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.


  • 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
2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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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.”


“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.”

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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.

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  • 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



  • 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
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  (233) posted on 02.11.2009

i’m not saying its equal to an sti or a wrx believe me its got alot to prove to even be considered in those cars league... i was just saying that the wrx was actually quicker 0-60 and only a tenth of a second slower in the quarter mile so i’d save my money buy a wrx and upgrade the hell out of it.

and i’m into autox and getting into drifting so me personally. i prefer rwd

  (607) posted on 02.11.2009

an who races on a track we do quarter to 1 mile straights. in a straight line it wud get whupped easy

  (607) posted on 02.11.2009

kid in a quartermile the STI is unmatched by the evo or this stupid wanna be sports car....face it hyundai is making some hot cars yes i’m not denying that but to say it on the STI level is an over-statement ya’ll givin it too much props and are insulting subaru by saying so

  (233) posted on 02.10.2009

also for the record straight line acceleration is probably the least important thing as far as actual car performance goes. your 30-70 time is a lot more important since you never come to a complete stop on the track at any time if you know what you’re doin

the evo outhandles the new sti too... i mean come on a awd car with understeer thats a little embarrassing

  (233) posted on 02.10.2009

the wrx may be quicker off the line due to awd but in the long run the power distributed to the front wheels becomes less and less beneficial...

and the wrx was faster in the 0-60 than the sti due to longer first and second gears requiring only one shift to hit 60 where as the sti takes 2 shifts... for 12 grand less i’ll take the wrx and throw on some coilovers a sway bar give it a bigger intercooler and injectors and up the boost

  (607) posted on 02.10.2009

the coupe does 0-60 in 5.2 secs this beat a wrx? i don’t think so....considering the new one does 0-60 in 4.8 secs and the sti is even does match the time of the evo X tho so yeah it can go punch for punch wit the mitsubishi monster but not with a subi

  (5990) posted on 06.6.2008

When was the last time Subaru or Mitsubishi won the WRC? Sure, they had their glory days. But nowadays, both the Evo and Subbies are mostly fanboi cars....

  (5990) posted on 03.20.2008

Alexpolors, what the h*ll is wrong with you?

This is a car site where you can write your opinion about cars or insult someone that you don’t agree with. Please don’t discuss your libido.

On second thoughts, why don’t you ask jtm0711? He is always insulting cars with small engines and praising big ones. We all know why people like that want big engines. So try him but if you don’t have any luck, try some other site.
And good luck with the new s.

  (5) posted on 01.20.2008

I can’t wait for this car, but I will wait until they equip it the way I want. I hope most of the upgrades available on the sedan will come with the coupe. I.E. Lexicon stereo, HID Xenon lamps, heated/cooled drivers seat, & UV wrapped steering wheel. But most importantly, a V/8, although I’ve heard rumors it won’t happen, others have assured me, that are in a position to know, that it will come eventually. I want a very fast car w/o having to spend thousands on upgrades or thousands up front on the likes of BMW etc. Nothing against BMW, I own a 540i, but I can not afford the performance BMW I want new. So bring it Hyundai, but please put some good looking wheels on the coupe, similar to the concept, because the ones that are on the silver Genesis coupe sitting next to the silver Mustang . Or at least offer them as an option.

  (133) posted on 01.19.2008

really? i know that with the introduction of the s1 coupe in 2002\2003 they had a wrc version but since i dont follow that type of racing i dont know wat became of it. i renew my opinion that a turbocharged 3.8L should be in the mix somewhere even tho it may not be able to live up to the likes of the wrx or the evo which are by and large legendary in terms of turbocharged engines. But hyundai needs to take into account the later introduction of the nissan z line and madza rx cars to be put forward in the years following 2009\2010 whose horsepower ratings will also be increased . but they seem to have got the design right and i have no doubt that it will be a great sports car.a 350 hp turbo version would be fantastic to see in action.

  (5) posted on 01.19.2008

it will not print the entire address for some reason, but is on you tube.

  (5) posted on 01.19.2008

P.S. If you want to see one of these Accents in action go to com/watch?v=Mw5sMTjnsY O

  (5) posted on 01.19.2008

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.

  (133) posted on 01.17.2008

thats true.well said badest.

  (607) posted on 12.12.2007

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

  (111) posted on 12.12.2007

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 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

  (133) posted on 12.11.2007

and thereal, what place might it belong?

  (111) posted on 12.11.2007

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

  (133) posted on 12.10.2007

should turbo dat .

  (111) posted on 11.24.2007

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

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