- Competes with: Mitsubishi Eclipse, Ford Mustang
- Looks like: The Genesis coupe concept with the headlights from an Infiniti G37
- Drivetrain: V-6 or turbocharged four-cylinder with five- or six-speed automatic or six-speed manual; rear-wheel drive
- Hits dealerships: Spring 2009
Hot on the heels of the Hot Wheels-inspired Genesis coupe concept that was introduced at last year’s Los Angeles auto show, Hyundai will drop the real thing this week in New York. From the side, the Genesis coupe shares some lines with Hyundai’s current — and likely outgoing — Tiburon, but it’s an entirely different car.
Like the Genesis sedan, the coupe is rear-wheel drive. Rather than using the V-8 from the Genesis sedan, the coupe will have an available 300-plus hp V-6. A turbocharged 200-plus-hp four-cylinder is the base engine.
As far as competitors go, Hyundai names various FWD coupes as targets — like the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Honda Civic Si — all the way up to the Infiniti G37. No doubt some shoppers will also consider muscle cars like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Hyundai has also said the Genesis coupe will cost less than other 300-hp cars. The cheapest of those is the Ford Mustang GT, which starts at $26,080.
We’ll learn more about the Genesis coupe on Wednesday when it makes its official debut at the New York auto show. For now, check out the photo gallery below and let us know if you think Hyundai can compete on the sports car front.