2014 SEMA Preview: Hyundai, Bisimoto join their forces to create a 708 hp Sonata

Article by Christian A., on September 23, 2014

Bisimoto and Hyundai joined their forces for a third year and will unveil at the 2014 SEMA Show a special version of the 2015 Sonata. The vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter “Theta-II” four-cylinder engine in the standard mode but several modifications were brought in order to deliver an impressive 708 hp.

According to the press release, the engine received a new intake gasket, web level 2.4 camshafts, Turbonetics TNX 82/64 turbocharger, Turbonetics wastegate, Deatschwerks 2200cc injectors, Arias forged pistons, R&R steel connecting rods, a blow-off valve, AEM Infiniti 6 ECU, Spearco intercooler, Golden Eagle sleeved block, Griffin radiator, Supertech valvetrain, Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless hardware, Magnafuel 750 fuel pump, ARP head studs, Portflow custom headwork, VP E85R fuel, Kinsler fuel filters, PurOl Elite synthetic oils and NGK Iridium spark plugs.

In addition, the custom Sonata received a Bisimoto roll cage, new Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar, Fifteen52 18-inch Tarmac aluminum wheels, ARP wheel studs and Bisimoto-spec Action Ironman Clutch.

When it comes to design, the vehicle received Extreme Autowerks custom laminated body wrap, Type 2 graphics, Bisimoto splitter, Wasp Composites Aero package, a Denmatic design scheme and Burns Stainless muffler and hardware.

Inside, we find Bisimoto reservoir socks, a Racepack IQ3 dash, AEM wideband gauges, Odyssey ER-25MJ dry cell battery, Electronics Management mil-spec harness, G&J braided lines and EK Auto Worx interior paint.

Introduced in 2009, the 2011 Hyundai Sonata sets the standards higher for design in the mid-size sedan segment, with customers and carmakers alike recognizing its groundbreaking design. Four model years after, the Sonata boasts of more mature design marked lively, crisp lines as well as smooth, subtle surfaces. It is heavily influenced by an evolution of the original fluidic sculpture design language, the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, allowing the new Sonata to properly express its premium appearance and outstanding value.

The new 2015 Sonata is marked up front by a more refined, larger grille featuring a wide air intake. Its body is laden with simple lines that hint on the car’s improved dynamic performance as well as human-machine connection it delivers. The Sonata’s signature beltline has been stretched tight to highlight its strength while its taut, horizontal rocker panels indicate the increased levels of stability and agility of its chassis.

While the new Sonata has retained its coupe-like roofline, it is now complemented by a larger window graphic that highlights its more spacious interior. The rear end features horizontal lines that don’t just emphasize the sedan’s width but also deliver a more planted appearance. Overall, the new 2015 Sonata boasts of a shape with low coefficient of drag value of just 0.27 Cd, which is lower than any non-hybrid mid-size sedan.

On the other hand, the new 2015 Sonata SE offers a traditional design that employs standard LED daytime running lights, chrome surround for the day light opening, a rear lip spoiler as well as and 16-inch alloy wheels. Sonata Limited features dual exhaust and rocker panel extensions, while Sonata Sport comes with a more assertive front grille and bumper, side chrome molding and side rocker extensions. Sonata Sport models with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine are provided with dual exhaust while Sport 2.0T versions are marked by quad exhaust tips, a distinct rear bumper and 18-inch alloy wheels. Hyundai expects the Sport model to be the most popular Sonata.

Press Release

HYUNDAI PARTNERS WITH BISIMOTO FOR A THIRD YEAR TO CREATE 708 HORSEPOWER FLEX-FUEL 2015 SONATA

For the third year in a row, Hyundai is partnering with the powertrain gurus at Bisimoto Engineering, this time to create a 708 horsepower Sonata for the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas. Bisimoto's team specializes in extracting huge output from Hyundai's engines, like the 1000 horsepower Bisimoto Genesis Coupe that was built for last year's SEMA show.

For this year's show, the team is using Hyundai's 2.4-liter "Theta-II" 4-cylinder engine as the starting point for their build. Through a combination of strengthened internal components – forged pistons, connecting rods, a high-revving valve train and camshafts – a high-boost turbocharger, and a fast-burning, flex-fuel diet, Bisimoto will extract 708 horsepower from the engine. Power will be sent to the road through a 6-speed manual transmission. As a total package, the 2015 Bisimoto Engineering Sonata boasts supercar-beating power, with room for three friends to come along for the ride of a lifetime. The vehicle will be revealed at Hyundai's SEMA press conference on November 4 at 9 a.m. PT.

"With a proven and efficient 2.4-liter engine as a starting platform and a sophisticated, sleek, four-door design, the 2015 Sonata was the perfect candidate for this year's build," said Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering. "Outrageous power is nothing without reliability, and it was a firm goal to retain the reliability that Hyundai is known for. After hundreds of hours of testing, failure analysis and prototyping, 18 new products will be engineered and produced in house to produce 708 horsepower from the Sonata."

Complementing the extensive overhaul under the hood, Bisimoto wrapped its 2015 Sonata in custom laminated body wrap and graphics. The interior has been given a sporty feel with the addition of racing harnesses, AEM wideband gauges and EK Autoworx interior paint. Rounding out the exterior look is a Bisimoto front splitter and aero package, Fifteen52 18-inch aluminum wheels and Burns stainless exhaust system.

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

2.4-LITER THETA II ENGINE MODIFICATIONS

  • Bisimoto-tuned 2.4L Theta-II engine
  • Bisimoto intake gasket
  • Web Level 2.4 camshafts
  • Turbonetics TNX 82/64 turbocharger
  • Turbonetics blow-off valve
  • Turbonetics wastegate
  • Deatschwerks 2200cc Injectors
  • R&R steel connecting rods
  • Arias forged pistons
  • AEM Infinity 6 ECU, and smart coils
  • Spearco intercooler
  • Golden Eagle sleeved block, and intake manifold
  • Griffin Radiator
  • Supertech valvetrain
  • Vibrant Vanjen clamps and stainless hardware
  • Magnafuel 750 fuel pump
  • ARP head studs
  • Portflow custom headwork
  • VP E85R Fuel
  • Kinsler fuel filters
  • PurOl Elite Synthetic Oils
  • NGK Iridium spark plugs

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION MODIFICATIONS

  • Bisimoto roll cage
  • Progress coil-over suspension and sway bar
  • Fifteen52 18x8 Tarmac aluminum wheels
  • ARP wheel studs
  • Bisimoto-spec Action Ironman Clutch

EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

  • Extreme Autowerks custom laminated body wrap
  • Type 2 graphics
  • Bisimoto splitter
  • Wasp Composites Aero package
  • Denmatic design scheme
  • Burns Stainless muffler and hardware

INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS

  • Bisimoto reservoir socks
  • Racepack IQ3 dash
  • AEM wideband gauges
  • Odyssey ER-25MJ dry cell battery
  • Electronics Management mil-spec harness
  • G&J braided lines
  • EK Auto Worx interior paint

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, 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 820 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 limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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