2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai unveiled its highly anticipated Concept Genesis Coupe during a press conference at the Los Angeles International Auto Show today. The concept car heralds the introduction of an all-new, rear-wheel drive 2 + 2 sports coupe scheduled to join the Hyundai lineup in the spring of 2009. Following the introduction earlier this year of the Concept Genesis sedan, Concept Genesis Coupe signals Hyundai’s second step in broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts.

CONCEPT GENESIS COUPE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Second rear-wheel drive performance car from Hyundai
  • 300+ horsepower from enhanced 3.8-liter V6 from Genesis sedan
  • The production version of the sports coupe arrives in the spring of 2009
Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The Sonic Orange concept is complemented by a Ballistic Black carbon fiber hood, roof and ground effects for reduced weight. Strong hints of the production version are highlighted in its “Z” bodylines and powerful curves. When the production sports coupe arrives, it likely will be the most affordable 300+ horsepower car on the market, and the most dynamic performance car yet from Hyundai.

“Concept Genesis Coupe is the most thrilling, most emotional Hyundai yet,” said John Krafcik, vice president, product development and strategic planning, Hyundai Motor America. “When it hits the market in early 2009, we aim to deliver a driving experience that challenges cars like Infiniti G37, at prices more like Mitsubishi Eclipse.”

DESIGN PROCESS

“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, Calif. “With its aggressive look from just about any angle, I think we have been able to do that.”

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The powerful curves, surface detail and “Z” bodyside lines come straight from the same underlying inspiration that guided two earlier, well-received concepts: the HCD9 Talus and the HCD8 sports tourer. The undulating beltline borrowed from the Talus adds intrigue while enhancing outward visibility for both the driver and rear passengers. The HCD8 sports tourer’s sensual body forms influenced the overall design theme while also providing direction for the concept’s assertive headlight and taillight designs.

The look of Concept Genesis Coupe was in part inspired by LeMan’s race cars, drifters and by Jada Toys Dub City™ die cast vehicles. The front and rear stance of the Concept Genesis Coupe can be described as sinister.

“Beauty and danger co-exist in the design of the Concept Genesis Coupe,” said Eric Stoddard, senior creative designer. “When viewed from a distance, the car is beautiful to look at. But up close it can appear a bit menacing and even a little intimidating.”

The concept’s rocker panels are drawn close to the ground making the bodysides extra thick and the daylight opening extremely thin, allowing the wheels to be slammed up into bulging fenders. To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximized.

Three large heat extractors sculpted into the hood are designed to cool just about any powerful engine. When the concept becomes reality, three large openings in the front fascia will allow for better engine breathing. The dual exhaust tips integrated into the rear fascia repeat the design theme of the front cooling ducts and are surrounded by a large carbon fiber air diffuser.

An arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car’s broad shoulders and wide stance. Concept Genesis Coupe rides on 20-inch polished aluminum deep-dish wheels with Hankook 255/35 ZR front tires and 275/35 ZR rear tires.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

CONCEPT GENESIS COUPE SPECIFICATIONS

  • Configuration: Front engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe
  • Wheelbase: 2,820 mm / 111 inches
  • Overall length: 4,666 mm / 183.7 inches
  • Overall width: 1,902 mm / 74.9 inches
  • Overall height: 1,386 mm / 54.5 inches
  • Wheels: 20-inch, five-spoke
  • Tires: Hankook 255/35 ZR front and 275/35 ZR rear

 

PRELIMINARY PRODUCTION CAR DETAILS

  • Engine type: V6
  • Estimated horsepower: more than 300 horsepower
  • Estimated torque: more than 250 lb. ft.
  • Displacement: 3.8 liters
  • Block material: high pressure die cast aluminum
  • Cylinder head material: aluminum
  • Valvetrain: Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC)
  • Valve timing: continuous variable valve timing
  • Estimated 0-60 mph: under 6 seconds
  • Transmission type: 6-speed manual
  • Front brakes: Brembo, 340 mm disc, twin-piston calipers
  • Rear brakes: Brembo, 330 mm disc, twin-piston calipers
  • Limited slip differential

24 comments:

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Guys, for those of you that did not know, Hyundai has been racing in WRC with their debut in the Rally NZ in 1997 with an F2 Hyundai kit car. Then in Europe, in the same year, they entered the Rally GB in an Accent. They continued to race & in 2000 they entered a proper WRCar, the Accent WRC. These Accents produced 247-265 BHP @7,700 rpms and 245-254 lbs of torque at 7,100 rpms, most of them were AWD & all were light in weight. Hyundai knows how to build perforamnce, even if they have not had as much practice. Now that they want to & with their vast resources, as well as, their devoted determination to be the best manufacturer period, I believe they will produce a vehicle that will at least be competitive, if not as good as the competition.

thats true.well said badest.

on this note i’ll have to agree with thereal on that call hyundai is a good car company but like he said its never bin "the racy" type so why shud it be a close match up all of a sudden to a wrx or evo that jus doesn’t add up its a gud sports car but don’t give it medals all at once an it hasn’t even bin out of the shop two mins yet an neither has it won any race competition championships, wrx an evo has done that even skyline an supra are in on it......but untill hyundai steps its game up an does something out of the ordinary unlike jus bringing a car to a show room i can’t give this car that much respect.....but over all i like it

in the sports car league but not that high remember this is a hyundai not a subaru or a mitsubishi if u look at it realisticly hyundai has never bin big on performance so why all of a sudden shud it be held up on the shelf with all the proper performance jap cars are.....no i don’t think so leave it on a table not on the top shelf it doesn’t deserve that an it will never be a match for any wrx or evo

and thereal, what place might it belong?

now u tryin to do the unthinkable an put this hyundai in a place it doesn’t belong with the evo an wrx

should turbo dat .

well it already says it will have a 0-60 time in less than 6 secs that alone is better than wat hyundai has brought to the table in years prior

had better be of 350z grade in performance/handling to be a serious contender. given that their recent vehicles are better than previous years i think it should be. would be gr8 if the o-60 acceleration was like a 5.5/5.4s and parts availability went skyrocketing(hopefully it will)any word on if a turbo 3.8l v6 is coming cause dat would be monstrous for real

Being a Hyundai, might have a cheap price as well

now thats wat we talkin bout

this is goin to be a great sports car tho it doesn’t have the accelleration potential as the sports cars of the years prior but it is better than the tiburon that alone is progress!!

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