Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis Coupe by ARK Performance for SEMA
Over the past few weeks, we’ve told you about a few of the cars Hyundai and Chevrolet will be displaying in Las Vegas this year for SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association – November 5-8, 2013), like the 1,000 horse Hyundai Genesis by Bisimoto Engineering and the Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops and Volunteer Firefighter Concepts. Just the other day, Hyundai revealed a second car they will displaying at SEMA, the Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis by ARK Performance.
Based on the Hyundai Genesis, the Legato Concept 400 horse, 425 pound-foot work of art… music to be precise. Legato is a musical term meaning “tied-together” and represents the theme of the Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis rather well.
Hyundai says the Legato Concept Genesis Coupe is designed to convey “seamless integration of exotic design, tuned performance and luxury coupe interior ambiance”. ARK Performance went to town designing a body kit for the 2014 Hyundai Genesis that gives it a unique and aggressive styling with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, deck lid and wide-body cues, all in a “racing silver”.
Under the hood is a base 3.8 liter Lambda engine (the same as the Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Spec R and the Bisimoto-tuned concept) that has been bored out to 4.0 liters. The addition of a Brian Crower (BC) 4.0 Stroker Kit, JE Pistons, BC 4340 crankshaft and connecting rods, ARK oil cooler, ARK air intake system, ARK headers and a lightweight pulley kit round out the engine mods; creating a 400 horse and 425 pound-foot über-Genesis.
All that power needs to reach the ground, so an ARK dual-mass flywheel and carbon clutch kit were added, as well. But, this is a tuner car, not a 1970s muscle car. That means the Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis Coupe has to be able to turn. The suspension and wheels have been beefed up with an ARK DT-P coil-over suspension system teamed with Rays Engineering G25 wheels and Nitto NT05 tires, while ARK carbon brake pads ensure the car can stop if the the driver’s right foot gets a bit carried away.
Remember when I said the Legato Concept Genesis incorporates “luxury coupe interior ambiance”? That means Takata Drift Pro LE seats, AiM Sports Strada GT steering wheel and a serious Rockford Fosgate sound system. Sounds like a nice car, too bad Hyundai has only released these three renderings of the Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis Coupe. Not to fear, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of photos closer to the cars debut. In the mean time, check out the press release below.
Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis SEMA Press Release
COSTA MESA, Calif., Oct. 7, 2013 – ARK Performance, a core Hyundai SEMA partner in recent years, has developed a new Legato Concept based on the Genesis Coupe that promises to add to its successful SEMA legacy. The performance luxury coupe concept will be showcased at the 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas, November 5-8.
“Legato” is an Italian musical term meaning “tied together,” conveying the seamless integration of exotic design, tuned performance and luxury coupe interior ambience. From the exterior, the Legato Concept takes the design themes of the production Genesis Coupe and expands them to concept car levels, while retaining the integrity of the original design. The complete ARK Legato body treatment includes front and rear bumpers, side skirts, deck lid and wide-body cues, for a truly unique and integrated exotic performance look. A racing silver exterior color maximizes the surface visibility of the concept’s nuanced design.
“The ARK Legato Concept demonstrates the compelling appeal and versatility of the original Genesis Coupe production concept,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “ARK Performance has taken this original concept and expanded its appeal to the most demanding premium coupe owners at a whole new level.”
While the Legato exterior sends a powerful exotic car message, the performance tuning under the hood and wheel arches more than backs it up. The production-based Hyundai 3.8-liter Lambda V6 engine is stroked to 4.0-liters for 400 horsepower and 425 lb.-ft. of stoplight-launching torque. Inside the block, a Brian Crower (BC) 4.0 Stroker Kit with JE Pistons and BC 4340 crankshaft, connecting rods, and ARK oil cooler ensure maximum output with superior durability. An ARK intake system and headers enhance engine breathing at high rpm, while a lightweight pulley kit reduces parasitic power losses from ancillary equipment. For power delivery, an ARK dual-mass flywheel and carbon clutch kit ensure efficient power transfer to the pavement.
With the Legato concept at speed, an ARK DT-P coil-over suspension system coupled with lightweight Rays Engineering G25 wheels and Nitto NT05 tires ensure outstanding dynamic grip, while ARK carbon brake pads add fade resistance and stopping power. The Legato interior is a complete luxury performance concept that includes Takata Drift Pro LE seats, AiM Sports Strada GT steering wheel, and digital gauge cluster. A Rockford Fosgate premium sound system provides backup entertainment whenever the exhaust note is at less than full song.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, 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 820 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 Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.