By Steve & Tamami Laser
Hyundai pulled the wraps off a new concept car today that makes us feel tingly all over. The gorgeous Vision G Concept Coupe was revealed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) prior to making the trip up the coast to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 16 in Monterey, Calif.
The concept was described as “Hyundai’s inspiration for its family of future premium products that promise luxury, performance and style with the value and responsibility that is the foundation of Hyundai’s brand.” While not a word was said regarding production plans for this breathtaking design, it’s no secret that the Genesis Coupe is due for a replacement.
“The concept was designed with coordinated input from Hyundai design studios around the world, but was led by our team here in the U.S.,” said Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s president and chief design officer. “The design is our interpretation of the idea that Hyundai breathes into all of its vehicles a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues.”
During the design process, Hyundai’s team of designers centered their work on the notion of “chivalry” – a word they felt best defined the idea that one doesn’t need to shout to be noticed and respected. Vision G is purposefully understated, despite its size and dramatic lines. One example of this respectful luxury – and a nod to the self-sufficiency of the driver – is a technology that automatically opens the door as if being opened by a valet.
The exterior styling of the concept is highlighted by a long hood, high beltline and a cabin that presents a slingshot-like appearance. “In keeping with a design that speaks to the owner rather than ‘the spectators’ who might see the car on the road, Vision G appears dynamic and in constant motion,” said Christopher Chapman, head of Hyundai’s U.S. design center and leader of the coupe’s design team. “After all, the only time an owner sees the exterior of the car is when it’s standing still.”
The underlying idea of respectful luxury flows into the interior, underscored by its clarity and simplicity. No glaring examples of luxury, but rather elegant lines and finishes.
The heart of Vision G is Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. With high-pressure direct injection, this latest version of the Tau V8 benefits from an optimized intake runner length, enhanced timing chain for reduced friction and NVH, low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping. Hyundai says these enhancements combine to produce a flatter torque curve at lower rpm for improved driveability.
We’ll update this story as soon as Hyundai releases additional details.
News source and photos from Hyundai Motor America
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