LA 2007: Liveblogging Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe reveal at 5:30 PM EST

LA 2007: Liveblogging Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe reveal at 5:30 PM EST

var digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/motorsport/Autoblog_liveblogging_Hyundai_RWD_Coupe_reveal’; The Hyundai press conference begins at 5:30 PM EST. Come back here and keep hitting refresh to find out all about the Korean automaker’s new rear-wheel-drive coupe in real-time from the floor of the 2007 LA Auto Show.


click above image for big gallery of high-res pics

5:15 PM: Sitting around at Hyundai’s display listening to some generic techno. T-minus 15 minutes until the press conference begins.

5:30 PM: Joel and John from Hyundai USA are talking on stage. We’re about to start!

5:32 PM: They admit enthusiastic car buffs don’t usually look at Hyundai, save for a few Tiburon owners.

5:34 PM: CONFIRMED: Front-wheel-drive Tiburon replacement and rear-wheel-drive coupe are two different vehicles.

5:35 PM: Showing video of RWD test mule all covered up being thrashed on the road. Now it’s being chased by a photographer on a motorcycle. We’re so confused here.

5:36 PM: The sheet’s pulled off. Pics are on their way, but we can tell you the vehicle is very tuner-oriented. Called the Concept Genesis Coupe. Bright orange paint and vented carbon fiber hood pop. Dropping beltline behind doors is a signature design feature, helps rear passenger see out. Carbon fiber-tipped spoiler sits out back while the front is capped by a carbon fiber fascia.

5:38 PM:
Engines will be a turbo four-cylinder and the 3.8L V6 from the Genesis sedan with over 300 HP. Brembo brakes and an LSD will be offered.

5:42 PM:
Hyundai reportedly used the BMW E46 M3 as a benchmark!

5:39 PM: Production version will be shown at New York Auto Show in late March.

5:48 PM: Official press release added after jump. Tons of pics will be uploaded in minutes.

6:10PM: Our entire catalogue of live shots and official shots have been added to the gallery, and we’ve included a more robust press release after the jump. That’s it! Clearly the Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe is the hottest car of the show, and for what it’s worth, the thing looks even better in person.

6:28 PM: Video of live reveal added after the jump.

Gallery: Hyundai Concept Genesis Coupe


CARversation Comments: what an improvement, looks really nice and that is pretty fast under 6 seconds, but no comparison to the bmw. just wonder the price.

[Source Autoblog.com]

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