The most powerful Hyundai you can buy today is the Genesis 3.8 R-Spec, a car destined to roam on race tracks. The guys at ARK Performance have recently started a project, based on the aforementioned model, to put a Hyundai on the tracks. They’ve fortunately succeeded in creating a monster, which you and I can mug up at the SEMA show.
The stock Hyundai Genesis 3.8 R-Spec is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine which delivers 348 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque. It reaches 60 mph from a standstill in just 5.3 seconds, which puts it in the sportscars league.
Now, let’s start with AFK’s changes – the car’s exterior has been transformed dramatically. If was fitted with an ARK-ADRO FL bonnet with cooling louvers, a front fascia with a redesigned splitter which increases downforce, protrusive ARK Performance SFX wheel arches at the rear and a set of Yokohama Advan RS2 rear wheels shod in Nitto NT05 tires.
There’s more, as the car’s back now features a rear diffuser, an APR GT300 carbon rear wing and an ARK Performance CRX carbon trunk lid. A palette consisting of red, white and black was ultimately sprayed on the sportscar.
Inside, the car was fitted a Sparco L575 steering wheel, Sparco Pro ADV racing seats, Cusco 8-point chromoly roll cage and custom fittings signed JDM Coachworks.
The Yokohama wheels have been tied to a DTP coilover suspension system, alongside Cusco arm, bars and control arms, and large, 6-piston brake kits with ARK stainless steel brake lines and ARK carbon brake pads.
The most interesting part is the propulsion and control system. The folk at ARK Performance have fitted the 3.8-liter engine with a high performance intake system, BTRcc blueprinting, lightweight pulley kit and a Brian Crower 4.2 Stroker kit. All these have upped the torque to 340 lb-ft at 5,400 RPM and the output to 395 HP at 6,800 RPM. In addition, they’ve also eased the life of the engine.
The upgraded 3.8-liter booster is tied to a standard 6-speed manual transmission, but a little bit better thanks to AKR – they’ve fitted it with dual-mass flywheel, Cusco type RS 1.5/2-way limited slip differential and carbon plate clutch kit. In the end, the car reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 4.9 seconds.