It can handle going off-road, too.
We all need an extra jolt of energy to get through the day sometimes, and the team at the Rockstar Performance Garage is doing the automotive version of that boost by adding nitrous-injection to a Hyundai Santa Fe. The Rockstar Santa Fe Concept debuts as an off-road take on the crossover at the SEMA Show.
“Our Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is simultaneously all-show and all-go, a non-compromising concept with tremendous capabilities and a confident demeanor to match,” said Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle, in the model's announcement.
The customized CUV is mostly black but with gray and white camouflage along the bottom edge. Rockstar’s yellow logo adds a pop of color on the rear doors and fenders. It looks a lot tougher than stock, though, thanks to a set of 17-inch bead-lock wheels with 35-inch off-road tires. There’s room to haul extra supplies on the roof rack, and LED light bars keep the rock crawling happening into the night. Inside, a custom leather interior and Kicker audio system keep occupants comfy while off the beaten path.
Rockstar overhauls the suspension with new tie-rods and control arms that make sure the Santa Fe can actually handle off-road terrain. The crew also uses a set of 2.0 King coil-overs in the front and 2.5 King shocks with finned reservoirs in the rear. Six-piston calipers in front and four-piston units in the rear grip a big brake setup that makes sure the CUV can stop quickly if things get out of hand.
Beyond the shot of nitrous oxide, the Rockstar Performance Garage has a few other upgrades for the Santa Fe’s 3.3-liter V6. For example, the team also installs an AEM cold-air intake, Mishimoto cooling system, and Magnaflow exhaust.
Rockstar’s custom Santa Fe won’t be alone at this year’s SEMA Show. Bisimoto will also have one there (above), and its example will boast 1,040 horsepower (776 kilowatts) from a custom biturbo 3.8-liter V6. A six-speed manual will spin the rear wheels, rather than the crossover's usual front- or all-wheel-drive setup.
HYUNDAI TEAMS WITH ROCKSTAR PERFORMANCE GARAGE TO CREATE NITROUS-BASED ROCKSTAR SANTA FE CONCEPT OFF-ROADER FOR 2016 SEMA SHOW
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 5, 2016 – Hyundai Motor America and Rockstar Performance Garage have partnered to develop a nitrous-powered Santa Fe CUV capable of serious off-roading while conveying the iconic Rockstar design attitude. Rockstar is world-renowned for the boundless energy it brings to any product concept or event, and the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept follows that reputation, with a nitrous-powered, Hyundai-based 3.3L Lambda V6 engine driving all four wheels through any terrain via a raised Santa Fe off-roading setup.
“Rockstar conveys its endless brand energy in everything we do,” said Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle. “Our Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is simultaneously all-show and all-go, a non-compromising concept with tremendous capabilities and a confident demeanor to match.
Key modifications to the Rockstar Santa Fe Concept include:
Hyundai-based 3.3L V6 engine
AEM cold air intake
Mishimoto cooling system
Nitrous-oxide injection system
R1 6-piston front, 4-piston rear, big brake system
2.0 KING coil-overs front
2.5 KING shocks with finned reservoir rear
Custom suspension setup with new tie-rods and control arms
Nology high-performance wires
Nitro Gear gears
KICKER® audio system
Magnaflow custom exhaust
17-inch off-road KMC XD 301 Turbine bead-lock wheels
Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires
Wheel clearance expansion setup
Rock sliders and bumpers
Custom roof rack, headlamps and taillamps
Bulldog LED lighting
Roadwire custom leather interior design
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.