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Vaccar makes sportier Hyundai Tucson Sport for SEMA

Automotive design house enhances affordable CUV with affordable parts

Published: October 23, 2017, 6:30 PM
Updated: October 27, 2017, 2:20 PM

2017 SEMA Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept

2016 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai is taking a sportier Tucson to 2017 SEMA show in Las Vegas, partnering with world renowned custom and promotional vehicles Vaccar Automotive Artistry to create the Vaccar Tucson.

The one-off crossover concept takes a Tucson Sport and significantly improves it in all areas — design, powertrain, suspension, and interior appointments to arrive at an impressive looking, sounding and performing vehicle.

“The Vaccar Tucson Sport Concept takes the Tucson far beyond its OEM roots without sacrificing reliability,” said Vaccar president and founder Aaron Vaccar. “By building upon the well-developed Tucson platform, powertrain and design, we’ve given enthusiasts a vision of just where this affordable crossover aspires to go.”

Immediately apparent is a partial 2-tone Blue Metallic exterior with dropped front lip, rear diffuser and side skirt extensions, and further enhanced by a nearly invisible mesh grille and Diode Dynamics RGB LEDs. Concept One 20x9.5-inch forged wheels are shod with low profile Continental ExtremeContact Sport 255/35R20 rubber, and show off massive Vaccar Power Stop Z23 drilled rotors.

Ride and handling is sortied up with Vaccar-Gecko G-street coilover shocks.

2016 Hyundai Tucson badge

Power is supplied by the Tucson 1.6-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but swaps out the factory turbocharger for a Boostec unit, with an R50 blow-off valve, Mishimoto G-Line intercooler, AEM air intake and charge pipe kit. It’s cooled by Amsoil Signature Series synthetic oil and filter.

Vaccar front-mount piping and cat-back exhaust, and Magnaflow performance muffler make sure the extra exhaust is able to move through efficiently to aid in engine performance.

The Katzkin Ice Grey Leather interior features Fog Suedezkin inserts and blue accent stitching to match the exterior presentation. The instrument panel is topped off with an Autometer Airdrive triple-gauge pod.

Control over an enhanced infotainment system is handled through a 9-inch Android powered multimedia screen, and audio is pumped through a Nano 520-watt 4-channel amp to a speaker system that adds a Picasso 12-inch subwoofer.

Rear seat passengers get twin front headrest mounted Soundstream 9-inch LCD screens to watch content from a DVD-MobileLink system.