When we ran the feature on Turbo Dynamics’ twin-engined and turbocharged Pontiac Grand Prix GTP, we knew that there had to be more twin-engined freaks that would come out of the woodwork, and we were not disappointed in the least. BangShifter Dom tipped us off to this absolutely sociopathic Hyundai Tiburon built by Michael McIntyre that sports two turbocharged four-cylinder engines that were good for a combined horsepower number that sat well north of 600WHP.
During the 1990s Sport Compact Car magazine had a contest called “Ultimate Street Car Challenge” that ran a series of tests that graded a built car based upon a number of factors, including drivability, price, fuel economy, 0-60, road course testing and other parameters. One of those parameters was “Gross Display of Horsepower” (our kind of test!) and in a field of cars tuned to the maximum, including a Skyline, 300ZX, Supra and a wound-up Sentra, the Tiburon went for the gold. McIntyre threw the front transmission into reverse and the rear transmission into drive and matted the throttle. The end result was enough tire smoke to put the California Air Resources Board on alert and an asphalt autograph that looks like the last time I got drunk in the vicinity of a Spirograph.
Watching a Tiburon run a 10.96 quarter is impressive, but stick around for the smokeshow!