This Hyundai Tucson has just received a radical transformation as it strays away its traditional looks in favor of an off-road custom concept look. Off-road specialist Rockstar Performance Garage (RPG) took on this particular challenge and the result certainly speaks for itself.

The fully customized Tucson received extensive modifications on the exterior, interior, and engine. It’s par for the course for Rockstar Performance Garage, which has built some of the sickest off-road custom vehicles. Among the company’s best works include the Rockstar Bronco, Spyder Auto Toyota Tundra, and the Spyder Auto Jeep JK.

The changes to the Tucson are evident. Some people might not even recognize the Tucson from all the modifications given to it by RPG. Making this program more impressive is the fact that this is actually the first time Hyundai has worked with RPG on a custom vehicle. As far as first times are concerned, I’d say the aftermarket company hit this one on the spot.

Rockstar Performance Garage’s Hyundai Tucson will be showcased at the 2015 SEMA Auto Show, which starts on November 3, 2015.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Tucson By Rockstar Performance Garage.

  • 2016 Hyundai Tucson By Rockstar Performance Garage
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed DCT
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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Note: 2016 Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

RPG installed custom off-road bumpers and a custom roof rack

There’s a lot going on with the exterior of the Hyundai Tucson. Rockstar Performance Garage’s first order of business was to dress up the Tucson in a predominantly black exterior paint finish to give that sinister look. Yellow and grey accents on the hood and doors add a touch of color to the crossover. RPG also installed custom off-road bumpers and a custom roof rack courtesy of RPG and Wicked Image Designs.

There are also modifications to the Tucson’s lighting system, particularly the addition of 40-inch LED light bars and 2-inch LED spikes from Bulldog LED lighting. It’s not seen in the image of the crossover, but the Tucson also reportedly gets smoked taillights and an sPOD Electronic Control Center.

Interior

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Note: 2016 Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

Like most upgrades to cars that are being showcased at SEMA, Rockstar Performance Group focused its interior upgrades on the Tucson’s audio system. The aftermarket company took the crossover’s existing system and took it a new level with the Kicker Audio equipment. High output speakers, a 10-inch subwoofer, and Scosche integrated stereo install kits were also included to complement the new audio system. RPG rounded out the cabin updates with a new window tint.

It’s also worth noting that this particular Tucson comes with Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link system, which boasts of features like remote lock and Destination Search Powered by Google. The latter, in particular, should be useful when this Tucson hits the off-road.

Drivetrain

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Note: 2016 Hyundai Tucson pictured here.

Rockstar Performance Group didn’t change the Tucson’s engine, so expect to see the same 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder powertrain on the crossover. Likewise, the engine’s upgraded power sends power to all four wheels courtesy of a six-speed DCT transmission.

All the upgrades were done to increase the Tucson’s power output while also improving its overall efficiency

The modifications RPG gave to the Tucson’s four-pot engine include new turbo piping, a high-flow center exhaust from Magnaflow, a custom air intake from K&N, and a 2.5-inch stainless steel pipe and charge pipe with a front mount intercooler. The aftermarket company also installed a billet oil catch can and a 19-row oil intercooler from Mishimoto, as well as a blow off valve from Turbonetics Godzilla, a dry cell battery from Odyssey, and new oil fluids from Lucas Oil. All these upgrades were done to increase the Tucson’s power output while also improving its overall efficiency.

Neither Hyundai nor RPG have released the updated performance numbers of this particular Tucson, although I fully expect those figures to be released at SEMA.

Safety

At the heart of the Rockstar Performance Group’s upgrades on the Hyundai Tucson can be found on the crossover’s chassis and SUV. Since the Tucson has been transformed into an off-road runner, RPG overhauled the crossover’s suspension system by installing fully-custom, adjustable shocks and struts system from King Shocks and raising the vehicle’s ride height by six inches. The higher ground clearance of the body allowed RPG to replace the Tucson’s existing wheel-and-tire setup in favor of a set of 17-inch KMC XD Series "Bully" off-road wheels wrapped in massive 32-inch MTZ P3 tires Mickey Thompson.

Conclusion

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This is one custom project on the Hyundai Tucson that I fully support. This is coming from a personal space because as a previous owner of a Tucson, I can vouch to the crossover’s lack of off-road capabilities. I get it that the Tucson is out of its element in that environment, but as a crossover, I always thought that it could at least get through it without experiencing any problems.

Rockstar Performance Garage’s off-road transformation on the Tucson comes as a welcome treatment to the crossover. Those tires look incredible in both form and function. The increased ride height is also going to help in protecting the Tucson’s underside from rough roads. Even the Tucson’s aesthetic upgrades are in line with what I would want on an off-road vehicle.

Top to bottom, RPG created an impressive program for the Tucson. It’s the kind of custom work that shines the spotlight on one of the crossover’s potential as a tried-and-true off-road vehicle.

  • Leave it
    • What’s the new power output?
    • No word on whether RPG puts this program out on the market
    • Why not just get a real off-road vehicle

Press Release

Rockstar Performance Garage (RPG), the off-road specialists, have revealed details on its 2016 Tucson SEMA build. This is the first year that Hyundai has teamed up with the off-road gurus at RPG, injecting off-road lifeblood into Hyundai’s popular CUV. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

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The bumper-to-bumper overhaul started with the most important piece of any serious off-roader: the suspension. The Tucson now sits six inches over stock height, riding on massive, 32-in. MTZ P3 tires from Mickey Thompson, and a fully-custom, adjustable shocks and struts system from King Shocks. The vehicle’s wheel wells were reconstructed to create space for the new setup, now able to fit the massive suspension and tire combination.

Upgraded turbo piping, a high-flow Magnaflow exhaust and a new K&N intake and intercooler from Mishimoto help the engine breathe more freely, providing a performance boost to the Hyundai’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder power plant. Power is delivered to all four wheels through a 6-speed DCT transmission.

“The focus behind this build was to create an off-roader that nobody expected,” said Nic Ashby, owner and general partner, Rockstar Performance Garage. “The Tucson was a great starting platform with its rigid frame and plenty of room in the engine bay for modifications. With the complete suspension overhaul and blacked-out appearance, this Tucson is guaranteed to be a head turner in line with the Rockstar lifestyle.”

Rounding out the exterior visuals, the RPG Tucson has been finished in a black and yellow livery, smoked rear tail lights, a custom LED light bar setup from Bulldog LED Lighting, and custom off road bumpers to help the vehicle shrug off impacts.

The RPG Tucson also comes equipped with Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link system. Blue Link’s Destination Search Powered by Google™ will help the vehicle get to all its events with ease as it tours the country next year, and all the gear inside will be kept safe using remote lock from the Blue Link mobile app for Apple Watch and Android Wear. The RPG team can also rest easy, knowing that if their Tucson is ever stolen, Blue Link can assist authorities to quickly find and immobilize it.

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.

POWERTRAIN MODIFICATIONS

Mishimoto 2.5-in. Stainless Steel Down Pipe and Charge Pipe with Front Mount Intercooler
Rockstar Energy-Licensed/Mishimoto Billet Oil Catch Can
Mishimoto 19-Row Oil Cooler
Turbonetics Godzilla Blow Off Valve
K&N Filters Custom Air Intake
Custom Magnaflow Center Exhaust
Odyssey Dry Cell Battery
Lucas Oil Fluids
Heatshield Products Lava Wrap

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS

King Shocks 2.5-in. Adjustable Strut Coilovers
King Shocks Rear 2.5-in. Shocks with Remote Reservoirs and Progressive Off-Road Springs
Black Ops 4x4 Body Clearancing for Larger Tires
Mickey Thompson 32-in. MTZ P3 Tires
KMC 17-in. XD Series "Bully" Off-Road Wheels

EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

RPG and Wicked Image Designs Custom Roof Rack
RPG and Wicked Image Designs Custom Bumpers
Bulldog LED Lighting 40-in. LED Light Bars
Bulldog LED Lighting 2-in. LED Spikes
sPOD Electronic Control Center for Accessory Options

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

Kicker Audio Sound System
High Output Speakers
10-in. Subwoofer
Scosche Integrated Stereo Install Kits
Wiring and Accessories
Tintman Window Tint

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