rogerramjet_2003 Report This Comment
Date: November 19, 2007 01:49AM
HYUNDAI UNVEILS CONCEPT GENESIS COUPE
All new rear-wheel drive, high performance 2+2
More than 300PS from a 3.8-litre V6 plus supercar styling
Production version being evaluated for sale in UK
Hyundai has revealed its highly anticipated Concept Genesis Coupe at the Los
Angeles International Auto Show.
The concept car heralds the introduction of an all-new, rear-wheel drive 2+2
sports coupe, which will go on sale in the US in the spring of 2009. It is
currently being evaluated for possible sale in the UK.
The Genesis Coupe signals that Hyundai is broadening its appeal to hardcore
driving enthusiasts by offering high performance and rear-wheel drive handling
in addition to stunning styling.
When the production version arrives, it is set to be the most affordable 300+
horsepower car on the market, and offer the most dynamic performance yet from
“The mission for Concept Genesis Coupe was to create a pure performance car
with a design that would capture the imagination of hardcore automotive
enthusiasts,” said Joel Piaskowski, chief designer at the Hyundai Design
Center in Irvine, California. “With its aggressive look from just about any
angle, I think we have been able to do that.”
Concept Genesis Coupe’s looks were inspired in part by Le Mans 24 hour racers,
the specialist cars built by ‘drifting’ tuners and by the cult Jada Toys Dub
City™ die cast model vehicles. Bringing these influences together has created
a coupe that will appeal to all car enthusiasts.
The concept’s eye-catching ‘Sonic Orange’ paint is complemented and
contrasted by the black carbon fibre bonnet, roof and ground effect spoilers.
The car wears 20-inch wheels set deep into the wheel arches.
Many of the concept’s styling cues will make it to the production car, which
is set to cause a real stir in the coupe sector. Besides the gorgeous looks, the
Hyundai’s all-alloy V6 is expected to give a 0-60 time of less than six
seconds and will feature a six-speed gearbox and limited-slip differential.
Additional engine options are also being considered to widen the Coupe’s
Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 2,820 mm
Overall length: 4,666 mm
Overall width: 1,902 mm
Overall height: 1,386 mm
Wheels: 20-inch, five-spoke
Tyres: Hankook 255/35 ZR front and 275/35 ZR rear
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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: November 19, 2007 01:00PM
Nice styling indeed and a long way from the type of cars they began entering
the American market with years ago.
A cuppla problems I'll note though are 1. It's still a Hyundai with the shitty
wanna be Mitsu knock offs for an engine, suspension and drivetrain, which means
from my mechanical perspective it's just a few steps above what a Yugo was and
2. Introducing a sports compact car with a 3.8l engine as gas skyrockets ever
higher seems pretty foolhardy