LAS VEGAS -- 2015 marks Hyundai's 15th appearance at the SEMA Show here. To mark the occasion, the automaker presented six wild show cars -- three of which were based on the new Tucson compact crossover.
Hyundai calls this the "brute ute" because it's the most powerful Hyundai Tucson ever. That may not sound like much when you consider the stock Tucson only makes 175 horsepower, but Bisi blows that out of the water with over 700 ponies.
The Rockstar Tucson gets an engine overhaul, a Turbonetics turbocharger upgrade and a full King suspension off-road setup. The suspension and the massive knobbly tires lift the ride height by 6 inches.
Stroking an engine increases the distance the piston travels within the cylinder by swapping in a more aggressive crankshaft. This increases the displacement (the amount of air drawn during the intake cycle) of the engine and nets more power and torque, often at the expense of peak RPM.
BTR uses the Veloster's stock 1.6-liter engine block with a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett to create massive power. Of course, the cylinder sleeves, pistons, connecting rods and other parts needed upgrading to handle the boost.
Tjin then steps in with the form to go with the increased function. The wheel wells are filled with a set of crazy looking Rotiform 19-inch, three-piece HUR wheels wrapped in Falken tires as low-profile as rubber bands.
In addition to marking 15 years at SEMA, Hyundai was also celebrating two other achievements. The first is its new status as the official automobile sponsor of the National Football League, commemorated by this gold-wrapped Tucson.