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Direct from Hyundai:

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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I really like the new car!! I showed my dad and he was like "just say no" but even he admited it looked nice! I would like to see what the interior looks like and see it in person before I would determine if I would ever buy one!:D
 

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Yeah, concept drawings and the actual end product are never the same, half the time I like the concept drawings better than the actual product!:D LOL!!
 

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I'm lazy, look at the gallery here:
Autoblog

And for a sneak peak at a 5 month old prototype production model look here, just remember that these are old pictures and things will change a bit:
Autoblog
 

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that is 99% my next car. If it gets no manual and toned down too much to where i don't like it, then i'm going with some other classy RWD car.
 

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oh look, hyundai saved money by using the rims off a 07 GS tiburon on the protoype to save time and money..

all the more reason it's gonna have the same bolt pattern as the GK.
 

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As long as they keep the back bumper the way it is I will be fine... make room for a rake!
Every thing you do not see (body wise) in the picture needs to be fixed.
Autoblog
the front needs some work get rid of the celica lights and strap on some rd1 lighs and call it a day
 

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I may put myself on the list for one if it looks close to the proto' upon its' actual release. 300+ HP is very enticing indeed!
 

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Hyundai return to RWD!

Awesome!

As soon as I pay off my student loan, I'll look into a used one when they are used (around 2011)

By then my Pony should be finished up nicely.
 

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I will buy this too if I had the money...i will go with the I4 turbo. For 20k and what you get, that's a great price...they better not jack it up.
 

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Immmm sooo happy i cant wait i said back in the day that if i ever bought a new car this would be the one.
 

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TAK82 said:
oh look, hyundai saved money by using the rims off a 07 GS tiburon on the protoype to save time and money..

all the more reason it's gonna have the same bolt pattern as the GK.
Actually they're different and a little modified. it's like european makers always putting that wheel with tons of spokes. plus, all automakers do something to save money. It's part of business. It's like , why not use the same locks like the other models? Or why nto use the same transmission.. and so on. You think Nissan use the V6 only on the 350z? nope, they use it on other Nissan cars too. I think you're a little Hyundai bias.
 

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Before I choose an engine let me see how much this sucker weighs. This car looks to be quite heafty.

Rd tib was 26xxlbs and the gk 3xxxlbs


Seems like the average weight of cars is going up.
Civics have been slowly getting heafty over the years.

I hope they keep this one light weight. I do not want all that techno savy/ trendy bells and whistles. NO need for an Ipod recharge station and that other crap.
 

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Consider that driver safety is one of Hyundai's key selling points; the car will be heavy. But, you've got to cut them some slack: this is their first try at conceptualizing a performance car from the ground up. It will not come close to the GTR in any way, but from the looks of it, it will be slightly better than the JZA80 Supra. The braking package that's been pitched suggests that it's going to be pretty serious, and it looks to be targeted at the Infiniti G35s(?)

Its weight isn't much of an issue though; the old Supra itself was a bloody barge and it was still more than capable as a straight-line performer(it just couldn't turn for nuts)

For a first try, if the design team manages to keep the specs together through production, it'll be quite a formidable package.
 
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