Hyundai prepares to rock SEMA with rugged nitrous Santa Fe
Peugeot isn't the only auto brand teaming up with an energy drink label to make an absolutely vicious off-roader. Hyundai is working with Rockstar Performance Garage (that's the same Rockstar that sells oversized cans of stimulant-laden beverages) to introduce a bigger, meaner version of the Santa Fe. The heavily modified crossover will join the 1,040-hp Santa Fast at the upcoming SEMA Show.
The first thing that catches the eye in the first released photo of the Santa Fe tune is its high, menacing presence. That's underpinned by a set of 35-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw off-road tires clinging to 17-in KMC XD 301 Turbine beadlock wheels and a custom suspension.
The tuned 3.3-liter Lambda V6 receives a boost from a nitrous system, AEM cold air intake and Mishimoto cooling system. That engine exhales out a Magnaflow custom exhaust and relies on upgraded gearing to send power to all four wheels that employ a big R1 braking system to bring the ripped tires to rest.
Other additions visible to the naked eye include the Bulldog LED lighting, custom roof rack, blacked-out grille, new bumper and, of course, livery complete with big Rockstar logo. There's also a custom leather interior, Warn winch, rock sliders, Kicker audio, Odyssey batteries and high-performance wires.
It's not quite as beastly as the new Peugeot 3008 DKR, nor will it be positioning itself for a Dakar championship, but it's definitely a pretty bad-ass interpretation of the Santa Fe. We'll see if we can't find out more about what that nitrous-fed engine can do when SEMA rolls into Vegas on November 1.