Speaking to the Australian motoring media in South Korea today, the company’s chief operating officer, John Elsworth, confirmed the company’s interest in the vehicle if it was produced in right-hand drive as expected.
“You can’t understand how high [our] hand would go up,” Elsworth said. “I think coupes and sports models are the things that really stand out in a consumer’s mind; they are the ones that get the true motoring enthusiast excited.”
“If you can get the motoring enthusiasts excited about your brand… they are the influencers of hundreds of people around them, they are the go-to people for information. They are the ones that get turned on by sports coupes and sports cars and if you can grab them; you can have influence on their eco system around them.”
The Hyundai Genesis will launch in sedan form later this year and a replacement for the current, left-hand-drive-only Genesis coupe is set to follow in 2015. It was previewed by Hyundai’s HND-9 concept at the 2013 Seoul motor show.
The Hyundai Genesis Coupe would sit somewhere between the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ and the likes of Nissan’s 370Z. Entering that currently unoccupied performance coupe segment of around $50,000 will give it a unique selling point.
The Genesis Coupe is likely to be powered by the same 3.8-litre V6 found in the sedan, developing about 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque. It’s unlikely the V8 version will make a local appearance due to its left-hand drive limitation but the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine should also make a good candidate.
In concept form the Genesis coupe was shown with a 270kW 3.3-litre turbocharged direct-injection V6 petrol engine.