Hyundai's rear-wheel drive Genesis Coupe is set to go on sale in 2009 as a 2010 model with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder or 306-hp V6 power.

Any doubts as to the ability of the new Hyundai Genesis Coupe to perform were quickly dispelled in New York as a pair of the cars greeted the press by sliding wildly around the Javits Center Galleria with stunt drivers at the wheel, backed by a pounding rock'n'roll soundtrack. With rear-wheel drive and a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder or V6 power, the new coupe represents a significant push into the sports car market for Hyundai. Shown as a concept in Los Angeles last year and carrying hints of past Hyundai concept cars, the Genesis Coupe is an Infiniti G37-sized car with serious sporting potential. It goes on sale in the spring of 2009 as a 2010 model.

Engine choices are a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 212 horsepower and a 3.8 liter V6 shared with the Genesis sedan that's good for 306 horses. Both engines feature standard six-speed manual transmissions and dual cat-back exhaust systems, and a limited-slip rear is available as well. The hot setup will be the Genesis Coupe SE, with big Brembo brakes at all four corners and a track-tuned suspension. Expect more details as the year goes by.

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