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Instagram Proves That the Hyundai Kona Can Be Cool

Instagram Proves That the Hyundai Kona Can Be Cool

Hyundai’s little crossover can flex its muscles, too

The Hyundai Kona isn’t the first car that comes to mind when the word “cool” is uttered. It might not even be the 10th or 100th car that we think of. But such is the power of the aftermarket tuning scene that regular cars like the Kona can look cool when provided with the right amount of aftermarket help. We see a good example of that with this particular Kona, which we spotted from the Instagram page of WABBP_Exhaust, a Korean based tuner that specializes in aftermarket exhaust systems. The Kona looks particularly aggressive in the photos posted by the company, and if you stick around long enough to watch the accompanying videos, you’ll be able to hear what a WABBP_Exhaust can do to the crossover’s otherwise pedestrian 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

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2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept

2017 Hyundai Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept

The Hyundai that makes a Porsche seem dull

First introduced in 2004, the Hyundai Tucson quickly became one of the company’s most popular vehicles. A more modern, second-generation model was launched in 2009, while the third-gen version was unveiled for the 2016 model year. This time around designed by Peter Schreyer, the Tucson adopted the company’s latest design language and a more upscale interior. A favorite among many tuners for SEMA Show projects, the Tucson is set to return to the event in 2017 with a comprehensive upgrade developed by Hyundai and Vaccar.

The already eye-catching crossover was overhauled inside and out for this project. Gifted with many race-inspired design elements, a custom paint job, a luxurious interior, and many drivetrain upgrades, the Vaccar Tucson Sport concept was conceived to demonstrate that the small crossover has great potential when it comes to performance upgrades. However, this doesn’t mean that Hyundai is planning a performance-oriented model, so don’t get your hopes up on seeing it in showrooms. As disappointing as it may sound, the Vaccar Sport concept is worthy of your attention as it can provide valuable hints if you’re looking to modify your Tucson in the future.

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2016 Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK

2016 Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept By ARK

Who says the Elantra can’t look good with the right mods?

SEMA is creeping up on us almost as fast as winter, and manufacturers are starting to preview some pretty awesome concepts ahead of their official debut. Today we’re here to talk about the Hyundai Road Racer Elantra Concept that was put together through a partnership between Hyundai and ARK. The Elantra is far from anything that resembles a tuner car, but ARK has somehow managed to turn this little family hauling sedan into a decent looking tuner. Of course, it wasn’t easy, but ARK added things like a custom turbo kit, new downpipe and exhaust system, full coil-over suspension, a wide body kit, a nice set of wheels, and a full vinyl wrap, among other things, to create the wildest looking Elantra that you’ll probably ever see.

Kevin Bentley, the developer of the ARK Elantra Concept, said, “ARK Performance knows the Hyundai brand almost as well as our own. We strive to leverage the superb product development of Hyundai engineers, building upon their expertise while offering something really special to enthusiasts. The ARK Road Racer Elantra Concept offers the specific model enhancements that our customers have come to expect from ARK.”

Hyundai’s aren’t exactly known to be something enthusiasts look for at car shows or underground meets. Has ARK proven that even a car like the Hyundai Elantra is worthy of at least a little street credit? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves.

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2016 Hyundai Tucson By Rockstar Performance Garage

2016 Hyundai Tucson By Rockstar Performance Garage

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.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Solus By ARK Performance

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Solus By ARK Performance

You might not have started thinking about this year’s SEMA show quite yet, but you can bet that the folks at ARK Performance have been. The tuner has taken a new car to the show every year for the past six years, and has now built a seventh for this year’s show. Last year’s car was the AR550 Genesis Sedan, a thoroughly reworked version of the Hyundai that produced a good deal more horsepower and sported a much more tuner-ish look. This year, ARK stuck with the Genesis nameplate but switched to the coupe version of the car. This also meant a switch from the 5.0-liter V-8 to the 3.8-liter V-6, thus enabling ARK to show off a different range of customization.

So far, we only have a rendering of what the car will look like once it’s officially unveiled at SEMA, but it’s much better than the sketches we sometimes get as previews. The detailed sketch makes it pretty clear what at least the outside will look like. We also got a good deal of tech specs, so the reveal won’t be too big of a surprise. ARK is working with Hyundai on this project, so the reveal will be part of Hyundai’s SEMA press conference.

Updated 11/04/2015: Hyundai unveiled the Genesis Coupe Solus By ARK Performance in Las Vegas at the 2015 SEMA Show.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis AR550 By ARK Performance

2015 Hyundai Genesis AR550 By ARK Performance

Every day we inch closer to the SEMA Auto Show we see more tuning companies coming out of the woodwork to present their SEMA-bound vehicles. Hyundai has been a staple at SEMA over the past few years, and this year, the Korean automaker is coming back with a couple of tie-ins with some aftermarket companies, including ARK Performance.

The two companies have collaborated to present the Genesis AR550, a comprehensive aftermarket program for the Hyundai Genesis. The kit covers the gamut of modifications that includes exterior and interior enhancements, performance upgrades, and suspension improvements. All together, the program turns the Genesis into a bonafide sports sedan.

The looks are standard affair for any SEMA machine. The body kit is outrageous and dynamic, creating a love-it or hate-it visual presence. If nothing else, ARK Performance has made sure that this sedan will stand out in a crowd.

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe By Blood Type Racing

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe By Blood Type Racing

We’re steadily approaching November and everyone in the auto industry is preparing for the Specialty Equipment Market Association show; you know it as SEMA, the world’s biggest aftermarket auto show We’re getting really close and that means automakers and tuning companies are slowly beginning to unveil their SEMA-bound creations. One such tuning specialist is Blood Type Racing Inc., a Chicago-based builder that has just unveiled its new program for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Blood Type Racing, like every other tuning firm headed to SEMA, didn’t pull any punches with this Genesis Coupe. It’s about as comprehensive as it gets, complete with exterior and interior modifications, to go with engine enhancements and suspension changes. This modification setup is the type that can really transform a car like the Genesis from an everyday sports coupe into a filthy juggernaut,ready to take all comers on the road or drag strip.

It’s so insanely modded that its hard to recognize the Genesis Coupe underneath that body kit. If anything, it’s the perfect example of what a SEMA-prepared sports car should be. After all, the auto show doesn’t take too kindly to timid programs. The more flamboyant the better.

Blood Type Racing’s Genesis program certainly fits that bill.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo by Fox Marketing

Hyundai continues to unwrap its lineup for the 2013 SEMA show with a new Veloster Turbo concept car, and this time it is developed by the folks at Fox Marketing. This is the second Veloster prepared for Las Vegas, alongside to the Night Racer Concept by EGR Group.

The new Veloster Turbo was updated with a new 845 Motorsports turbo upgrade, BorgWarner EFR turbo, front-mounted intercooler, AEM water/methanol injection system and an ECU tune from SeoulfulRacing. Additionally, it runs on VP Racing 101-octane performance fuel. As a result, the standard 201-horsepower, four-cylinder engine jumps to an awesome 370 horsepower.

The extra power required some changes to the chassis and the suspension, so Fox Marketing added for a UNIQ Performance strut brace, ImportShark chassis bracing and fully-adjustable ARK Performance coil-over suspension.

Updated 11/06/2013: Fox Marketing officially unveiled its new Veloster Turbo at the 2013 SEMA Show, as you can now see it in a bunch of new images from Las Vegas.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Legato Concept by ARK Performance

Hyundai came at the 2013 SEMA show with quite an impressive lineup of concepts developed in cooperation with the best tuners out there. Along with the Veloster Night Racer Concept prepared by EGR Group and a Genesis Coupe developed in cooperation by Bisimoto Engineering, Hyundai also unveiled a new Genesis Coupe Legato Concept with help from ARK Performance.

The new concept was named after the Italian term "Legato" that means "tied together," an indication of the three things to be offered in the new Genesis: design, performance and interior ambiance.

Most of the work on the new concept took place under the hood. This is where ARK boosted the 3.8-liter, V-6 engine to 4.0-liters, thanks to Brian Crower 4.0 Stroker Kit that includes new JE pistons, a 4340 crankshaft, connecting rods and an ARK oil cooler. Following that, Ark then installed an in-house intake kit and a lightweight pulley system.

As a result of this high-end tuning, Ark took the engine from its standard 348 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and pushed it to a total of 400 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Though Hyundai didn’t reveal any performance number, we estimate this Genesis to hit 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds — down from the stock low-five-second range.

Updated 11/06/2013: ARK Performance unveiled today its new Legato Concept at the 2013 SEMA Show. With this occasion it unveiled a new set of images and a new video, so, enjoy!

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2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

2013 Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster

Oddly named as it is, the Hyundai Service Engineering Trackday Veloster looks pretty darn awesome. The product of the company’s own Hyundai Product Quality Engineering, this Veloster Turbo concept proves that these fellas know a lot more than just "ensuring vehicle quality and customer satisfaction prior to vehicle launch and tracking the results after."

What they wanted to do with this SEMA concept was to build an honest track vehicle that could be driven to and from the track. The first thing they worked on was to make sure that the car looked the part of a track-ready racer. That involved dressing up the car in a custom Sprint Gray and Orange Rally-inspired paint scheme. From there, they customized the front fascia to include a fabricated mesh grille and four rally-inspired fog lights. Meanwhile, the rear fascia was also taken care of to include backup lights that have been integrated into the exhaust finishers. Rounding out the exterior upgrades is a carbon-wrapped sunroof and the new set of 18" custom painted Work Emotion 11R Wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with Blox Racing Street Series forged aluminum lug nuts.

Inside, the Veloster’s interior was fully customized by Katzkin to include an integrated rear strut brace and tire rack, a carbon fiber sunshade, interior LED lighting under the dash and over the rear cargo area, and color-matched floor jack, jack stands, and tire iron. Meanwhile, audio and electronics were taken cared of courtesy of a custom-mounted Nexis 7 tablet and Palmer Performance dash command gauges.

As far as performance goes, this Veloster Turbo Concept received plenty of upgrades, highlighted by an AEM water/methanol injection kit, a custom cold air intake, and a Perma-Cool auxiliary oil cooler. Eibach Pro-Kit lowering springs, a custom steering calibration, and Sachs tuned struts and shocks were also added for stability purposes. Finally, Hawk HPS racing pads, Goodridge stainless brake lines, front camber bolts and rear CTBA spacers, an H-Fit.com custom short shift Adapter and hard mounts, and a custom cold air intake with a K&N air filter round out the pretty extensive modifications done on the Veloster Turbo’s performance credentials.

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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Dee Zee Edition

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Dee Zee Edition

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Dee Zee Edition probably won’t get the same buzz as some of the other Hyundai models at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t get some love from us.

Built in collaboration with truck accessory company Dee Zee, the Santa Fe Sport Dee Zee Edition is a prime example of what the new 2013 Santa Fe is capable of becoming with the right mix of custom upgrades.

For this model, Dee Zee wanted to prop the Hyundai SUV as a versatile vehicle that you can take just about anywhere outside of the water. Be it the off-road or the trails, the Santa Fe Sport Dee Zee Edition is primed and ready for action, thanks to the slew of customizations Dee Zee put into it.

A black powder-coated aluminum front bumper bar gives the Santa Fe Sport not just a more menacing stance, but also protection from outside hubris that might victimize a standard type. There are also black power-coated aluminum sidesteps for easier access to and from the interior.

A black roof rack is also prominently featured, which in this case proudly displays the equipment you can bring with you on your outdoor excisions, including a bike rack and a kayak rack.

Finally, Dee Zee went and gave the Santa Fe Sport a new set of Giovanna wheels wrapped in Nitto tires.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec "Mad Panda"

2013 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec "Mad Panda"

Of all the offerings Hyundai is bringing to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, this Genesis Coupe R-Spec, called "Mad Panda," is arguably the strangest of them all.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s strange in a good way, because we find it difficult to actually mess up an awesome sports car like the Genesis Coupe R-Spec. What really gets us is that the name actually fits the look of the car; this Genesis Coupe R-Spec really does look like a mad panda.

To their credit, Hyundai went off the rail with the comprehensive enhancements on the exterior, interior, and performance departments so that’s always a huge plus in our eyes.

In the end, we’re not casting any aspersions here because there’s an endearing, albeit a little gimmicky, quality to the "Mad Panda." However, in the end, this is still a Hyundai Genesis R-Spec under all that garb, and that’s more than fine us.

Find out more about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec "Mad Panda" after the jump.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster JP Edition

2013 Hyundai Veloster JP Edition

Hyundai has certainly tossed plenty of examples into the ring at the 2012 SEMA show and it has just unveiled another concept car. This new custom car sits on the base of a 2013 Hyundai Veloster, but Hyundai brought in famed car tuner, John Pangilinan, to help tweak it just a little bit.

The majority of the work done to this Veloster was to the body, interior, and sound system, which is pretty standard for SEMA. However, this is not to say that John P. and Hyundai just left the Veloster bone stock in the performance realm. This compact 4-door hatchback (three man doors and one hatch) received just enough engine modification to make it stand out and a tiny bit of suspension work to sure of the often-complained-about handling of the otherwise sporty Veloster.

At SEMA, the Veloster is up against the best of the best, however, so let’s have a look to see how Hyundai did with this project.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo Concept by FuelCulture

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Turbo Concept by FuelCulture

If you thought that only muscle cars were the prime target for tuning packages destined for SEMA, you would be absolutely incorrect. Models like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe have also been equipped to turn some heads at the 2012 SEMA Show with some very impressive tuning packages. One of them belongs to the guys from FuelCulture - a website designed to make the research and buying process more effective and more efficient for the consumer.

Their project features a very cool Candy Apple Red paint finish and adds a few exterior updates that make the Genesis Coupe look even more aggressive. These additions include a new front bumper, a new carbon fiber trunk, a new rear lip, and new side skirts, as well as a rear kit that increases the car’s width by 50 mm. There is also a new set of 19" Rotiform IND wheels. Changes for the interior, have been kept to a minimum and include custom diamond stitched front and rear seats and door panels. There is also a new Rockford Fosgate audio system that will offer both the driver and the passengers the most amazing sound currently on the market.

Their Genesis Coupe Turbo Concept is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 315 HP and 242 lbs-ft of torque. That’s quite an impressive update over the standard 274 HP. In order to obtain the extra power, they have added a new boost controller, worked on the ECU, and installed a new ARK DT-S exhaust system.

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2013 Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition

2013 Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition

Hyundai and RE:MIX Lab have a long history of collaborations, including a number of offerings at the SEMA Auto Show. This year, the two companies are back at it again to introduce a special edition RE:MIX production Veloster that’s actually set to go on sale before the year ends.

While not as bombastic as some of their previous tie-ups, the special edition production Veloster does feature a number of modifications, including an aggressive sporty exterior appearance with a unique body kit, projector headlights with LED accents, rear LED taillights, fog lights, and a new set of 18" Unique gunmetal-finish alloy wheels.

Inside, the Veloster RE:MIX Edition carries a premium 450W Dimension audio system with 8 speakers and 8" subwoofers. Obviously, that’s part of the program considering that RE:MIX Lab is known for their celebration in the creativity of music. Other enhancements include a leather steering wheel and shift knob, an interior LED light kit, unique floor mats, and badges.

No engine upgrades were given to the Veloster RE:MIX Edition, which means that anybody interested in the car will have to "make do" with the Veloster’s 138-horsepower, 1.6-liter GDI DOHC 16-valve transverse-mounted inline 4-cylinder engine.

The revamped Veloster models are scheduled to hit Hyundai dealerships before winter and have been priced at $19,900 for the manual transmission model and $21,150 for the DCT model.

UPDATE 02/22/13: The Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX Edition has finally hit dealerships! Be sure to get your hands on one if you’re interested in the car!

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series" by Cosworth

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series" by Cosworth

Next to the ARK Performance’s Genesis unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show, Cosworth also unveiled a pretty cool tuning package based on the Genesis Coupe.

Dubbed the "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series," Cosworth’s program for the Korean sports car sees plenty of upgrades, including custom satin and gloss blue bodywork that matches well with the carbon fiber components in the front bumper with integrated carbon fiber brake ducts, side skirt lip, front splitter, integrated trunk spoiler, and rear diffuser. There’s also a new set of custom Cosworth Edition wheels with logo and hood graphics that finish off the exterior modifications.

Moving on to the interior, Cosworth gave the Genesis Coupe with a two-tone interior treatment, two-tone sports seats, a new special steering wheel, a new shift knob, a shift boot, and pedals to the overall set-up.

Finally, there’s the engine modification, which includes a retuned ECU, an improved thermal management system, an optimization of the induction and exhaust systems, a new suspension set-up, enhanced engine control parameters, and new brakes. All told, the Cosworth Genesis Racing Series hits an increased output of 389 horsepower and 325 lb/ft of torque.

“The rear-drive Genesis Coupe is simply a great platform from which to build our ultimate Cosworth Genesis Racing Series street model,” Nicole Armbrustmacher, director of marketing, Cosworth Americas said.

UPDATE 10/31/2012: The Hyundai Genesis Coupe "Cosworth Genesis Racing Series" by Cosworth made its official debut at the 2012 SEMA Show. Check out the picture gallery to see a new set of high res images.

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