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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2007 Hyundai Veloster concept

Back at the 2007 Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai somewhat quietly unveiled a slick little coupe concept dubbed Veloster. The chunky, funky two-door then proceeded to make the rounds that show season, including stateside debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Thanks in part to good feedback, there was considerable speculation in 2007 that the front-drive showcar was being considered for production as a possible Scion tC fighter. In the intervening years since those rumors surfaced, however, Hyundai has gone on to roll out both concept and production versions of the Genesis Coupe, a development that seemingly extinguishing the Veloster's star. But all is not so – we have just learned from well-placed sources within Hyundai that the coupe (also known as the HND-3) has been given the green light. Furthermore, the car will not only reach production, it will find its way into U.S. dealerships, likely as a 2011 or 2012 model.

We expect the Veloster to keep its front-drive, two-plus-two layout, and it would make sense for the car to generate less power than the more performance-oriented 2.0T Genesis Coupe – a car that has 210 horsepower and 223 pound-feet of torque. The Veloster showcar was powered by Hyundai's 2.0-liter inline-four, and the production car figures to do the same. For reference, the corporate powerplant makes 141 hp in the new Elantra Touring, although a few more ponies would likely find its way into the barn for the sportier Veloster. If the Korean automaker can keep the concept's tidy packaging (it's nearly 21 inches shorter than the Genesis Coupe), performance should still be quite sprightly while returning attractive fuel-economy figures.

Interestingly, this news may also help explain why Hyundai chose to pass over branding the Genesis Coupe as a Tiburon. The Veloster's production name has reportedly not yet been decided upon, and as the shark moniker still has some brand equity – and the model itself has always been configured as a front-drive and four-cylinder – it's possible that the name could live on with this new model.

With the Genesis Coupe, Hyundai appears to have given disenfranchised import performance enthusiasts something of a successor to now-legendary rear-drive performance cars like the Nissan 240SX (Silvia) and the Toyota Corolla GT-S (AE86). Could the Velostar be Korea's answer to a latter-day Honda CRX? Cross your fingers...



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      • 6 Years Ago
      this car looks awesome i wonder what the price sticker is going to look like.. its a well designed car and a breath of fresh air to my knowledge i haven't seen anything like it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, a cheap AND cool coupe. Totally love it. But also one can expect a very different production version. There's no way they will let it out with a back like that (although I wish they did).
      • 6 Years Ago
      they really don't have to go to this much work to distract us from the few little details wrong with the Genesis Coupe's styling...

      Wow, that car is powerfully ugly. And Hyundai has been doing so well with styling as of late...
      • 6 Years Ago
      is it a Scion Tc competitor??
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really, please just stop it Hundai. First the Kia Soul, and now this. I like them both. My wife is really staring to wonder about my taste in cars.

      Her: "A Hundai/Kia?"
      Me: "Ya but, it looks cool. Their quality has really gone up as well."
      Her: "Yes, but it's still a Hundai/Kia."
      Me: "But, but but"
      Her: "Hundai/Kia"

        • 6 Years Ago
        yeah same here only you include Ford in there too. It's pretty irritating
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks more like an attempted competitor to the Scirocco VW just put out...
        • 6 Years Ago
        FYI, the picture is from 2007, or before the VW Scirocco concept was even shown in 2008. The decision to proceed could very well have been influenced by the Scirocco, though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it a lot. Wish I had a chance to see it at the LA Auto Show in '07.
      Hyundai/Kia have been putting out a lot of great cars recently.

      After being burned by the dealer with buying a Ford ('03 Focus). I'd be happy to find a home for one of these.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh no, the disorder that ruined the Miata with ugly bulbous wheel arches has leapt from Mazda to Hyundai. Medical science must find a way to contain this before every make is affected.
      • 6 Years Ago
      370z's ugly fish face plus an ugly butt= wow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would very much like to see a rebirth of the Hyundai Scoupe - and to see the idiom realized by other makers too, including, dare I mention them, Chinese.

      How much car do most of us need, most of the time? As much as a Scoupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      FWD 2+2 with about 150 hp = secretary hauler. Not interested.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a lot of window, it looks like, and some rather large blind spots around the rear of the vehicle.

      The talking point on this car, though, is the interior. My God, that's some retro styling, it looks like they took all the neon and chrome and white out of a fifties diner and just sprayed it all over the interior.
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