The $5,000 Hyundai Sonata looks like it came from a sci-fi series — because it really did

The $5,000 Hyundai Sonata looks like it came from a sci-fi series — because it really did

Extensive visual modifications turned the 2012 Hyundai Sonata into a support vehicle that is no longer street-worthy.



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For the aspiring sci-fi filmmaker on a limited budget, here’s your golden ticket. This sedan, located in Toronto, Canada, can be yours for just $5,000. It’s the perfect canvas for your intergalactic adventures, without spending a lot of money on flashy props.

The car was originally built for a 2016 sci-fi TV series on SyFy called “Incorporated” that only ran for a year — yes, we had to look for it too. Although you won’t be able to see the real-life prototype in the official trailer, digital mockups seem to confirm its authenticity.

The light blue sedan is based on the sixth-generation Hyundai Sonata from 2012, but extensive visual modifications have made it almost unrecognizable from most angles. The only parts that retain their original shape are the greenhouse, the door closing lines and the character line in the profile. Everything else has been revamped, combining a minimalist look with futuristic touches.

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The front and rear ends embrace an aerodynamic aesthetic, bidding farewell to traditional lighting units and cooling intakes. Instead, sleek white bits adorn the fenders, originally designed to house a set of the series’ autonomous driving sensors. On the sides, you can’t miss the wraparound light blue edges with their color-matched panels, giving a futuristic look to the axial drive. The mirrors and door handles are gone, making it the most aerodynamic Sonata ever.

Cars of the future are often pictured with suicide doors, and this is no exception. The B-pillars were chopped, sacrificing some structural rigidity. The interior remains in stock condition, unlike the CGI-generated dashboard shown in the trailer below.

Naturally, this is not a vehicle you can take for a spin, as extensive modifications have stripped it of its street legal status. However, the Hyundai Sonata is said to be in sound mechanical condition, as shown on the Facebook Marketplace listing. The engine, most likely a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces a respectable 197 PS (147 kW/200 hp), and the transmission is claimed to be in good condition. The odometer reads 64,000 kilometers (39,768 miles).

$5k seems reasonable for this unique looking project car that can also be used as a parts source for other Hyundai Sonatas. You can also convert it into a race car, although you’ll definitely need to make some changes including redoing the cooling intakes.

Abdul Rahman Al-Asidi / Facebook Market

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