When asked about a Mustang/Camaro competitor, the VP of product planning for North America said, “stay tuned for a couple of months”. The new Hyundai sports car could borrow Kia Stinger’s chassis and Genesis G80’s 5.0-litre V8.
New Hyundai Sports Car
The company’s senior executive recently sat down with Autoline TV. During the interview, the panel asked if the company has something to compete with the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The panel wanted to know if it’ll be a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) model and with a V8. Mike O’Brien tossed the question about driveline and powertrain into the air and asked them to wait for a “couple of months”.
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Add two months to this date and you end up at the North American International Auto Show, also called the Detroit Auto Show. It’s the world’s biggest auto fair and carmakers use the platform to reveal their performance vehicles. It serves as a perfect timing to showcase the new Hyundai sports car.
Engine Hyundai Sports Car
O’Brien shrugged off when asked about the V8 and the driveline. Hyundai may use the 5.0-litre V8 from its luxury car, the Genesis G80. It makes 420hp at the rear wheels. Or, it could bring out the Kia Stinger with a Hyundai/Genesis badge and retain its V6. But, that creates a product overlap between the two sister companies. So we’re betting on the V8. The chassis, though, will certainly come from the Kia Stinger.
V8 sounds like the appropriate choice since this will be a major product in the lineup drawing customers to the showroom. A few smaller turbocharged mills could also find their way under the Hyundai sports car hood.
Is It Hyundai Sports Car or Genesis?
While it’s possible that the car may carry the Genesis logo, we’re betting our money on a Hyundai badge. The Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang both wear a budget brand logo on their nose. Even though, Ford has its luxury division Lincoln and Chevrolet has the Cadillac under the General Motors umbrella. The idea is to give the car an ‘affordable performance’ personality.
Hyundai Sports Car Coming To India?
Ford already sells the Mustang in India. The Mustang is a successful car in India even though it pays huge taxes. Hyundai could also consider bringing it to India but first, it’ll have to taste success in the land of muscle cars. The car will go on sale later in 2018 in the America. It’ll need about one year to gain a strong foothold in the country before thinking of stepping out.
If that happens, we may get the car here in 2020. A price tag of about Rs. 60-65 lakh will make it a solid competitor for the Mustang and a halo product in its showrooms. A competitive price tag will give buyers a reason to look past the lack of heritage. The Ford Mustang currently retails for Rs. 71.6 lakh.
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