The Korean-based automaker Hyundai is reportedly working to develop the next-generation 2017 Genesis Coupe with some new engines. A recent report revealed that a prototype version of the new Genesis Coupe have undergone internal testing on the Korean highway. This further amplifies the signal if Hyundai will actually launch this new model to the global market and of course, the U.S. market will also accept it.
There are three different engines that will come along with the 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe when it hit the market in the near future. But only one engine that is completely new, the rest are old engines that have been refined in order to get more power and better fuel economy. I also heard about Hyundai’s new V8 gasoline engine, but continue reading this article first.
The first option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that is no longer offered in the U.S.-spec 2015 Genesis Coupe. Now, Hyundai is rumored to bring back the 2.0L engine with several improvements for the new Genesis Coupe. Next is a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter V6 engine, which is used as second engine in the test mule with the 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe prototype.
As you know, the 3.8-liter V6 engine is currently available for the U.S. market with two transmission choices that include a 6-speed manual as standard or 8-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC as optional. Linked to the rear-wheel drive system, the 3.8L V6 engine capable of producing 348 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque at 5,100 rpm. These engines will most likely still be available on the 2017 Genesis Coupe lineup, but of course, there are some improvements that should be offered by this V6 unit.
The third option is a newly developed 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that caught testing with a label “3.3T 8AT AWD”. Rumors say that the new turbo engine is capable of delivering a peak output around 480 horsepower, but it has been confirmed will come under the “N-performance” badge or a high-performance version of the new Genesis Coupe. So it will not be available on the base model. In addition, as a high-performance model, Hyundai will also install an all-wheel drive configuration and 8-speed automatic transmission.
2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe V8 Specs
As for the V8 engine, the Korean automaker has plans to bring an all-new 5.0-liter V8 engine that is expected to be available in the North American market around 2016-2017. This new 5.0L V8 engine will be installed to the 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe in order to compete with the Ford Mustang in the pony car class or performance-oriented car segment. Maybe there will be another version of the new Genesis Coupe in addition to “N-performance” model? Somehow, I think it’s a good idea.
Currently, Hyundai actually has offered a 5.0-liter Tau V8 GDI engine for the 2015 Genesis Sedan, which is coupled to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear-wheel drive setup as standard. Hyundai claims that the Genesis V8 engine capable of delivering at least 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. Moreover, this direct-injected 5.0-liter V8 engine is basically also available on the 2016 Hyundai Equus with a peak output up to 429 HP (320 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb-ft of torque (510 Nm) at 5,000 rpm.
In terms of design styling, the next-generation Genesis Coupe is expected to take many design cues from the Vision G Coupe Concept showcased at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show some time ago. A recent report also revealed that the new model will be built at Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language, although still uses the same chassis as the 2015 model year. However, it will not be much different compared to the current model.
2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Release Date and Price
So far no official confirmation about release date, but the 2017 Hyundai Genesis Coupe will most likely hit the U.S. dealer’s floor in late 2016 or early 2017. Unfortunately, the 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is scheduled to begin production in late 2017, means it will be available for the 2018 model year? Because I also heard that the CEO of Hyundai Motor America, David Zuchowski, said the all-new V6 engine would arrive in 2016 or 2017. Speaking of price, expect a price tag not much different from the current Genesis Coupe which goes on sale in the North American market with a starting MSRP of $26,750.