• May 10th 2007 at 8:53AM
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click above image to view more spy pics of Hyundai's RWD coupe!

Hyundai is about to be a very hot brand, and the biggest log on the fire will be its upcoming rear-wheel-drive BH platform that will spawn the Genesis luxury sedan, a long-wheelbase Genesis model, a Kia version of the Genesis, a possible pickup, and a groundbreaking (for Hyundai) rear-wheel-drive coupe that we previewed with a rendering last month. Like all the BH variants, the RWD coupe from Hyundai will be available with Hyundai's new Tau V8 that's capable of producing well over 300 horsepower. Well kiss our grits, but somebody actually found a development mule of the rear-wheel-drive coupe being loaded (or unloaded) at port somewhere in the world.

We've found countless people out there referring to this car as the 2009 Tiburon. It certainly well could be, but we know of no hard evidence that Hyundai will actually move the Tib upmarket by transferring the name to this RWD coupe. In fact, we don't think it's a smart idea at all, as the Tiburon name doesn't have the upmarket cachet to go up against the likes of other entry-level luxury sport coupes like the Infiniti G37 and BMW 335i coupe (Wow, did we just say that?). Plus, we doubt Hyundai's myopic desire to one day be a full-line automaker would allow it to abandon the front-wheel drive coupe segment altogether.

We're actually surprised how similar this development looks to the rendering produced for Winding Road. Of course, the covering obscures the view, but one can definitely see similarities, especially in the car's C-pillar. The gallery also includes some interior shots, which reveal a snug cockpit that's definitely driver oriented in the layout of its controls.

Armed with these images, we have to ask, how is Hyundai's coupe shaping up? If it arrives on our shores as a true G37 competitor for the price of a Mustang, then Hyundai could have a big hit on its hands.

Thanks for the tip, Jung!

[Source: Bobaedream.com]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I've never seen interiors so obviously cloned from a five series like those door pulls and grab bars. Which isn't a bad thing, typical Hyundai. What is bad is that speedo. 160? come on, if this is the new tib, ok, if this has a 300+ hp V8 then wtf is wrong with hyundai.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is not a transverse mounted engine, which implies RWD IMO
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The last car that ever had a longitudinal mounted engine but was fwd was the old first generation Corolla Tercel (78-82). "

      1993-2004 Chrysler LH cars.

      Try again.


      A good part of this is due to the longitudinal, forward-mounting of both engine and transaxle.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, looky there, there's a turbo under all that heat shielding. Very nice!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I may be wrong but Audi has used longitudally mounted engines. The wikipedia entry on FWD even states: "Torque steer can be addressed by using a longitudal layout, equal length drive shafts, half shafts, a multilink suspension or centre-point steering geometry." Its possible Hyundai wants to actually be able to handle a high horse power engine in a FWD application without having the engine try to stear the car off the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "if those wheels are 17" then the car has a 94-95" wheelbase with an over all length of about 144"

      if those wheels are 18" then the car has a 99-100"
      wheelbase with an over all length of about 152""

      whoa, that is pretty small. this car is the new bang for the buck champ. this thing is going to own autoX so hard. maybe the new C stock champ if the weight is down around 2700 lbs. even if its 3000 lbs, this thing is going to be wickedbadawesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      if that is a turbo theta engine whether or not this is the new tib or rwd doesn't matter its gonna boost hyundai sales
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with jason, the car is RWD. The engine is too far back for a front transaxle. In these days of platform sharing, i doubt that an automaker would go to the expense of changing its core architecture. They have maybe 2 FWD/AWD transverse platforms now with 9 variants. With a new RWD platform, expect at least 3 new models.
      A FWD longitudinal transaxle is ignorant speculation. Hyundai is not Audi. Likewise, a tubrocharged I4 would likely replace a v6. Look for a nonturbocharged base car also.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've been following these forums for quite some time and it's always interesting to see how Hyundai and sometimes Kia spark the interests of the readers here. It's easy to say that new products being pushed out by the Korean automakers always have some of the highest comment count :)

      I think Hyundai is doing an excellent job and is trying to deliver extremely high quality products, and most of all, what the consumers want. BTW, this car looks and sounds like it will be a real stunner. I wouldnt be suprised if Hyundai considered this car as one of the starting lineups in their possibly new 'luxury' brand they've been whispering about.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm excited for Hyundai and hope this goes through production. I'd like to see a fresh RWD V8 coupe on the market and the car in the gallery Autoblog has up is very attractive. Interior looks nice and maybe there could be offerings of a turbocharged 4 like some of you have noticed in the engine bay and a V8. Nice car, well done.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re: mk

      FYI, Mazda is most likely planning a re-introduction of the RX-7 in 2010, hopefully to compete with the (not-guaranteed) wave of cheap RWD coupes coming out. Honestly, I can't wait. :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      So do you people at Autoblog actually look at the pictures before posting? I don't think you have a "G37 competitor" when it's clearly sporting a four-cylinder engine.
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