Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai Genesis

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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It seemed that everywhere you turned at the 2009 SEMA Show there were at least a few modified Hyundai Genesis Coupe s in your field of vision. However there was one tuned two door that stood head and shoulders above the rest, taking a page out of last year’s playbook, the Korean car maker hired a team of expert Japanese tuners to make the most out of their newest sport compact, and if you thought that the HKS Genesis Coupe from the 2008 SEMA Show was jaw dropping, then Greddy’s take on the Genesis Coupe will leave you absolutely breathless with its aggressive body kit, very fashionable vinyl and the mystery of what’s inside.

Greddy Genesis Coupe at the 2009 SEMA Show

The Greddy Genesis coupe was put together with the typical array of parts from the Trust catalog like an Airinx intake filter, type RZ blow off valve, a full auto turbo timer and the legendary Profec B electronic boost controller. However a few of the more impressive parts that Greddy came up with for the new world engine based turbocharged four cylinder engine; like a larger 18 G turbocharger being fed hot air from a four into one tubular exhaust manifold, a high capacity intake manifold, Greddy’s latest in ECU technology the e-Manage to finish off the bolt on upgrades housed inside the engine bay.

Greddy Genesis Coupe at the 2009 SEMA Show

The Genesis Coupes stance was adjusted to perfection thanks to a set of Greddy Type-S coilovers and had 20 pistons worth of brake calipers housed inside of a set of gunmetal grey Volk Racing TE-37 wheels. As impressive as those last few items might have sounded, none did as much for both performance and style of the modified Genesis Coupe as the Greddy Spectrum Elite exhaust peaking out underneath the new rear diffuser with its quad tip configuration and anodized blue finish. Once again Greddy has created an automotive masterpiece using their catalog of proven go fast parts without the need for unnecessary bling and Hyundai laid the foundation for them to do it.

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One sport compact that was well represented at the 2009 SEMA Show was the Hyundai Genesis Coupe , and sitting pretty in the Rotora booth was this version from AQ Motorsports. This Genesis Coupe was wearing little more than a few well appointed upgrades to the body including a vented carbon fiber hood and trunk from Carbon Creations as well as a stylish ground effects package that incorporates a pronounced wind molded into the front bumper, a set of lower hanging side skirts and a rear diffuser. The AQ Motorsports Hyundai rides on a set of 19 inch forged rims from Rays Engineering with the obligatory Rotora big brake upgrade underneath.

Don’t count out the imports at the 2009 SEMA Show just yet, because Hyundai is bringing another one of its customized sports coupes to Las Vegas. The Rides Magazine creation is one hot tamale and look like it will contend well with the V8 powered sleeper from RMR and Greddy’s tuner Genesis Coupe .

Rides Genesis Coupe

This two door rear wheel drive Genesis will be wearing a Sarona Design body kit and is painted in Porsche 911 GT3 RS orange. The Genesis Coupe’s interior will feature a pair of racing buckets to keep the passengers riding up front in place on the twisties and a Memphis Car Audio sound system to keep thos e in the back entertained. If you pop the hood of the Rides Magazine Genesis Coupe you will find a 2.0 Liter four banger being fed pressurized air from a Turbonetics turbocharger that is cooled by a Spearco intercooler and then spit out the bakc through a GReddy full turbo back exhaust. Just like the HKS Genesis Coupe that we finally got to see up close, this bright orange Genesis Coupe should look better in person than we ever expected. We can’t wait to get to Las Vegas.

The list of customized Genesis Coupe s that will be presented at SEMA just keeps getting longer and longer, because Hyundai Motor America has teamed up with the American tuning house Hennessey Performance Engineering and HPE’s intensive 14 week Tuner School program have just added their names to the roster. The hot rod Genesis Coupe is the perfect example of a modern day sport compact with its attractive styling, rear wheel drive layout and robust engine lineup; the new car is exactly what graduates of the high performance educational program will be dealing with after they complete their instructions, so what better vehicle to display at the world’s greatest aftermarket car show than a matte black and carbon fiber Genesis Coupe.

The Genesis Carbon Coupe will feature a Hennessey Custom Single Turbo Setup consisting of a Precision 66 mm ball bearing turbocharger, Tial blow off valve and a 44 mm wastegate to keep the boost under control. Meanwhile an HKS boost controller will regulate the amount of charged air going into the engine and an upgraded fuel pump and injectors will ensure that there is enough go juice going into the combustion chamber to keep things from going kaboom. The HPE Genesis Coupe is currently estimated to be producing a maximum output of 500 HP and 465 lb-ft of torque. This much power should be good enough to launch the two door Genesis from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds and eclipse the quarter mile in just 12.5 seconds.

Press release after the jump.


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