Update: Hyundai Genesis coupe leaks onto web
( MA ) - We already saw a sneak peek of the new Genesis coupe back in November when the car was caught at a market research venue alongside the Ford Mustang. Hyundai hopes the new Genesis coupe will provide performance and looks to compete with the famous pony car, and on paper it looks like a close fight. These latest images give us details and angles not seen before.
The power source for the Tiburon replacement is still up in the air, but speculation runs from a 2.0L turbocharged mill for the base model - to start under $20,000 - to a 300hp 3.8L V6 mid-range variant to a range-topping 'Tau' V8 producing as much as 380hp. Optional accoutrement are rumored to include a limited slip differential and Brembo brakes.
Aside from some obvious concessions to practicality - the heavily louvred carbon fiber hood is gone, for example - the production car looks to stick remarkably close to the concept's lines, right down to the funky rear window notch. The side rear brake duct is gone, and the front intake/air dam area is tamed a bit, but overall the car provides a very aggressive and sleek demeanor. The Mustang's blocky retro looks are aging, and the Genesis may be just the thing younger buyers are looking for.
Hyundai's performance coupe is not to be confused with the luxury sedan of the same name - they share some design cues and possibly some engines, but little else is the same. The large, luxurious sedan will be priced well above the coupe, and though performance should be swift with the 368hp 4.6L V8 under the hood, it is being pitched as a BMW 7-series or Mercedes E-class fighter, not a sports sedan.