IED PassoCorto concept is a student-designed Hyundai we can get behind

February 22, 2014 at 1:38 am

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Hyundai Passocorte Concept

Sometimes the best ideas come from fresh eyes, and a group of design students from Istituto Europeo di Design – better known as IED – are out to prove that sentiment with this striking Hyundai PassoCorto concept. This two-seat thesis project of the Master of Arts in Transportation Design program for the Turin, Italy school will be officially unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show beginning March 4.

The concept is said to be 161 inches long, 74 inches wide and 45.7 inches tall. It rides on a 96.5-inch wheelbase, which makes sense since passo corto means “short wheelbase” in Italian. The engine is tipped to be a mid-mounted, twin-turbo, 1.6-liter four-cylinder pumping out 266 horsepower. Judging by these images, we think the design looks fantastic, with all those sharp lines and creases drawing to a point in the rear. It shows a wonderful balance of being wild enough to draw attention, yet it almost looks realistic enough for the road.

The styling comes from 16 IED students coordinated by Luca Borgogno, lead designer for fabled Italian design house Pininfarina. The students were given a design brief by Hyundai to create a vehicle aimed at young, connected people like them. All of the students submitted a proposal, and two were selected to be merged together in a final look. The entire class contributed to bringing the design to full scale. Scroll down to get the full scoop on the little sports car concept.

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Hyundai Genesis V8 HTRAC may come with performance orientation

February 7, 2014 at 6:42 am

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

When the second-generation Hyundai Genesis arrives in dealers, customers looking for the new all-wheel-drive variant will need to settle for the 3.8-liter V6. This is no bad thing, as the V6 is a sound engine, but what if you want that brawny, 429-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8? For now, you’re stuck spinning the rear wheels.

A report from AutoGuide, though, claims that the new HTRAC all-wheel-drive system could be mated up to the Genny Sedan’s optional V8 engine at a later date, as part of a new performance version. According to spokesman Miles Johnson, a performance-minded Genesis, perhaps in the same vein as the first-generation R-Spec, is being looked at by the powers that be at Hyundai and that there “may be a market demand for such a model.”

Whether it’d add on to the V8′s 429 ponies, or simply shore up other parts of the car while adding the AWD system remains to be seen. Of course, if we hear any more on an AWD, V8-powered, performance version of the new Genesis Sedan, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Hyundai announces N performance sub-brand at WRC launch

December 11, 2013 at 12:28 am

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Hyundai i20 WRC

It’s been well over a year since Hyundai revealed its initial prototype for the i20 WRC at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Now it’s revealed the final version (pictured above, complete with Shell Helix livery) and it’s also announced the full team that will field it next year in the World Rally Championship, including Thierry Neuville and additional drivers Juho H

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gets stripped-down, lower-cost R-Spec model

November 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-SpecWe Autoblog staffers have had our ups and downs with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, but there’s no question that the cheeky three-door hatchback has got its proponents. Case in point: at the recent driving event for the fire-breathing SRT Viper TA, none other than Ralph Gilles sauntered over to have a closer look at the matte grey Veloster we’d driven out to the track that day. Gilles had lots of praise for the Veloster styling; not out of line with similar sentiments we’ve heard all year long.

We digress slightly, but the larger point is that there still seems to be a lot of interest in the Veloster, and Hyundai has plans to fully explore potential new marketplace niches for the car with this all-new, 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec.

Following on with the formula for R-Spec models to date, the new Veloster is not a higher-performance Turbo, but rather one that is more affordable. The theory goes that a de-contented Veloster Turbo hits the sweet spot for those who are interested in tuning the car for performance, a group that will probably not need the higher spec comfort and connectivity content that the standard Turbo ships with.

In addition to getting the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (output unchanged at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque), the Turbo R-Spec gets a host of racy visual updates. The red accents on the sides and front splitter of the car (seen here) are optional extras, while an exclusive interior treatment and R-Spec badges are part of the standard package. The car will be available with four paint options: Marathon Blue, Sprint Gray (exclusive to the R-Spec), Elite White and Ultra Black.

Functional upgrades include a B&M Racing sport shifter (which we’re excited to try out), higher front and rear spring rates, a stiffer transmission mount and revised steering tuning for a heavier feel.

Equipment has been deleted from the standard Turbo specification, too, to both lower cost and reduce weight for the R-Spec. Deletions include the push-button start and proximity key, leather and heated seats, the electroluminescent instrument cluster, side mirror turn signals, driver’s auto-up window and the glossy black interior accent pieces.

We’re still waiting for official pricing for the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, but a small amount of extrapolation from the Genesis Coupe to Genesis Coupe R-Spec would indicate a starting price in the neighborhood of $20,000.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo gets stripped-down, lower-cost R-Spec model

November 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-SpecWe Autoblog staffers have had our ups and downs with our long-term 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo, but there’s no question that the cheeky three-door hatchback has got its proponents. Case in point: at the recent driving event for the fire-breathing SRT Viper TA, none other than Ralph Gilles sauntered over to have a closer look at the matte grey Veloster we’d driven out to the track that day. Gilles had lots of praise for the Veloster styling; not out of line with similar sentiments we’ve heard all year long.

We digress slightly, but the larger point is that there still seems to be a lot of interest in the Veloster, and Hyundai has plans to fully explore potential new marketplace niches for the car with this all-new, 2014 Veloster Turbo R-Spec.

Following on with the formula for R-Spec models to date, the new Veloster is not a higher-performance Turbo, but rather one that is more affordable. The theory goes that a de-contented Veloster Turbo hits the sweet spot for those who are interested in tuning the car for performance, a group that will probably not need the higher spec comfort and connectivity content that the standard Turbo ships with.

In addition to getting the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (output unchanged at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque), the Turbo R-Spec gets a host of racy visual updates. The red accents on the sides and front splitter of the car (seen here) are optional extras, while an exclusive interior treatment and R-Spec badges are part of the standard package. The car will be available with four paint options: Marathon Blue, Sprint Gray (exclusive to the R-Spec), Elite White and Ultra Black.

Functional upgrades include a B&M Racing sport shifter (which we’re excited to try out), higher front and rear spring rates, a stiffer transmission mount and revised steering tuning for a heavier feel.

Equipment has been deleted from the standard Turbo specification, too, to both lower cost and reduce weight for the R-Spec. Deletions include the push-button start and proximity key, leather and heated seats, the electroluminescent instrument cluster, side mirror turn signals, driver’s auto-up window and the glossy black interior accent pieces.

We’re still waiting for official pricing for the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, but a small amount of extrapolation from the Genesis Coupe to Genesis Coupe R-Spec would indicate a starting price in the neighborhood of $20,000.

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec loses creature comforts, gains sporting equipment [UPDATE]

November 21, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec

Hyundai unveiled the Veloster Turbo R-Spec at the LA Auto Show yesterday, and it’s touted as a high-performance model without some of the standard features usually found on the Veloster Turbo, such as proximity-key entry with push-button start, premium gauge cluster, side-repeater mirrors, driver’s auto-up window, high-gloss interior trim and heated leather seats.

Like the other three R-Spec models Hyundai has released (Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec, Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec and Genesis 5.0 R-Spec), the Veloster Turbo R-Spec skimps on interior appointments to keep the price down. But Hyundai thinks that people who buy it don’t want that equipment anyway, and would rather install aftermarket goodies. The car is priced at $22,110 (including the $810 destination fee), which makes it the least expensive Veloster Turbo model.

The pared-down hatchback’s special features include R-Spec-specific sport suspension, retuned steering and a B&M short-shifter for the six-speed manual transmission (the R-Spec isn’t offered with an automatic). That’s all great, but we can do without the red-accented side skirts and front splitter, which look just as tacky in person as they do in pictures.

For more information on the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, feel free to peruse the press release below.

UPDATE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Veloster Turbo R-Spec was $22,110 not including the destination fee. The text has been corrected.

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Hyundai Veloster Turbos strut their SEMA stuff

November 8, 2013 at 6:25 am

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EGR Hylighter Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai brought a pair of very yellow Velosters to this year’s SEMA Show. The first is the car you see above – the Veloster Hylighter. Built in a partnership with aftermarket accessory supplier EGR Group, it’s based on a Veloster Turbo, but has been extensively modified for its trip to Vegas.

The paint, a custom color called Yellowcake, a type of uranium powder used to prepare fuel for nuclear reactors, certainly catches the eye. And if for some reason it doesn’t, black graphics and a LED light bar on the roof most certainly will. An EGR widebody kit has been fitted for an even bigger visual impact, while the DPE three-piece wheels add some flair. The cabin sports a pair of Takata racing seats and harnesses, as well as a roll cage from Creations n’ Chrome.

The engine is an uprated version of the turbocharged, 1.6-liter engine found in the standard Veloster Turbo, but it’s been fitted with an AEM intake and a MagnaFlow exhaust, for a bit of extra oomph. A coil-over suspension from ARK, an AEM strut-tower bar and Toyo Proxes R888 tires afford a bit more handling potential for the VT, while a Brembo brake package can bring things to a rapid halt.

The other Veloster Turbo is from Fox Marketing Cars, and it’s decidedly more sporting than the Hylighter. With 370 horsepower coming thanks to a new BorgWarner turbo, an 845 Motorsports tubular manifold, a front-mount intercooler, an AEM water/methanol injection system and an ECU reflash, the 1.6-liter in the Fox car is considerably more potent. An ARK Performance 2.5-inch exhaust adds some character to the Veloster’s engine note, while a Nitrous Express system can deliver even more power when needed. An ARK coilover system allows 35-way adjustment, allowing the Fox Veloster Turbo to be set up for a multitude of surfaces.

Like the Hylighter, Takata racing seats and harnesses are featured in the car’s cabin. The exterior items are a bit more conservative on this car, consisting of fog lights liberated from a Genesis Coupe, smoked head and taillights and the black and aqua BASF paints.

We have live images of both cars, with the Hylighter up top and the Fox Marketing Cars if you scroll down. We’ve also included a press release from Hyundai that goes into detail about each vehicle.

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Bisimoto Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a 1,000-horsepower tuner dream

November 7, 2013 at 12:32 am

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Bisimoto Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The big guns are starting to roll out at the 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This is the Bisimoto Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the promised 1,000-horsepower monster that was first shown at the end of September. We ventured across the SEMA floor to get an up-close look at this hugely powerful two-door.

The list of aftermarket parts fitted to this Genesis Coupe is extensive, ranging from that huge intercooler up front to a pair of Bisimoto/Turbonetics turbochargers to an AEM engine management system, all of which allow the 3.8-liter V6 to produce upwards of 1,000 hp. A full roll cage and Buddy Club seats and harnesses are fitted to the cabin, while a coil-over suspension blesses this Genny with some extra agility. We don’t know what size Toyo R888 R-Compound tires those are, but as they’re fitted to 20×11-inch wheels in back and 20×9.5-inch wheels in front, we’re betting they’re huge. We’ve got a full list of aftermarket goodies in the press release below.

We also have a full gallery of live images of the Bisimoto Genesis on the SEMA Show floor up top, so be sure to hop in and take a look at just what kind of potential can be found in this two-door Korean sports coupe.

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Hyundai launches crate engine program with 2.0L four and 3.8L V6

November 6, 2013 at 7:20 am

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Hyundai 3.8-liter V6 engine

With all the commotion about the aftermarket going on at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Hyundai’s timing for this announcement is just perfect – the South Korean brand will launch its first crate engine program.

Starting with the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and the 3.8-liter V6 from the Genesis Coupe, the program should push Hyundai even further in to the performance realm. Two versions of the 2.0-liter will be available at first – a $4,500 version, that’s ready for its owner to bolt on a turbo of their choosing, or a $6,000 version, which includes the turbo and all its plumbing. Hyundai claims the cheaper version was designed with the aftermarket specifically in mind, as it allows tuners to easily fit larger turbos while spending less coin for parts that will just be tossed. The 3.8-liter V6 will cost $9,000.

“As more Genesis Coupes have entered the pre-owned enthusiast market since its 2009 launch, we’ve witnessed strong interest in leveraging the low cost potential of this rear-drive platform and its powertrains for the tuner market and motorsports. Now, with our new crate engine program, Hyundai is making it more affordable for these same enthusiasts to modify their Genesis Coupe, or perhaps inject some high-value horsepower into other platforms,” said Hyundai’s North American president and CEO, John Krafcik.

We like the idea of crate engines, as it really puts the power in the hands of the tuners and allows them to work far more independently. Hopefully, we’ll see Hyundai expand this program. We want to see the crate version of the 5.0-liter V8 from the Genesis R-Spec.

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Europe to get next Hyundai Genesis

October 26, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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Hyundai Genesis Sedan render

Hyundai is preparing to make a rather bold move with its Genesis, as reports are now stating that the next-generation rear-drive sedan, which we showed you earlier this week, will be sold in Europe. The first-generation of the Genesis sedan never crossed the pond.

The 2015 Genesis will enter the traditional stomping grounds of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi armed with the same 3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 found in the current model. All-wheel drive, a first for the model, will also be available in Europe. “We have to overcome the challenge of competing with established European brands. We expect the Genesis to play a crucial role in improving our brand recognition,” Hyundai said in a statement.

Hyundai has done a fair job of changing its image in the US from a budget-minded brand into a legitimate, mainstream competitor that covers a broad swath of the American market, offering cars from the $14,545 Accent to the $61,000 Equus. That movement started in earnest with the Genesis, and it looks like Hyundai is determined to repeat that models success in Europe.

According to Automotive News, the South Korean brand, along with its corporate sibling Kia, have made strides in the tough European market, capturing six percent of the market in 2012. Now the question is, will Europeans that have no shortage of choice embrace the brand’s luxury move? Let us know what you think in Comments.

Europe to get next Hyundai Genesis originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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