaker is proposing a race in July.

As Hyundai spokesman Dan Bedore tells Autoblog, "Since we launched the Genesis Coupe, we’ve always said that we’ll take on all-comers when it comes to comparison tests. And we’ve had some experience on the racetrack at Road Atlanta. We’d be happy to meet Mini on the race track."

This is an interesting move by Hyundai, who is taking the blow for Porsche and that takes some serious…you know. Having driven the Genesis Coupe we have to hope it’s the manual because the automatic is seriously flawed.

So, will Mini step up to the challenge? An all out race between a Mini Cooper S and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe sounds pretty good to us.

Video after the jump.

Source: Autoblog

Rhys Millen is no stranger to daring challenges and his latest adventure promises to be a lot more important to him given the familiar ties it has with the Millen family.

Using a heavily-modified Hyundai Genesis Coupe - they named it the RMR PM580 - Millen will attempt to bring back thePike’s Peak Hill Climb record back to the family where his father, the legendary Rod Millen, held it for 13 years.

In this video, the younger Millen takes us for a little walking tour of the RMR PM580, the tuned-up Hyundai Genesis that Millen will take with him in his record-breaking attempt at breaking Pike’s Peak infamous Hill Climb record and etching the Millen family name back on the record books.

Check out the video and listen to the man himself introduce us to his new pride and joy.


Top Gear USA has officially returned. That much we can say after Kilometer Magazine caught what appears to be the show doing a taped segment at LA’s infamous Mulholland drive a few days ago.
KM was also able to snap a few photos of the set including a rather dapper-looking Tanner Foust standing in front of a camera while a Hyundai Genesis Coupe sits idly at his side. Could it be that Mr. Faust is doing a review of the Genesis Coupe? We don’t really know, but it sure looks like it.

In any event, we’re equal parts geeked up and anxious for the show to make its debut on the Discovery Channel. Whether they can replicate the success the original Top Gear has enjoyed for 15 seasons remains to be seen. The verdict on that is still subject to how the initial episodes go over to the car-loving segment of America.


There has to be a certain amount of thrill in the ride and insanity in the mind to race up a mountain at incredible speeds. There also has to be an extreme amount of talent to achieve such a feat. Rhys Millen has that talent and, together with Hyundai and his team, will be showcasing it at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Unlimited Class in none other than his LeMans-style PM580 racing prototype.

The PM580 is powered by a 4.1-liter Hyundai Lambda turbocharged V6 engine capable to deliver (as current tests show) a total of 750 hp. The car will feature a carbon fiber aerodynamic body with an active rear wing. The wing will create less drag in the straight-aways and more stability in cornering and braking. Active wings are outlawed in other forms of racing.

The RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580 will use an active center differential. This differential will allow a 10 to 100 percent torque split to the front wheels. This is important because the course changes from asphalt to dirt multiple times and allows the Genesis PM580 to have more than one set up on the 12.42-mile course. The car will be ideal on the mixed surface at Pikes Peak. The Genesis PM580 addresses a fundamental reason on perhaps why the 10-minute record has not fallen. Most race cars do not work well on both dirt and asphalt.

Millen will be trying to defeat a record of 10:01.41 set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007 with his Suzuki XL7 Hill Climb Special and will also be trying to reclaim the record for the Millen family. Prior to Tajima’s race, the record was held by Rod Millen, Rhys’ father, for a total of 13 years before it was overtaken. We are sure there will be a certain amount of pride pushing that PM580 in the race to the clouds.

UPDATE 06/01/2010: Watch Rhys Millen as he provides a walk-through of his RMR Hyundai Genesis PM580. Just click on the photo above.

Press release after the jump.

Rhys Millen may be one of the best drifters in the world, but without a driftable car that he can compete with, his considerable skills become a moot point. That wasn’t any more evident that last season’s Formula Drift when the defending champion finished at a below mediocre 19th place.

This year, Millen Racing has worked tirelessly to restore order in Formula Drift and reclaim some of the luster it lost after a forgettable 2009 campaign. At the front and center of it all is Rhys Millen himself who is hell-bent on showing Formula Drift that last year was merely an aberration to an already glistening career. In a recent test event, Millen spent some time smoking up the tires and performing his usual practice drifts with his new Hyundai Genesis Coupe before the 2010 season officially gets under way next week in Long Beach.

We still don’t have an idea how Rhys Millen and his team will do this year relative to the competition, but it is a good sign that they’re doing everything they can to improve on their abysmal showing in the 2009 season.


Enjoying all kinds of success in 2009 , the Hyundai Genesis sedan is being updated for the 2010 model year with available convenience options like Smart Cruise Control, touch-screen navigation and an electronic parking brake with a very convenient automatic vehicle hold. The bargain priced luxury sedan will go on sale starting from $33,800 for the base model 3.8L V6 powered version and

The 3.8 Liter DOHC Lambda V6 engine delivers a maximum output of 290 HP and 264 lb-ft of torque thanks to its Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) system on both the intake and exhaust cam shafts as well as a new Variable Intake System (VIS) that helps the cylinders breathe more efficiently throughout its entire RPM range. The 4.6 Liter Tau V8 engine delivers a maximum of 375 HP and is mated to a ZF built 6 speed automatic transmission complete with SHIFTRONIC manual shift control.

For the 2010 model year, the Genesis comes equipped with intelligent cruise control and an electronic parking brake on Technology Package equipped models, while the Ultra-premium leather seating surfaces come standard on the 3.8 Liter Genesis models with Premium, Premium Navigation, and Technology Packages.

Press release after the jump.

Hyundai’s website features a really cool video of a Hyundai Genesis being completely disassembled in a time-lapse video.

Nothing much can be said apart from ’go check it out and watch it, like now!’

It sure is worth your time. Like what Hyundai says so simply yet so emphatically, "it’s not about the metal, it’s about the engineering."

Video courtesy of Jalopnik.

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Much like Subaru, the Korean car maker Hyundai had a plethora of its Genesis Coupes on display at the 2009 SEMA show, however there were also quite a few examples of sport compact in other people’s displays both inside and out of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Now we have already shown you which ones we felt were the finest examples of the new two door rear wheel drive sports car, being the turbocharged Greddy version inside the ropes and the AQ Motorsports version all the way over in the Rotora booth.

Hyundai Genesis Coupes at the 2009 SEMA Show

Back at the Hyundai display, representing everything from the mundane to the insane Hyundai had a Tskuba White R-Spec version, a model that is easy on the pocketbook and has just the right parts to make it a true driver’s car; items like a turbocharged four cylinder engine, 19 inch wheels and a limited slip differential. Hennessey was in attendance with their Carbon Coupe and while the turbo V6 was impressive it looks like body work classes have been postponed until next semester at the Tuner School. Now Rhys Millen is the veteran in the Hyundai booth after last year’s RMR Genesis Coupe show car, so this year the bar was raised and the engine was moved back a few feet so that all eight cylinders could fit between the fenders. Although the new RMR Genesis Coupe was the most mechanically impressive vehicle of the group, the car’s one off front end was a bit too different, however the side mirrors, scoops and genuine carbon fiber body panels were quite nice.

Check out the gallery below to see all our snapshots from SEMA.


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