TopSpeed: Why Hyundai Should Make One Last Rear-wheel-drive Coupe Before it’s too Late

Top Speed website has posted, “Hyundai has what it takes to make a Nissan Z and GR Supra competitor, but time is running out.”

“The Korean carmaker has enough experience with models like the Genesis Coupe, Genesis G70, and even the Kia Stinger. The latter sits on a shortened version of the Hyundai Genesis sedan front-engine rear-wheel-drive platform. An even shorter version of the same platform underpins the BMW 3 Series-competing Genesis G70. With that said, a two-door coupe, loosely based on the G70, would make perfect sense, especially when you consider that one of its main competitors, the Nissan Z, is also underpinned by what is essentially a 20-year-old sedan platform. It will also be cheaper to manufacture than to develop a new platform, and in times when car companies are prioritizing the transition towards electricity, that’s important.”

“What’s even better is that Hyundai has a couple of engines that are perfect for a Nissan Z competitor. The 3.3- or 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 is the logical choice for a range-topping version with up to 380 horsepower (283 kilowatts) and 390 pound-feet (530 Nm). With that kind of power, the hypothetical V-6 coupe from Hyundai/Genesis would be able to give the GR Supra and Z a fair fight. Given that the G70 can sprint to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, we can expect a slightly more powerful and lighter coupe version to trim a few tenths off the time. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Elantra N’s punchy 2.0-liter, turbo-four and the Hyundai Sonata’s torquey, 2.5-liter turbo-four could make for the ideal base and mid-range powerplants.”

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