We had high hopes when we teamed up with Hyundai to build a RIDES-spec version of their Sonata Turbo, and while we don’t wanna brag too much, we think we pulled it off nicely. Pulling inspiration from the sleek Mercedes-Benz CLS, we tricked out the car with a custom bodykit that gives the family sedan plenty of new swagger.
Of course, as anyone who’s seen the System section of our magazine knows, pumping out the sound is always important to us, so a pair of 12″ subwoofers in the trunk was a natural choice. (We’re hoping we can sneak the car out of the show tonight for some bumpin’ along the Strip.) Check out the press release below for more details.
HYUNDAI PARTNERS WITH TOP AFTERMARKET COMPANIES TO CUSTOMIZE NEWEST MODELS FOR SEMA
RIDES Magazine Sonata Turbo
To build excitement around the recently launched 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo, Hyundai Motor America teamed up with RIDES magazine to trick out one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant. Inspired by the Mercedes CLS, the modified Sonata 2.0T features an assortment of custom fabrication from RIDES’ team of expert builders.
The vehicles exterior modifications are clever and tasteful, starting with a one-off, fully custom RIDES-designed bodykit that’s comprised of new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler and roof spoiler, which all work together to accentuate the factory body lines of the Sonata. Other key exterior elements include a matte pearl paint job from BASF, 20-inch Rennen Modular M9 concave wheels powder coated matte black wrapped in Falken FK452 tires, smoked taillights and painted headlights, a matte black debadged front grille, Audi LED fog lights integrated into the new front bumper and 3M vinyl carbon wrap on the roof.
To complete the design, the RIDES team reupholstered the entire interior in a combination of black leather and suede with red stitching, along with integrating carbon fiber trim throughout. In the trunk there are two JBL 12-inch subwoofers paired with two JBL amplifiers. To finish things off, a custom quad tip exhaust was installed out back, while an S-Max front mount intercooler replaces the factory unit up front, ensuring that this build incorporates both go and show.