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2011 Hyundai Equus – Click above for high-res image gallery

In case you hadn't noticed, Hyundai is quickly moving up the ranks of automakers by pushing the boundaries of the classes in which its vehicles compete. Exhibit A was the Genesis sedan, which was quickly followed by the Genesis Coupe and now the Equus luxury sedan. But the Korean automaker isn't content to rest on its rear-wheel-drive laurels.

John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, has confirmed to us that the next generation of the Genesis (in both Coupe and sedan forms) and Equus will get optional all-wheel drive. All three machines share a similar platform, and when the architecture gets updated within the next couple of years, space for the all-wheel-drive components will be baked in.

At this point, we don't have any word on powertrains for the next-gen rear- and all-wheel-drive Hyundais, but the automaker's latest 5.0-liter V8 seems like a safe bet for both the Genesis and the Equus. Naturally, we'd love to see the big V8 in the Genesis Coupe as well, especially since Hyundai says the sport coupe will go upmarket (from Mustang to M3 fighter, perhaps?) for its next trip 'round the block.

Damon Lavrinc contributed to this report.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Coupe is going upmarket, I want to see a smaller RWD Tiburon sized coupe filling in. The way it stands now, Toyota is going to have exclusivity on the small, affordable RWD coupe come 2011/2012. I'd love to see Hyundai compete with that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        KIA is supposed to fill that hole.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sign me up for an affordable V8 powered AWD sport coupe.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I'm right there with you! I'd buy an AWD V8 or turbocharged V6 car that came in a package similar to the current Genesis Coupe. Give it the option for a proper manual or at least a well-built dual clutch transaxle and I'd call it a winner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sea urchin, it wasn't faster because it was lighter, the EdgeSport is slow because of the oversized tires makes the gearing taller.

        Ford says that the difference between front drive & 'awd' in the base Edge is 183 lbs, and 163lbs in the Sport.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ BoxerFanatic

        Agreed. Subaru has gotten lazy because of their sales numbers. This should light a fire under them!

        Either way...AWD Genesis Coupe, FTW!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin, it's not always about speed, sometimes better traction gets you to point B faster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      a 5.0 and AWD will get me interested.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Damn straight.
        I'd like to see an 'RS' version for the Genesis coupe, make it a flat plane crank V8, 500hp!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      i asking about that gencoupe of price??? if will made gencoupe(AWD,V8) ....how much price?? and then is it possible???
      when made gencoupe full change model?? i just curious....i want know exact news....
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope they'll put the V8 in the coupe with the AWD. With their pricing structure, you can get an M3 killer for half the price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for AWD in the Equus and Genesis sedan, but won't it just add weight (without appreciably improving performance) in the Coupe?
      Also, what happened to my previous comment?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody won against to american muscle. Even Japanese sports compact never won american muscle. It is safe choice that Hyundai follow Japanese step.
      so, it is smart move to AWD sports compact territory from Muscle car territory.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The PR people of national sales companies are one source for news. Not always the best source. The Genesis sedan has been available in the South Korean market with the option of AWD since its launch back in 2007. So too the coupe, plus the standard and long wheelbase Equus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai, please make a 3 series sedan competitor too!

      RWD sedan and wagon, with a 4 turbo or V6 that is smaller than a Genesis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The AWD coupe market is microscopic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Infiniti G37x?
        Audi TT-S/RS?
        Audi A/S/RS5?
        Porsche Carrera 4S/Turbo/Turbo S?
        BMW 335xi Coupe?
        Nissan GT-R?

        Doesn't seem to microscopic to me...
        • 4 Years Ago
        No diss, but I see a fair amount of G37x coupes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        G37x coupes don't fly out the door.
        You're right about the two Audis. However, they are really just covering for their FWDness. This doesn't apply to the Genesis.
        The 911 is suddenly a coupe now? I know it has rear seats but it's not really a coupe.
        In the BMWs, you forget there is also a 328xi coupe. How are sales on those two cars?
        Nissan GT-R sales are microscopic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please let this fabled AWD coupe come with a 6MT.
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