Hyundai Australia Built a Rear-Drive Twin Turbo Drift Bus

Start with an Australian-market eight-passenger van. Add 402 hp and a bunch of N-Division goodies. What do you get? DRIFT BUS.

We're big fans of drift vans here at Road & Track. That's why we're so excited for Hyundai's latest one-off special: A 402-horsepower rear-wheel drive van with a bunch of N division upgrades that's built to go sideways.

This van was conceived by Hyundai Australia, which sells a rear-drive eight-seat people-mover called the iMax. In place of the standard 2.5-liter diesel engine sits a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 402 horsepower and 409 lb-ft of torque, getting to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential. It even has a 50-50 weight distribution. According to Brian Gluckman on Twitter, a version of this engine will likely power the upcoming Genesis G80, and replace the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 found in the Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger.

Other performance-minded upgrades include electronically controlled dampers, a lower ride height, a front splitter, dual exhaust, bigger brakes, and 19-inch wheels from the i30 N hatch. Inside, occupants are greeted to N-trimmed seats and an N sport steering wheel.

Hyundai calls the slide-happy iMax the Drift Bus, and says that thanks to 30 cubic feet of cargo space, it can carry your whole pit crew and hold plenty of spare tires—because you'll need them.

Sadly, it looks as if the iMax N is just a one-off project from the Hyundai Australia team, with no plans for production. Not too surprising, but man, we'd love to see this thing in showrooms. The van will make its first public appearance at the World Time Attack challenge this weekend in Sydney. So if you happen to be on that side of the world, make sure to check it out.

via Autoblog

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