Hyundai prepares to rock SEMA with rugged nitrous Santa Fe

Hyundai may be making a push into the world of sports cars with its upcoming N Performance brand, but SEMA will play host to a fast Hyundai of a different kind. Forget about hot hatches and Nurburgring lap times, the 1,040-hp (776-kW) Santa-Fast is purpose-built to turn heads and grab attention on the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Santa-Fast might have started life as a mundane soft-roader, but Hyundai and tuning-house Bisimoto have completely overhauled it for SEMA. All-wheel drive has been turfed in favour of rear-drive, and the standard engine has been replaced by a totally reworked turbo V6.

Based on Hyundai's Gamma V6 motor, it's been fitted with a twin-turbo kit running a staggering 39 PSI of boost. To handle the pressure, the engine is fitted with forged pistons, racing injectors, and heavy-duty waste gates. There's a totally reworked valvetrain, too, and the whole setup is managed by an Infinity 908 ECU.

All the power is put to the road through a Hyundai Equus rear differential, and the standard automatic gearbox has been swapped for a six-speed manual setup nicked from the Genesis. The whole package sits lower thanks to KW coil-over suspension, attached to 19-inch wheels wrapped in R888 Toyo 265/35 tires.

With so much power on tap the factory-fitted cloth seats were never really going to cut it, which is why MOMO bucket seats and a full roll cage have been slotted into the stripped-back interior.

The car will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center between November 1st and 4th this year.

And Peugeot isn't the only auto brand teaming up with an energy drink label to make an absolutely vicious off-roader. Hyundai is working with Rockstar Performance Garage (that's the same Rockstar that sells oversized cans of stimulant-laden beverages) to introduce a bigger, meaner version of the Santa Fe. The heavily modified crossover will join the 1,040-hp Santa Fast at the upcoming SEMA Show.

The first thing that catches the eye in the first released photo of the Santa Fe tune is its high, menacing presence. That's underpinned by a set of 35-in Mickey Thompson Baja Claw off-road tires clinging to 17-in KMC XD 301 Turbine beadlock wheels and a custom suspension.

The tuned 3.3-liter Lambda V6 receives a boost from a nitrous system, AEM cold air intake and Mishimoto cooling system. That engine exhales out a Magnaflow custom exhaust and relies on upgraded gearing to send power to all four wheels that employ a big R1 braking system to bring the ripped tires to rest.

Other additions visible to the naked eye include the Bulldog LED lighting, custom roof rack, blacked-out grille, new bumper and, of course, livery complete with big Rockstar logo. There's also a custom leather interior, Warn winch, rock sliders, Kicker audio, Odyssey batteries and high-performance wires.

It's not quite as beastly as the new Peugeot 3008 DKR, nor will it be positioning itself for a Dakar championship, but it's definitely a pretty bad-ass interpretation of the Santa Fe. We'll see if we can't find out more about what that nitrous-fed engine can do when SEMA rolls into Vegas on November 1.

 
 


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