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A Hyundai Supercar In The Works?

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On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 9:26AM | By: Chris Weiss

A Hyundai Supercar In The Works?

That's no typo in the title. Hyundai, not Honda. Those of us older than 15 probably can't quite shake the feeling that the term 'Hyundai supercar' is a big, stinking oxymoron. But these days, Hyundai has proved that it can compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro, so why not up the ante to the likes of the Chevy Corvette and Nissan GT-R? A new rumor indicates that's exactly what Hyundai hopes to do.

Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, Hyundai introduced a 5.0-liter V-8 on the Genesis R-Spec, proving that it has the chops to move farther up the power scale. That engine will also be offered in the Equus sedan, and is the plant that the rumored range-topping sports coupe is likely to be based around. In its current tune, that engine puts out 429 horses and 376 lb.-ft. of torque.

The supercar will be a rear-driven coupe that competes in the $80,000 to $100,000 sports car market with the likes of Godzilla and the Porsche 911. Both front- and mid-engine layouts are being considered. Hyundai may have to develop a new transmission for the coupe, since neither its automated manual or six-speed manual options will be up to the task of harnessing all the power and torque of the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 and sending them to the rear wheels. The Genesis R-Spec and Equus both use automatic transmissions.

While Inside Line reported news of a Hyundai supercar based on rumors, it was quick to put up the disclaimer that it could not confirm this directly with Hyundai officials. In fact, when asked, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik dismissed it as "scurrilous nonsense." But companies have a way of vehemently denying rumors whether or not they contain truth, so we can't discount this one just yet. And the idea of a true Hyundai supercar is just so juicy, we certainly have no desire to throw it out just yet.

Whether or not the Hyundai supercar materializes, South Korea is becoming quite the force up and down the auto market.


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