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Hyundai's SEMA showstopper

2009-11-06 12:22
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Hyundai
Model RM460
Engine 4.6l V8
Power 367kW
In an attempt to enliven its image, Hyundai has given Rhys Millen of the Millen racing and customising dynasty a free hand with regards to its award-winning Genesis coupe.

Rhys campaigns a Genesis in the US drift series and ran one at this year’s Pikes Peak hill climb too. It is brilliant product placement for a car which by all accounts is quite superb in stock form too.

Unsurprisingly the Genesis sedan won car of the year Stateside, whilst the coupe, which Rhys races, is a darling of the motoring press corps in road-going trim.

SEMA showstopper

Forward to this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, where America’s pantheon of car customising talent goes all out to show the best of their wares, and Rhys Millen’s latest take on the Hyundai two-door is absolutely mad.

Called the RM460, it’s supposed to pay homage to Ferrari’s carbon-fibre fetish 599XX.

We think it’s just the Millen clan showing off their considerable engineering talent…

Unlike other Hyundai products, this one is no good for taking kids to school or doing the monthly grocery shopping run. Very good at irritating supercars owners though...

Orange and V8 powered, but not a Dodge...

Besides the eye-popping Orange finish, the Genesis styling remains relatively stock in RM460 form, bar for some carbon present in the roof, air intake surrounds and aft diffuser.

Mechanically the alterations are significant. For a start, it’s mid-engined, whereas the factory Genesis coupe has its engine above the front axle. 

Rhys Millen took the time to re-engineer the entire drivetrain, delivering a Genesis sedan-sourced 4.6l V8 to a position of prominence amidships, supplanting the rear seats…

The 4.6l V8 is fed via eight individual throttle bodies and drives JE racing pistons which ups the compression ratio to 11.0:1.

Engine borrowed from Genesis four door, transmission sequential and exhaust plumbing not quite of this world. All brought together beautifully by Rhys Millen's skills...

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The stock transmission had to be binned due to the change in engine location too – a Mendeola five-speed sequential shifter does duty in the RM460.

Beyond the warmed over 4.6l V8 (worth 367kW) the RM460 sports trick German-soured KW coilover dampers at each wheel corner, with 20-inch mags hiding the StopTech brakes.

Cabin refurbishments include Sparco sports seats, plenty of Alcantara and carbon-fibre trim and a kicking Infinity sound system.

We can’t imagine why anybody would actually utilised the sound system instead of listening to that 4.6l V8 strain out every last one of the 367kW…

A Hyundai nearly as desirable as Ferrari's F430? Never thought that would happen, now did you?

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