Hyundai’s current Genesis coupe range is one answer to the muscle car question, but is it the right one?
Maybe not, and it seems like Hyundai would say the same thing. North American brand boss John Krafcik recently said the brand is currently deciding between a naturally aspirated V8 or a turbocharged six cylinder engine for the next generation of its sport coupe. Should the V8 be chosen, it would likely be a modified version of the 5.0-liter unit currently available in the R-Spec Genesis sedan.
While there isn’t space to accomodate that powerplant under the current car’s hood, Hyundai emphasized how little it thought of under hood capacities at the 2011 SEMA Show when it had exactly that on display.
Rumors have already been cropping up about the transmission slated for the new Genesis as well. Arguably the biggest performance sticking point for the brand to date – Hyundai’s manual transmissions are disappointing. That could all change with the new car if rumblings about a new, rev-matching, manual turn out to be true.
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Hyundai brought its HCD-14 concept to this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but Krafcik confirmed that it isn’t the new Genesis sedan. Despite that, he told Automobile that there is room in the Hyundai portfolio for its four-door coupe styling. That still leaves questions about the brand’s next luxury sedan, which he said will debut in another year at the Detroit show.
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