Hyundai Says No To V8-Powered Genesis Coupe, Yes to Veloster
Imagine a world where Hyundai killed its Veloster hatchback, and shoved an uber-powerful V8 in the Genesis coupe. I mean really imagine, because Hyundai execs say that that’s about as close to reality as those two things are going to get. We spoke with Hyundai’s product public relations manager, Derek Joyce, and he told us that two rumors we reported on previously were nothing more than “pure speculation at this point.” Starting with the Genesis coupe; Joyce said that “It will lose its four-cylinder engine, and it will get a standard 3.8-liter V6.” But, “there’s no plan for a V8 in the Genesis coupe.” At least not right now. PHOTOS: See More of the 2014 Hyundai Genesis
So while our super-powered Genesis V8 coupe dreams may be on the back burner, there is some good news surrounding the quirky little Veloster hatchback. “There’s no plan to eliminate [the Veloster], it’s doing really well in the U.S,” said Joyce.
That’s good news for fans of Hyundai, especially in the affordable end of things. While the Genesis sedan and Sonata have more of a premium push, Joyce assures buyers that “[Hyundai’s] really not doing a wholesale move into luxury,” especially with cars like the Veloster and Genesis coupe.
As for a new Genesis coupe— it’s coming soon with some minor updates, a standard V6, and a price point pretty similar where the four-cylinder Genesis is now.
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Maybe one day we’ll get a V8-powered Genesis coupe…one day...
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