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Rhys Millen brings a 5.0L powered Hyundai Genesis Coupe to SEMA

Leading up to the 2011 SEMA Show, the good people at Hyundai informed the world that racer/builder Rhys Millen would be bringing something special to the Las Vegas show and when the sheet was pulled away from this mystery car we were introduced to the RM500 - a Hyundai Genesis Coupe powered by the 5.0L Tau V8 from the Genesis Sedan.

From the outside, Rhys Millen Racing’s (RMR) RM500 Genesis Coupe might look like a dressed up version of the original but under the hood the 5.0L Tau V8 has been installed (quite comfortably, too) with some light engine modifications helping to raise the output to roughly 449 horsepower. This was achieved by adding an RMR Custom Light Weight Clutch & Flywheel, a K&N Panel Filter, an AEM Engine Management System and a RMR Custom Stainless Exhaust with a Greddy SE Rear Section. The 3.8L V6 is the biggest engine available in the Genesis Coupe (right now) and with 306hp, it is quite a peppy little coupe but with the added kick in the pants from the Tau V8 - Millen’s RM500 Coupe should make for one serious contender to the big three’s muscle cars.

Millen’s crew didn’t stop there, as once they had big power under the hood of the RM500 they turned their attention to the other aspects of the vehicle. They started by swapping out the standard brakes with a set of huge Brembo carbon ceramic rotors pinched under Brembo six piston calipers up front and four piston units out back. That braking package (which is similar in style to the one found on the Corvette ZR1) is tucked under a set of 19” HRE wheels wrapped in Hankook tires - all of which work together to help make the RM500 Genesis Coupe handle as well as it accelerates.

Finally, the RM500 Genesis Coupe receives a spread of carbon fiber body modifications all around the car and inside, the RM500 gets a suede interior finish on Sparco race seats on unique seat brackets.

The RM500 Genesis Coupe looks great and surely runs just as good as it looks but sadly, this is just a SEMA car - for now. Since before the Genesis Coupe hit American roads there was speculation that it would pack V8 power and there have been whispers that the Genesis Coupe will be getting more power in the near future. We now know that the mighty 5.0L V8 will fit neatly in the Genesis Coupe so perhaps that extra power will come from a V8 - or it could come from enhancements made to the existing 3.8L V6. In either case, the RM500 shows that the Genesis Coupe is certainly capable of carrying Hyundai’s powerful V8.

Check out the gallery on the right for a closer look at the RM500 Hyundai Genesis Coupe and stay tuned to for more SEMA Show coverage!

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