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Old 04-03-2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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While not as big a show as the New York Counterpart, the Seoul Motor Show is still a place for great inspiration and finds. This is why the folks from Hyundai have revealed the HND-9 Coupe Concept. That, and maybe because this is their home country. Anyway, the concept is out and it is stunning.

Some time ago, the company only released a few pictures and minimal information about the model, but now we have the full specs. Also, it is confirmed that the concept previews the “next-generation luxury sports coupe.”

Naturally, we still don’t know what coupe exactly is the next-generation one, but we can probably guess it is the Genesis Coupe. We can’t go wrong with that guess. Regardless, it is expected that the styling present on this model will influence the looks on many Hyundai models that will hit the markets in the next years.

One of the main indicators that the HND-9 may in fact be a preview of the next Genesis Coupe refers to the concept’s powertrain: the HND-9 is fitted with a turbocharged, direct-injected 3.3 liter V6 engine that delivers 362 horsepower. Previously, it was stated by Hyundai executives that the next version of the Genesis, due to arrive in 2016, might have a turbocharged V6 engine installed.

Mated to the turbocharged V6 is a new 8-speed automatic, which is already being offered on the carmaker’s Equus flagship sedan and arrives with paddle shifters. Power is sent only to the rear wheels.

The HND-9 is the 9th concept model created by Hyundai’s design center in Namyang, S. Korea. The vehicle, with the long hood and wheelbase, has an overall length of 15.4 feet, a width of 6.2 feet and a height of 4.4 feet. The wheelbase stands at 9.4 feet.

With the combination of traditional rear-drive coupe proportions and a modern look, the lines of the HND-9 concept underline the high performance image of the car. Many details as well as premium materials, work to consolidate the upmarket look the company is quickly adopting.
The main details include fluid surfaces, voluminous proportions plus a large, hexagonal radiator grille. Furthermore, butterfly doors, sculptural rear combination lamps, and dual tailpipes placed on both sides, offer the car a sleek and attractive look. The wheels feature 22-inch light alloys that contain carbon elements in the effort to reduce weight.

The interior styling of the concept car was intended to deliver a modern and luxurious feel. The seats are fabricated from a special mesh material that project different colors, depending on the angle of view. The driver-oriented, high-tech interface takes reference from a jet fighter cockpit, which also goes well with the greenhouse’s design.

After the unveiling of the HND-9, we can say for sure that Hyundai is no longer shy about its intentions to expand into the luxury segment. Speaking of which, also at the Seoul show this week Hyundai unveiled a new “Equus by Hermes” concept car; this hints to a new special edition being considered.
Obviously it will look nothing like that, but I'm liking the sound of a 3.3L turbocharged/direct injection V6 at 362bhp. Even though the current n/a V6 already makes 348bhp, a 3.3T w/DI would make for some interesting modding.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:57 PM   #2
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Cool curves...

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Obviously it will look nothing like that...
...but I agree. Probably won't look like that.
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:23 PM   #3
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Obviously it will look nothing like that, but I'm liking the sound of a 3.3L turbocharged/direct injection V6 at 362bhp. Even though the current n/a V6 already makes 348bhp, a 3.3T w/DI would make for some interesting modding.
It would indeed. Hell, even without modding, despite the only 14hp difference, this thing would probably be much quicker due to area under the curve. Also, I think I heard somewhere the current V6 may be a tad overrated (I know the 2.0T is).
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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damn! that's hot.
Hyundai you got my attention, you got the designers you need now get the engineers you need to make a real sports car.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #5
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If it makes it to production, they'd better resurrect the name...

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Old 04-03-2013, 10:58 PM   #6
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Jaguar-ish with a hint of BRZ.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:17 AM   #7
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Hyundai has a history of making great looking concepts that don't make it to production at all. The Genesis was the first to change that trend and I hope that continues with this.
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9.4 ft? Since when is wheel base listed in ft rather than inches or millimetres?

That's 112.8 in wheel base.

The BRZ comes in at 101.2 in

The 2015 WRX concept comes in at 108.7

Ford Ranger is 110 in (2002)

This thing is a tank.
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I don't think this concept looks that great, hopefully the Genesis Coupe will look nothing like the concept. Hyundai/Kia puts out a lot of strange looking concepts that don't really do anything for me...the production cars are on point...but the concepts seem like a blatant exercise in, "What can we get away with?"
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9.4 ft? Since when is wheel base listed in ft rather than inches or millimetres?

That's 112.8 in wheel base.

The BRZ comes in at 101.2 in

The 2015 WRX concept comes in at 108.7

Ford Ranger is 110 in (2002)

This thing is a tank.
Wheelbase of other cars:

GTR: 109.4 in
Genesis Coupe: 111 in
Camaro: 112.3 in

So no it's definitely not small, but not that large compared to other contemporary sport coupes. Plus it's still a concept so it'll probably change.
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Wheelbase of other cars:

GTR: 109.4 in
Genesis Coupe: 111 in
Camaro: 112.3 in

So no it's definitely not small, but not that large compared to other contemporary sport coupes. Plus it's still a concept so it'll probably change.
It's bigger than a Camaro fer Pete's sake!

Chop about a foot off, then we can talk

We need more BRZ/Miata esque cars.
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Well, the DB9 is 108.1
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I have to hand it to Hyundai. The best thing they ever did was buying out Audi's Designer. He does some amazing work. Its only a mater of time before Audi learns the art (or buys the art from BMW... maybe) of making something go sideways.

Do it Hyundai buy somebody who understands the black art of suspension tuning. Do it now.

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It's bigger than a Camaro fer Pete's sake!

Chop about a foot off, then we can talk

We need more BRZ/Miata esque cars.
Aren't concepts for cars like this typically enormous? They make them longer and wider than normal so that proportionally they look sleeker and lower to the ground.

Maybe that's just optimism though. I'm generally excited for the direction kia/hyundai is going.
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Don't take me the wrong way, I would love the Genesis coupe at 7/8 it's current size. I would love to see a KIA version with a well tuned chassis as well (so I can get my employee pricing )
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Don't take me the wrong way, I would love the Genesis coupe at 7/8 it's current size. I would love to see a KIA version with a well tuned chassis as well (so I can get my employee pricing )
This seems to be Hyundai's achilles heel.
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very interesting indeed.
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