Footnote Today: October 8, 2013 – Hyundai and Ark Performance to Show off Legato Genesis Coupe at SEMA

Report – Hyundai and Ark Performance to Show off Legato Genesis Coupe at SEMA

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.”

Source: Hyundai

Footnote – How to Stroke a Moggy!

Hyundai is proud of the Genesis Coupe. We are too. We call it an entry-level moggy. Affordable Performance. But it can be exciting. Plenty so. Which is why we even talk about it. Let’s take a very brief moment to share how Hyundai proves that the stock Genesis Coupe did not quite live up to expectations. Mean enthusiastically. Like a bit of a stretch. Look at the following passage:

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.

The operative word from that passage is “stroked.” Let us assume you understand everything else that Ark Performance has done to make the little sexy moggy get a matching heart with her beautiful soul and accessibly voluptuous body and concentrate on just that one word, stroked. Don’t get us wrong more details will emerge at SEMA. But, just…

What would add 50 extra horsepower (that is, 15 per cent more raw engine power) to a car, if we defined it only in terms of stroke? Since this cat is a creature to live with every day, it may mean extra cost of ownership in terms of fueling, but, it’s only a V6 and about 1,500 kg of mass so expect 0-60 brisk acceleration and Aerodynamic ease of movement that’ll also conserve gas. If you stroke a cat you raise its stress level, or will to act powerfully. Same thing with an engine. By stretching the strokes (the length of piston travels within the cylinders), making them longer than factory (the stock Genesis Coupe), the engine displacement is grown by additional 0.2 liters to 4.0 liters, then you see how the horsepower immediately ramps up.

SEMA means show us how much you love cars and Hyundai has got its Genesis coupe well tuned and accessorized for the show, first from Bisimoto turbocharging it to 1,000 horsepower and now with Ark stroking it to some 400 horsepower.

This post’s featured photo is from Hyundai. See more photos of the Genesis Coupe here.

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