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Click the image above for a gallery of the Hyundai Genesis coupe concept.

2008 is shaping up to be a great year for enthusiasts, with the Nissan GT-R, Mitsubishi Evolution X and Subaru Impreza STI all coming to market. But drivers bent on rear-wheel drive performance on a budget have been left out in the cold, assuming that they're looking for something with an independent suspension and a small displacement, turbocharged motor.

In 2009, that's all going to change when Hyundai unleashes its RWD Genesis coupe to the masses. The new two-door model from Hyundai will feature a direct-injection 2.0-liter turbo'd motor (co-developed by Hyundai, Chrysler and Mitsubishi), sending power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, supposedly with an optional LSD and the possibility of more factory-produced go-fast bits on the way.

In an interview with Automotive News, John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America's veep of product development said that the Genesis coupe won't be the only model sporting forced induction in the automaker's future. Plans to install turbos in other models are underway, as Hyundai has no intentions of offering a diesel or hybrid in the near future, and strapping a snail to a small motor can return benefits both in performance and fuel economy.

The coupe will also have a V6 option (a 3.8-liter making upwards of 300 hp), but for the enthusiast set, the blown four will be more desirable since the plumbing necessary for upgrades is already in place. Despite this, Hyundai plans on taking the V6 Mustang to task on the tarmac, and with rumors swirling (Automotive News - Sub. Req.) that FoMoCo will drop the 4.0-liter V6 in favor of either the new 3.5- or 3.7-liter V6s in 2009, things are looking good for budget racers in North America.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Specs on the Genesis make it much bigger and heavier than a Tiburon. It will also have a lot more torque and power than the 2 liter and 2.7 liter engines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "co-developed by Hyundai, Chrysler and Mitsubishi"

      Does this mean that it's possible the base model may be stuffed with a 4B1 variant and thus share it's powertrain with the Evolution X, much like the 4G64/G4CS engines of old? If so, this model would have ridiculous potential.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Injected, while the basic block design was designed by Hyundai, rest of the engine specs have been designed/tailored to each individual partner specifications, so probably you won't be able to use aftermarket parts that were designed for Evo X on lets say Hyundai Genesis turbo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks ello for the reply. You are correct in syaing that just because the architecture underlying the engine is similar, does not mean they are the same.

        Head, ECU, Crankshaft and other various swaps based on shared architecture have already become fairly common in the first generation of shared engine platforms. This is what I was driving at. Should the Hyundai variant be in fact a 2.0L, with a slightly shorter deck-height, then a stroker using the 2.4L crank from the SRT4 and pistons with slightly raised wrist pins would be possible. The possibility of an Evolution X headswap could also be implicated should this engine be based on the same that the 4B11T is based. This would solve the direct injection "problem" and also add MIVEC (of course this would mandate other parts such as controllers and probably an ECU swap or AEM EMS).

        I'm just as speculative and excited at the prospect as the rest of the automotive community.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looking furthur into it, the GEMA engine platform was originally developed by Hyundai, which means the 280hp 2.4L engine in the Caliber SRT-4 would be the most likely to end up in this car.

        That being said, there would be concern that the closeness of these specs to that of the V6 model would cannibalize sales. Coming from a person with an education and background in business, it always struck me as odd that a car company would say that a lesser model of the same car would steal sales from it's slightly bigger brother. Most buyers will settle on a platform first, then select the trim. That's why you see men driving V6 Mustangs. They want the Mustang image, then they select the trim that suits them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Friend of mine has an 89 conquest tsi, 20g turbo, big injectors, upgraded. TBI hard to tune well but it runs circles around most new tuner cars.

      Being said, i love that this type of vehicle is making a comeback
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very cool, and puts pressure on Ford to get the 3.5 into the 'Stang. A twin-force Mustang would be awesome, but probably won't happen because of cost.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully Hyundai keeps it cheap and light, and not an attempted luxury coupe (3-series, G37) competitor. What other cheap RWD cars are there in the new car market? MX-5, Solitice/Sky, 350z, Rx-8.... anything else?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ahh here come another wave of 1987 dodge caravans with boosted mitsu motors....

      Lil wayne:" i'm baaack, uh uh i'm baaaack!"

      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a little concerned that this Genesis Coupe will be a bit more portly than what I had hoped for- a RWD vehicle, the size of the Tiburon. Maybe Nissan'll hook me up with their 240 re-incarnation.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the 240 was like 26-2800 lbs

        that is not going to happen again

        im expecting the coupe to weigh 31-3300 lbs
      • 7 Years Ago
      With revenues of $67 billion, flat sales and an indifferent consumer perception, Hyundai can afford to take a huge leap in the Genesis coupe. Chairman Chung, this is your chance to get a chair at the big table with the Japanese that you have always wanted. We're waiting and hoping this is as good as it looks like its gonna be.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good to hear the "plumping" is already in place for more power... Chubby-chasers of the world rejoice!
      • 7 Years Ago
      yay for turbos!
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