Text: Brent Co / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted April 01, 2013 17:59
Concept hints at direction of brand's next luxury sports coupe
Hyundai chose to debut their HND9 sports coupe concept on home soil at the 2013 Seoul Auto show. The new concept follows on the brand’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design philosophy and was developed by Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D center in Namyang, Korea. Hyundai designers based the vehicle on a modern reinterpretation of an elegant, classic premium sports coupe, with sophisticated details in every design element of the car to reinforce a premium look.
“HND-9 will give customers a glimpse of Hyundai’s future luxury sports coupe models,” said Suk-Geun Oh, head of Hyundai Design Center.
The new concept hints very much at the next Genesis Coupe, dimensions wise, it measures in at 4695mm x 1890mm x 1340mm with a 2860mm wheelbase. It is slightly longer and wider but sits lower than the current Genesis Coupe. The current model measures at 4630mm x 1865mm x 1385mm with a 2820mm wheelbase. Powering the concept is a new 3.3-liter turbo GDI engine mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox rated at 370 PS.
Fluidic and sleek character lines stretch from the headlight to trunk to project a voluminous and powerful exterior. To give the car a sleek, futuristic look, designers employed butterfly doors, sculptural tail lamps, and dual tailpipes on both sides. The exterior is finished off by massive 22-inch aluminum wheels with carbon fiber inserts for lighter weight.
The driver-centric interior was based on a cockpit to deliver a modern, luxurious, and dynamic driving experience achieving a high-tech interface that appears like a spiral sculpture and exudes elegance.
“Hyundai Motor has come a long way. However, we will not rest on our laurels, but continue putting forth our utmost efforts to deliver Hyundai’s unique ‘Modern Premium’ values to more customers,” said Choong Ho Kim, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor.