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Hyundai RWD Genesis Sports Coupe UNCOVERED

 Hyundai RWD Genesis Sports Coupe UNCOVERED
Hyundai RWD Sports Coupe UNCOVERED

WorldCarFans sister site CarSpyShots.net has posted today these amazing shots of the all-new Hyundai rear-wheel-drive sports coupe. Looking a bit watered down compared to the recently released design sketches of the muscular Concept Genesis Coupe, this vehicle snapped during a market research event is standing next to its target competitor, the Ford Mustang. In an effort to minimize preconceived biases, both vehicles are painted exactly the same color as well as having all emblems covered. Additionally, participants are given a questionnaire about the vehicles presented regarding their impressions in which they refer to the vehicles by a given letter. As seen in these photos, the Hyundai is wearing a sign on the front bumper with the letter F.

Although spy photos taken from research clinics are nothing new, these are the clearest photos we have seen from such an event. Normally, the specially selected participants of these market research events are obviously prohibited to have cameras. But judging by the vantage point of the photos it seems the spy photographer may have been an insider with access to the rest of the facility allowing a view from above the curtains.

The presence of the Mustang as the target competitor reaffirms previous reports that the sports coupe will receive a V8 engine (the 4.6-liter from the Genesis). Codenamed BK, but often referred to as the Hyundai Mustang by Hyundai insiders, the sports coupe replaces the front-wheel-drive Tiburon coupe, but will most likely be given a new name since it has nothing in common with its predecessor as well as emphasizing a high performance rear-wheel-drive nature. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe which is based on the BH/Genesis platform will first arrive in Asia in late 2008 or 2009, and arrive in the U.S. for the 2010 model year. A convertible version is expected to follow.

[UPDATE] 

New information from NewTiburon.com.  According to a participant of the focus group, two engines mentioned were a 2.0-liter turbo with 215hp and 217 ft-lbs of torque priced at $19,000 and a 3.8-liter V6 with 300hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque starting at $25,900.  There was no mention of a V8 engine but that doesn't mean it won't happen.  However, the focus group was conducted in June of this year which leaves plenty of time for changes.  Other features mentioned include iPod integration in center console, bluetooth function through head unit, sunroof, mirror mounted LED turn signals and limited slip.

Published Nov 8, 2007 7:32 am By Brian Potter
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moyusuf
The old Tiburon looks better thanks to it's pininfarina design, but the new one resembles the accord coupe too much.
Nov 9, 2007 8:15 pm
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AZNMAN
I don't think its an actual car, just a graphic to decorate the website. I can't be too sure though.
Nov 9, 2007 6:44 pm
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FOXHOUND
does anyone know what the car in the top banner is?
Nov 9, 2007 6:29 pm
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crwpitman
Actually - it kinds looks like the car in the top banner... haha
Nov 9, 2007 1:24 pm
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AZNMAN
the headlights and the grille look too similar to the lexus IS from this angle. And that little bump under the the rear part of the greenhouse is going to take some time to get used to. And why in the world does this car need a v8; just because the mustang's got one doesn't mean it should have one. American manufacturers have yet to learn about getting the most energy output out of their cylinders, and Hyundai of all manufacturers should NOT be following this trend.
Nov 9, 2007 12:01 pm
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AmazingJerry
I think its promising although it still looks a bit unfinished.
Nov 8, 2007 8:30 pm
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c-dub
I, personally, like it and would buy one, the only question is, how well will it do in the 'States? The Mustang is a pretty widely known icon. I think the car has much potential!
Nov 8, 2007 7:22 pm
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crwpitman
Yes, but the Hoffmeister kink looks good. This does not.
Nov 8, 2007 4:35 pm
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foose1397
I do like it..It finally is a Hyundai that has thought about its lines. However the window does seem pretty forced with that dip in the back. And once again Hyundai hasn't picked a direction or branding trait. All they're cars have nothing in common and that needs to happen (ex. dodge cross grill, BMW kidney grill..etc)
Nov 8, 2007 3:52 pm
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smokeonit1
looks a bit like the toyota supra... nothing new in the design department... this is for people that don't need prestige or don't have the money... or both... since the mustang is the traget in this clinic price must be prioroty #1, the 6 banger mustang is hard to beat in price... all the other competitors cost a lot more... but they offer much more in terms of ride quality and suspension... is the mustang still sold without stability control??? if so young women are still target #1 for ford and this car clinic had 50% women, that's my guess;-)
Nov 8, 2007 1:57 pm
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jaybono17
the FRONT is, not the friend. lol
Nov 8, 2007 1:51 pm
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jaybono17
its a hot car. the friend is a bit lexus IS250/IS300 while the back looks like some infiniti/peugeot. i like it but. they should make that rear quarter a trademark, instead of being intentionally 'different' like BMW's 'hoffmeister kink'
Nov 8, 2007 1:51 pm
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crwpitman
I hate the rear quarter window - it's like it's different for the sake of being different. Not a huge fan of the grille up front either. It saddens me, as the car had so much potential.
Nov 8, 2007 1:27 pm
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asif
wow. its definitely a looker. this is going to do some healthy business for hyundai. can see shades of infiniti in its design, but thats no bad thing.
Nov 8, 2007 12:45 pm
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