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Hyundai has seen its trajectory rise exponentially over the past few years, but one thing it still lacks is a halo supercar. Rumor has it, however, that the Korean automaker could be looking to fix that with a new challenger to the likes of the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette.

Inside Line reports that the rumors remain unsubstantiated but appearing to be growing legs just the same, with front- or mid-engine layouts reportedly under consideration. The closest thing Hyundai has done to date was collaborating on the RMR Genesis PM580, Rhys Millen's Pikes Peak challenger (pictured above).

According to the report, power could come from an enlarged version of the 5.0-liter Tau V8 in the 2012 Genesis R-Spec, with a price tag mooted in the $80,000-$100,000 range. Enticing, certainly, but we have a distinct feeling this is one of those rumors that'll never come to see the light of day.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not so sure that the Hyundai upscale products would fare so well without a seperate upscale brand. I mean, how well do you think the Lexus line would have done if they were badged as Toyotas? It's true that Hyundai is making some of the best cars on the market right now, but you can't argue that the Hyundai name still doesn't carry the "cheap tinny car" stigma and doesn't evoque memories of the old POS Excels and Sonatas.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Off topic, but where's AccentPlanet with his psycho, ALL CAPS promotions of Hyundai? Did the AB team finally ban him?
      adam512
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be like selling a LFA simultaneously with a YARIS!
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope they will come up with a super car. Hyundai proved that they too can design sports cars with Genesis coupe, great body design plus great performance. Also it will have Hyundai price tag on it, which means it will be considerably cheaper than some over priced super cars.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would destroy other supercars and show what frauds they are. Your paying for the name only. Go hyundai. Beat the establishment at their own game. AGAIN. Just make sure it looks good and I don't mean copy someone else this time. Be original, just not in a Veloster kind of way.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 3 Years Ago
      Instead of growing the 5.0, how about making it lighter and more efficient, and dropping it into a super lightweight, mid-engined chassis? Wrap that in some Peter Schreyer design, sell it form $65K, and watch out.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Hector Djibaou
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm rooting for you hyndai! I'm sorry but people are playing the auto maker name thing still to this day! Come on people, wasn't the genesis sedan the 2009 car of the year. uhh, if i'm not mistaken that's some pretty high achievement especially with a car so new! It takes a lot of cars a while before they achieve that, you guys need to remember that. So with that being said, if Hyundai puts time and effort in the R&D of a supercar they could easily pull off a potent competitor. Let's look at the GTR, 80K, 0-60 in 2.9, out performs LFAs where it counts. Nowadays where even the rich are spending $$ on purchases that make sense, Hyundai could definately triump here. All they have to do is follow this example: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/18/koreas-spirra-supercar-is-ready-to-hit-the-road-and-track/
        amygjung
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hector Djibaou
        Same here!!! If Hyundai and Kia are your thing you should check out project Advanced Technology and Design Korea's auto section! Have a good one!
      TokyoRemix
      • 3 Years Ago
      I won't respect this car unless it is PERFECT the first time out. They need to get the consumer past the idea of spending more than $30,000 on a Hyundai. Would you drop $200 on a bottle of chardonnay from New Jersey? Same idea. They've done a great job getting sales up by taking an aggressive styling direction and keeping costs down. But even if they do make a killer sports car, that's only doing what Honda did with the NSX years ago. It doesn't mean that their brand will get instant credibility. I live in Japan and see nothing but Japanese cars day in and day out. They've yet to grow on me. Nothing thrills like a 911 or even the occasional Corvette.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're jumping the gun on this one. The Genesis coupe is a great car and it lands squarely in the middle of the 25-35k market with it's performance. GT-R , Z06 buyers aren't just looking affordable performance in the 80k price range. It has to spank most of the competition.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seriously the comments are lame. Corvette and Aveo would be another. Lots of companies sell crap and marginal crap at the same time. BMW 6 series and 1 series for example. One is decent and the other is way over priced and would be decent for half the price.
      txGarage.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do some LeMans seasons in a prototype car first... If you plan to make a real supercar you need more than a Genesis Coupe w/ a V8.
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