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Piaskowski Unveils Hyundai Genesis Coupe At Melbourne International Motor Show

February 29th, 2008


Joel Piaskowski, Hyundai’s Chief Designer at the North American design studios in Los Angeles, today unveiled the highly anticipated Concept Genesis Coupe at the Melbourne International Motor Show.

Representing a shift in Hyundai’s design strategy, the new Concept Genesis Coupe heralds the introduction of an all-new, rear-wheel drive sports coupe to Hyundai’s lineup. The Concept Genesis Coupe provided inspiration for the Genesis Sedan, unveiled at last year’s Detroit Motor Show. Both models are a sign of Hyundai’s steps toward broadening its appeal to driving enthusiasts.

According to Piaskowski, “The mission for the Concept Genesis Coupe was to create a pure performance car with a design that would capture the imagination of hardcore automotive enthusiasts. With its aggressive look from just about any angle, I think we have been able to do that.”

The front and rear stance of the Concept Genesis Coupe can be described as sinister. “Beauty and danger co-exist in the design of the Concept Genesis Coupe,” said Piaskowski. “When viewed from a distance, the car is beautiful to look at, however up close it can appear a bit menacing and even a little intimidating!”

Kevin McCann, Sales & Marketing Director for Hyundai Motor Company Australia said, “Since joining the Hyundai team six years ago, Joel has led the future of Hyundai global design so we’re extremely excited he could join us in Australia to unveil the exciting new Concept Genesis Coupe. Not only is he is the man behind the design of the Genesis Coupe, his other accolades include several other key Hyundai concept models, including the HCD8, HCD9 Talus, and HCD10 Hellion.”

Design specifics:

The Sonic Orange concept is complemented by a Ballistic Black carbon fibre hood, roof and ground effects for reduced weight. Strong hints of the production version are highlighted in its “Z” bodylines and powerful curves.

The Coupe’s rocker panels are drawn close to the ground making the body sides extra thick and the daylight opening is extremely thin, allowing the wheels to be slammed up into bulging fenders. To complete the aggressive sports car look, the depth between the fenders and the greenhouse has been maximised.

Three large heat extractors sculpted into the hood are designed to cool just about any powerful engine. When the concept becomes reality, three large openings in the front fascia will allow for better engine breathing. The dual exhaust tips integrated into the rear fascia repeat the design theme of the front cooling ducts and are surrounded by a large carbon fibre air diffuser

An arching roofline and tapering greenhouse highlight the exterior profile and emphasize the car's broad shoulders and wide stance. Concept Genesis Coupe rides on 20-inch polished aluminium deep-dish wheels with Hankook 255/35 ZR front tires and 275/35 ZR rear tires.  

Front engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe
2,820 mm / 111 inches
Overall length
4,666 mm / 183.7 inches
Overall width
1,902 mm / 74.9 inches
Overall height
1,386 mm / 54.5 inches
20-inch, five-spoke
Hankook 255/35 ZR front and 275/35 ZR rear

Engine type
Estimated horsepower
More than 300 horsepower
Estimated torque
More than 250 lb. ft.
3.8 litres
Block material
High pressure die cast aluminium
Cylinder head material
Dual Over Head Cam (DOHC)
Valve timing
Continuous variable valve timing
Estimated 0-60 mph
Under 6 seconds
Transmission type
6-speed manual
Front brakes
Brembo, 340 mm disc, twin-piston callipers
Rear brakes
Brembo, 330 mm disc, twin-piston callipers

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