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2010-10-14 06:40

HOT HYUNDAI: This may be only a rendering, yet Rhys Millen is busy building a very special Equus as Hyundai’s SEMA show-stopper.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Hyundai
Model RMR Equus
Engine 4.6l V8
Power 305kW
With the world’s largest aftermarket tuning show less than a month away, rumours of a rather special Hyundai aftermarket package are gaining momentum.

Hyundai wowed crowds at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last year with its Genesis RM460.

This year the South Korean manufacturer has a performance version of its large executive sedan in the works.

Why on earth would anyone try and make a road racer of the Hyundai Equus? In aftermarket tuning logic such a question is bunk. It is always a case of, ‘Well, why not?’

Hardcore Hyundai

As per usual, drift master and member of famous Millen racing clan, Rhys is responsible for all modifications brought to bear on the Equus.

Operating from Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) headquarters located in Huntington Beach, California, he has made the Equus look meaner and go quicker.
The large Hyundai’s styling benefits from two-tone composite surfacing, with most of the preliminary rendering’s proportions and details left untouched.

RMR’s retrimmed the Equus cabin in a combination of suede and ostrich leather - the latter probably sourced from South Africa...

Rolling huge 21-inch HRE alloy wheels, you would expect Millen to have increased the 4.6l V8’s power output in an attempt to offset any loss of performance due to the burden of such a substantial wheel and tyre diameter combination.

Thanks to a bolt-on RMR cold-air induction kit and some custom stainless steel exhaust plumbing, the SEMA-bound Equus gains 22kW over the series production car to tally a power peak of 305kW. Considering the Equus rides on a pretty sorted rear-wheel driven chassis, the additional power should be put to good (sideways) use.

Expect further details (especially concerning the styling package) and images of RMR's Equus as the SEMA's opening date of November 2 draws closer.

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