Hyundai just unveiled a stunning concept at the LA Auto Show. It’s meant to be a preview of Hyundai’s upcoming 2+2 sports coupe, but let’s hope they keep a lot of the same styling cues from this concept.
The real-wheel-drive Genesis Coupe Concept will be a direct competitor of the BMW M3 and Ford Mustang, but set at a price point similar to a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The Genesis base model will be equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but the real winner here has a 3.8L V6 powerplant which should squeal wheels to the tune of 300+ horsepower, placing it directly next to the Mustang GT.
“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,” says John Krafcik, VP of product development and strategic planning at Hyundai. The Genesis will be a replacement for the front-wheel-drive Tiburon..
Although unlikely, I hope Hyundai decides to keep the look of the Concept, even though it resembles a Lexus IS-F in many ways. I could do without the vents on the hood, but they do add to the overall aggressiveness of the car. With the wide stance and 20″ wheels, this car could be a real stunner once it hits showrooms in mid-2009.