• Nov 14, 2007
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5:15 PM: Sitting around at Hyundai's display listening to some generic techno. T-minus 15 minutes until the press conference begins.

5:30 PM: Joel and John from Hyundai USA are talking on stage. We're about to start!

5:32 PM: They admit enthusiastic car buffs don't usually look at Hyundai, save for a few Tiburon owners.

5:34 PM: CONFIRMED: Front-wheel-drive Tiburon replacement and rear-wheel-drive coupe are two different vehicles.

5:35 PM: Showing video of RWD test mule all covered up being thrashed on the road. Now it's being chased by a photographer on a motorcycle. We're so confused here.

5:36 PM: The sheet's pulled off. Pics are on their way, but we can tell you the vehicle is very tuner-oriented. Called the Concept Genesis Coupe. Bright orange paint and vented carbon fiber hood pop. Dropping beltline behind doors is a signature design feature, helps rear passenger see out. Carbon fiber-tipped spoiler sits out back while the front is capped by a carbon fiber fascia.

5:38 PM:
Engines will be a turbo four-cylinder and the 3.8L V6 from the Genesis sedan with over 300 HP. Brembo brakes and an LSD will be offered.

5:42 PM:
Hyundai reportedly used the BMW E46 M3 as a benchmark!

5:39 PM: Production version will be shown at New York Auto Show in late March.

5:48 PM: Official press release added after jump. Tons of pics will be uploaded in minutes.

6:10PM: Our entire catalogue of live shots and official shots have been added to the gallery, and we've included a more robust press release after the jump. That's it! Clearly the Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe is the hottest car of the show, and for what it's worth, the thing looks even better in person.

6:28 PM: Video of live reveal added after the jump.





PRESS RELEASE:

HYUNDAI UNVEILS REAR-WHEEL DRIVE CONCEPT GENESIS COUPE

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2007 – 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.

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."
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.

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

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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      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope the production version looks this good. Somehow though, I don't think that'll be the case.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai needs a Camaro/Mustang competitor to make waves.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai has a huge success on their hands. If they mess this up (and there are plenty of ways they can: price, weight, quality, performance, neutering this concept for production), they only have themselves to blame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hottest car of the show??! Hello, what about the GT-R!!!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      My brain hurts, I don't know what to think. Hot car. Hyundai. What the hell is going on?

      If they don't cheapen this car or soften the styling, I'd buy one. Hopefully they have the right engineers working on this to make it perform. I'm shocked.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damm hyundai is on a role here.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's interesting to see Hyundai with exciting new automotive designs. The exterior looks well designed-very attractive windows, vents, and body lines.

      I have not seen the interior images...I wonder how the interior looks-(perhaps, two tone color option). I have been pleasently surprised recently by the quality improvements from Hyundai.

      I think Hyundai's new Concept Genesis Coupe-with it's front engine, rear wheel drive 3.8 L V6 turbocharged powerplant will be a good tuner street/track vehicle. The wheelbase is also interesting...good balance, sport suspension, high performance brakes, strong lightweight wheel package and etc.

      Hmmm...very interesting vehicle.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice car, one of the (if not the) most interesting I've seen from any of the 'unveilings' this year. I'd like to see some interior shots, but so far, so very good.

      Rear section of the car looks like our last - gen C230 hatch from certain angles.

      Keep the price right, the weight DOWN, and the specs / looks as you have them here, and this car will simply not stay on dealer lots. I'm impressed.

      *edit: watching the video, I get the impression that what you see here is not what's going to be offered. Oh well*
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why does the lower grille remind me of Dick Cheney?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If the Chinese copy this sweet ride then we truely have a design winner. Lets just wait and see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I WANT IT! Damn, waiting until early 2009 will be tough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      its a little rice for my taste but the proportions and overall shape are excellent. should make a fantastic sportscar. love the brake ducts, hope they are functional.

      in the press release hyundai claims that it should be the most affordable 300+hp car for sale. that must mean that the entry price for the v6 will be under the mustang GT. so under $25k

      fantastic
        • 7 Years Ago
        Now there's no point to buy a G35 or G37 anymore, because you can get something equally as good for cheaper and considering Hyundai is aiming for the luxo market...

        Well, you might aswell buy a GT-R if you wanna go the Nissan route. That is, if you have the money...

        I'm seriously thinking of buying one, maybe in blue or black...
        • 7 Years Ago
        it occurs to me that this is basically a 25k Infinity g37.

        i can just imagine some high level nissan guys going "oh crap" right now
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