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The Gogogear.com Hyundai Genesis Coupe, first premiered at the 2010 SEMA Show, will make its race debut in the United States Touring Car Championship series on April 16 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California.
Driven by team principal Ali Arsham, the car uses the 3.8L Lambda V6, and most of the modifications have been made in the name of reducing weight, while BC dampers provide increased stiffness for the chassis, and an Earl’s oil cooler helps keep temperatures under control.
While anyone with a lot of money can slap together a race car, Arsham enlisted the help of students at Universal Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest training schools for automotive mechanics. Building a race car is world’s away from changing oil or even re-building an engine, and it’s nice to see Arsham allowing the next generation of mechanics to participate in the ground-up construction of a proper race car.
While the Hyundai Veloster made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the company has quietly been testing a barely disguised Veloster with something a bit more sinister under the hood. The most likely explanation is that Hyundai is testing a more powerful Veloster, likely with a turbocharger.
A turbo Veloster would be the most logical choice, as its GDI engine would be well-paired with a turbo. Horsepower could be boosted well above the current 138-hp figure without a major penalty in fuel economy or curb weight. Since the standard Veloster weighs just under 2600 lbs, the associated turbo hardware would likely bring the car closer to 2700lbs.
Of course, Hyundai can’t make the Veloster too quick. Although the Genesis Coupe is expected to get a boost in power, with a base engine making 274 horsepower, the Veloster can’t step on the toes of the flagship sports car, and we think Hyundai won’t show us the Veloster’s full potential for that reason alone.
Hyundai will launch it’s Genesis models in Europe starting in 2013, but the cars will be part of a separate luxury channel rather than as part of the existing Hyundai lineup.
Outlining his plans for Genesis, Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai’s managing director for the UK, told AutoExpress “Lexus did a great job in the States, although it never quite took off in Europe. But the premium route is interesting, and it could work for Genesis here.”
Reports suggest that trial runs will happen in left-hand drive countries, as there are no RHD Genesis or Equus models currently available. 20 percent of Hyundai’s 152 European dealers would sell the Genesis range, which would include both the Genesis Coupe and Sedan and the Equus super-luxury sedan.
Hyundai has yet another SEMA car, this time in the form of a hotted up Genesis Coupe. While the car is undoubtedly a show car, a Gogogear car is slated to run in the U.S Touring Car Championship, a sanctioned sports car class overseen by the National Auto Sports Association.
Nobody would ever confuse this car, with a full interior and heavy, gloss black rims for a race car, the car’s powertrain stays pretty close to stock, with a bolt on intake and exhaust, while the the suspension has been heavily overworked with ARK shocks, springs and coilover sleeves as well as QA1 bearings. Stoptech brakes and Earl’s oil lines and associated fittings help the car achieve 1.4 lateral G’s during cornering, and keep oil flowing to the engine under these conditions.
Many may scratch their heads at the “mild” nature of the engine mods, but in many sanctioned racing series, these are tightly restricted, while chassis tweaks are where many cars make up their speed. We’re happy to see Gogogear take this approach, rather than the dreadful “Import2NR” style that still exists in the sport compact community.
After a great run at last year’s SEMA show, where the Hyundai Genesis Coupe was at the forefront of most display booths, Hyundai is butressing their previously announced Sonata Turbo with a pimped out Equus, by Hyundai tuner Rhys Millen Racing.
The Equus, Hyundai’s cut-price S-Class competitor, has been fitted with a carbon fiber good, Red Bull Racing inspired paint, and HRE wheels. An RMR designed intake and exhaust kit give the car a 30 horsepower bump, while a big brake kit helps bring the land-yacht to a halt. If all of that wasn’t enough, the interior has been swathed in ostrich leather.
Hyundai‘s Genesis 2.0T gets the lions share of attention from the tuning community, but the 3.8 V6, with a 300 horsepower V6, is potentially an even better building block for making big power.
Based on the 3.8 Genesis Coupe R-Spec, the ARK edition puts out an estimated 450-horsepower through a supercharger kit, a bolt-on exhaust and intake system (including headers, test pipes and a muffler system) and an upgraded 4-puck clutch. Volk TE37 wheels, a big brake kit and full coilovers wind out the chassis upgrades, while a Bride seat, Takata harness and a 6-point rollcage help keep you in place.
The car is set to debut at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but we think that’s a crime. Better to let us loose on a road course so we can give our impressions right to Hyundai.
GALLERY: ARK Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec
Rhys Millen, pilot of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe Formula D car, will drive a Hyundai Accent WRC car at the U.S. Rallycross Championship in New Jersey on October 2-3 and November 6-7.
“We’ve really benefited from our Genesis Coupe Formula Drift partnership with Rhys, and so we’ve decided to expand on that with this move into Rallycross,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. ”Our participation this year is all about learning the ropes of this new series. Next year, we’ll campaign with an all-new car that’s also going to be an exciting entry to Hyundai’s U.S. production lineup.”
Rallycross is more in line with drifting than WRC-style competition, featuring jumps and slides over a pavement and gravel course. This year marks the first time that RallyAmerica will sanction the competition, and the popularity of XGames Rally has undoubtedly helped the sport gain traction in America. This season of Rallycross will feature big name stars like Ken Block, Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra in their Ford Fiesta and Subaru WRX STI rally cars.
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Hyundai CEO John Krafcik confirmed to Autoblog that their next generation of Genesis, Genesis Coupe and Equus rear-drive cars would also be offered with all-wheel-drive.
While no powertrains have been announced for any of the cars, the news of AWD will be welcome for those in the Snowbelt states, where traction going to all four wheels is so prevalent that most dealers don’t even bother to order rear-drive variants of cars like the Infiniti G, and Mercedes C, E and S-Class sedans.
Autoblog also dropped a vague hint that the next Genesis Coupe will go “upmarket” next time, perhaps setting its sights on the BMW M3 rather than the current crop of pony cars. Honestly, the Genesis Coupe, while a decent car, might want to set its sights on the Ford Mustang 5.0, which seems to have the bargain-M3 formula down to a science.
Hyundai recently debuted a new 5.0L version of their Tau V8, reportedly making 429-horsepower. The engine will do duty in the new Equus luxury sedan, and according to some, the Genesis sedan as well. But what everyone wants to know is, where’s the Genesis Coupe V8?
On paper, it seems like a natural fit, turning the Genesis coupe into a natural Mustang killer. The Mustangs 5.0 motor only makes 412-horsepower, so Hyundai would have the Ford trumped in the all-important horsepower ratings game. But one thing everyone seems to forget is that Hyundai previously stated that a V8 engine wouldn’t fit into the coupe’s engine bay.
We don’t know if Hyundai was just trying to placate those who might be underwhelmed by a V6, or if they have been hiding this little gem the entire time. More likely than all of those is that this is just idle speculation dreamed up by someone who wants to see a 5.0 badge on the side of a Genesis Coupe.
It’s hard to call the Hyundai PM580 a Hyundai while keeping a straight face, but Rhys Millen, builder of this awesome, Le Mans-esque racer, does have some kind of deal with Hyundai to prep Genesis Coupe and Sedans for SEMA, so its natural that mechanical motivation for the PM580 would come from Hyundai‘s own Lambda V6, punched out to 4.1L of displacement.
Car and Driver is hosting a video of the PM580, showing off some trick bits like the active differential (made by Ford, apparently) and the ultra light HRE wheels. As soon as we hear video of the PM580 starting up, revving or driving, we’ll be sure to post it. In the mean time, this is as good as it gets.
[Source: Car and Driver]
Known only by his screen-name of McFly on GenCoupe.com, this forum member forced the uncooperative Glen Hyundai dealership in Kentucky to reverse its decision and honor his eBay bid for a used Genesis Coupe after harnessing the power of his online community and media outlets like Jalopnik.
The dealership had apparently posted the slightly used 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T on eBay Motors incorrectly, listing a “Buy It Now” price, but also including the auction. The dealership seems to have left off a reserve price and so when the bidding ended and McFly had posted the last offer of $16,125 he was set to take home his shinny red Hyundai.
Glen Hyundai wasn’t so keen on the idea, however, initially declining to sell the car for that price and then threatening to sue McFly for the negative publicity.
Now we have word that the power of the GenCoupe.com forum community, backed by online media outlets (including Jalopnik) have lead to an agreement being reached between McFly and Glen Hyundai. McFly has urged that his supporters stop calling and emailing the dealership. He did not comment on if the deal reached is for his initial eBay bid.
Rather than spin off the new premium Hyundai products into their own brand, necessitating the creation of new dealerships and huge marketing budgets, the Korean automaker is opting for the “showroom-within-a-showroom” approach. According to documents obtained by Ward’s, Hyundai Motor America (HMA) is looking to make the move soon, creating a luxury area within current dealerships where staff will display and sell new models like the Genesis Sedan and Genesis Coupe as well as the upcoming Equus flagship luxury sedan (pictured above).
Instead of costing dealerships millions of dollars, the new displays are only likely to run in the hundreds of thousands. This setup is quite different from what Japanese automakers like Toyota did when it launched the Lexus brand, opting instead to set up entirely separate dealerships.
“Similar to the attributes of Toyota-Scion buildings, this strategy will create physical and psychological separation in the Hyundai showroom environment,” writes HMA VP of national sales Dave Zuchowski in his memo.
Cars like the Genesis Coupe, in its higher end trim, compete with models like the Infiniti G37 and BMW 335i Coupe, while the Genesis Sedan stacks up against vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class and Lexus GS. The new Equus, however, is aimed at top-tier models like the BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS. It is expected to cost slightly less than an LS and will go on sale this Fall.
Hyundai sees the Equus as another, but important, step on the road to becoming a legitimate luxury retailer. “We intend to use the launch of the new Equus to develop and further establish Hyundai as a legitimate force in the premium-luxury segments,” says Zuchowski.
See after the jump for AutGuide’s first look at the new 2011 Hyundai Equus:
A Hyundai will no doubt be one of (if not the) coolest vehicle at the 2009 SEMA Show. Rhys Millen Racing, which runs a Genesis Coupe drift team, will debut a mid-engine version of Hyundai’s sports car at the aftermarket parts venue. Better yet, instead of using the turbo four-cylinder or the 3.8-liter V8 motor, Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) has opted to swap in the 4.6-liter V8 from the coupe’s luxury sedan sibling.
And as RMR is a race shop, there are promises of even more than the stock 375hp thanks to some high-compression pistons and individual throttle bodies. The factory automatic transmission will be tossed in favor of a racing-style sequential unit
RMR hopes to retain as much of the stock suspension as possible on the car (which has been code named the RM460), with a set of StopTech brakes and a new set of wheels fitted with Toyo T1R tires (measuring 245/35/20 up front and 285/30/20 out back).
GALLERY: Rhys Millen Racing Mid-Engine 4.6-liter Genesis Coupe
We still have more than half of 2009 to go and already the list of 2010 North American Car & Truck of the Year nominees have been picked. That’s because the list is essentially a list of every new model for 2010.
Nominated for car of the year are: the Audi S4, BMW Z4, BMW 335d, BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Fusion, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Mustang, For Mustang GT500, Ford Taurus, Ford Taurus SHO, Honda Insight, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, Lexus HS250h, Lotus Evora, Mazda3, MazdaSpeed3, Mercedes E-Class, Nissan Cube, Nissan 370Z, Porsche Panamera, Subaru Legacy, Suzuki Kizashi, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf TDI.
The 2010 North American Truck of the Year list is only slightly shorter and includes: the Acura ZDX, BMw X5 xDrive 35d, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Transit Connect, GMC Terrain, Honda Crosstour, Land Rover LR4, Lincoln MKT, Subaru Outback, Toyota 4Runner and Volvo XC60.
Many off these vehicles have yet to be officially released and some (like the Honda Crosstour) haven’t even been officially named yet.
Jurors will now begin the lengthy process of making a short list, with the final winners chosen at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Last year’s winners were the Hyundai Genesis and the Ford F-150.
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With the first Genesis Coupe commercial, featuring the music of Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame, airing during the Super Bowl, Hyundai continued its marketing onslaught by airing another custom commercial during the Academy Awards. This time, however, the artist of choice was cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
We think it worked out pretty nicely.