2016 Hyundai Tucson ‘Brute Ute’ with 700+ hp set to debut at 2015 SEMA Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2015

Hyundai is proud to reveal that it has built its most powerful Tucson yet. This magnificent vehicle – the 2016 Hyundai Tucson -- was created for the 2015 SEMA Show by the powertrain experts of Bisimoto Engineering. Serving as the starting point for its build, Hyundai utilized its 2.4-liter “Theta-II” power plant.

Similar to the 2015 Sonata last year, Bisimoto used a combination of fast-burning flex-fuel paired with strengthened internals, upgraded engine management system, and high-boost turbocharger. The result is a 700 horsepower engine that is partnered with a 6-speed manual transmission.

This version of the 2016 Tucson was created with the ultimate aim of placing technology and record breaking performance to an unexpected and brand-new vehicle platform. For this year’s build, the 2016 Tucson comes as the perfect platform, shares Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer Bisimoto Engineering.

This gives the Bisimoto a unique opportunity to draw a wider audience by tapping through the CUV market’s growing popularity adds Ezerioha.

The company is confident that the power plant can deliver what is expected from it given that it resulted from hundreds of hours of developing and testing new engine components. This also enables the 2016 Tucson to have a race-bred and fresh take with reliability and performance at its core, Ezerioha concludes.

Complementing what already appear to be ridiculous power figures, the people at Bisimoto gave the 2016 Tucson an exterior that gives the appearance of a clean “street fighter.” This is enhanced further by the customized air-ride suspension and the five-star white race-spec wheels with the R-compound sticky rubber.

Then there is the custom roll cage that gives a clue to the car’s performance qualifications. The trademark Bisimoto is completed by removing the front grille and replacing it with a huge intercooler in order to cool any incoming air.

This is the fourth straight year that Hyundai has partnered with the Bisimoto. The “Brute Ute” will be officially revealed during Hyundai’s SEMA press conference scheduled for November 3, 11:30 a.m. PT, to be held at Las Vegas. To know more about the 2015 SEMA, follow #HyundaiSEMA.

Press Release


Hyundai has revealed the most-powerful 2016 Tucson ever created, built by the powertrain gurus at Bisimoto Engineering for 2015 SEMA. Partnering for a fourth straight year, Bisimoto’s “Brute Ute” will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

Utilizing Hyundai’s 2.4-liter “Theta-II” power plant as the starting point for the build, similar to last year’s 2015 Sonata, Bisimoto mated strengthened internals with fast-burning flex-fuel, a high-boost turbocharger and an upgraded engine management system to put down more than 700 horsepower to the wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. This rendition of the 2016 Tucson was built with the ultimate vision of packing world-beating performance and technology into a brand-new, unexpected vehicle platform.

“The 2016 Tucson was the perfect platform for this year’s build, offering me the opportunity to captivate a wider audience by tapping into the growing popularity of the CUV market,” said Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering. “After hundreds of hours of testing and developing new engine components, we’re confident that this power plant can handle what we’re asking from it, delivering a fresh, race-bred take on the 2016 Tucson with performance and reliability at its core.”

Complementing the absurd power figures, Bisimoto gave the exterior a very clean “street fighter” look, riding on custom air-ride suspension, white five-star race-spec wheels and sticky, R-compound rubber. A custom roll cage hints to the vehicle’s performance credentials, and the signature Bisimoto look is rounded-out with the elimination of the front grille, replaced with a huge intercooler to cool the incoming air.

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • AEM Electronics
  • Infinity 6 ECU
  • Boost controller and Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • Arias 9:1 compression PistonsARP Head Studs and BoltsBisimoto Springs and Titanium RetainersBisimoto Level 2.4 CamshaftBisimoto 360 degree Oil CapBisimoto Custom Exhaust System2200cc InjectorsGolden Eagle Sleeves & IntakeBisimoto MLS GasketBisimoto Intake Heat Shielding GasketHigh-Flow Fuel PumpNGK Iridium Spark PlugsPurÖl “Elite Series” Synthetic Motor OilsPurÖl MTF Transmission FluidPort Flow Custom HeadworkKinsler Fuel Rail & FilterBisimoto Steel RodsCustom Mil-Spec HarnessTurbonetics BTX-6465 Billet Turbo
  • Wastegate
  • Blowoff Valve
  • Spearco IntercoolerVibrant Vanjen Clamps and Stainless Steel HardwareTurbo Hot Header CoatingsSpec Stage 5 Clutch


  • fifteen52 TARMAC R43 19x8.5 Wheels
  • Buddy Club 4-Pot Big Brake Kit and Lug Nuts
  • Bisimoto Brake Mounts
  • Toyo R888 Tires
  • Air Ride Equipment Airbag Suspension


  • Denmatic Design Scheme
  • Bisimoto Custom Grille Insert
  • Hyundai Genuine Equipment Mud Flaps
  • Rhythms Powder Coating
  • Driftmotion Aluminum Piping


  • Bisimoto 4-Point Roll Cage
  • Harman Kardon Infinity Sound System Equipped with HD Radio
  • Infinity Audio System
  • Front Doors: Kappa 60.11cs 6-1/2” Two-Way Component System
  • Rear Doors: Kappa 62.11i 6-1/2” Two-Way Loudspeaker System
  • Cargo Space Speakers: Kappa 62.11i 6-1/2” Two-Way Loudspeaker System (Reference 1200S Shallow Mount Subwoofers)
  • Amplification: Kappa K5 five-channel 650 Watt Amplifier
  • Head Unit: JBL Legend CP100 Connected Car Receiver
  • Racepak IQ3 Dash
  • Bisimoto Reservoir Socks
  • Buddy Club Short shifter
  • G&J Braided Plumbing
  • Buddy Club Racing Seat
  • Custom Euro-inspired Leather Interior

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