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10. Acura NSX Concept
As has become the tradition, there was no shortage of big debuts at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Ranging from concepts so bold they border on absurdity to production cars that kept enthusiasts clicking, this is AutoGuide.com’s list of the top 10 cars unveiled during the North American International Auto Show.
The Acura NSX concept car kicks things off, but remember before you blow your stack that Honda’s luxury brand did actually show something new about the car.
While the shell stayed mostly same, there’s actually an interior to look at inside the Japanese supercar that the brand says will focus on simplicity, good outward visibility and style to enhance the driving experience. And it’s based on that interior alone (see it here) that the NSX makes out list.
Buy or sell the PR jargon as you like, but there’s no getting around the fact that Acura is at least one step closer to building the NSX.
Hyundai will be getting rid of the 4.6-liter V8 in the Genesis sedan for 2013. But don’t worry, they’re not abandoning V8s.
As of the 2012 model year three engines are available in the updated Genesis sedan. There’s the new 3.8-liter V6 producing 333-hp, the 4.6-liter V8 making 385-hp and the big boy R-Spec 5.0-liter V8 that cranks out 429-hp. According to a series of tweets by InsideLine Senior Editor Erin Riches, Hyundai has complained that the 4.6-liter is too costly to re-certify for emissions. While unconfirmed, the assumption here is that the 5.0-liter could be offered in a detuned form for standard models, or that the current R-Spec version with 429-hp will become the new base engine with an even more potent R-Spec for 2013.
Look for AutoGuide’s review of the new 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec to drop on Monday.
GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Genesis R-Spec
Hyundai‘s new Accent was the star of the companies exhibit at this year’s Beijing Auto Show, but the debut of two new engines and a new automatic transmission will have broader implications for the rest of the company’s lineup.
In addition to the 2.4L GDI four-cylinder in the Sonata (pictured above), two new gasoline direct-injection engines were unveiled at Beijing, a 1.6L four cylinder putting out 138 horsepower, a 28 horsepower bump over Hyundai’s current 1.6L four banger. The 1.6 GDI should appear in the Accent, Elantra, certain Kia models and the upcoming Veloster compact sports car. Even more enticing was the mention in a product video that the 1.6 could potentially be turbocharged and paired up with a dual-clutch gearbox, though no timeline was given for either technology.
Hyundai’s long awaited GDI version of the Lambda V6 was also previewed, although the engine was only rated at 296 horsepower, which is a few ponies less than the current Lambda makes in Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe. One can assume that there will be different variations, and that the engine will see a bump in power when it comes Stateside. Hyundai also joins Lexus in the elite 8-speed automatic club, and it’s a sure bet that the Genesis Sedan and Coupe will get the new 8-speed auto option.
With Hyundai positioning itself as a premium brand, the company has an obligation to innovate on its own, and not just play catch-up – even if they’re hot on the heels of world leaders like Lexus.
[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]
Korean carmaker testing waters with flagship vehicle built to take on 7-Series, Lexus LS
Hyundai continues to flirt with the luxury market as the automaker has now announced that it will ship 100 of its flagship Equus luxury sedans to U.S. dealerships to gauge interest.
The Equus is based of the same platform as the Genesis Sedan, which launched in 2008, but is even larger, taking aim at the world’s top-level luxury saloons, including the BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS.
It is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine (also offered in the Genesis Sedan) that makes 375hp.
Already on sale in South Korea, Hyundai first showed the car in North America at the New York Auto Show – a publicity also aimed at gauging interest in the U.S. market.
Whether or not the Equus will ever go on sale in the U.S. will have to be seen. The Genesis Sedan was considered by many to be a risky move and it’s likely the success of the Korean luxury car is due, in part, to the poor economy, as those interested in a luxury car were eager for a bargain.
Bringing the Equus sedan to the U.S. would prove even more challenging as courting flagship luxury buyers away from German models won’t be easy. (Then again, Toyota did it with Lexus).
We do, however, question Hyundai’s approach as those interested in a $75,000 luxury sedan aren’t likely to frequent Hyundai dealerships. Perhaps parking it outside the Ritz-Carlton would be wiser.