Hyundai Genesis Coupe to be built in RHD – NZ bound?

Hyundai Genesis Coupe to be built in RHD – NZ bound?

The Genesis Coupe is Hyundai’s flagship sports car and while it’s proved popular over in the States it’s only ever been built in left-hand-drive. Without needing to consider a RHD layout Hyundai has kept production costs down and passed those savings on to buyers, but that’s also the reason we have never seen the sleek coupe here in New Zealand.

Now that could all change. Pressure from Hyundai’s UK and Australasian dealers has paid off and the Korean carmaker has approved a right-driving version for the next generation of the Genesis.

More recently it’s been revealed that the second-generation Genesis Coupe will make its way to Australia, although the new model may not be out for some time. Does this mean it will come to NZ? Perhaps, it’s too earlier for any official announcements but with a RHD Genesis in the works it may prove a tempting prospect for Hyundai NZ.

The next-gen Genesis is expected to be revealed later this year so even if we do see the Genesis reach our shores, it won’t be until 2013 at the earliest.

The update to the Genesis comes with an expected power increase that will see its 3.8 litre V6 petrol engine producing a thumping 248kW up from 234KW as it stands in the current model.

The Genesis has a second engine option, a turbo four-cylinder which is also expected to see a power increase but predicted figures haven’t been announced. For now, the turbo Coupe offers up 157kW of power and 302Nm of torque.

Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and its possible entry in the NZ market.

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