Hyundai's luxury division, Genesis, is one of the most promising new car brands today. Its G70 sedan seems like it could be a real BMW 3-Series rival, and now, we know it's serious about performance cars too. Speaking at CES, Hyundai design VP Luc Donkerwolke and R&D head Woong-chul Yang confirmed that Genesis is developing a sports car.
2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe (RIP) pictured above.
"We are definitely doing it," said Donkerwolke. "I'm actually reviewing the project next week, after CES. I can’t tell you much more about it, but we are definitely doing it. We are not going autonomous for all of our cars!"
Yang confirmed that Genesis wants its sports car to be a two-seater—to which we say, hell yes— and its development will be handled by Hyundai's N performance division. N, led by former BMW M boss Albert Biermann, already has a bonafide hit with the i30 N hatchback, so this sports car should be in good hands.
The Genesis sports car should be a hybrid of some sort, but it sounds like the engineers are still working on powertrain details.
Wheels also points out that Genesis has a few experienced sports-car designers on its team. Doncerwolke penned the original Lamborghini Gallardo, and last year, Genesis hired Alexander Selipanov, who was responsible for the exterior design of the Bugatti Chiron.
Other than that, though, details are slim. Wheels says Genesis has purchased a BMW M3, a Nissan 370Z NISMO, and a Porsche 911 Turbo for benchmarking, which doesn't narrow things down whatsoever. We have no idea what Genesis is aiming for with this car.
But we're excited nevertheless. More sports cars are always a good thing.