In an automotive world increasingly dominated by fuel economy and other practical but mundane considerations, the SEMA show provides a refreshing respite from reality. It’s an event that encourages excess, and in that spirit Bisimoto Engineering and Hyundai have teamed up to create a wild Elantra GT that produces no less than 600 horsepower.
To help the Elantra GT’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder achieve that stratospheric horsepower figure, Bisimoto installed a turbocharger that works with upsized injectors, a larger fuel pump, a water-methanol kit and a Spearco intercooler. Other power-boosting upgrades include forged pistons, new cams and steel connecting rods.
All-wheel-drive is not part of the package, so the entirety of the engine’s enormous output travels through the front wheels – a recipe for epic levels of torque steer. The car does feature a coil-over suspension, a new sway bar and a heavy-duty clutch to better handle the increased power.
Outside, the Elantra GT gets a mean look courtesy of an ARK custom body kit and Gatorwrap custom laminated body wrap with Type 2 graphics. Interior mods include a full rollcage and Bisimoto racing seats and harnesses.