LAS VEGAS -- Honda used to be the uncontested kind of the import tuner crowd, but Korean automaker Hyundai has been firing on all cylinders lately. This year, the automaker hit the show floor with six custom examples of its Genesis Coupe and Veloster Turbo sport compacts. Some are stylish; some are powerful. All are very cool.
Hang around the SEMA Show in Las Vegas for long enough and you're sure to hear the name Bisimoto Engineering mentioned around the import tuning crowd. The bow-tied Bisi Ezerioha himself was on hand at Hyundai's booth to present his team's latest creation: a custom Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8.
Bisimoto is know for its high-horsepower creations and this 2013 Genesis Coupe is no exception. Thanks to a pair of Turbonetics turbochargers and a parts sheet longer than we have space to list, the factory 3.8-liter V-6 engine's output has been coaxed up to 1,000 horsepower.
The twin Bisimoto/Turbonetics BTX6462 turbochargers force air into the six cylinders with the excess being vented through a Godzilla blow-off valve. I wasn't able to fit my fist into these turbos, but I'd keep fingers and small pets clear.
Where most stock applications seek to hide a premium audio system's subwoofer, custom cars tend to flaunt their big speakers. The ARK Legato Concept, despite its claims of luxury, is no exception, displaying its giant Rockford-Fosgate subwoofer under the rear glass the way a supercar would its engine.
This custom digital instrument cluster is my favorite upgrade to the Legato Concept's cabin. A look closely and you'll see the telltale icons of the Android operating system at the bottom of the LCD. Either ARK has embedded an Android tablet in the dash or is mirroring its screen.
Hidden under the hood, the Genesis Coupe's production-based Hyundai 3.8-liter Lambda V-6 engine has been stroked to 4.0-liters and now outputs 400 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The Coupe has also been outfitted with matching chassis, suspension, and handling upgrades.
Pictures don't do justice to the retina-searing yellow paint job on this EGR Night Racer Veloster Turbo. This custom color, dubbed Yellowcake, was created special by EGR for this custom Hyundai in collaboration with the paint experts at PPG and Barry’s Speed Shop.
A custom fender flare kit allows EGR to cram 10-inch wide DPE 3-Piece lightweight racing wheels wrapped in Toyo semi-slick racing tires at all four corners. Peek between the spokes and you'll find oversized Brembo brakes.
The renderings of this custom Veloster Turbo built by Fox Marketing previewed a yellow/gold car, but the hot hatchback that was unveiled at the 2013 SEMA Show was coated with a gorgeous BASF R-M Onyx HD Waterborne SkyAqua paint. The hue shifted from a bright blue to a vibrant mint green as the light changes danced over its surface.
Pop the hood and you'll find a 370 horsepower version of Hyundai’s 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine. Of course, the engine cover and strut tower bar have been treated with the same SkyAqua paint as the exterior.
Upgrades chosen to boost the power are built around a new 845 Motorsports turbo upgrade that includes a new BorgWarner EFR turbo, front-mounted intercooler, AEM water/methanol injection system, VP Racing 101-octane performance fuel, and an ECU tune from SeoulfulRacing.
Beneath the chassis -- which has been stiffened by ImportShark mid-brace, chassis brake, lower tie bar, cross-bracing, and sway bars -- ARK Performance 35-way adjustable coil-overs keep the wheels stuck to the road.
Under the hood, you'll find the Genesis' 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Upgrades are limited to cost-effective mods, such as an AEM cold air intake, ARK Performance exhaust, turbo downpipe, and friction-reducing Lucas Oil.
Like many enthusiasts, Pangilinan put a lot of effort into perfecting the ride height, body-to-wheel balance, and handling. KW Variant 3 coil-overs, 19-inch MORR VS52 concave mono-forged wheels in mystic black with Toyo Proxes T1R tires, and a Brembo Gran Turismo brake kit with oversized 15-inch calipers. A flared fender kit has been blended into the body work for a wider stance.
The 2.0-liter Theta engine is available with its turbo system intact -- which includes turbocharger, intercooler, and intake air ducting -- for $6,000 or in a "turbo-ready" configuration which just includes the engine for $4,500.