Monday, July 2, 2012

Simple Elegance

We all go through phases. Sometimes, they become more than that. We grow up as kids thinking that car modifications happen at the touch of a button, and that the speed we experience in a video game isn't the same as it is in real life. In the virtual world, it's easy to have the car that's just right. In reality, that delicate balance is all too often swept under the rug. But not for Kevin Lewis.

Having owned more than 15 cars, some would say that Kevin's personal automotive history rivals that of a video game. Some would say that he's just been in a phase and will grow out of it. Kevin knows better than that. For him, it's a lifestyle. Recently switching from speed to stance, Kevin loves the attention that a slammed car brings. Being around cars all the time made him notice that a lot of people do similar modifications to their cars. The simplicity of the car scene is why he would hang around, so he wanted to replicate that with a car. Upgrading from a Chevy Cobalt Sport, he picked up a 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It didn't take long before he started making changes.

After only 4 months, he had it how he wanted it. The coupe is quick, but it wasn't enough for him. So he added a K&N Cold Air Intake for just a small increase in power. Then, he added a Greddy cat back exhaust and it sounds oh so nice! Limited by the car's warranty, those were the only performance modifications that he could do. But this is where the Genesis Coupe is set apart from other Genesis Coupes: appearance. Instead of blacking out the tail lights, Kevin made them entirely red. Having a white car, most people opt for black wheels. Not Kevin. A set of white Varrstoen 2.2.2s would do nicely. They measure at 19x9.5 in the front and 19x10.5 in the rear, with +12 all the way around. To complete the classy, clean look that white on white offers, he wrapped the roof in black and got a custom RMR grill. To finish out the front and suit the rest of the car, he painted his headlights white. 

With his Genesis Coupe, Kevin has found the delicate balance of a simply clean car, that still has that grown up elegance.

Words, Snaps and Video by Ty Cobb.

Simple Elegance from Ty Cobb's Photography on Vimeo.

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