Hyundai 'Santa-Fast' is a 1,040-HP SUV Heading to Las Vegas

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Hyundai has previewed its first 2016 SEMA Show project.

Once again teaming up with famed tuner Bisimoto, one of the Korean automaker’s creations this year will be a 1,040-horsepower Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that the team is calling “Santa-Fast.” The power will come from a flex-fuel 3.8-liter V6 engine that features a long list of modifications, including a custom Bisimoto twin-turbo kit and intercooler, Arias forged pistons, Brian Crower steel rods, Bisimoto-Web camshafts, Supertech valvetrain and more.

To help get all the power to the ground, Bisimoto has swapped out the standard transmission for a six-speed manual Genesis R-Spec transmission and has further reinforced it with a Spec stage-5 clutch and aluminum flywheel. The Santa-Fast will also boast a rear differential from the Hyundai Equus.

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To give it a stance SEMA showgoers will appreciate is a set of KW coilovers, while all four corners feature 19-inch Fifteen52 Tarmac R40 wheels paired with 265/35/19 Toyo R888 tires. Enhancing braking performance are Buddy Club four-piston calipers.

The 2016 SEMA Show will kick off November 1, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and you can check back with for live coverage of the annual event.

“Bisimoto takes pleasure in making any vehicle fun to drive, even a larger SUV,” said Bisi Ezerioha, owner of Bisimoto. “Our Santa-Fast SUV is a proof-of-concept vehicle with driving capabilities that our customers can count on every day they turn the key.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 29, 2016

    if Hyundai developed their 3.8 into a streetable twin turbo; they could equal the 3.5 Ecoboost in the Ford GT