UNDER THE RADAR: '15 Hyundai Genesis 5.0
I'm sure for most of you reading this, the word "Hyundai" brings to mind awkward Korean economy cars with cheap interiors and Spanish name badges. You would probably never think luxury, 420hp V8, and adaptive cruise control. That is why Scott Huddleston's 2015 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 is the perfect, sporty daily driver. It goes under the radar.
The four door Genesis, Hyundai's first "sports sedan" launched worldwide in 2008. After spending several years on the road and gaining some experience in the luxury league, Hyundai launched it's second generation model in 2014.
Scott decided to take the Genesis 5.0 and build a daily driver that would turn the right heads. His color of choice, Casablanca White.
The long sleek body lines give the Genesis a competitive modern look. Because of the refinement, Scott wanted to apply very subtle and clean mods.
The first step was to debadge the front and rear of the car.
Although it may seem like a small change, removing the emblems cleaned up the front and rear of the car. It really improves the body lines.
The lighting coming from the Hyundai/Kia camp is somewhat of a work of art. The plasma glow that emits from the rear compliments the rest of the car, but also hints and some of the aggression lurking underneath the hood.
Scott's next priority was to lower the car to give it a sportier stance. He did so with Storm lowering springs.
He then replaced the stock wheel and tire setup with a set of Matte Gunmetal Velgen VMB5 wheels (20"x9" Front & 20"x10.5" Rear) and wrapped them in Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position XL tires (255/35/20 Front & 285/30/20 Rear).
The brushed aluminum finish on the grille really pops against the white paint.
The car looks great from all angles. The Velgen wheels are accented nicely by the black roof.
By no means is the Genesis "slammed". The ride height is very accommodating around town but the the Storm lowering springs did a great job of eliminating the wheel gap.
Keeping up with the theme of remaining under the radar, Scott went with "presidential limo tint"...I'll leave it at that.
For those of you with a keen eye, I am sure you have noticed by now the custom hood vents in previous photos. Look familiar? They are the same dry carbon fiber hood vents used on the Nissan GTR.
The styling of the new Genesis is definitely giving the luxury market a run for its money.
The car looks great sitting still but it really shines when its in motion. Parking deck rollers, anyone?
The car is definitely at home around town, whether it be creeping through a parking garage...
Parked outside local bars...
Or turning heads on the main strip.
The front end begins to look even more aggressive just before the sun sets. It might have something to do with the LED accent lighting.
We decided to ditch the concrete for white dirt piles.
Scott likes to stop quickly as much as he enjoys driving fast. In the search for some serious stopping power he installed Adam's Rotors Grade G4000 High Carbon Iron Sport Rotors on all for wheels. Another subtle mod that goes a long way.
Leather seats, wood, and aluminum accents make for one hell of a daily driver interior. I wonder what those black boxes are for at the top of the windshield?
No modern luxury car is complete without a Engine Start/Stop button.
The car really started to come alive as the sun disappeared over the horizon. The body lines became more prominent and the roof line definitely had my attention.
Scott had no problem maneuvering through the dusty lot. The car absorbed the small bumps like a champ.
The matte gunmetal Velgen VMB5s looked superb as the light began to fade. The finish on the wheels does a great job of highlighting the design.
Scott has great taste. Everything about this car was well thought out. It has a factory finish feel but definitely evokes responses from the trained enthusiast eye. We can't wait to see what he does next.
We hated to see him go, but loved to watch him leave.
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