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Old 09-26-2009, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default SEMA preview: Rhys Millen-built mid-engine Hyundai Genesis RM460 Coupe

We’ve received images and some limited information from Hyundai about the Korean automaker’s upcoming SEMA showstopper, a mid-engined Genesis Coupe created by performance gurus Rhys Millen Racing.

Powered by a thoroughly massaged version of the V8 engine used in the Genesis sedan – mounted midship, of course – the show car promises handling more on par with the Porsche Cayman. The engine receives eight individual throttle bodies and a set of JE pistons, which bump the compression ratio up to about 11.0:1, although none of the internals have been modified. Estimates indicate that the show car will crank out somewhere around 450 to 475 horsepower.

The V8 mounts to a five-speed race-ready Mendeola sequential transmission tuned for a maximum speed of 182 mph, according to Inside Line.

Despite the engine placement, RMR is keeping the suspension mostly stock since the driveshaft doesn’t interfere with the rear suspension.

To facilitate access to the engine, the Genesis Coupe has been converted into a hatchback. Although no other body modifications are known just yet, we can expect a typically wild SEMA-style bodykit when the show car is unveiled in November.
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Old 09-26-2009, 04:38 AM   #2
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and a set of JE pistons...none of the internals have been modified
Contradictory sentence contradicts.
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i never really understand the point of these super one off builds.. it doesnt really show off what kind of performance you can get out of a car when you buy it if the only thing that remains the same is the name and model...
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So are they saying that the stock pistons are the weak-link of the motor? Sounds like a Subaru.

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So are they saying that the stock pistons are the weak-link of the motor? Sounds like a Subaru.

no, the pistons are designed to perform as required by the OEM
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What I find funny is I have thought for some time that this is exactly what Hyundai should have done as a halo above the new Genesis coupe and sedan. Give it some new sheet metal and teeth-rattling suspension, price it around $40k and market it as a budget Ferrari.
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