Hyundai Genesis gets a 600 hp makeover
Chicago-based customization firm Toca has revealed a twin-turbo, 600 hp performance version of Hyundai's Genesis sedan dubbed "Steel Phoenix" ahead of SEMA in Las Vegas next month.
Hyundai and Toca are chasing German “super sedans” like the BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG with the Steel Phoenix, so the car’s engine has been given a significant power boost. The concept is powered by a thoroughly reworked version of Hyundai’s 5.0-liter “Tau” V8, which produces 600 hp (447 kW) thanks to a bespoke Garrett twin-turbo setup. Toca’s work extends well beyond just bolting two turbos onto the Genesis’ engine. Under the bonnet, the Steel Phoenix has been fitted with two Garret intercoolers, wastegates and boost control valves from TiAL and a custom oil cooling system from Earl’s Performance. The upgraded engine breathes through an ARK Performance twin exhaust system.
To deal with all that extra power, Toca has upgraded the Genesis’ chassis and braking systems. The Steel Phoenix is fitted with an AirREX air suspension system that lowers the car’s ride height for a better presence on the road, and front brakes have been upgraded to 380-mm (15-inch) discs clamped by 8-piston forged calipers. Rear brakes are 356-mm (14-inch) discs and 6-piston forged calipers.
21-inch wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R tires measuring 255/30 up front and 295/25 at the rear round out the performance package. As well as providing good grip, the wheel and tire package complement the car’s wide bodykit and lowered stance. A custom metallic grey paint mix gives puts the "steel" in "Steel Phoenix" package.
On the inside, Toca’s changes include contrast white stitching on the Hyundai’s black leather seats, carbon fiber trim and a Rockford Fosgate stereo system, which takes advantage of a new trunk screen that shows off the car’s audio and air-suspension hardware. Toca has also added its logo to the headrests on the Steel Phoenix’s seats.
The Steel Phoenix Genesis will be on display at SEMA, which runs from 4-7 November. Gizmag will be on the ground covering all the action.
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I suppose it's not even just Dodge but Camaro (580HP) and Mustang (435HP) are expected to push so much HP in production models next year that when I see announcements like "A tuner was able to get our car to 600 HP" it's hard not to feel like the new muscle car race has kind of already stolen their thunder with mostly inexpensive production models.