Hyundai has been photographed testing a Left Hand Drive (LHD) version of its Genesis Coupe in Victoria's mountain region this week.
This is no ordinary Genesis Coupe, though. The Genesis Coupe pictured is believed to be testing with Hyundai's new 5.0-litre V8 'Tau' engine.
The new direct injection 5.0-litre V8 won't replace the 3.8-litre currently used in the Genesis Coupe, but will most likely run alongside it in an 'R-Spec' variant of the Genesis Coupe. The Tau V8 produces 320kW and around 500Nm of torque. The claimed fuel consumption figures are 9.4L/100km on the highway cycle and 14.7L/100km on the city cycle, coming to a combined fuel consumption figure of 12.05L/100km.
Luckily, the R-Spec badge also earns styling changes, bigger brakes, thicker anti-roll bars, unique tyres and a new suspension tune. This is in addition to a styling update planned for the next model year.
Hyundai is also expected to employ an in-house eight-speed automatic transmission to work with the Tau V8.
The appearance of this vehicle on Victorian roads also begs the question - will it eventually be available in Australia?
I contacted Hyundai's Senior Manager, PR and Events, Ben Hershman and asked what the vehicle was doing testing in Victoria, he said:
"Hyundai Motor Company utilises Australia as a hot test region for global model development. This has been happening for a number of years."
For anyone living in Victoria during the summer just gone, they would know that it has been anything but hot.
An optimist would suggest that Hyundai is testing the Genesis Coupe in Australia in preparation for a Right Hand Drive (RHD) variant.
This would be very exciting news and give Hyundai the 'sporty' edge it has been yearning for in the Australian marketplace.