2011 SEMA Show: RM500 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a 450 hp beast with a V8 engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 1, 2011

If yesterday a Hyundai Genesis powered by a V8 engine was just a dream, today this car became reality at the 2011 SEMA Show: behold the RM500 Genesis Coupe. As expected, the RM500 Genesis Coupe is a masterpiece created by Rhys Millen and his team Rhys Millen Racing and it is powered by the award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8 found on the Genesis R-Spec sedan and capable to deliver 450 hp.

What is more interesting is that Rhys Millen didn’t stop there and added a custom RMR stainless exhaust with GReddy rear section muffler and titanium tips, oil cooler and rear differential cooler.

Regarding the design, the RM500 Genesis Coupe features a RMR carbon front lip, carbon spoiler, carbon rear diffuser, carbon side skirts, carbon fog light ducts and carbon grill.

Furthermore, the design is completed by the HRE 793-RS 19-inch wheels wrapped in the Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, hiding the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors with Brembo six and four piston calipers. The interior is inspired by racing cars and features the RMR suede trim package and Sparco accents.

Hyundai has taken the covers off the new Genesis Coupé at the New York International Autoshow’s press briefings. Featuring the all-new rear-wheel drive, the 300hp sports coupé is definitely built to perform. The sports coupé will be available in 2 engine variants: a DOHC 3.8L V6 (306hp) and a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinders (212hp).

The Genesis Coupé is actually Hyundai’s highest performing model. This is the second time that the company has built a sedan especially for car enthusiasts. The first one was the Genesis sport sedan, which also bears the same rear wheel drive orientation.

Hyundai Motor America’s VP for Strategic Planning and Product Development commented on Hyundai’s entry model. With its all-wheel drive technology, John Krafcik believes that the Genesis Coupé with 4-cylinder 2.0 Turbo power engine will spark more curiosity than its front-wheel drive counterparts. He also compared it to the 3.8L variant Infiniti G37’s level of performance.

Meanwhile, Joel Piaskowski (Hyundai’s Design Chief in Irvine California) explained what their objective is actually all about. He said that they want to build a high performance car that would appeal most especially to car aficionados. He further says that the aggressive design on the Genesis Coupé is enough to achieve what they have in mind.

Did you know that the same 2010 Genesis Coupé’s concept model was first seen at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show? Good thing, the “concept to production” transformation team did a great job by turning everything into reality.

Overall, the Genesis Coupé looks more like Hyundai’s best concept vehicles. The surface details, Z-lines, curves and rippling beltline are exactly what you’ll see on the HCD8 and HCD9 Talus concepts. The 2Hyundai Genesis Coupé arrived in the showrooms in spring of 2009.

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Making auto enthusiasts’ wishes come true at this year’s SEMA Show, Rhys Millen Racing’s (RMR) modified Genesis Coupe features Hyundai’s most powerful engine under its hood – the award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8. The RM500 Genesis Coupe is a 450-horsepower machine with a distinct, production-ready look. This marks the fourth year of the partnership between RMR and Hyundai creating show-stopping vehicles for tuners and consumers alike.

“From the moment I saw the Tau V8 engine in the Genesis R-Spec sedan, I knew it would be a perfect fit for the Genesis Coupe, adding even more performance and power to the dynamic coupe,” said Rhys Millen, owner, Rhys Millen Racing. “The sleek and practical exterior modifications would allow this Genesis Coupe to look good parked in your driveway or turning laps at the track.”

In addition to the Tau V8, the all-black Genesis Coupe receives a custom RMR stainless exhaust with GReddy rear section muffler and titanium tips, oil cooler and rear differential cooler. These mechanical enhancements give Hyundai’s most powerful engine an extra 20 horsepower boost.

“The RMR RM500 Genesis Coupe is a natural home to showcase the performance capabilities of the powerful Tau V8 engine, available in the 2012 Genesis sedan,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Rhys Millen Racing has taken the Tau’s power and the Coupe’s tuner-friendly driving architecture to create a true show-stopper for SEMA this year.”

The RMR RM500 unveils a new line of RMR products for the Genesis Coupe, featuring a RMR carbon front lip, carbon spoiler, carbon rear diffuser, carbon side skirts, carbon fog light ducts and carbon grill. The Genesis Coupe also showcases HRE 793-RS 19-inch wheels, Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires and Brembo carbon ceramic rotors with Brembo six and four piston calipers. The inside of the vehicle features the RMR suede trim package and Sparco accents.

Mechanical components RMR modified include:

Hyundai 5.0-liter Tau V8 Engine
RMR Custom Stainless Exhaust with Greddy SE Rear Section
RMR Custom Adapter Plate
RMR Custom Light Weight Clutch & Flywheel
K&N Panel Filter
AEM Engine Management System
Brembo Carbon Ceramic Rotors (Front – 15.5-inch, Rear – 15-inch)
Brembo Six Piston Front Calipers Four Piston Rear
HRE 793-RS II-Spoke Rims (Front – 19x8.5, Rear – 19x9.5)
Hankook Ventus V12 Tires (Front – 245/40ZR19, Rear – 275/35ZR19)
Interior enhancements include:

RMR Interior Suede Trip Package
Sparco Chrono Sport Seats with RMR Accents
Sparco Track Sliders
RMR Seat Brackets
Sparco Tecno Leather Shift Knob
RMR 1-inch Steering Column Extension
RMR also made the following exterior enhancements:

RMR Carbon Front Lip
RMR Carbon Side Skirts
RMR Carbon Rear Diffuser
RMR Carbon Three Piece Spoiler
RMR Carbon Grill
RMR Carbon Overlay Roof
RMR Carbon Fog Light Vents with Brake Ducts
RMR Yellow Fog Light Covers

World Champion driver Rhys “Mad Skills” Millen pilots the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the Formula DRIFT Championship and the RMR Red Bull Hyundai Veloster rally car in the U.S. Rallycross Championship Series, including Summer X Games. Millen’s driving credentials include movie stunts, multiple drifting championships, a Pikes Peak world record and his 2008 New Year's Eve Las Vegas truck flip at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Behind Millen’s success in the driver’s seat is a full team of engineers and fabricators that know how to maximize the potential of a race car. With more than 17 years of racing experience, Rhys Millen has established himself as one of the premier rally/drifting drivers in North America. Rhys is the son of famed rally and off-road racer Rod Millen. Rhys won the Formula Drift championship in 2005 and the Red Bull Drifting World Championship in 2008. In 2009 at the PPIHC, Millen won the Time Attack 2WD class in his carbon-bodied Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

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