Hyundai has revealed a rather interesting concept car these past couple of days. Dubbed the HND-9 concept, the vehicle will be presented at the 2013 Seoul Motor Show on March 28.
If you’re thinking that the “HND-9″ name has a little Hyundai in there somewhere, you should probably know that it stands for Hyundai’s ninth concept created by the R&D Center in Namyang, Korea. The concept showcases a preview of the styling cues which will become a regular on the upcoming “next-generation luxury sports coupe” (aka Genesis Coupe).
On the styling side, the car looks pretty awesome featuring butterfly doors, huge dual tailpipes, a long hood with a wide hexagonal front grille and let’s not forget the “evil-looking” taillights as well as the huge alloy wheels.
Under the bonnet, the car packs a 3.3-liter turbocharged GDi engine that generates no less than 370 HP – 272 kW, all of which go to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. As a reminder, the 2011 Kia GT Concept had a similar setup as the HND-9, the foremost having a peak torque of 534 Nm – (394 lb-ft).
Maybe the production version won’t receive too many changes because the concept could really be a huge hit.
Hyundai has released details on another project that’s going to be showcased at SEMA this year, based on the Genesis Coupe V6, a supercharged Hyundai Genesis Coupe called Hurricane. This car was developed by Hyundai America Technical Center (HATCI) in collaboration with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc.
The most impressive upgrade was made under the hood where the 3.8L V6 engine now comes with a supercharger with a liquid to air which takes the car’s power to over 450 horsepower. Other performance upgrades include an IsoTorque differential, a free flowing exhaust system with air intake, a six piston brake kit from Brembo with cross drilled front and rear rotors brakes and a new set of 19″ wheels from Enkei wrapped in Hankook tires.
Rhys Millen Racing took care of the car’s looks while Harman equipped the car with a high level Lexicon audio system.
Hyundai teamed up with ARK Performance to create this hardcore, turbocharged Hyundai Veloster, that’s going to be premiered at SEMA next month. The most important upgrade of this modified Veloster is, of course, the addition of a custom twin-scroll turbocharger that will take the power of the 1.6L engine from the standard 138 HP to 210 HP.
Hyundai even plans to launch a more powerful version of the Veloster, almost exactly like this turbocharged one, in the first months of 2012, according to our friends from CarScoop. This car that’s going to be showcased at SEMA in just a couple of weeks also features upgrades to the car’s suspension and brake systems to handle the extra power.
ARK Performance also modified the car’s looks by making a custom body kit for it which makes it a lot more aggressive and by giving it a new eye catching paint job and equipping the car with a new set of alloys that make it look almost like a racecar. The interior of the car has been also modified, but we don’t know any exact details at the moment. We’ll probably know more when the SEMA show starts.
Hyundai has released the first official photos and details about their new generation Hyundai i30, a facelifted model that’s going to be premiered at the IAA Fankfurt this week. The new 2012 i30 features the company’s signature hexagonal-shaped grille and a pair of resigned headlights and fog lamps.
It also features a more muscular body to continue its battle in the C-segment where almost all hatches seem broad shouldered, cars like the Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra or the Ford Focus. This segment is the largest segment by volume sales in Europe and Hyundai plans to sell even more i30s than last year in Europe.
Back in 2010, the Korean automaker managed to sell an impressive number of 115,000 i30s in Europe while Volkswagen sold over 500,000 units of the Golf. Allan Rushforth, COO of Hyundai Motor Europe said that the company is expecting the new i30 to appeal to young, progressive buyers who want a car that not only performs well but looks great too.
The engines which will be offered on the 2012 model will include two petrol units and two diesels: a 1.4L engine with 100 HP and a 1.6L GDI delivering 140 HP, both on petrol and a 1.4L CRDi capable of producing 90 HP and a 1.6L CRDi which delivers 126 HP on diesel. Customers will be able to choose between a manual gearbox offered as standard and an optional 6 speed automatic.
The Korean automaker will also showcase the new i40 Saloon and the 1+2 Veloster Coupe at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Hyundai Germany has announced today a limited edition of their Hyundai Genesis Coupe GT exclusive for Germany that will be produced in a limited run of just 50 units. This limited edition was inspired by the Hyundai Schuhmann Motor Sport team that raced at the 24 hour endurance race from Nurburgring in a Genesis Coupe and will feature several upgrades from the standard model.
The Coupe GT will come with a lowered suspension which brings the car closer to the ground by around 30 mm and a new set of stylish 19″ alloy OZ Ultraleggera wheels finished in Matt Graphite Silver and wrapped in high performance Dunlop Sport Maxx GT tires.
The car is powered by the stock 3.8L V6 engine which is able to produce 299 bhp and 361 Nm of torque and, thanks to a new stainless steel exhaust system it sounds even better than before. It could sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 6.3 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 240 km/h.
Each of these 50 units will start from 41,990 Eur.
Hyundai has unveiled today the all new generation of the Hyundai Elantra Sedan at the 2010 Bustan Motor Show, a car that will be dubbed Avante for Hyundai’s home market. Compared to the current Elantra, the new model is more eye catching and sportier with Hyundai’s fluid design sculpture.
Hyundai has revealed that the front wheel drive new Elantra/Avante will be powered by a new 1.6L Gamma Gasoline Direct Injection engine that will be connected to a 6 speed automatic transmission. This engine will be able to develop 140 HP and 166 Nm of torque and Hyundai claims its 10% more fuel efficient than its direct competitors.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra/Avante Sedan features HID headlamps, LED combination lamps in the rear, heated rear seats, puddle lamps and an LCD display in the gauge cluster. Hyundai hasn’t revealed any images of the interior but it will be probably inspired from the new Sonata.
The new sedan will be launched on the South Korean market later this year under the name “Hyundai Avante” and the Hyundai Elanda will arrive in the showrooms from all over the world at the beginning of 2011.
Hyundai has also premiered today at the New York Auto Show the all new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid that got a unique look and of course, a hybrid powertrain. The car features the new Hybrid Blue Drive architecture that uses lithium polymer battery technology and it’s equipped with a hybrid starter generator and an electric motor.
The hybrid powertrain is connected to 6 speed transmission and Hyundai claims that the new “green” model offers a fuel consumption of 37 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. Together with the electric motor Hyundai equipped the car with a 2.4L Theta II engine that produces 169 HP at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The elctric motor delivers 30 kW and 151 lb-ft of torque.
Hyundai will announced further details and pricing for the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at a later date.
Hyundai has unveiled a much awaited turbocharged version of their 2011 Hyundai Sonata at the New York Auto Show today. The new turbo will be the top of the line model for Sonata and will be powered by a direct injected and turbocharged 2.0L four cylinder engine.
There has been considerable speculation about how much power the engine would develop ever since since Hyundai has announced they will add a turbo version to the Sonata line-up at the LA Auto show and today we finally got its performance figures: the 2.0 is able to develop 274 HP and 269 lb-ft of torque.
This translates into 12.2 hp per pound and 68.5 hp per liter which are really good figures for a four door sedan. The engine is connected to a six speed automatic with a manual mode and Hyundai claims the Turbo version has a fuel consumption of 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.
Hyundai is going to premiere next week at Geneva the Hyundai i-Flow Sport Sedan Concept, a sport saloon study that features all the typical design cues of the new Hyundai style. Hyundai claims the modern design of the concept car has optimal air flow with a drag coefficient of just 0.25Cd.
The most important feature of the Hyundai i-Flow Sport Sedan Concept is its powertrain and this concept is the first ever Hyundai model to be powered by a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain. The powertrain is made of a new 1.7L U2 diesel engine that went through a two stage turbocharging and an electric motor that drives it’s power from a Lithium Ion Polymer battery pack.
This power is transferred to the car’s wheels through a six speed dual clutch transmission system and according to Hyundai, the concept has an incredible average fuel consumption of just 3.0l /100 km (78.4 mpg US) and just 85g/km fuel emissions.
Hyundai Motor America has announced today the pricing details for the all new 2011 Hyundai Sonata that will go on sale all over North America in just a couple of weeks. The new Hyundai Sonata is completely redesigned and it delivers best-in-class fuel economy.
The basic model called GLS comes with an engine that produces 198 HP and has a starting price of $19,195. The 200 HP SE version will be priced at $22,595 while the top of the line Limited model will have a starting price of $25,295. All versions of the car are powered by Hyundai’s new direct injected 2.4L inline four engines which are paired with either manual or automatic six speed gearbox.
The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited features a lot of extras such as navigation, leather covered heated seats and rear and will be priced at $28,115. The manual transmission basic GLS model tops the segment in fuel consumption for non hybrids with just 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.
2011 Sonata Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Pricing
|GLS||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed M/T||$19,195|
|GLS||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$20,195|
|GLS with Pop. Equip. Pkg.||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$20,945|
|GLS with Pop. Equip. Pkg. + Navi.||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$22,645|
|SE||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$22,595|
|SE with Navi. & Sunroof Package||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$25,195|
|Limited||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$25,295|
|Limited with Navi. Pkg.||2.4-liter GDI I4||Six-Speed A/T||$27,395|