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2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo built for SEMA

October 4th, 2010 1 comment

Watch out BMW! Hyundai is stepping in as a low priced sports sedan and has its sights on higher priced cars from Nissan to BMW to even Mercedes. One of these cars is the 2011 Hyundai Sonata which is going to be released this year with a new 2.0 liter turbocharged engine dubbed the 2.0T (sound familiar VW fans?). To show off the capabilities and new looks of the Sonata, Hyundai is releasing a special version just for SEMA. Presented by Rides and 0-60 Magazine, this Sonata is supercar inspired and will likely (though actual details have not been released) will be featured with its turbocharged engine and will likely increase power and torque over the stock 274 hp and 269 tq.

The picture above is a sketch from Hyundai of what it might look like, with everything from a new suspension to body kit to performance parts and wheels.

Does the design remind you of something? Let me give you a hint… Brabus Mercedes CLS. They share many similar trims such as a carbon fiber roof, grill, interior trim in carbon fiber, side mirrors and rear diffuser.

Check out the press release from Hyundai below, and check out the car at their SEMA booth in November 2010.

To build excitement around the recently launched 2011 Sonata Turbo, Hyundai Motor America teamed up with RIDES and 0-60 magazines to trick out one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant for a debut at this year’s SEMA show. Inspired by Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche, the modified Sonata 2.0T will feature performance parts from leading aftermarket companies and custom fabrication work from RIDES’ and 0-60’s team of expert builders.

“The Sonata Turbo is an ideal platform for us to bridge the worlds of performance, aesthetics, luxury, technology and style,” said Ben Harris, executive publisher, RIDES and 0-60 magazines. “The design we’ve chosen will accentuate the car’s lines and style, using influences from exotic supercars.”

The vehicle’s exterior modifications will be modest and tasteful, using influences from the four-door Brabus Mercedes CLS Rocket sport coupe to broaden and draw attention to the vehicle’s body lines from the factory. Key elements consist of 20-inch concave monobloc wheels, matte pearl white paint and a slew of carbon fiber components including the roof, grill, interior trim, side mirrors and rear diffuser. To complete the design, fabricators will incorporate custom LED fog lights into the bumper.

Inspiration for the sporty interior design came from the Ferrari F430, with strategically placed stitched leather throughout and carbon fiber trim accents. Those strapped into the leather driver’s seat will take pleasure in performance upgrades including turbo and intake enhancements, and a quad tip dual exhaust.

The Sonata Turbo will be shown in the Hyundai Booth between November 2-5, 2010 (Booth #24387), among other vehicles from Hyundai Motor America. Outside of SEMA, the 2011 Sonata Turbo will be arriving in dealer showrooms later this year, with 274 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque.

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AEM’s 2010 SEMA Booth to Host Tanner Foust’s Scion tC Formula D Car

October 1st, 2010 No comments

Considered to be the premier automotive tradeshow in the world, the SEMA Show 2010 is looking to be an event that no one can miss. Since the beginning, the SEMA show has maintained a long tradition of unveiling the newest aftermarket performance parts, displaying the hottest custom vehicles and making one of the biggest industry events of the year in one of the most famous cities in the world, Las Vegas. From November 2nd – November 5th, hundreds of vendors, racers and newest product and vehicle displays will be available to the industries leaders in all areas that are automotive and power sport.

AEM will be in attendance at the event booth 23551. AEM will be promoting new intakes and systems for the newest applications, and possibly showing some prototypes of new product lines available from AEM for the hottest 2010 and 2011 vehicles. In the booth, AEM will be promoting all of its product lines, from its high quality electronic gauges and sensors to its performance induction systems and filter lines. This booth is designed to show the reach and expanse of all AEM products available from truck and muscle car applications like the 2010 Dodge Ram series or the new Chevy Camaro, to powering up the hottest sport compacts on the street such as the Hyundai Genesis and the Subaru STI. The booth displays will also be presenting the history and background of AEM and its continual dedication to performance products and quality.

Located near the General Motors display booth, AEM is scheduling Tanner Foust’s Scion tC Formula Drift machine for exhibition in the booth for the event. This Scion tC is truly a redesigned vehicle made for performance and winning races against some of the hardest competition around. The car is designed with a modified firewall to accommodate the large set back V8 engine an intake which has been changed from an Edelbrock manifold to a complete welded fuel injection system with a custom tuned AEM induction tube and Dry-flow technology filter. Rounding out this Scion’s design it has been converted from a FWD to a RWD and utilizes a completely different suspension system from the stock engineering. All parts of this top rate drifting machine are scheduled to be in the AEM booth during the SEMA Show.

Other display booths at the show are also set to sport AEM systems. AEM is currently working to build a Subaru STI that is expected to be displayed at Subaru of America, booth number 21502. AEM is creating a custom STI application that sports the new 21-478WR intake system which is dyno tested at gains of 36HP. This kind of power, along with the star power of the vendors and attendees will certainly provide a show that will celebrate the very best the auto industry has to offer.

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