2011 SEMA Show
Rhys Millen has finally built the Hyundai Genesis Coupe we've wanted since oh, about February 2009. The RM500 Genesis Coupe unveiled at the Vegas Convention Center today has a 5.0-liter Tau V8 in it making about 450 horsepower (although Millen says 430 in the video that follows). It's hooked up to a six-speed manual gearbox with a custom Rhys Millen Racing clutch and flywheel. The exhaust is custom-fabricated by RMR but incorporates some Greddy hardware.
"This engine is amazing and it belongs in this coupe," Millen observes. We couldn't agree more and if this concept doesn't point the way to an eventual limited-run production model, we're hoping for a crate version of the Tau V8. (Then again, Hyundai is also showing a Genesis coupe with a supercharged V6 that also makes 450 hp at SEMA -- the Hurricane SC -- and we've actually spotted a running S/C prototype, so perhaps that's still the more plausible scenario.)
Of course, there are countless other enhancements on this showcar, including carbon-ceramic brakes with 15.5-inch front rotors with 6-piston fixed calipers and 15-inch rear discs with 4-pot calipers. The wheels are HRE 793-RS and measure 19-by-8.5 inches in front and 19x-by-9.5 in rear. The tires are Hankook Ventus V12 size 245/40ZR19 in front and 275/35ZR19 in back.
With the exception of the yellow foglights, all of the exterior retrofits (spoiler, skirts, rear diffuser) are carbon-fiber-based, and Hyundai intends to offer these pieces via dealers. Inside, Sparco seats are evidently compatible with the coupe's working-man's three-point belts.