Hyundai planning to build the V8-powered Genesis Coupe?

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 14, 2011

Hyundai introduced the RM500 Concept at the SEMA Show, proving that the V8-powered Genesis Coupe is a definite possibility. With the help of motorsports partner Rhys Millen Racing, the vehicle could deliver 450hp after modifying its brand new 5.0-liter Tau V8, which is shared with the Genesis Sedan R-Spec.

Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik was asked during a Q&A session at its technical center in Ann Arbor, MI, if the automaker was serious about offering this car to the market.

He responded, “How could you not be serious about that? How could you not be serious about a 450-hp Tau-V8 powered Genesis Coupe?” Krafcik didn’t confirm that a V8 Genesis Coupe will be produced but he said that this is what he wants for his “next company car.” Recently, the images of the facelifted 2013 Genesis Coupe were released.

This vehicle is expected to debut this January at the Detroit Auto Show. The specific details weren’t divulged but it’s believed that the output of the 2.0T base engine will increase from 210hp to 274hp. Meanwhile, the 3.8-liter V6 now features direct-injection technology so that its output has been increased from 306 to 333hp.

Safety is the main focus of the Genesis Coupe and for the rest of Hyundai's wide range. Investing in the latest technological safety features the Genesis Coupe comes with active and passive functions such as the advanced front airbags, seat mounted side airbags, side air curtains and front head restraints for both the driver and passenger.

Safety extends to the exterior of the vehicle with its front and back crumple zones and energy-absorbing bumpers (5mph). Furthermore, the sides have been reinforced and safety stops and buckling creases have been installed in the hood.

Child safety seats are easier than ever to fix into the vehicle with the LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) and pretensioners and force limiters installed in the front seatbelts.

Brake performance has been optimised thanks to the inclusion of four-channel ABS and the new Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) system. Rigorously testing under factory conditions, Hyundai has also put in Brake Assist which aids in providing the maximum amount of braking force, whilst remaining safe, in the event of an emergency stop.

Like all Genesis Coupe models, they come with the most effective life-saving technology available. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is described by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to have led to more than 50% fewer casualties in single-vehicle crashes in comparison to those without it.

The new model also offers a number of different modes for driver preferences and terrain which can be selected via the ESC mode.

• Full-on ESC function (default mode on start-up);

• Intermediate control to allow the driver powertrain ESC override function as well as extraordinary ESC/TCS braking;

• ESC function is switched off to allow freedom of control for driver in all conditions.

The option to switch off the ESC gives the driver a much better sense of control over the Genesis Coupe and allows for a much better range when it comes to competing in track days or autocrosses. However the ABS will continue to function in all modes and ensure that drivers have complete control even in the worst possible conditions.

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