If yesterday a Hyundai Genesis powered by a V8 engine was just a dream, today this car became reality at the 2011 SEMA Show: behold the RM500 Genesis Coupe. As expected, the RM500 Genesis Coupe is a masterpiece created by Rhys Millen and his team Rhys Millen Racing and it is powered by the award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8 found on the Genesis R-Spec sedan and capable to deliver 450 hp.
What is more interesting is that Rhys Millen didn’t stop there and added a custom RMR stainless exhaust with GReddy rear section muffler and titanium tips, oil cooler and rear differential cooler.
Regarding the design, the RM500 Genesis Coupe features a RMR carbon front lip, carbon spoiler, carbon rear diffuser, carbon side skirts, carbon fog light ducts and carbon grill.
Furthermore, the design is completed by the HRE 793-RS 19-inch wheels wrapped in the Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, hiding the Brembo carbon ceramic rotors with Brembo six and four piston calipers. The interior is inspired by racing cars and features the RMR suede trim package and Sparco accents.
Hyundai has taken the covers off the new Genesis Coupé at the New York International Autoshow’s press briefings. Featuring the all-new rear-wheel drive, the 300hp sports coupé is definitely built to perform. The sports coupé will be available in 2 engine variants: a DOHC 3.8L V6 (306hp) and a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinders (212hp).
The Genesis Coupé is actually Hyundai’s highest performing model. This is the second time that the company has built a sedan especially for car enthusiasts. The first one was the Genesis sport sedan, which also bears the same rear wheel drive orientation.
Hyundai Motor America’s VP for Strategic Planning and Product Development commented on Hyundai’s entry model. With its all-wheel drive technology, John Krafcik believes that the Genesis Coupé with 4-cylinder 2.0 Turbo power engine will spark more curiosity than its front-wheel drive counterparts. He also compared it to the 3.8L variant Infiniti G37’s level of performance.
Meanwhile, Joel Piaskowski (Hyundai’s Design Chief in Irvine California) explained what their objective is actually all about. He said that they want to build a high performance car that would appeal most especially to car aficionados. He further says that the aggressive design on the Genesis Coupé is enough to achieve what they have in mind.
Did you know that the same 2010 Genesis Coupé’s concept model was first seen at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show? Good thing, the “concept to production” transformation team did a great job by turning everything into reality.
Overall, the Genesis Coupé looks more like Hyundai’s best concept vehicles. The surface details, Z-lines, curves and rippling beltline are exactly what you’ll see on the HCD8 and HCD9 Talus concepts. The 2Hyundai Genesis Coupé arrived in the showrooms in spring of 2009.