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Hyundai Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


You know whoever is in charge of the Hyundai SEMA show cars is a performance freak as each year they make sure to bring something with astronomical power numbers. This year at the 2014 SEMA Show, they brought a couple vehicles to help with that. First up is the white Ark Performance Genesis. This beast is really tastefully done with just the right amount of carbon fiber added to it to keep it looking great without being overdone. Under the hood a Rotrex supercharger bumps the horsepower figure to 550. On the show floor the Genesis was dropped down on its air suspension with its forged concave wheels just slightly tucked. A set of Brembo brakes provides some improved stopping power.

I said that Hyundai brought some cars with astronomical power numbers, while 550 horsepower from the Genesis doesn’t really fit that description, the Bisimoto built 708 horsepower Sonata definitely does even if it’s a lot less than the 1,029 horsepower Genesis Bisimoto built for SEMA last year. Parked beside the Bisimoto Sonata was the JP Edition Sonata which according to Hyundai is supposed to connect Los Angeles street art culture with automotive enthusiasts. I’m not too familiar with Los Angeles street art culture but I don’t think a blank white canvas really reflects that. An AEM cold air intake and MagnaFlow exhaust kit are listed as the performance mods. Alrighty then.

Toca Marketing Group built the “Steel Phoenix” Genesis which features a one-off Garrett twin turbo setup to force feed the 5.0L V8 pushing the output to 600 horsepower. A full ARK Performance catback exhaust system is included to help the engine breathe a bit.

Now let’s talk about the big power. The red Blood Type Racing built Genesis Coupe in the middle of the booth not only looks aggressive with its wide bolt on over fenders and super wide body kit by Japanese designer Kei Miura, but is packing nearly 1000 horsepower under the hood via a Precision turbo with the boost cranked way up plus a shot of nitrous. The BTR Genesis Coupe is 40mm wider up front and 60mm wider out back.

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Hyundai Guns For Germany With The New Genesis

A review on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis reads more like a gadget article than an automotive piece. The only thing Hyundai wants to talk about is the technology inside, which is a shame because I think there’s a great car surrounding it. But hey, who am I to argue if their marketing team thinks the tech is more important? So let’s start with that.

I suppose you know a car is going to be packed with nifty new features when it makes its North American debut at CES instead of a car show. It all starts out normally, Hyundai has updated their BlueLink system to include Google destination search, along with remote start/stop, climate control and defrosting. It also allows you to send a destination to your car from your smartphone, making it much easier to plan a route in comfort. They’ve also added Sensory Surround Safety, their version of collision detection and avoidance. As with similar technologies, the car detects whether you’re about to hit something and whether or not the driver knows they’re about to hit something and applies the brakes to avoid or mitigate the collision. If a collision can’t be avoided then Automatic Collision Notification will notify a customizable list of contacts immediately, a handy feature for the concerned parent. I like ACN as a parenting feature a lot more than GM’s Teen Driver.

But looking past BlueLink gets us to the really cool new tech, specifically the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app. Program the app with your normal commute and it will constantly monitor traffic and temperature before you’re scheduled the leave. If traffic is bad, it will send you a message, alerting you to leave earlier. If the temperature goes above or a below a certain threshold it will also ask you if you want to start the car and turn on climate control. This app is smarter than I am. I’ll wake up, see that it’s snowing and still decide to spend 15 minutes browsing Beyond instead of leaving early. In addition to these “Why can’t all cars do that?” features, you can monitor vehicle health and status on the app, and even book maintenance through it if a problem is found. The app integrates thoroughly with BlueLink and gives owners an unprecedented level of control with their new Genesis. Hopefully we see more of this tech in the rest of their lineup soon.

Now, moving on, we’ve still got a car to review. And there’s a lot to talk about.

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Hyundai SEMA 2013 Booth Tour

In a booth packed with a bunch of brightly painted vehicles like the highlighter Hylighter yellow Veloster turbo or the mint green Fox Marketing turbo Veloster in the booth, you’d think it be hard to have a single vehicle stand out as the star but of course you’d be wrong.

Hyundai was showing off a turbo Genesis built by Bisimoto Engineering that had one stand out feature on the spec sheet, 1029 horsepower. I think I have used the word “beast” to describe many cars at SEMA but I think this one truly earns it! While typically the turbo 2.0L is the powerplant of choice for tuners, Bisimoto opted to go start with the 3.8L N/A motor. Throw in some Arias forged pistons, Golden Eagle sleeves, a beefier Magnafuel fuel pump, ARP studs, a custom built air-to-air intercooler based on spearco cores and a ton of other parts and I guess what comes out is over 1000 horsepower! :)

See: Rest of the Hyundai SEMA 2013 Booth

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

I know it’s a concept car, but the HCD-14 Genesis Concept that Hyundai unveiled here in Detroit for the 2013 North American International Auto Show definitely pushes the boundaries. The latest concept from Hyundai features bleeding edge technology such as 3D gesture recognition used to detect driver inputs for the HVAC, audio, navigation and to operate a mobile phone. The built in security system uses facial recognition to verify the driver being allowing the vehicle to start. Of course none of these technologies were demoed as this is presumably still in the conceptual stages.

Appearance wise, there is no doubt this is a concept car. Suicide doors swing open to reveal the spacious interior. The center stack flows all the way to the rear cabin, both up at the front and in the rear it physically separates the left and right passengers turning this concept vehicle into a 4 seater.

There are 4 separate LED projectors in each headlight but rather than having exposed projectors like in the Acura RLX each segment is shaped like angled brackets. Speaking of Acura the 4-step ladder grill almost makes the Acura shield look good. Almost. Moving further down to the lower front fascia/front lip there appears to be an array of LED lights forming what appears to be fog lights. The taillights are also powered by LEDs but arranged into 5 segments. No details were provided on powertrain.

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Hyundai Booth Tour – SEMA 2012

So we’ve all packed our bags and have headed home from Vegas after another successful SEMA show so it’s time to take a closer look at some of manufacturers booths. Our first SEMA booth tour will be the Hyundai booth mainly because well there were no BRZ or FRS to be found! Seriously, we could probably do a super gallery of those alone ;)

Check out the rest of the Hyundai Booth at SEMA 2012