The company also brings a Santa Fe with over 1,000 horsepower and a highly tuned Veloster.

Hyundai's booth at this year’s SEMA Show has an eclectic mix of tuned vehicles that run the gamut of what’s possible with aftermarket upgrades. Whether you’re looking for a Santa Fe that can go into the wilderness or have a lust for a race-ready Elantra, there’s something here for everyone.

The South Korean brand teased most of these tuned models ahead of SEMA, but it saved unveiling a very fast Ioniq for the actual show. The model earned the land speed record among production-based hybrid vehicles after reaching 157.825 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Hyundai Ioniq land speed record car SEMA 2016

Don’t expect to reach that speed with an Ioniq off the showroom because this model was hardly stock. Hyundai got the most out of the powertrain by installing a nitrous injection system and recalibrating the engine, transmission, and hybrid ECU. A lower suspension and tweaked aerodynamics helped, too.

Hyundai also has two very different but equally wild flavors of the Santa Fe at SEMA. The lowered CUV in red and silver comes from Bisimoto. The tuners replace the stock engine with a highly modified biturbo 3.8-liter V6 that makes an astounding 1,040 horsepower (776 kilowatts). A custom drivetrain setup powers the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Hyundai Bisimoto Santa-Fast SEMA 2016

The Santa Fe from Rockstar Performance shows the other side of what’s possible from Hyundai’s CUV. Rather than going for speed, this one focuses on off-road ability by using a lifted suspension and 35-inch tires. LED light bars let the rock crawling last all night. There’s even a roof rack for hauling extra supplies out into the wilderness.

For fans that prefer more traditional tuner cars, Gurnade Inc creates a mean looking Veloster in a deep shade of crimson. Its flared fenders cover copper-colored wheels. The carbon fiber hood and hatchback look aggressive and should keep weight down, too. Under the hood, the company installs a new intercooler, downpipe, and cold-air intake for extra power.

Hyundai Veloster Gurnade concept live at SEMA 2016

Finally, ARK Performance converts an Elantra for track duty. An updated coilover suspension, front strut tower bar, improved anti-roll bars should help handling. Plus, a custom turbocharger with a new downpipe, exhaust, and wastegate add power to the engine. The gray color somewhat hides the major exterior upgrades, including wider fenders vented hood, and larger intakes in front.

Get a better look at all of these hotter Hyundais in the gallery below. Expect continuing coverage of the 2016 SEMA Show on Motor1, too.


Live Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer /

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