Hyundai, Kia Finally Get Serious About Performance
First Hyundai/Kia poached the top designer from Audi and its designs improved immeasurably. Now it has stolen BMW’s top engineer for its M performance vehicles. Look for things to get a lot more interesting. Hyundai has hired Albert Biermann as its new head of vehicle test & high performance development. He brings over 30 years of experience in the development of high-performance vehicles, most recently in his current role as Vice President Engineering BMW M Automobiles. RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis
Biermann knows how to take small engines and tune them to high performance. That’s important to Hyundai, which is committed to four-cylinder powerplants across its lineup - except when you get up to the Genesis and Equus.
But nobody is craving more grunt in those beasts. They already crack 400 horsepower. No, what we crave is a Sonata with a 2.0-liter, twin turbo that pushes out 300 horsepower and devours the Nürburgring. We want Bisimoto Sonatas made for the real world.
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We’re just quirky enough that we want to see a Kia Soul tuned to the limits of Biermann’s imagination. Make those hamsters squeal.
Biermann doesn’t start his new job until April 1. Look for the first impact of his work to be seen at next year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. In the meantime, comment below and tell him what Kia and Hyundai models you want given the high-performance treatment.
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