A while back, Hyundai piggybacked its reveal of the i20 rally car with an announcement that the Korean automaker would be adding a performance line of its vehicles. This lineup would sport an N badge, representing the brand’s Namyang R&D center. As interesting as that was to hear, little else as far as related news followed until now. If the rumors re true, the N line is coming, and leading the charge will be the new Genesis Coupe.
If a report on the Korean Car Blog is accurate,
the new Genesis Coupe bearing the N Performance badging will sport a
high-output engine option and will be ready for the road by 2017.
engine will be a 3.3-liter V6 mounted with two turbochargers, promising
an output in the ballpark of 480 horsepower. That, and some upgraded
handling components would indeed be a great way to kick off a new line
of high-performance Hyundais.
While we’re hopeful, the last rumor
we heard about the coupe getting this new twin-turbo power plant stated
much lower numbers and didn’t mention the N Performance line at all.
The old rumor was the 3.3-liter engine would provide power that was
marginally superior to the current naturally aspirated 3.8 V6.
info about the new Genesis Coupe states that the new car would keep the
same platform, but would have a new exterior design that follows
Hyundai’s current design language. It would also get two other engine
options outside of the supposed N model: A carryover of the 3.8 V6 and
an improved 2.0-liter four-cylinder.