Hyundai’s premium arm Genesis has admitted a halo model taking the shape of a supercar is being considered.
It was only in November 2015 when Hyundai decided to spin off Genesis as a global luxury brand. Since then, two models have made their official debut, the “G90” and “G80” which have replaced the Hyundai Equus and Genesis, respectively. The third model will likely be a compact rear-wheel drive sedan billed “G70” previewed nowadays in the Big Apple by the New York Concept. But that’s not all as Genesis’ agenda also includes a supercar.
Former Audi designer Peter Schreyer, now in charge of overseeing all Genesis designs, admitted a halo car is being considered, but it will take some time until it will materialize. Hyundai’s upcoming performance models will wear the “N” badge, but Schreyer did not wish to say whether that will be the case of the hot Genesis model as well. As for Luc Donckerwolke, head of design at both Hyundai and Genesis, he is keen on the idea of a supercar to act as a halo model for the brand.
The car in question will likely come to life as a rear-wheel drive coupe with power provided by either a V6 or a V8 engine. The recently introduced biturbo 3.3-liter V6 engine is a prime candidate for the job, but let’s not forget Hyundai also has the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8.
South Korea’s first ever supercar is not due in the foreseeable future as focus right now is on the G70 which will be followed by four other Genesis models (including a couple of crossovers/SUVs) within the next five years.