As you may know already, the 2009 SEMA Show a.k.a. Specialty Equipment Market Association is almost 1 week away but manufacturers are already beginning to show their masterpieces.
The latest car which is previewed ahead of the show is Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) RM460 Genesis Coupe. Of course, many of you would say what is so special about this car, right?
Well, the new surprise is under the hood where the vehicle carries the award-winning 4.6-liter Tau V8 powerplant capable to develop an impressive 500 hp. In order to obtain this amount of power, a new engine management system by AEM has been added for the ECU.
Also, a new Mendeola five-speed sequential transmission has been mounted to the V8 capable to reach the maximum speed of 182 mph.
The Tau V8 engine replaces the original back seat and maintains most of its original architecture with upgrades to eight individual throttle bodies and a set of JE pistons that bumps the compression ratio to 11.0:1.
Regarding the design, Millen says that this was inspired by the new Ferrari 599XX, showcased at this year's Geneva Motor Show. The RMR Signature Edition kit consists of a carbon fiber spoiler, custom carbon fiber rear hatch and a custom RM ONYX HD paint is provided by BASF.
Inside we find new Sparco Chrono sports seats, Sparco Alcantara and carbon fiber interior panels, and Infinity Kappa Perfect Speakers and power amplifier.
According to Rhys Millen, owner of Rhys Millen Racing, he and his team worked to improve the Genesis Coupe's original performance attributes and to create a rear hatch that allows people to completely access and view the engine.
He quipped that by combining the Genesis Coupe platform with a Tau V8 engine of the Genesis Sedan, Rhys Millen Racing was able to build a vehicle that would surely catch the attention of visitors at the SEMA Show. He noted that Rhys Millen Racing decided to mount the Tau V8 in the middle of the Genesis Coupe platform to enhance its handling, acceleration and braking – thereby boosting the already dynamic driving experience.
On the other hand, Michael Deitz, manager for Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America, remarked that the RMR RM460 Genesis Coupe demonstrates Genesis Coupe's rear-wheel drive platform and the performance potential of the Tau V8 engine, which powers the Genesis sedan.
Deitz noted that with the RMR RM460 Genesis Coupe, they managed to marry the best of both worlds – the Genesis Coupe’s tuner-friendly platform and the Tau V8’s flexibility.