• Mar 28th 2007 at 3:21PM
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click above image to view 15 high-res pics of the Hyundai Genesis concept

Hyundai "officially" unveiled the rear-wheel drive Genesis concept on Tuesday by issuing a press release and high-res versions of the pics that were already floating around. The release got us thinking that Hyundai's new rear-wheel-drive platform underpinning the production version of the Genesis when it arrives Stateside in 2008 would make a killer chassis on which to build the next Hyundai Tiburon. The Tiburon has more than run its course as a value-based, front-wheel-drive sport compact coupe with an eensy-weensy V6. We have no idea when a Tiburon replacement will surface, but the arrival of Hyundai's first rear-driver gives us hope that the South Korean automaker may decide to grab a gun and stand to post in the upcoming pony car wars. Even if the intended target turns out not to be the Mustang, Camaro and Challenger, Hyundai could easily aim at the Infiniti G37 Coupe, BMW 335i and upcoming Audi A5 with a coupe powered by a 300-horsepower 4.6L V8 driving the back wheels. The mind reels at the possibility, and we hope Hyundai has the foresight to let the chassis flourish under models other than the new Genesis luxury sedan.

Check out Hyundai's official press release on the Genesis Concept after the jump, as it reveals many details that could easily apply to a coupe. Also check out the gallery of desktop wallpaper-sized pics.

[Source: Hyundai]


Rear-Wheel Drive and V-8 Engine Promise World Class Dynamics and Refinement

Hyundai will present the world debut of Concept Genesis during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show on April 4. The concept car heralds the future architecture and design of a rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan scheduled to grace the Hyundai lineup in 2008.

"Concept Genesis extends our product range into new territories from a performance, design and packaging perspective," said Steve Wilhite, chief operating officer, Hyundai Motor America. "When it arrives in 2008 it will catapult Hyundai into competition against some potent rivals, and Genesis is up for the challenge." Concept Genesis rides on a prototype of Hyundai's all-new rear-wheel drive platform, signaling the brand's desire to broaden its appeal to discerning driving enthusiasts. Concept Genesis is powered by Hyundai's newly developed Tau DOHC 32-valve V-8 powertrain. Concept Genesis marks the beginning of premium performance for the Hyundai brand.

"Concept Genesis is a manifestation of Hyundai's extraordinary desire to deliver world-class products across all model segments," said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "With Genesis, we've got a unique product position -- an all-new, highly capable, rear-wheel drive platform; a high-performance powertrain; and premium, progressive design – all at a price starting well under $30,000."


Concept Genesis features a rear-wheel-drive architecture, its first application in a U.S. Hyundai model. Rear-wheel drive provides a 53:47 front/rear weight distribution for optimal handling as well as more refined steering characteristics. Concept Genesis' premium handling and steering performance is further controlled by Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the industry's most important new safety technology. Hyundai leads all popular car brands in the standard application of ESC, with more than 70 percent of 2007 Hyundai sales volume featuring this life-saving technology as standard equipment. ESC continually analyzes road speed, steering input, throttle position, lateral yaw rate and other factors. An onboard microprocessor determines if the vehicle is starting to understeer or oversteer, and can brake appropriate wheels and reduce engine power to keep the vehicle safely on course.

Utilizing ultra high-tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody provides Concept Genesis with a 12-14 percent higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body-in-white weight than the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This stiffer, lighter, larger body provides a terrific foundation for world-class dynamics and lowering noise levels inside the vehicle.

Tau v-8 powertrain

Adding to the Concept Genesis' performance factor is the all-new Tau 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control and a limited-slip differential. The Tau delivers well over 300 horsepower to fit the demands of performance-oriented consumers. This powertrain combination will launch Genesis to 60 miles per hour in well under six seconds. The Tau engine is built with flexibility for the future. Future Tau variants may offer larger displacement, forced induction options and other technology enhancements.


Genesis features a suspension design that is among the most sophisticated and refined anywhere, at any price. The front five-link suspension features upper and lower arms linking the front wheels to the chassis. This artfully articulated arrangement creates a virtual king pin axis which dramatically reduces unwanted kickback through the steering wheel as well as improving responsiveness. The five-link independent rear suspension is equally sophisticated, enabling precise suspension geometry for an incredible level of ride and handling prowess. The capabilities of the advanced front and rear-suspension are maximized through driver selectable dynamic settings allowing tailored ride and handling characteristics according to need ... or desire.


Genesis' design is a progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive sports sedan. To match its dynamic powertrain capabilities, Genesis combines strong, sculpted forms which integrate precise details, natural materials and innovative lighting to provide a well-crafted, premium design aesthetic.


Maintaining Hyundai's emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Concept Genesis boasts world class active and passive safety features to both prevent accidents, and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. The Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving active safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control, eight airbags and active headrests.

Concept Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 12.6-inch front rotors have single-piston floating calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4-inch rotors with single-pistons.


· Advanced adaptive cruise control
· Electronic Stability Control
· Eight airbags
· Heat / cool seats
· High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with adaptive leveling
· Push-button start
· Navigation with backup camera
· Electric parking brake
· Bluetooth technology
· USB / Auxiliary input jack
· HD Radio™ Receiver
· XM Satellite Radio®
· Infinity® Discrete Surround Audio System


· Configuration: FR Engine RWD Sport Sedan
· Wheelbase: 2935 mm / 115.6 inches
· Overall length: 5005 mm / 197.0 inches
· Overall width: 1863 mm / 73.3 inches
· Overall height: 1490 mm / 58.7 inches
· Track, f/r: 1575 mm / 62.0 inches, 1580 mm / 62.2 inches
· Wheels: 20-inch multi-spoke
· Engine type: V8
· Estimated horsepower: Well over 300HP
· Estimated torque: Over 300 lb. ft.
· Displacement: 4,627 cc
· Block material: High pressure die casting aluminum block
· Cylinder head material: Aluminum
· Valvetrain: Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC)
· Valve timing: Continuous variable valve timing
· Variable induction system
· Fuel delivery: Multi-port fuel injection
· Bore & stroke: 92 x 87
· Estimated 0-60 mph: well under 6.0 seconds
· Top speed: 130 mph (restricted)
· Recommended fuel: Unleaded
· Transmission type: ZF 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC manual control
· Suspension: Front multi-link (5-link) / Rear multi-link (5-link)
· Stabilizer bar (front/rear): 26 mm/18 mm
· Weight distribution front to rear: 53:47 · Brakes: Power-assisted 4-wheel disc
· Front brake diameter (mm / in): 320 / 12.6 ventilated disc
· Rear brake diameter (mm / in): 314 / 12.4 solid disc
· Steering type: Speed-sensing rack-and-pinion
· Steering ratio: 14.86

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 750 dealerships nationwide.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone who considers building a luxury hyundai need only look at how successful the VW Phaeton was to get an idea how this car will be received (cough).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think a ponycar fits Hyundai's desired image. Kia might want a sporting coupe, but I doubt it'd come from this platform, unless it can be scaled down efficiently.

      I bet we see a Kia sedan from this platform in a couple of years, but no coupes. The coupe market is a lot more fickle and cyclical than the sedan market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "and yes they are missing a strong long term reliability claim"

      i know more than one person who will swear by the long term reliability of their hyundai. i think the quality is there but it always takes time for the perception gap to close.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This new generation will be testament to Hyundai's new found long term reliability. Moreover, most cars built since the recent CEO took over in 2000 have been bulletbroof in reliability. References to the Hyundai's early 90's models is irrelevant today. Hyundai has over 50% market share in Korea and I bet over there their long term reliability is a must or else there would be damage to the country's economy.

      A rear-wheel drive Tiburon with agreesive looks, building on the current great looking model, while infusing the quality, design and technology of its current line-up will give Hyundai the "image" they so long deserved. People will buy Hyundai's car simply because they blow away the competition on every factor that a smart consumer would consider.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hyundai has Toyota in its sights and is what Toyota once was. The only difference is that Hyundai is succeeding much faster than Toyota, Honda and Nissan(Datsun) ever did. Years quicker!
      • 8 Years Ago

      Genesis sounds like a lot of exciting car.
      #15 EnviroBob Well said.
      I've been saying the same for quite a while. I believe Hyundai is ahead of the Japanese if you compare Hyundais' first 22 years to Japans first 22 years of selling in the U.S. but still have a way before being as good or better than the Japanese or Germans. Who knows how things will pan out. Time will tell.

      Granted, Hyundai has the bennefit of using more technologically advanced manufacturing equipment, computers, etc than the Japanese had during their early days and perhaps those are reasons for Koreas' more rapid advancement.
      None the less, Hyundai is rapidly becoming a real worthy opponent to all manufacturers when it come to selling cars. We will see how their quality stands up against the leaders in a few short years but at this time they do offer a lot of autmobile for substantially less $$$ with one of the longest warranty periods of any manufacturer.
      I do remember looking at a Toyota Corolla in the mid to late 70s and the hungover salesamn explained that since Toyota had been having problems with their engines the year or two before, Toyota was extending the warranty(seems like 100K mi,it was a lot) to reaffirm their confidence in their own product. Unwisely I bought an American vehicle I had to replace with less than 35K miles within 3 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In about 5 years if Hyundai keeps trying to move upscale they'll either be out of business or selling 10,000 $80,000 cars a year. there eager to ditch the economy routes they came from. and yes they are missing a strong long term reliability claim. sure they score well in short toerm reliability but how bout long term? its still a hyundai.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to wonder what the business case was for this car? But, I am also one of the Philistines that cannot understand the so-called "Halo" cars, so I guess this all should be taken with a pinch of salt.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Given the "drift" trend being force feed into the kids today by various media, A RWD Tiburon will work very well and take away some of the market share from the Japanese brand.

      If they market the car right and keep the price low enough. Kids today are so easily fooled by simple marketing ploy such as sticker tune the RWD hyunda, hire some high profile Japanese drifters and host some exhibitions. They bascially will workship anything with wheels on them with 3 stickers, a bunch of gauge pod and a rear wing.

      • 8 Years Ago
      "i know more than one person who will swear by the long term reliability of their hyundai."

      I know some people who decided to test hyundai's claims of quality. So they bought one. The wound up pretty disappointed. Every survey I've seen indicates that the Koreans haven't caught up to the domestics in quality, let alone the Japanese.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I know some people who decided to test hyundai's claims of quality. So they bought one. The wound up pretty disappointed. Every survey I've seen indicates that the Koreans haven't caught up to the domestics in quality, let alone the Japanese."

      all my, admittidly 2nd hand, experience has been the opposite. in my mind hyundai's long term reliability has been estabilished and i have no problem recomending them to friends. believe what you will...
      • 8 Years Ago
      HEY MIKE...

      You new at teh internets? Kill the caps lock before pecking out your dated lies.
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