Friday, 14 December 2007

Hyundai's latest Genesis range with RWD

Hyundai recently unveiled its new Genesis luxury sedan for the domestic Korean market, with worldwide premiere slated for Detroit Motor Show in 2008. Looking very much like a cross between a BMW 5-series and the Lexus GS, it has adopted a front engine, rear-wheel drive (FR) layout much like both the Teutonic and Japanese luxury makes as well.

The Genesis luxury sedan range starts with a 3.3L V6 version, followed by a 3.8L V6, while the flagship gets the all-new (Tau series) 4.6L V8 engine with 375hp delivered via a 6-speed auto ‘box. It remains to be seen whether this model will see the light of day in Malaysia, seeing that response has been far from lukewarm for the Hyundai Azera 3.3L locally.

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Meanwhile, also in RWD configuration and destined to be the next generation Hyundai Tiburon/Hyundai Coupe, these images you see below are of the Genesis Coupe Concept. The all-new Hyundai Coupe will be offered with two engine options, a 2.0L turbocharged petrol 4-pot producing 215hp and a 3.8L V6 capable of 300hp. It will be intersting to see how it performs dynamically versus the Toyota Celica which the Hyundai Coupe tried ever so hard to copy in its first and second editions, now that it has that 'rare' rear-drive platform.

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