450-HP Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC Roars Into 2011 SEMA Show


  • Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC Picture

    Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC Picture

    The Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC is bound for the 2011 SEMA Show. | October 13, 2011

2011 SEMA Show

Just the Facts:
  • There are no plans for a supercharged version of the Hyundai Genesis, despite the debut of the 450-horsepower Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC set for next month's 2011 SEMA Show, the Korean automaker told Inside Line.
  • A Magnuson Products supercharger gives the Genesis showcar's 3.8-liter V6 engine a 144-hp boost.
  • While not bound for the Nurburgring, Hyundai said the Genesis Hurricane SC will be used as a demonstration vehicle at future track events.

COSTA MESA, California — There are no plans for a supercharged version of the Hyundai Genesis, despite the debut of the 450-horsepower Hyundai Genesis Hurricane SC set for next month's 2011 SEMA Show, the Korean automaker told Inside Line.

At this point, there is no factory-installed or dealer-installed supercharger available for the Genesis — what could be construed by some as a major omission. But in a phone conversation on Friday, Hyundai Motor America Spokesman Miles Johnson said there isn't likely to be one in the near future, despite the fact that Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. (HATCI) and several suppliers have been hard at work on the supercharged Genesis concept for two years.

"This is just a showcar," Johnson said. "However, Magnuson provides us with the ability to produce an OEM-level supercharger if we wanted to."

He added: "Our guys at HATCI are real gearheads and are always tinkering around on the side. We continue to investigate options."

A Magnuson Products supercharger gives the Genesis showcar's 3.8-liter V6 engine a 144-hp boost.

While not bound for the Nurburgring, Johnson said the Genesis Hurricane SC will be used as a demonstration vehicle at future track events. No specific details have been provided on where it is likely to be seen.

The showcar — described by Hyundai as a "hard working lab-rat" — is a collaboration between the automaker, Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc.

"The HATCI and Magnuson supercharger demonstrates the high-performance potential of Genesis Coupe's V6 engine — the car was engineered to handle this kind of extra power," said David Dutko, HATCI senior engineer in a statement.

Rhys Millen Racing provided exterior upgrades, including a front bumper, grille, hood, side skirts, diffuser and rear deck with spoiler. The showcar also gets high-performance 19-inch wheel and tire assemblies from Enkei and Hankook, along with upgraded LED headlights and taillights.

The cabin features a Harman International Lexicon audio system and Katzkin custom premium leather and suede seats.

Other mechanical upgrades include Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and springs with adjustable ride height and a Brembo six-piston brake kit.

Edmunds.com says: One of the more compelling vehicles at the 2011 SEMA Show, given the capabilities of the Genesis and how Hyundai appears to be thinking.

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