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Cool New Genesis Coupe Prototype SEMA-Bound

For fans of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe who, for some reason, think they need more power from their cars - you will get your wish... kind of.

Hyundai will be sending a prototype model of the Genesis Coupe - named the Hurricane - to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show next month.

The story from AutoWeek:

Originally Posted by By Jake Lingeman - AutoWeek, 10/14/2011

Photo Credit: AutoWeek/Hyundai Motors

Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC prototype heads for SEMA

Hyundai will debut its newest prototype, the Genesis Hurricane SC, at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. With the help of Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc., Hyundai upped the output of its rear-wheel-drive coupe to 450 hp.

The Hurricane SC (for supercharged) is the result of two years of development to enhance the power, traction, braking, exterior and interior design and the audio system.

The Magnuson supercharger produces six to seven pounds of boost, which generates a 35 percent to 45 percent increase in horsepower, according to Hyundai. The company says the engine internals could easily handle more. To keep the power up and the supercharger running, Hyundai added a liquid-to-air intercooler.

“The Genesis Hurricane SC is not just another pretty face for the show circuit,” said Terry Peddicord, director of sales for Magnuson. “But rather it is a hard-working lab rat that will push the bounds of this car and the whole vehicle segment.”

Torvec contributed a new differential to the Hurricane called IsoTorque. The rear gear provides improved handling and traction quality and was good for a one-second improvement per lap on the Hyundai road course at the proving grounds in California.

The ride height and suspension were tuned at our favorite facility, the Nurburgring in Germany. The Hurricane gets a Bilstein setup with monotube shocks and springs. Brembo six-piston brakes cover cross-drilled rotors in the front and rear. Lastly, a lightweight flywheel and beefed-up clutch were added to handle the increase in power.

Rhys Millen Racing provided the bodywork, which includes a front bumper, grille, hood, side skirts, diffuser and rear deck with a spoiler. Enkei and Hankook added 19-inch wheels and tires. A free-flowing exhaust was attached, while FlyRide gave the car LED headlights and taillights.

Hyundai says the upgraded parts will be on display with the car in Las Vegas, so showgoers will have the chance to examine and interact, as well as see some future developments for the brand.
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When the original Genesis was released, I was immediately drawn to it (despite underwhelming reviews of the power). Then Hyundai released the inevitable coupe model and I really began to salivate for one of these cars.

While there was no speculation mentioned as to whether this prototype would see the light of day, I don't see why this wouldn't be the next for Hyundai and the evolution of this model, considering the way the market is focusing on younger drivers looking for more affordable sports cars that still have good power.

I'm interested to see the SEMA-ready model when it finally debuts to really get a good opinion of the car, but right now, it looks like it would be a lot of fun to drive and has a great look design-wise (even if it is just a rehashed N/A Genesis Coupe).
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