2010 SEMA Show: 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T by RIDES Magazine

Article by Christian A., on November 3, 2010

Hyundai Motor America has partnered with RIDES magazine to promote the recently launched 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo, featuring one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant.

The modified Sonata 2.0T, which was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz CLS, features a variety of custom fabrication from RIDES' team of expert builders.

The tweaks to the exterior include a one-off, fully custom RIDES-designed bodykit consisting of new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler and roof spoiler. As a result, the factory body lines of the Sonata were enhanced.

The exterior also received a matte pearl paint job from BASF, 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 concave wheels powder coated matte black covered in Falken FK452 tires, smoked taillights and painted headlights, a matte black debadged front grille, Audi LED fog lights integrated into the new front bumper and 3M vinyl carbon wrap on the roof.

In addition, the RIDES team replaced the upholstery of the entire interior with a combined black leather and suede with red stitching. Carbon fiber trim can also be seen throughout the interior. Two JBL 12-inch subwoofers coupled with two JBL amplifiers are placed in the trunk. Out back, there is a custom quad tip exhaust. At the front, an S-Max front mount intercooler has replaced the factory unit. With all these elements, the vehicle is able to boast its performance as well as its look.

Hyundai Motor America has unveiled its new 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged gasoline direct-injection (GDI) engine at the 2010 New York Auto Show, inside the engine bay of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T. When equipped with the all-new 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine, the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata is able to deliver an unholy marriage between power and efficiency. Hyundai Sonata 2.0T is able to provide 274 hp of max output and return an estimated fuel economy rating of 34 mpg highway, while using just regular fuel.

This makes the new Sonata as the first Hyundai vehicle to employ both GDI technology and a turbocharger. When Hyundai completes its 24/7 version 2.0 product initiative that calls for the introduction of seven new models in the next 24 months, four nameplates will be available with GDI or the GDI- turbocharger combo. Both GDI and turbocharging are part of "Hyundai Blue Drive," the carmaker’s environmental initiative to continue its leadership role in terms of fuel efficiency and sustainability.

John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and chief executive, remarked that the new Hyundai Sonata 2.0T exemplifies what the Blue Drive product strategy is doing for customers. He noted that while the Sonata 2.0T delivers more horsepower than its V6 rivals, its gas mileage is better than any competitive 4-cylinder model. He added that Hyundai doesn’t know how to compromise, with the Sonata demonstrating this aspect of its business approach.

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