Hyundai Santa Fe Ready to Go Off-Road Thanks to Rockstar

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Hyundai has introduced its second 2016 SEMA Show project.

Rockstar Performance Garage will help get a Hyundai Santa Fe crossover ready to go off-roading in Las Vegas this year, providing a sharp contrast from the 1,040-horsepower “Santa-Fast” that Bisimoto is conjuring up.

Sporting a 3.3-liter V6 engine under the hood, Rockstar’s Santa Fe packs plenty more performance thanks to an AEM cold air intake, Magnaflow exhaust and a nitrous-oxide injection system. Giving it plenty more ground clearance than stock is a pair of 2.0 KING coilovers up front and 2.5 KING shocks in the rear. On all four corners are 17-inch KMC XD 301 Turbine off-road bead-lock wheels paired to Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35-inch off-road tires.

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Other accessories that prepare the Santa Fe for its off-roading adventures include Odyssey batteries, a WARN winch, rock sliders and bumpers, Bulldog LED lighting and a custom roof rack.

Expect to hear more announcements from Hyundai for its other SEMA projects leading up to the event in early November.

“Rockstar conveys its endless brand energy in everything we do,” said Nick Ashby, lead developer of the Rockstar concept vehicle. “Our Rockstar Santa Fe Concept is simultaneously all-show and all-go, a non-compromising concept with tremendous capabilities and a confident demeanor to match.”

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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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  • Mike Bike Mike Bike on Oct 06, 2016

    the company rockstar is owned by the hideous bigot michael weiner posing as michael savage the xenophobic radio show host... using their money to buy influence and hide their true purpose of selling phony so called energy drinks to the uninformed... do a little research and see the results of his hateful and demented mind...