The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is getting in touch with its powerful side. Hyundai is partnering with Bisimoto to create a specially modified one-off 2016 Tucson with over 700 horsepower. This follows on the heels of last years souped-up Bisimoto Sonata and marks the fourth year of the partnership between the two companies.
“The 2016 Tucson was the perfect platform for this year’s build, offering me the opportunity to captivate a wider audience by tapping into the growing popularity of the CUV market. After hundreds of hours of testing and developing new engine components, we’re confident that this power plant can handle what we’re asking from it, delivering a fresh, race-bred take on the 2016 Tucson with performance and reliability at its core,” says Bisi Ezerioha, owner and chief engineer, Bisimoto Engineering.
The base of the power will come from the 2.4-liter Hyundai Theta-II power plant. Bisimoto then beefs things up with a high-boost turbocharger, an upgraded engine management system, and strengthened the internals with fast-burning flex-fuel. The end result is over 700 horses paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
Of course, an SUV with that much power has to have a look to match. To that end, Bisimoto is giving it a special exterior design that features what it calls a clean “street fighter” look with special air-ride suspension, white five-star wheels, and R-compound rubber. The look is finished off with Bisimoto’s signature touch of replacing the grille with a huge intercooler. There is also an added roll-cage for a sporty effect and for safety.
The Bisimoto Tucson is a show car and not bound for dealerships. However, the all-new 2016 Tucson is on sale now. It is over an inch longer and wider with an exterior that features Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design and Hyundai’s signature hexagonal-shaped grille.
The third-generation model offers four trims with the base SE starting at $22,700. It features a 2.0-liter engine with 164 horsepower and an estimated mpg of 23 city and 31 highway. The other trims, the Eco, Sport, and Limited, feature a 1.6-liter Turbo engine with 175-horsepower paired to 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission for an improvement in fuel economy. The Eco trim gets an estimated 26 city and 33 highway mpg with the Sport and the Limited getting 25 city and 30 highway. They start at $24,150, $26,150, and $29,900 respectively.
The one-off Bisimoto Tucson show car will be revealed November 3rd at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.